Review | LANEIGE Cream Skin Refiner

Thursday, 13 June 2019
Toners have come such a long way from being just a product that you use as the next step in cleansing. These days, you can find all kinds of toners out there, ranging from hydrating and exfoliating ones to soothing and mildly-formulated toners for acne-prone and sensitive skin. Just choose the right ones based on your skin concerns. I myself love layering different toners; from the most lightweight to the thickest in terms of texture. I always start with an exfoliating toner, especially in my evening skincare routine to remove dead skin cells and make way for the rest of my skincare products to be well absorbed.

However, my toner-layering method just stopped working when I had the worst allergic reaction that caused my skin to become red, irritated, and flaky, or so I thought. As it turned out, I needed to combine a moisturising toner with a stronger exfoliating toner; Glycolic Acid treatment to really smooth out the flaky skin. I've tried several different toners that are powered by Hyaluronic Acids, ceramides, and other hydrating ingredients, but I kept my options open. One day, I got my hands on a deluxe-sized sample of the Cream Skin Refiner from one of my favourite Korean skincare brands under AmorePacific, LANEIGE. I think it's safe to say that my search for a hydrating toner is over and I quickly got myself the full-sized product. Before I go further into this highly-raved skin care product, let's get to know it a little bit more.

Product Description:
A Cream that melts into a Skin Refiner. This hydrating skin refiner provides ample moisture to the skin at the very first step of skincare routine.

Capacity: 150ml

Water / Aqua / Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Disodium Edta, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.


The Cream Skin Refiner comes in a pretty frosted glass bottle. Want to bring it along during your travels? Transfer some into a travel-friendly bottle to prevent accidental breakage.


There's simple product description printed on the back side of the box but also full description in the brochure that comes with every LANEIGE product.

Highlight on the ingredient; White Leaf Tea Water that's rich in amino acids that soothe the skin and reinforce the skin moisture barrier, making the skin truly healthy - which I have to agree!

Notice the sticker below there? That's the proof I've got mine (the first bottle) from LANEIGE Malaysia via their Official Lazada store during the product launch online before the stocks hit their beauty counters in departmental stores, etc. The promotion was to get a bottle at the retail price and get the miniature in 50ml for free. Definitely appreciate that as I've been traveling and I just love carrying this in my office bag so I can replenish my moisture in my mid-day skincare routine; layers of this toner and reapply my sunscreen.


The product features a unique cap that I have not encountered before. It has a lock system to prevent spillage, so make sure you twist the cap until you hear the 'click' sound. Notice the relief at the neck of the bottle?

The expiry date is printed at the bottom of the bottle in YYYYMMDD (Year-Month-Day) format. 



The toner has a milky-looking watery texture that felt nice on my skin. I always use cotton pads for first liquid-based product application after cleansing routine, but if I were to use first treatment essence, serum, or ampoule prior to this toner, then I would apply it by pouring a few drops into my palms and spread it well on my face.


Once applied, the toner slightly dries down and my skin felt so nicely hydrated. I followed up with thick-textured essence, serums, and/or ampoules after this toner; essentially the rest of my skincare routine. On lazy nights when I'm too exhausted to do my usual full routine, I'd be deep cleansing my skin and applying this toner several times before putting on a sleeping mask. I'd still be waking up with well-moisturised skin!

I didn't use the Cream Skin Refiner every day as I still love layering lightweight hydrating toners on daily basis. However, this toner is the only one I'd be using after every Glycolic Acid-infused product. The reason is because this toner really helps in replenishing moisture loss as glycolic acid can potentially dry out and irritate my skin. Thanks to the White Leaf Tea content (high in amino acid), it provides better moisturisation hence strengthens the skin barrier. I can totally tell that my skin is feeling much smoother.

If you have normal to oily skin that's dehydrated like mine, a single layer of this toner would be suffice. If you have dry to normal skin, then I'd recommend layering this toner at least 2 times per application in your morning and night skincare routines.

Overall, I give this toner a 5/5! I love it; it works well with my dehydrated skin. Plus, it helps so much in repairing my skin when it was recovering from the flaky situation. Now that I'm about to finish my first bottle after about 2 months (at the time of this post), I'm glad that I purchased another one (and then some more) as backup.

Have you tried this lovely hydrating toner? Let me know your thoughts below in the comment section. Until next post, annyeong~

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Blogger Mail | Althea A'bloom Collection

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Oh, my god! I don't think I can be more excited when I've received this month's Althea Angels Mail! Just look at those cuties! Althea has launched a new brand under their Althea Exclusives and it's called A'bloom!

The first set of products under this uber-cute collection would be the sheet masks! Check them out!

Recipe for Sparkling Skin; Sheet Masks!

Bought 40 sheet masks and got another 40 for free during the launch event!

There are four variants; Nourishing Avocado "Avo-Cuddle-Me" Mask Sheet, Brightening Lemon Lime "Sparkle-Me-Bright" Mask Sheet, Moisturising Watermelon "Water-Me-Long" Mask Sheet and Anti-Blemish Peach "AC-Me-Peach" Mask Sheet. Even the names are cute, right? Thanks to Tammy @hellotammylim and her creative brain!

I've tried the Watermelon mask while I was on-board; coming here to KL for the The Butterfly Project 6th Birthday party last Saturday which I will update soon, and I gotta say that the moisture lasted quite long until later that day as I remember I don't have to powder my oily T-zone every few hours as per usual. As I was exhausted from such a long day, I merely deep-cleansed, toned, used the Lemon Lime mask before going to sleep and I still woke up with nicely bright and hydrated skin. After few days in this capital city, I've started to feel my skin slightly reacted to the heat and everything so that's when both of the Peach and Avocado mask came in. I used Peach in the morning; to tone down the redness I was having and Avocado last night as I'm feeling rather dry around my U-zone area; jawline and outer cheeks. I'm so glad that I woke up with a smooth, non-flaky skin this morning.

BHA Blackhead Blaster!

Now, I've only tried this product once so far and I haven't seen quite a visible result other than seeing how minimised my pores had become after using it and the area became smoother too! But as for blackhead situation I'm having around the tip of my nose, no improvement yet so I'm hoping to use this product some more before finalising my thoughts on it. Stay tuned for that!

Meringue Puffs!

Last but not least, these uber-cute beauty sponges that come in meringue-like shapes and pink pastel colours!

There are 2 sizes available; Giant and Baby! So far, I've used the big one to apply my sunscreen in the morning (dry) and a foundation that I bought from Innisfree yesterday (will update the application on Instagram soon!) and boy, I'd actually prefer the meringue puff over the free foundation brush! When damped, the meringue puff doesn't absorb the foundation as much and the finishing is actually quite good. Those baby meringue puffs are so nice as they reach all the curves around my facial area. 

I guess that's all for now; these are pretty much my first impression of these new babies from Althea A'bloom. Looking at the design and attractive price points, I've got to say that the brand is targeting young millennials and of course, people like me who are in their 30s who still dig cute skincare products! LOL But overall, things are looking good as I definitely see myself repurchasing these in the future; those sheet masks are just great for morning routines and I probably not going back to the Original Beauty Blender after this. Hah!

All of these products are already available to purchase on Althea; links are down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!

I guess that's all for now and I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~

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Event | Rejoice Launches New ‘Hijab Perfection Series’ As The Perfect Haircare Solution For Hijabistas This Ramadan

Friday, 3 May 2019
I've got a last minute invitation few days ago so I've managed to go out of KL city today by taking LRT from KLCC to USJ and headed to the event space at MYDIN Mall Subang Jaya. I've arrived at the event like 2 hours earlier. Who's excited? Now, let's go to what went down at the event earlier today, shall we?

The New Formula, designed to keep Hair Clean and Fresh from Sahur to Break of Fast, Lands at MYDIN and retail stores nationwide.

‘Hijab’ is a religious and symbolic identity of majority of the women in Malaysia and Hijabers face unique hair concerns beneath the veil every day. To address these concerns, P&G Rejoice scientists have interviewed hundreds of consumers and found that there is a considerable increase in temperature and humidity in the head region under the veil versus outside in their recent study. According to the study, three main hair and scalp concerns for Hijabistas today are dandruff, malodor and tangled hair.

Mr. Sahil Sethi, Beauty Commercial Director for P&G Malaysia sharing his thoughts about the brand and the motivation behind the creation of the Hijab Perfection Series.

To counter this issue, Rejoice proudly unveiled its new collection of Shampoo and Conditioner ‘Hijab Perfection Series’ that comes with a breakthrough 3-in-1 formula at a media event on May 3 where the science behind the new Rejoice formulas was shared along with interactive science demonstrations by Dr Rebecca Kan, P&G Asia Pacific Haircare Scientific Communications. The new product solves 1) Dandruff problem with extra clean anti-dandruff properties 2) Heat & Malodor with extra cooling from Menthol and refreshing smell of Kasturi flower 3) Tangled hair by ensuring extra smoothness that lasts all day and hence is the right haircare solution for Hijabistas.

(from left to right) Mr. Sahil Sethi, Beauty Commercial Director for P&G Malaysia; Elfira Loy; Datuk Wira (Dr) Haji Ameer Ali Bin Mydin, Marketing Director of Mydin Mohamed Holding Bhd.; Kok How Goh, National Sales Manager of P&G Malaysia during the official launch of Rejoice Hijab Perfection Series.

“I have been the face of Rejoice brand in early stages of my career and was also popularly known as ‘Rejoice Gadis Bertudung Hijau’. I am extremely delighted to partner with Rejoice again to be part of the launch of the new Rejoice Hijab Perfection Series. I am thrilled with how this new product keeps my hair cool and fresh throughout the day. I am also in love with the youthful packaging design that completely symbolizes a modern day Hijabista like me. I would definitely recommend the new Rejoice to all my fellow Hijabistas in Malaysia this Ramadan” said Elfira Loy, Popular Malaysian Actress and Entrepreneur after she unveiled the new range.

(second from left to right) Mr. Sahil Sethi, Beauty Care Commercial Director, P&G Malaysia, Elfira Loy, and Dr Rebecca Kan, Principal Scientist for P&G Asia Pacific Haircare sharing their thoughts on the new offerings from Rejoice at the talk show.

“With Rejoice’ s new ‘Hijab Perfection Series’ of shampoos and conditioners, MYDIN customers can now look forward to an innovative formulation that can finally give them the solution for perfect hair under Hijab. With a breakthrough formula and new age innovative packaging, we anticipate a positive response from our customers with the launch of the new series by Rejoice,” said Datin Wira Dr Hjh Siti Hawa Mohd, Director of Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd.

Dr Rebecca Kan, Principal Scientist for P&G Asia Pacific Haircare sharing the breakthrough innovation with a live demonstration of how Rejoice Hijab Perfection Series works.

“Rejoice has always been a brand of firsts by launching First ever 2-in-1 shampoo, First ever Cosmetic Anti Dandruff shampoo and also the First ever Hot Oil shampoo. It has always defined the benchmark for superior smoothness and has been one of most loved haircare brands in Malaysia. Continuing our innovation streak, we launch our new ‘Hijab Perfection Series’ that tackles Dandruff, Heat & Malodor and tangled hair all at one go making it the Perfect Solution for Hijabistas this Ramadan” said Mr. Sahil Sethi, Beauty Care Commercial Director of P&G Malaysia.

Elfira Loy posing with the newly launched Hijab Perfection 3-in-1 Perfect Cool Shampoo and Conditioner from Rejoice.

Rejoice Hijab Perfection Series is available in two variants for Shampoo, 3-in-1 Perfect Cool (for stronger cooling and ultimate freshness effect) and Perfect Perfume (for long lasting scent intensity). The shampoo variants are complemented by 3-in-1 Perfect Conditioner for smooth and conditioned hair with lightweight feel. This conditioner can be paired with both variants of the 3-in-1 Perfect Series shampoos.

Rejoice ‘Hijab Perfection Series’ shampoo and conditioner are available in three different sizes with 170ml, 340ml and 600ml. This new range of products is available across MYDIN and all other major customers nationwide.

I guess that's all from me and make sure to check out my posts on Instagram about the activities held at the event (hint: photobooth and DIY terrarium!). I'll be seeing you guys on my next post! Take care!

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Rejoice, one of the most popular haircare brands across the globe, includes multiple collections to help provide women with superior smoothness & other cosmetic benefits for their beautiful hair. The current Rejoice offerings include: 3-in-1 Anti Dandruff, Rich, Anti Hair fall, Anti Frizz, Perfume Smooth, Perfume Fresh, Micellar Airy Volume and Micellar Oil Removal. Rejoice Hijab Perfection Series offerings include: 3-in-1 Perfect Cool, 3-in-1 Perfect Perfume and 3-in-1 Perfect Conditioner. Powered by decades of experience of 100+ scientists, Rejoice’ Superior Formula works inside and out for beautiful hair with long lasting smoothness.

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Event | Guardian X NAELOFAR Unveils Exclusive Tote Bags for Ramadhan

Thursday, 2 May 2019
Assalammualaikum and how are you my lovelies! It's been awhile since I last started my post with a greeting and I'm just so excited to share with you guys out there about an event that I've attended earlier today and boy, it was so much fun as you guys might've aware that this is indeed the first event ever for me; attending as a blogger representing Myra Beauty Diary! Woot! Woot!

I was supposed to leave on Tuesday after having a long weekend of attending my first party for beauty blogger community, hanging out with my friends, having local Asian Beauty Community meetups and of course, spending quality times with my best friend and then on Monday, came in the email from Guardian Malaysia through their PR company; an invite to their exclusive launch event for the lovely tote bags for Ramadan, a collaboration between the drugstore brand and a famous celebrity, Neelofa! Even though I'm not huge on local entertainment scene but as a hijab fashion enthusiast myself, I'm very much familiar with her brand, Naelofar; one of the biggest hijab brand here in Malaysia.

Now, let's go to what went down earlier today!

Guardian X NAELOFAR Exclusive Summer Collection tote bags.

Guardian Malaysia unveiled today Nature Beauty, Red Blossoms and Floral Serenity tote bags - it has commissioned for its Exclusive Summer Collection for Ramadan. These tote bags were designed and inspired by talented actress, TV presenter, model and successful entrepreneur; Miss Neelofa, the owner of one of Malaysia's leading contemporary fashion brand; NAELOFAR.

(From left) Chiang Kong Sim from Maybelline, Steph Too from Sunsilk, Wong Vai Chi, Head of Marketing, Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd, Neelofa, Sheryn Soo, Head of Skincare, Guardian Health and Beauty Sdn Bhd and Lee Yunn Tyng from Nivea posing for the media at the launch of Naelofar X Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection tote bags.

Speaking at the launch of the Summer Collection, Ms. Wong Vai Chi; Head of Marketing, Health and Beauty, Guardian Health and Beauty said, "This collaboration with NAELOFAR is our special way to welcome the Holy Month of Ramadan with our customers. We want to offer our customers something exclusive and of course, beautiful, when they drop in to shop for their health and beauty necessities at Guardian stores.

Neelofa (middle) and models posing with Naelofar X Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection tote bags.

Vai Chi also announced that Guardian stores will have a special theme called "Seiring Ramadan" during the month of Ramadan where Guardian will strive to offer customers the best deals throughout this Ramadan season with discounts of up to 50% on some products.

Check the promotion here! Until end of this month!

"And for those who would like health tips during Ramadan, guardian will be uploading on its Facebook page, some useful advice from Joanna Soh, Asia's #1 Fitness YouTuber from time to time," she added.

Guardian X NAELOFAR Exclusive Summer Collection will be available from today until stocks last.

So in the month of Ramadan, what better time to shop at Guardian and to carry your purchases home in a must-have tote bag designed by Neelofa herself.

Models striking a pose for the media at the launch of Naelofar X Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection. 

The tote bags can be purchased at a 40% discount with any purchase of a sponsor's product worth RM20, or RM30 of a non-sponsor's product. After the 40% discount, the bags will retail for only RM17.90.

From left: Red Blossoms, Nature Beauty, Flora Serenity

According to Neelofa, these are her inspirations behind the three tote bags:
  • Red Blossoms | A vibrant colour of Iris flowers designed with golden rectangle geometry to lead the eye from one design element to the next. Exclusively designed to look bold and elegant.
  • Nature Beauty | Designed to go beyond the norm towards modernization. The use of clean, irregular shapes with tropical colours emphasize on the beauty effect of the design.
  • Flora Serenity | Flowers and butterflies symbolise grace and beauty, with a touch of vibrant colours to give more festive-like feelings. Designed exclusively for those who embrace elegance.

The Guardian Exclusive Summer Collection will be available from today until stocks last. "So please start collecting these three tote bags early as stocks are very limited," said Vai Chi.

Shall I reveal what I've got in the goodie bag?

So that's the very first event I ever attended as blogger from Myra Beauty Diary and it was fun indeed. The launch was at one of the nice restaurant in Suria KLCC, I've got to meet lots of other big social media influencers and it was lovely to meet writers from magazines like NONA, Jelita, Remaja; local beauty and fashion magazines here in Malaysia. I feel so excited and inspired at the same time as I've always wanted to attend this kind of event so here's to more exciting events in 2019! One last pic with Neelofa! I admit, I was nervous hence the shaky selfie. LOL!

I guess that's all from me so I'll be seeing you guys on my next post! Take care!

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Blogger Mail | Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream and Waterful Green Bamboo Pads

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Early this month, I've received another package from the Althea Land and this time they're launching products that are quite trendy these days; anti-pollution moisturiser that suits everyone even sensitive skin and soothing toner pads that's just filled with hydration and I'm obsessed with the gauze-type pad!

I've been incorporating both of these products in my daily morning and evening skincare routines and I just love how versatile and easy to apply they actually are like the rest of Althea Exclusives; skincare products released under un-house brand, Althea. Here's my first impression:-

I've been using the Waterful Green Bamboo Pads as the first step after my cleansing routine for the past couple weeks. I haven't had any soothing toner in my skincare stash because I usually go for hydrating and brightening toners instead; not until my skin started to dry out around my outer cheeks and chin area (entering my 30s sucks big time) and that's when I've started to look for gentle and soothing toner for my sensitive facial area. Then, bam! Althea dropped the toner pad; not only it soothes and hydrates my skin, it also helps in removing dead skin cells rather gently thanks to the gauze-type pads and the willow bark extracts as well. 

I've been noticing that my skin doesn't react well with heavy makeup lately; lots of redness around my cheek area and of course, there's still some areas around my outer cheeks that's just flaky and sad! I usually treat these areas with soothing, Panthenol-containing sheet masks but lately I feel that's still a bit lacking in terms of result unlike before. I've been using the Skin Relief Calming Cream mostly in my night skincare routine for the past couple weeks; coupling  it with other moisturisers where I'd be applying the soothing cream on affected area with other moisturisers focusing on hydration (Hyaluronic Acid-containing) that are mostly light in texture on the rest of my facial area. Man, I'm fully aware that combination skin is tricky but it gets trickier with sensitive area.

So far, both products are appearing regularly on my #myraskincarediary on Instagram which means I've been using them a lot especially the soothing pad toners! I even take some of it and place them into a small case for me to carry in my office skincare kit for my midday routine because it's just so hot in Malaysia these days and even layering hydrating toners won't do. 

I guess that's all for now! Do stay tuned for full reviews for both of these products upcoming soon in here in my blog. Have you tried any of Althea Exclusive? Tell me about it! By the way, if you're planning to sign up for Althea and place your first order for more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!

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2019 Spring Launches | Shu Uemura Unlimited Fluid Foundation

Monday, 18 March 2019

Shu Uemura Unlimited Fluid Foundation is a new liquid foundation with SPF24 and it comes in 24 shades. The foundation focuses on three things: shade range, lightweight texture and long wearing.

The formula is light and smooth, giving an even color to your complexion while feeling completely lightweight. All the shades have been selected to suit Asian women of all skin tones. This selection of shades is based on through the research of over 3000 women from all over Asia.

On SEPHORA Malaysia website, there are currently 12 shades available and I'm hoping for them to make full range available soon as I don't see my shade range in there, at least not yet.

I've made some inquiry at Imago Kota Kinabalu Boutique and the BA has informed that the shades available are only half of the full range too! I'm not sure which ones so I'll be heading down there to check it out myself. Also, I'd be picking up the new Blanc:Chroma Lightening and Polishing Cleansing Oil sample kit to see if it's better than my regular Anti/Oxi+ Skin Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil.

Have you tried anything from Shu Uemura? Let me know!

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