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Beauty Routine | Foot Cream

Sunday, 25 March 2018

One of the newest habit I got myself into is applying foot cream before bed and I have to admit it's hard at the beginning as once I got into bed, I fall asleep the second my head touches the pillow. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I give out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines i.e. this foot cream.






Actually, I’ve only been using body lotions to moisturise all my body area but then I saw this foot cream while I was at the store and decided to indulge for a little bit with this Shea Butter Foot Cream from L’Occitane. It contains only 15% of Shea Butter so it’s lighter than the hand cream and a little goes a long way with this one as I only have to use small amount per application.

The thing with moisturizer, if you do your scrubbing routine regularly, like once or twice a week, the better your moisturiser being absorbed into skin. As the skin at our arms and legs; pretty much almost body area is thicker than our facial area, it's imperative to do scrub regularly so moisturizing it after can be easy breezy. 

I guess that's all from me, I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~



Beauty Routine | Hand Creams

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

A hand cream or two with different scents and functions are staple in my handbag/backpack and definitely something I can't leave house without. I have severely dry hands as I'm too lazy to wear gloves while doing dishes or laundry so I just have to compensate the moisture in my skin by regularly applying hand creams, hand lotions even hand balms; depending on how I feel at that time of the day or night. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines so let's get into it! 






When it comes to hand care, I must have 3 things; hand wash, hand sanitiser and most importantly or most things that I've indulged so much for my hands are moisturisers for my hand. As I only been using Dettol hand wash and sanitiser, the above are some of my favourite hand creams.


I love perfumed hand creams from Korean beauty brands like Innisfree and THE FACE SHOP especially the ones with floral or smells like baby stuffs. These minis; usually sized in small 30ml tubes are regularly being repackaged as a whole and sometimes being released in limited edition scent and of course packaging which can make me go crazy as I want to collect them all!


On days I feel my hands are extra irritated, I usually go with EUBOS Sensitive Hand Repair & Care; now a favourite brand of mine from Germany along with ZOEVA. Some areas on my fingers tend to get dry and flaky especially after I do my laundry or dishes so this actually smooth out the area and I just love its silky velvety finishes.


I bought my first tube of L'Occitane Intensive Hand Balm thanks to @illiyaridzuan and it went to my dad as his hands are super dry too hence I bought another tube for myself. The brand released several hand creams under their Shea Butter line with different intensities i.e. percentage of Shea Butter and this contains 25% of it. I usually apply this before bed as one, it's inconvenient to carry around that huge tube and two, I just love how moisturised my hands feel in the morning.


Do you use hand creams on daily basis? Do let me know your favourites by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~


Say hello to myrabeautydiary.com!

Monday, 19 March 2018



Finally after more than 4 years of having this little blog of mine, I decided to get my own domain so say hello to Myra Beauty Diary!

To those of you who have been reading my blog from time to time (or is there any of you who read every post here? Hugs!) I'm pretty sure you guys know that all I've been doing here in this blog are writing beauty reviews, hauls and of course beauty topics. Therefore, I think it's befitting the new name that I chose for this blog as it's pretty much like I'm writing my diary, with snippets of my view on stuffs and some photos.

I have to admit that I've only been so active on social media especially Instagram and sometimes Twitter as I've been working on new contents hopefully in much more organised and coherent manner. It's about time for me to really show you guys on what's going on with my beauty routine and other things I'm eager to share with you guys (hint: I've got new place to live!) as all I've been doing for the past months were just sharing my obsession with sheet masks and some beauty blogger mails and packages. 

So let's engage by letting me know your thoughts on the latest trendy topic on Asian Beauty. If you did left comments before, please know that as I've changed my domain, all comments are no longer available (that's just how Google+ works) so feel free to drop some comments down below. 

Feel free to reach me via Instagram or Twitter @myrabeautydiary. That's all for now and I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~




Beauty Routine | Hair Treatment

Sunday, 18 March 2018


As I’m a hijabi; I wear hijab on daily basis so I don’t really spend money on hair products other than shampoo, conditioner and hair oil or serum. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines I'll be talking about these two products that I discovered and attempted to try.





The Pure Beauty Treatment Hair Oil which I got about 5 months ago, isn’t something that I use everyday as my scalp and hair tends to get oily under my hijab. If I were to spend more than a day at home, then I’ll apply this after I washed and dried my hair. It’s light but somehow it makes my hair oilier so I usually just take small amount of it and applied my hair ends. 


On the other hand, I love the Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum for its light texture and my hair smells great whenever I applied this. The serum absorbed well and I don’t feel as oily as the regular hair oil. I’ll be sure to purchase its full-sized version.

Do you use hair oil or would you prefer serum-type hair treatment? Do let me know by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~



Beauty Routine | Body Lotions

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

After I started working over 2 years ago, I've spent roughly 12 to 14 hours a day in a full air-conditioned office so that was the time when my legs area became dry and flaky hence I've started piling on body lotions. I prefer those light in consistency however still provide ample moisture for my skin. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines I'll be talking about these products that I've actually love and repurchased several times. 





Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. What I love the most is indeed the scent and how it moisturizes my skin well without being sticky or tacky feeling. One of the first few things I bought from SEPHORA back then and this has become a staple to my after-shower routine.

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Lotion. I decided to get the full-sized product when someone gifted to me a small size of it during the time I was obsessed with rose-scented body products. I do like this very much too though sometimes I feel this left a sticky feelings on me.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing and Restoring Body Lotion is the new love that I found end of last year. I never knew that I actually love the honey scent so much! I thought it’s going to be all sticky and whatnot but not this one! It goes smoothly on my skin, absorbed well into it and again I just love it. I heard they're releasing Body Yogurt version of this so I actually am curious to see the texture and feel but for now this going to be staple for awhile.


I guess that's all from me, do let me know your favourite body lotion by leaving comments down below. Until next post, annyeong~



Beauty Routine | Bath Salts

Sunday, 11 March 2018

To me, even body scrubbing is kind of a stretch to do so when I discovered bath salts, I was indifferent about it until I tried one. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using in my body care routines I'll be talking about the first bath salt I ever tried so let's get into it!



For bath salts, you'll be needing bath tub filled with water but we don't have that in my place so I opted for basin that can fit my feet. I usually just filled it up with water half towards my knee  and poured in a table spoon of the bath salts and just soak my feet for as long as I want to. According to Chinese medical studies, there are lots of nerve endings at out feet so the salts detoxifies our body by pulling out the toxins and helps in releasing our stress from head to toe. 

The whole routine is indeed relaxing especially when I added in some essential oils like rosehip or lavender but most of the time I usually just light up some scented candles and scrubbing my legs while I'm soaking my feet. 

Do you use bath salts? Would you try some?

Beauty Routine | Shampoo Oh La La!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018
My scalp condition has always been oily, with dandruff-prone and lots of hair fall. I wear hijab everyday; roughly 12 to 14 hours a day so basically I need refreshing, hydrating and heavenly scented shampoo and conditioner. Don't we all? For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products i.e. body washed that I'm currently using in my body care routines so let's get into it!





My regular problem-free daily shampoo and conditioner Sunsilk Hijab Recharge Refresh (the green colour; not pictured) that I have been using since teen years. I've tried other drugstore shampoos and conditioners along the way but I've always come back to Sunsilk.


Of course, I always love trying other products so recently I've discovered the Innisfree Green Tea Mint Fresh Shampoo and Conditioner and these are the bomb! It's much more refreshing and I just love the cooling sensation at the same time, these don't dry out my scalp which is great! I've also received deluxe sample for Innisfree Camellia Essential Shampoo and Conditioner as GWP at the store and I've been loving this too especially because of its hydrating property and the scent is really nice.


I gathered some more hair care products to try next so stay tuned for that! That's all from me and I'll see you guys in my next post! Annyeong~



Beauty Routine | Body Scrubs

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Whether you're working in an office or being outdoor all day long, body scrub is imperative as facial scrub; they need to be used once or twice weekly to get rid dead skin cells and improve absorption rate of products that being applied all over the skin. For today's post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products i.e. body washed that I'm currently using in my body care routines so let's get into it!


Now, when it comes to body scrub, I’ve been repurchasing nothing but these from Soap & Glory. Of course, I love The Body Shop scents a lot but their scrubs just don’t get me hooked as much as Soap & Glory’s did. Soap & Glory Scrub ‘Em and Leave ‘Em is the first one I got from SEPHORA and I’ve been loving it ever since. It works well, I love the scent especially and it’s not abrasive for my skin and legs area.

Soap & Glory The Scrub of My Life is essentially for my shins and elbows; dry and rough skin area. It’s perfect for the job as this moisturises while scrubbing off the dead skin cells.


I got the Coffee Body Scrub from @thepinkdiamond.co as giveaway gift and I’ve been loving this as well. I love coffee and the scent for this is just perfect for me and most importantly, this works! I'll come up with a quick review soon to let you guys know my thoughts on this.


I guess that's all for now, I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~


Beauty Routine | Shower Companions

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

For today's (and the next upcoming weeks) post under my Beauty Routine series where I'll be giving out my thoughts on line of products that I'm currently using at certain point of my body care routines so let's get into it!



For body wash, I use different kinds for my morning and evening shower. The above are for my morning shower; moisturising and highly scented according to my choice of fragrance of the day. Among my favourites that I've purchased several times is The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose; I've been obsessing with rose-scented body products for the past few months and this is one of the first that I got my hands onto. What I like the most when it comes to shower gels from the brand is how small amount can lather lots of thick foam provided if you're using bath flowers or similar tools.

Another one is The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey; a perfect shower companion on days I feel so dry and flaky (when I forgot to put my air-conditioner on timer) as this shower cream cleanses and moisturises my body at the same time. Not forgetting the addicting honey scent! 


Sephora Collection Cotton Flower Bubble Bath and Shower Gel is something I picked up from the store simply because of its cute packaging but I do love the scent as it turned out. It doesn't moisturise as much and the scent doesn't really last long so I don't really find myself reaching back to it. Probably going to get refills of other shower gels once I'm done with this.


For my evening shower, I prefer to use refreshing and anti-bacterial shower gels from Shokobutsu with Sakura and Green Tea are my favourite variants. Not in the photo as I usually buy refills for my Daiso soap dispenser.

I guess that's all for now! I'll see you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



Blogger Mail | Althea Box No. 40 | 7-Step Korean Skincare

Last month, Althea Korea sent me one of their non-subscription Beauty Box; 7-Step Korean Skincare Box and the theme is K-Beauty Glow! Now, I bet you're already know what Korean skincare is all about; the ultimate goal of having bright, healthy (read poreless and baby soft), glowing skin and if you're still new and clueless to this most extensive (rhymes with expensive) skincare routine out there or just want to find some products that can help to cut down some steps in the routine and save some money, just read on and maybe put on some sheet mask on your cleansed and toned skin as this is going to be a long post.






A quick run through on Althea Beauty Boxes, these are beauty boxes that are launched 2 to 3 times a month on their website specially curated by Althea Mermaids with different and interesting themes or trends to basically bring out the K-beauty products to the eyes of ours; Asian beauty enthusiasts. As mentioned above, these are non-subscription beauty boxes so do follow their social media like Instagram for updates on these affordable starters and see if there's one box that befits your needs both for skincare and makeup. I actually bought a box of Vitamins-themed Althea Box before so do check it out here! Before we go to the products included in this box, let me just talk about Althea Korea box for a bit. Isn't it cute?




Althea Korea was still in the midst of Holiday season when they sent me this box hence the holiday-themed package. Quite frankly, I'd prefer to have the word "Holiday" rather than just Christmas as here in Malaysia, we're majority Muslims and as this limited edition box was released during November to January, it was indeed a holiday season with long school break, Christmas, and indeed it was the time when I personally take a long paid leave from work.


 


The box is in dark blue colour, a little bit of purple undertone with theme park during snowy season illustration on the sides of it. There's golden star patterns printed on the inner sides of it and I just love how cute they are as I opened the box, almost like I could hear chimes softly ring from afar. 



ALTHEA 7-STEP KOREAN SKINCARE BOX




Products included:
  • Natural Pacific Perfect Deep Cleansing Oil 
  • The SAEM Healing Tea Garden Tea Tree Cleansing Water 
  • Dr.Frog Control-Tox Peeling Gel (120ml) 
  • Son&Park BEAUTY WATER (340ml) 
  • Leaguertox V-Shot Silhouette Lifting Ampoule_1ea 
  • Rire Camu Camu Moisture Cream 
  • Lebaton Pearl Whitening Essence Mask


If you've been reading my blog for quite some time, you'd notice that I'm all about brightening skincare products but beginning 2016 I have been incorporating some anti-aging skincare products into my routine to combat the dryness especially around my neck area. For that, I'd tried some deluxe anti-dryness moisturisers and serums but I haven't still found the one that suits my dehydrated normal to oily skin yet so I do actually hope that I might find something good among these curated items in this box. 


As Korean skincare routine generally consists of 2 to 3 products for cleansing stage, scrub or peeling product, toner (or toners for the trending 7-skin method), essence, serum, ampoule, eye cream, spot treatment, moisturiser, sleeping masks, and maybe more of that special kind of treatment skincare products like booster i.e. vitamin-filled product to help boost your line of skincare, activator i.e. product that can help in activating the cells at the deepest layers of skin for it to be able to absorb your line of skincare, finisher i.e. the last sealant on top of all the layers of your skincare, and other types of products with specific target and function. All of these 14 to 16 products basically complement each other and the key for applying them is according to their textures and viscosities i.e. from the most watery to the thickest or heaviest of creams. 


Now, let's go back to the 7 products included in this box and I going to go with the cleansers and the toner first. 




Assuming that I wear full makeup, the moment I stepped into my house; the first thing I do is to remove my makeup. I use a separate eye makeup remover to remove waterproof mascara, followed by cleansing water to pre-cleanse my skin as it's a habit of mine to just chill for a bit before I'm off to shower. I'd be using a cleansing oil to thoroughly cleanse my skin as it really melts off the makeup as I massage it well for a minute or two on my facial area. Then, I will do double cleanse with a cleansing foam or water-based cleanser. Every two to three days I will use scrubs to remove dead skin cells which you guys know how important it is to ensure high rate of absorption of your skincare products. Lastly, to wrap up the cleansing stage I would use a toner to remove any leftover of the cleansing product and helps restore the moisture loss during the cleansing process. 




In this Althea Box, a cleansing water is included and it's The SAEM Healing Tea Garden Tea Tree Cleansing Water. Any skincare products with tea tree as featured ingredient is basically meant for those with normal to oily skin as it helps removing excessive sebum deep in pores which can lead to acne if not being properly taken care of.


 


This refreshing cleansing water can be used to remove light makeup i.e. sunscreen or cc cream and impurities that have been accumulated throughout the day and it's actually doesn't require rinsing off with water afterwards. Still, I will at least rinse it off with water if it's the only cleanser I use for the night. 

It's watery, as I use it with cotton pads; wiping it all over my face and it gives me soothing and slightly cooling sensation as it removes my makeup of the day. I really like it and definitely would love to restock this product. 





Next step would be an oil-based cleanser to remove waterproof makeup like BB Cushion or thick foundation. With Natural Pacific Perfect Deep Cleansing OilI don't even need to use eye makeup remover for my waterproof mascara. Just take a few pumps and massage gently the eye area until the mascara melted off although I would massage my whole facial area first then proceed with eye area. I don't want to drag the black ink around. 




In the above photo, there are some of my base makeup swatches; from left, colour corrector cushion, BB Cushion, matte BB Cushion and a full coverage foundation with a pump of the cleansing oil. 


 


I would just massage the oil for few minutes or till everything is melted then I would just add a little bit of water to emulsify the oil and massage for a little bit more before washing it all off with water. I always follow up with my regular cleansing foam afterwards.

I do like this cleansing oil as it cuts the necessity for me to use a separate makeup remover for my eye makeup and the fact that the oil is light and easy to remove at the same time melts off my makeup really well is making me repurchasing it when I'm finished with it.





When it comes to taking care of dead skin cells, I always opt for scrubs however these days my cheeks are too dry for aggressive black sugar scrubs so I bought a honey version of the mask but still, I'd love to find other options if possible. The last time I tried something with a 'peeling' word in its name it was more like a mask that when you rub it enough on your skin, the substance will turn into  a rubber-like and roll your dead skin cells with it. I guess not with this DR. FROG Control-Tox Peeling Gel.


 


It's a clear gel and when I spread it around my facial area, it doesn't change into any other form and as I go with the instruction, to just massage all over for few minutes and wash it off afterwards. I did felt my skin much smoother and brighter; as you see in the right photo of my hand. 




Now the product that I anticipated mostly from this box is indeed this Son&Park Beauty Water. You guys have seen it being featured many times here in my blog and Instagram, the story of how I got my hands on the very first bottle all the way from Seoul back in the day (2015) as this brand was not readily available at local beauty store nor online. I fell in love with this toner or should I say Beauty Water as indeed it's more than just a water. It hydrates, gently exfoliates the skin, making it soft and supple and just ready for next product application.



 


If I were to compare between the one that I bought back in 2016 and the new one on the left that was included in this Althea Box, there's not much of a difference other than the cap is now engraved with the brand's logo. I feel like the scent, texture and effectiveness are pretty much the same as before. I love it, it's on my HG skincare list and I will repurchase it for the 6th time once I've finished with this one.




Next is these two products for moisturisation of the skin and included within the Althea Box; Leaguertox V-Shot Silhouette Lifting Ampoule and Rire Camu Camu Moisture Cream


 


The ampoule contains patented ingredients; L-Carnosine (anti-aging and elasticity improvement), Oligo-HA (wrinkle and elasticity improvement) and Argireline (wrinkle improvement and lifting effect). These patented ingredients; sweet almond seed extract, pomegranate extract and raspberry extract are sourced from nature.

The ampoule is indeed thick and it has this cooling sensation which is so nice once applied on my smile lines, neck lines even on my crow feet i.e. outer-V eye area. It soothes the tight feeling at these area on my face and neck and I love applying at least 4 to 5 dots on them. As it leaves sticky feeling to my skin, I'd prefer to apply my moisturiser right after. 




I love the packaging for this product as it's in the shade of pink that I like with a golden lid. The design is simple and pretty. To this point, I've only heard the term 'moisture cream' and never had the intention to try one as I always think that it's going to be thick and heavy for the skin. I'm completely blown away by this one.

This moisture cream supposedly provides abundant hydration and nutrition to the skin as it contains camu camu extract that is rich in Vitamin C and camellia oil that is rich in oleic acid hence it brightens (with 9 types of flower extracts and Niacinamide) and anti-wrinkles (with adenosine) at the same time. 


 


The texture is that creamy, sticky and elastic however once spread and massaged well onto my skin, I feel my skin is so smooth and it does give a subtle glow to my skin but most importantly the cream is not sticky as I had expected. 

This cream gives off strong scent however so if you're not keen on products that contain fragrance then maybe you want to stay away from this one though.


Last but not least, the seventh item included in this Althea Box is a sheet mask and if you ask me, you can never go wrong with a brightening sheet mask in your skincare routine.


 


Lebaton Essence Mask in Pearl Whitening supposedly brightens up dull skin with pearl extracts and other natural ingredients like Centella Asiatica extracts, ginkgo biloba extracts, aloe barbadensis extracts and camellia sinensis extracts to soothe the skin.




The sheet is quite thin considering it's a natural cotton sheet almost as thin as cupra sheet. The essence is clear and slightly watery with faint scent. I see brightening effect though temporary but I love the hydrating effect this gives. It's really affordable and I'd love to use this kind of mask in my morning routine. Definitely going to repurchase this along with the other 2 other variants from the mask line. 


Overall, I would say that these 7 items are sufficient for those of you who just started your journey in Korean skincare. Once you have patted down these products in your routine, you are ready to add more products like facial essence, serum or treatment ampoules. The ultimate goal when it comes to Korean skincare is having a bright, clear, healthy and glowing skin so taylor the products according to your skin needs.

For those of you who are already down with your own routine, having these products won't be redundant either as each of the product functions on its own and can possibly aid in boosting your skincare effects. Take the Beauty Water for an example, even if I don't do scrub for a week maybe two, the dead skin cells don't accumulate as much as compared to those days I was merely using a hydrating toner. If you haven't jump in on the cleansing oil wagon then you might just try that cleansing oil from Natural Pacific. 

I know at this point of time this particular Althea Box has already sold out and I might say that once the box is gone, it's gone. Though I've seen some boxes made return to the webstore, that's just luck. The prices offered for each of the box are affordable and take this box for example, it's much cheaper to just get this box rather than just getting the Beauty Water itself. Therefore, the next time you saw an Althea Box launched on the store, just grab them if it suits your need and who knows you might discover great new products for your skin. 

Would you be interested in this kind of non-subscription box? Or do you want me to do full review on any of the products above? Let me know in the comment section below. 

Until next post, annyeong~


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