Vanity Trove February 2013 Box

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, haircare, lotions, mask, moisturiser, primer, serum, shampoo, skincare) by rinnah on 04-03-2013

Beauty boxes have been around for some time now, but the trend only touched our shores as recently as last year. Vanity Trove has been operating in Singapore and just started with their inaugural Malaysia box last month.

Naturally, I wanted to see what was in the box. ;)

First off, I really like the packaging – the sturdy box with a slide out drawer makes it easy for me to reuse it to house my ever growing cosmetic stash. I reckon I’m going to stack it up in multiples of three to make my own ‘chest of drawers’.

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Here’s what you would have gotten if you subscribed for the February box :

  • Wella SP Colour Save Shampoo and Mask
  • Oriks Wild Ginseng Stemcell Twister Essence
  • Oriks BB Cream
  • Benefit POREfessional
  • B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel
  • Di Palomo Tuscan Rose Hand & Body Lotion

Seven different products, of which 3 were handy travel sizes and the other 4 were sample sizes. I’ve always held that beauty boxes are a good way to test out which products are new to you without having to commit to a full size. This concept works for me because of my finicky skin, but it’s also a double-edged sword cos I never know if the products would be suitable for me. In any case, I do like getting a surprise every month and usually spread the product love to my family and friends. (For this month’s Vanity Trove, my mom snapped up the Di Paloma hand lotion, simply because it smelled so lovely. *wink*) As for me, I’m most interested in trying out B.liv’s blackhead sebum gel because of my unending war on blackheads – why don’t they ever go away?

If you’re interested in signing up for your own Vanity Trove, just check out their website.

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Note : The product/service in this post was provided for consideration by the brand itself or a PR firm. This does not affect my review in any way and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

Savvy Consumer Tip : Scenting Your Wardrobe

Filed Under (soap, tips and tricks) by rinnah on 21-02-2013

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I stumbled upon this tip purely by accident last month and I’m sure it’s not new to many people.

You see, I have this OCD complex about clean and fresh smelling laundry. But my wardrobe in Singapore tends to attract this musty old smell (I think it’s the humidity) during the rainy months and my nice clean clothes would need to be washed again because I’m anal like that. My first line of defence was to put in lots of dehumidifiers at every level of my wardrobe. That solved the humidity problem and the musty smell but my wardrobe still didn’t smell nice and fragrant like I wanted it to.

Enter this little saviour!

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This is a free bar of L’Occitane soap that I brought back from Bangkok (it was part of the complimentary toiletries the hotel provided). All I did was stick it inside my wardrobe and viola! Wonderful fresh clean scent every time I open the door. I just love it when a solution is perfectly simple x easy.

Do you have a savvy tip for the home to share?

Empties for the month of August 2012

Filed Under (bodycare, haircare, shampoo) by rinnah on 31-08-2012

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Thank God it’s Friday again! :)

Even as you read this post, I’m celebrating the National Day of Malaysia with a whole lot of makan events with family and friends – I have breakfast, brunch and dinner appointments all lined up today!

Onwards to the post. I lamented previously that I had an empty problem where I never seemed to be able to finish any of my beauty products due to a rather fickle habit of moving on to new products without finishing the old opened one. Encouraged egged on by Domncroxd, I put my mind to the task and managed to finish two products this month. Go me! :P

Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff shampoo

First up is my old faithful standby Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo. I am slightly ashamed to say that I brought this with me to Singapore 17 months ago but only managed to finish it this month after having abandoned it for other, flashier and newer shampoos. I used to reserve it for use only after workouts or particularly sweaty days as I love the cooling menthol feel on my scalp. This does help in controlling the flakies somewhat when I had eczema breakouts and is also awesome for stripping away the oilies. Sometimes a bit too good at stripping though so I pair it with a soft conditioner (currently using Pantene Aqua Light range).

Lactacyd Intimate Feminine Hygiene Wash

The other empty for the month is a feminine hygiene wash product, Lactacyd. Rather self explanatory, this one. I can only say that I bought a bottle in Singapore and it had a thicker liquid texture but the bottle bought in Malaysia had a watery and runny texture. Both bottles stated that they were manufactured in the same place though. I’m still not sure which one is the faulty bottle, but I didn’t like the watery one. It felt like it wasn’t really cleansing anything. I’ll repurchase again in Singapore to see if it’s like the initial bottle I used.

And that’s it for my August empties. Hopefully *fingers crossed* I’ll finish something in September that I can write about. Hahah.

Fabulous Finds August 2012 Box

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, lotions, mascara, mask, mask, serum, shampoo, skincare) by rinnah on 29-08-2012

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Remember my previous post on the launch of Fabulous Finds in Malaysia? Well, another month has rolled around (so quickly!) and it’s time to peek into the August 2012 box.

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This time around, the melon pink box was couriered to my doorstep and just in time too, arriving before the Hari Raya holidays were in full swing. As the theme of the month went, I was looking forward to saying hello to “Fabulous New Discoveries”.

Fabulous Finds August product list

Here’s a list of what you can expect inside your beauty box – I particularly like how clearly Fabulous Finds lists the usual price of each product. To borrow Domncroxd of Belle Demoiselle’s term, it’s like a menu, only in this case not of food but of beauty products.

Fabulous Finds August box

For the month of August, Fabulous Finds outdid their July box:

  • Empro Brown & Black Mascara (full sized)
  • Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream
  • Lanvin Femme Couture
  • My Beauty Diary Facial Sheet Mask (one piece)
  • Olive Hand Moisturising Cream
  • Skinz Infinite Youth Recall Serum (full sized)
  • Wella SP Repair Shampoo and Mask

Colour me impressed! That’s seven different items to test drive (eight if you count the Wella shampoo and mask separately) and two of them are full sized products. There’s also a MYR 10 cash voucher for Beaubelle products and a 50% discount voucher for a Jurlique facial treatment. When you consider the fact that subscription to Fabulous Finds is only MYR 35 a month and includes courier delivery to your doorstep, that, my lovelies, is a real bargain! :D

There were not so many well known, higher end brands in the August box as compared to the July box, but still these are brands that people should have seen before and are easily found in Malaysia. Maybe the next step might be to expose Malaysian beauty lovers to overseas niche brands? I’m looking forward to finding out in the coming months.

For more details or to subscribe for the September box, visit Fabulous Finds’ website here.

Note : The product/service in this post was provided for consideration by the brand itself or a PR firm. This does not affect my review in any way and do refer to my disclosure policy for further details.

The ArglyDuckling

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, lip balm, lotions, mascara, mask, moisturiser, nail polish, skincare) by rinnah on 04-07-2012

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I grew up with proper, old-fashioned storybooks in my childhood days. The standards – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Three Bears, Goldilocks – you name it, I’ve probably read it. (My age is showing, isn’t it?) :P

And who could forget The Ugly Duckling? The story that promised you that one day, you would turn into a beautiful swan, loved and revered by all.

Well, some enterprising folks here in Singapore have taken the traditional fable and given it a right modern twist. Say hello to the ArglyDuckling online boutique. Where everyone (not just us girls) can look gorgeous if we want to, with just a little bit of effort and patience!

Right now, ArglyDuckling carries some niche, exclusive and hard-to-find brands in Singapore, like Blinc, Ciracle and Nature Girl to name a few. I was recently invited to a preview of some of the products and brands that they offer and I certainly was intrigued by more than a few!

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I have plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure (together with my mini commentary/first thoughts about the brand or product) so mosey along after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Fabulous Finds – Malaysia’s first Beauty Box subscription service

Filed Under (beauty, bodycare, cleanser, cosmetics, events, lotions, moisturiser, online shopping, powders, services, skincare) by rinnah on 27-06-2012

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If you’ve ever enviously looked on while our beauty blogging sisters in UK, US, Australia and Singapore talked about the beauty box subscriptions available to them, fret no more! Starting from now, Malaysia has its first beauty box in Fabulous Finds.

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For just RM35 a month, you’ll get 4 – 5 deluxe beauty samples from high-end and niche brands in a pretty box and delivered to your doorstep via courier.

I was invited to the launch of Fabulous Finds last Saturday and had a preview of the July box. What’s in the box?

As a nail polish hoarder, my first thought on seeing the pretty melon-pink box was, ‘Yes! I can keep more polishes in that box!’ :P because that’s how I’m storing my ever-expanding collection of polishes.

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Inside the box we find:

  • Beaubelle Clarity Brightening Cleansing Exfoliator
  • Beaubelle Gorgeous Multi Defence Protection Cream
  • Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Scrub
  • Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  • Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream
  • Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
  • Lunasol Skin Fusing Powder Foundation
  • Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

I was quite pleased with the brands represented in the first ever Fabulous Finds box – well known brands do a lot in reassuring me and I like that they were not your average drugstore brand but yet not so high-end so as to make them inaccessbile.

The deluxe beauty samples in the box were pretty decent too, and there was one full sized product in the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy tube which if you buy retail is about RM25. Also, the Beaubelle products, Benefit’s POREfessional and Lunasol powder were travel-sized.

The subscription point of RM35 is reasonable in my opinion, and not likely to break the bank for a boxful of pretty surprises. I personally like to think of my beauty box subscriptions as little monthly presents to myself for being a good girl. *cough* :P

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But you know what really made me like Fabulous Finds? I like that the founder, Hui Ling (that’s her in the picture above), really believes in giving back to the community. Did you know that each box is packed with care by women from disadvantaged backgrounds? This gives them the opportunity to gain employment and supplement their income even though it may not be able to provide them with a full-time income.

I’m really looking forward to see how Fabulous Finds progresses with their subsequent boxes and am more than happy to support a homegrown, local business.

You can subscribe to Fabulous Finds’ July box for just RM35 before 14 July 2012 as the boxes will be mailed out by courier starting 15 July 2012. There are only 180 boxes for July so you’ll need to be quick to reserve your box! Subscribe at the Fabulous Finds website here. Only available to residents of Malaysia.

What’s inside my Bellabox June 2012

Filed Under (bodycare, fragrances, lotions, serum, skincare, toner) by rinnah on 21-06-2012

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I think of all the Bellaboxes I’ve received thus far, I’m liking the June Bellabox most of all. :D

Themed the Summer Upgrade box, I was extremely psyched to find out that June’s box included sample/travel sizes of the following products:

  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner
  • Ralph Lauren Romance
  • Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream
  • Biotherm Lait Corporel Body Moisturizer
  • Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal
  • Lancome Genifique Youth Activator
  • Shu Uemura Whitefficient Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil

Whew! That’s quite a bumper box of goodies! :D

So far I’ve already dug into Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and you can betcha I’ll be purchasing this once I’ve finished up my sample. I’ve already been using Ralph Lauren’s Romance perfume, so having a travel vial allows me to keep it in the office.

Do you have a Bellabox subscription already? Or does this box tempt you to sign up?

What beauty related stuff do you keep at work?

Filed Under (bodycare, cosmetics, heels, lip balm, lip gloss, lotions, shoes) by rinnah on 01-05-2012

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The idea for this post was generated from a random chat with Beetrice (during work hours! :P ) one fine day and I got the idea that it would be fun to see what kinds of beauty related stuff people would keep at work.

I tend to go for the minimalist approach where possible, but soon found out that what I considered minimal was a whole lot more than what some of my beauty blogger friends had (which is nothing! Paris B, I’m looking at you!). But then again, some of the stuff I’ve listed aren’t strictly make-up or skincare related. I’ve just included them because I consider them to be part of ‘beauty at work’.

Are you ready for the virtual tour? Heheh.

Essentials that I need at hand on my workstation :
- Box of tissues (for my sinuses. Atchoo!)
- Avène Thermal Spring Water spray (to combat the drying effects of the office air-conditioning)
- Small standing mirror (to check myself out; also a gift from the lovely Syen)

Hidden away inside my drawer, tucked inside a pink cosmetics pouch from Daiso :
- tiny DKNY Pure Verbena scent spray (from one of my Bellaboxes)
- Liese Juicy Shower Hair Fragrance Spray (for those days when you eat out and come back smelling like a kitchen)
- Folding comb (also picked up for a song at Daiso)
- Oil blotting papers (I ‘fess up, I have two types – both powdered and non-powdered)
- Lip balms (not one, not two, but four! Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF15, Mentholatum Pure Softlips in Honeydew, Pangea Organics Lip Balm in Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom, and Maybelline Lip Smooth in Rose – the last one is a tinted lip balm)
- Lip products (mini Smashbox Lipgloss in Buff, Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Rose Pearl, and Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum)
- Assorted medication (for the sudden fever, cold, allergy, headache/migraine)

Also hidden inside my drawer but not in the cosmetics pouch :
- Small tub of Vaseline (original petroleum jelly type, not cream or lotion)
- Santa Verde Aloe Vera Creme in Medium (doubles as face and hand moisturiser)
- Crabtree & Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy (a gift!)
- A’kin Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand, Nail & Cuticle Creme
- Vitamins (Blackmores Cold Combat, and Scott’s Vitamin C Pastilles)
- Shoe shine sponge (part of a travel toiletries set)

And last but not least, something I consider essential to beauty at work for me… uh… four pairs of high heels under my table.
- Aldo Doyscher heels in black leather (super love them – my Louboutin dupes!)
- Rockport Luciana pumps in sandstone (a new addition bought on sale…)
- Lewre work pumps in black leather (my go-to regular shoes)
- DMK peeptoe heels in camel (when black just won’t match my outfit of the day)

So, what do you keep at work that’s beauty related?

High Tea with Bella Box

Filed Under (bodycare, branding, cosmetics, events, online shopping, skincare) by rinnah on 03-04-2012

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(I am rather late with this post cos my Hong Kong trip and work came up, but better late than never!) :P

Last month, I was lucky enough to be Beetrice’s plus one at Bella Box’s High Tea for bloggers. We had no idea what was in store for us but I can tell you now that it was fun!

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The event was held at Arteastiq Tea Lounge @ Mandarin Gallery. It was my first time there and it would be a place I’d like to revisit – it seems very popular with the hip SG crowd, judging by the stream of people that came while we were there.

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I have quite a number of pictures from the event after the jump so keep on reading! Read the rest of this entry »

EUBOS Sensitive Shower Oil

Filed Under (bodycare, gels and oils) by rinnah on 26-03-2012

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I liked EUBOS Sensitive Shower Oil so much that I actually went out and bought a twinpack as backup before I was even halfway done with my first bottle. I call it “The lazy girl’s secret weapon to getting moisturized skin without the effort”. That says a lot, kan? ;)

Now, I actually found this shower oil by chance about 2 years back. Previously, I used Oilatum as recommended by my dermatologist but it was a bit of a hassle as you had to dissolve the Oilatum solution in water. I also used the highly recommended Cetaphil cleanser, but somehow felt that it was simply not moisturizing enough for my extremely dry skin. So I ended up trawling my local pharmacy aisles when I noticed the magic word ‘oil’ on the packaging of the bottle. I was intrigued enough to give it a go and into my shopping basket it went.

It’s all too simple to use this shower oil. Just treat it like your average shower gel, just in an oil form. It doesn’t foam up much like other soap-free cleansers out there and it does leave a light but non-sticky film over your skin even after rinsing. With this shower oil, I have clean and happily soft and smooth skin that does not require any additional leave on body oils or greasy moisturizers. See what I meant about it being my ‘lazy girl’s secret weapon? Hehehe.

Naturally, since I am able to use it, this product is friendly for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

The only downsides to this product are that it still isn’t enough to combat scaly skin on my legs (need a scrub first for that) and I have found that using this shower oil leaves my bathroom floor just a little bit slippery, so you might want to make sure to rinse your floor after your shower.

Other than those little niggling downsides, I say, “Buy this product!” :D

Read other blogger reviews here :
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Description : Mildly Cleanses while intensively replenishing lipids to protect the natural biosphere of the skin from head to toe. Contains natural oils and Chamomile extracts which are dermatologically proven to ensure very mild cleansing and care for sensitive, very dry skin and even for those suffering from eczema. A pH neutral cleanser that is free from alkali, soap, dyes & preservations, hence it is particularly suited for sensitive skin. Highly recommended by dermatologists. Use daily to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Directions : Apply on damp skin & leave it on for 5 minutes to experience maximum effect. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. Shake before use.

Recommended retail price : I can’t remember now, but it’s less than MYR 30.00 for a good-sized bottle. (I’ll update this blogpost when I have the time to visit my local drugstore.)

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