• Beauty,  Skincare

    Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

    We tried Innisfree’s best-seller Green Tea Seed Serum and we’re quite pleased with the results. 

    Spring is the season of refreshment which is reflected in Innisfree’s star product and number one global bestseller, The Green Tea Seed Serum. Infused with green tea essence instead of water, natural amino acid and minerals are generously delivered on your skin while keeping its moisturized from deep inside.

    Known as the “3-second hydration serum”, it is the first serum to use right after cleansing and touted to seal the moisture within 3 seconds after applying.

    The Green Tea Seed Serum

    First, we tried The Green Tea Seed Serum (RM90.00 for an 80ml bottle). The serum comes in a green bottle with a push cap.

    Applying it on the skin had an instant moisturizing effect. However, we found the scent to be slightly too strong. This would be a personal preference, so if you like scented serums, this would be suitable for you.

    Green Tea Perfumed Diffuser 

    Love the scent of green tea? Well, then we have good news for you. You can get Innisfree’s green tea scented diffuser. The set comes with a green tea scented perfume, diffusion stick and a wooden holder for the bottles and one handphone.

    There are several perfume scents, the one we tested is 0408: Green Tea. The top note is green tea, the heart note is rosemary, and the base is lavender. We like the fresh scent it gives off around the office.

    If you would like to find out more about Innisfree, do check out their website here for more information on their products.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    6 Christmas Gift Ideas From Innisfree

    Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Here are some of our favorites from Innisfree’s X-Mas collection.

    We have always been a fan of Innisfree, a skincare and fragrance brand from Korea that touts natural ingredients such as green tea seeds, soybean, and volcanic clay. Previously, we had to stock up whenever we were in Korea but since Innisfree landed in Malaysia a year ago, we are no longer deprived.

    Here are some of Venusbuzz’s team’s favorite picks as Christmas gifts:

    Innisfree X’ mas The Green Tea Seed Serum Set (RM90.00)
    The Green Tea Seed Serum contains 100% freshly squeezed Jeju green tea to deliver moisture deep into the skin, while green tea seed oil holds moisture within the skin. The set comes with The Green Tea Seed Serum 80ml, Green Tea Balancing Skin 15ml, Green Tea Balancing Lotion 15ml and Green Tea Sleeping Pack 10ml.

    “I like the delicate green tea scent. The sleeping pack soothes me to sleep at night.” – Hui Ru, the Beauty Writer

    Innisfree X’mas Perfumed Hand Cream Gift Set (RM43.00/30ml x 3 tubes)
    Rich in shea butter and jojoba butter. Go with a green floral scented hand cream with Snowy Tree or fruity perfumed, Sweet Holiday or even an earthy scent from Warm Wood. Either one, it leaves your hand moisturized.

    “Travel sized hand creams are always practical gifts. I can easily pop one into my handbag and take it out whenever my skin feels dry in the office” – Hui Ru, the Beauty Writer

    Innisfree Green Christmas DIY Block Kit (RM27.00) & Warm Wood Scented Candle
    A portion from the DIY Block Kits’ sales will be donated to World Vision’s Malaysia Assistance Fund to support child-related development work in Malaysia. The Warm Scented Candle has a distinct woody smell that reminds one of Christmas trees.

    “My girlfriend likes scented candles so these are a good gift for her. I think I will keep the Christmas toy for myself” – Jazli, the Lifestyle Junkie

    Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence (RM110.00 / 70g)

    This Jeju Sparkling Mineral Essence contains 73.6% of sparkling mineral water. With the help of Micro Sparkling Technology™, microsized carbonic acid bubbles that are smaller than pores are formulated to best fit onto the skin while facilitating penetration of active
    ingredients, making skin clean, clear and moist.

    “I use this on my skin after toner. I think it has a nice moisturizing effect”– Anna, the Foodie

    Have you gotten your Christmas gifts sorted?

    For more details on Innisfree, do check out their Facebook page. Stores available in Sunway Pyramid, Paradigm Mall, and Pavilion KL.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    The Reason You’ve Dark Circles Even When You’re Not Tired

    Raise your hands if you’ve ever had dark circles under your eyes?

    Well, if that sounds familiar, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. You’ve heard advice saying that you need 8 hours of sleep in order to feel well-rested. If you’re one who has followed that advice of getting enough sleep but yet, still wake up looking that you’re not rested and worse, sporting dark circles, you’ll understand this dilemma.

    What Causes Dark Circles?

    You may have your genes to thank for your under-eye dark circles because it’s often hereditary. It can happen to anyone, but those with darker skin tones seem to get it more often due to hyperpigmentation. This is because the areas of skin become darker due to an overabundance of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.

    Dark circles also often become more visible as you get older. This is because the skin under your eyes gets thinner over time. The skin under our eyes is the most delicate part of our skin. Besides the hyperpigmentation that also happens to our skin as we get older, there are also large dark circles, also referred to as hollowness, which are the result of losing volume under the eyes.

    Another culprit to dark circles can be your eating habits. Poor nutrition or crash dieting can contribute to dark circles since “rapid fluctuations of weight cause you to also lose volume in your face.

    Can They Be Prevented?

    According to some dermatologists, the best way to preventing dark circles is to focus on living a healthy lifestyle. You should definitely avoid things that accelerate aging, like unprotected sun exposure and smoking. Unfortunately, if the cause is genetics, there’s no way to prevent them but trying one of the treatment options below may help reduce their appearance over time.

    How Can Dark Circles Be Treated?

    It is important to keep the skin under the eye area moisturized. Start off by trying a moisturizer that’s specifically formulated for the eye area. Get a cream specifically that targets these problems, such as these creams we’ve tried and tested.  If you’ve younger skin, then La Mer’s Illuminating Eye Gel is ideal for your eye care regime.

    If you feel that you have more serious problems that cannot be treated with eye creams like sallowness and severe hyperpigmentation, then visit your dermatologist for advice. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment for you.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    Top 5 Amazing Benefits Of Coffee For Your Skin!

    It seems like most of our lives are fueled by various things to keep us going. Coffee is definitely a go-to choice when we’re in need of a pick me up.

    Sure, we love that cup of coffee first thing in the morning and frankly, a good cup of coffee can do wonders for the start of one’s day. For some of us, it’s a necessity to get us moving away from our sleepy haze. Coffee perks us up to last through the day, and with all the coffee joints and cafes popping up all over the place, it’s clear that we’re loving this bean more than ever before.

    Coffee just isn’t about keeping us awake although that is admittedly a great bonus, it’s also good for health in different ways. It has been scientifically proven that coffee aka the ‘wonder drink’, when consumed in moderation, promotes good health and contains properties that help you keep illnesses at bay. Besides that, coffee lovers can now rejoice as there are also numerous benefits for our skin!

    The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for your skin, from treating redness and inflammation to reducing the appearance of under-eye circles, to getting rid of cellulite. By incorporating caffeine into your skincare routine, you can reveal evenly toned, smooth skin all over your body.

    Here are the Top 5 Amazing Benefits Of Coffee For Your Skin:

    1. Reduces Inflammation

    The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for our skin and it actually has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in our skin. There have been studies from a few universities that found caffeine can reduce inflammation. Some skin care products that contain caffeine proof to be very effective in preventing inflammation and reducing redness, evening out your skin tone.

    2. Gets rid of under-eye circles

    With us being so busy, lack of sleep is unfortunately fairly common with many of us. And with the lack of sleep, comes those dreaded panda eyes, in other words, dark under-eye circles. Dark under-eye circles can be caused by a number of factors other than lack of sleep and those include dehydration, allergies or genetics.

    Caffeine cannot erase dark under-eye circles completely but when it is applied to the skin under your eyes, it can reduce the puffiness and inflammation that is so typical with dark under-eye circles. So, find an eye cream that contains caffeine, or alternatively, you can apply moist tea bags to your eyes for five minutes to reduce puffiness and give you a more alert appearance.

    3. Gets rid of cellulite

    When it comes to banishing cellulite, caffeine is really one of the effective ways to do so and caffeine has been proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In a 2008 study performed at the University of São Paulo, researchers found that an application of skin cream containing caffeine to cellulite reduced the size of cellulite fat cells by 17 percent. This is why quite a number of anti-cellulite creams have been developed to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you’re a DIY fan, make our coffee scrub which takes advantage of the power of caffeine by adding it to scrub, helping you combat cellulite.

    4. Aids in tissue repair

    Caffeine, as you now know has multiple properties to benefit out the skin and because of its qualities that signal tissue repair, coffee plays a significant role in regulating cell re-growth, leading to retained hydration (increased collagen) and increased skin elasticity. So, those skincare creams with caffeine and that coffee scrub are going to do your skin a world of good!

    5. It enhances circulation

    When coffee promotes skin repair, it also improves blood circulation. Improvement in blood circulation leads to healthy and energized skin, which effectively reduces the swelling of tissues and de-puffing areas of the skin. Hence, the addition of caffeine in certain eye creams to fight those dark under-eye circles.

  • Beauty,  Hair,  Makeup,  Skincare

    Top 8 Benefits of Argan Oil – The Liquid Gold

    Argan oil, often known as ‘liquid gold’, it is one of nature’s best.

    The oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which hails from Morocco. Argan oil is extremely rich and has a lot of beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its wondrous properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin.

    Argan oil is truly one of the best things one can use for their hair and skin.

    Here are 8 Benefits Of Argan Oil: 

    1. Skin Moisturiser

    Argan oil is widely used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, it is an ideal product to give skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and gentle on the skin, making it a great natural moisturizer.

    2. Anti-Aging

    Besides being a great moisturizer, argan oil also has fantastic anti-aging properties. It’s full of antioxidants and helps to restore skin elasticity, making skin plumper and softer.

    3. Treating Skin Conditions

    If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and even acne, give argan oil a try. The vitamin E and fatty acids that are found in argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin. The nutrients help prevent further skin dryness and irritation, whilst soothing the skin at the same time.

    As for acne, argan oil can soothe the skin and the oil promotes healing. With the high antioxidant content, it’s ideal to help damaged skin cells, reduce inflammation and even help balance your skin by providing natural moisture.

    4. Treating Stretch Marks

    Stretch marks are very often an issue for many pregnant women. There are many remedies to help to prevent stretch marks and one of the best ways to do so is to use argan oil. Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. So, it is perfect for pregnant women needing some TLC for their skin and to reduce those stretch marks.

    5. Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment

    Argan oil is not called liquid gold for anything. Its softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and for moisturizing cracked skin on feet. It also softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft. Its nourishing effects will help keep your nails strong and cuticles healthy.

    6. Lip Moisturiser

    Even though we don’t live in a country where we have the autumn and winter seasons, we still should take care of our lips. We spend a lot of our time in air-conditioned environments here and that doesn’t do our skin and lips any justice. The skin on our lips is quite delicate and thus, our lips can easily become sore, dry and cracked in colder or dry environments like being in an air-conditioned room. Rub argan oil on your lips as it can help ensure lips stay plump, soft and supple.

    7. Hair Conditioner

    With all the wonderful nutrients in argan oil, it really is heaven-sent for hair care. It is great on its own as a hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat dry hair and tame frizzy hair.

    Using argan oil to condition your hair is easy to use. If you’re not keen to use the oil directly on your hair, it just got easier to use argan oil in your haircare regime with the Smooth & Manageable range from Sunsilk.

    The Smooth & Manageable range from Sunsilk contains not only argan oil, but it also contains four other natural oils: coconut oil for nourishing hair, almond oil to give elasticity to enhance hair movement, jojoba oil to help keep hair in place and olive oil to help smoothen and soften unmanageable hair.

    It also has the Keratin Yogurt Nutri Complex, as well as lysine, which is an amino acid that is part of the building blocks for hair and panthenol to add more moisture and body to hair. If that isn’t enough, one of the good things about this range is the affordability and accessibility as it’s easily found in supermarkets and pharmacies all over Malaysia.

    8. Sleek and Shine Styling

    As argan oil is great for taming hair frizz and also known for its amazing ability to give hair shine, it is also commonly used as a styling agent.

    Argan oil makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hairstyle. The Leave-On Conditioner from the Smooth & Manageable range from Sunsilk is just the thing for the job. All you have to do is to rub a little of the Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Leave On Conditioner in your hands evenly and smooth it over slightly damp or dry hair and style your hair accordingly.

    This is an ideal step to add to your daily routine especially when you’re blow-drying your hair as it’s a terrific styling tool. The Sunsilk Smooth & Manageable Leave On Conditioner manages and protects your hair by coating the hair strands, shielding it from harsh environments.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    [Beauty Review] La Mer: New Illuminating Eye Gel

    La Mer has always been top honchos when it comes to skincare, especially when their infamous face cream became one of the best sellers!

    And now, they’re taking eye care to the next level with this amazing new eye gel. We bring you La Mer‘s new Illuminating Eye Gel. This little bottle promises to brighten the eye on contact and works to strengthen and protect the delicate skin around the eye area.

    It contains the legendary healing energies of Miracle Broth which was first developed by Dr. Max Huber. He realized that to make the Miracle Broth a transformational source of renewal, it needed the power of light and sound energy. If it sounds a bit too scientific-sounding, that’s because it is. Dr. Max Huber succeeded in creating the Miracle Broth and the new Illuminating Eye Gel continues this tradition with innovative ferments and light-bending sea pearls. This instantly lights up the eye area for a more youthful radiant look.

    The eye gel also has anti-irritants that help to calm and soothe the skin. Dullness is also replaced with a look of vitality and once used, you’ll find the skin around your eye area more luminous and clear, giving you a fresher look. With that as well as it helps to fight against the early signs of aging, eyes look youthful, energized and awakened. Who can argue with that?!

    We were given one to try out and after using it for more than a month, we can say that our skin around the eye area does look brighter and the skin was well moisturized. As some of us don’t get enough sleep, dark circles are also a concern. This eye gel has helped with this as well because of its brightening properties. A definite bonus for us!

    For better, more effective use of the Illuminating Eye Gel, it is best to combine it with these massage techniques.

    If you’re looking for a new eye gel, get yourself one of these beauties. For us, it’s a keeper.

    La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel retails for RM520 and is available on-counter February 2015.

  • Beauty,  Skincare

    Bobbi Brown: Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm

    Bobbi Brown’s Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is a miracle in a bottle as it instantly makes skin look fresher and prettier.

    Bobbi Brown introduces the Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm, which is a skin-boosting balm that illuminates skin from the inside out and re-energizes with long-term treatment benefits. If you’re suffering from skin days where you find your skin lacks that oomph and is in dire need of some S.O.S. help, this little gem is the answer.

    In fact, the Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is what Bobbi calls her new “Dream Cream”. Why? Because it’s perfect for those days when skin needs an extra pick-me-up. Skin looks instantly fresher and prettier in an instant as it has a burst of hydration and a unique combination of skin-illuminating pearls.

    Super-moisturizing ingredients revitalize skin’s appearance and diminish dullness, while ultra-fine pearls mimic the natural glow of healthy skin, immediately enhancing the complexion and boosting radiance over time.  A blend of Lychee Extract and Caffeine help renew the skin’s natural energy, while Muru Muru Seed and Shea Butters help repair the moisture barrier. The result is luminous skin that looks and feels rejuvenated—brighter, smoother and plumper.

    The Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm is specially designed for people who have normal to dry skin. This new balm is invisible but super effective, just the answer to your skin woes that make the big difference. It is also multi-purpose. You can apply as an illuminating moisturizer on bare skin or layer over skincare, or pat it over foundation for a subtle glow. It can also be used on neck, shoulders and décolleté.

     How does it work?

    Unique Technology/Ingredients

    Natural Radiance: Formulated with ultra-fine pearls in a perfectly balanced combination of red, green and gold that mimic the natural radiance and luminosity of healthy, energized skin.

    Skin Energy: A blend of Lychee Extract and Caffeine helps cells recharge the skin’s natural energy. Skin looks healthier, brighter, more revitalized.

    Barrier Repair: A blend of Shea and Muru Muru Seed Butters form a protective shield on the skin to help repair the barrier and maintain moisture balance, while Coffee Seed Extract helps strengthen skin to retain moisture.

    Moisturization:  Significantly boosts skin’s natural moisture levels instantly and overtime for a plump, healthy appearance and a soft, supple feel. Super moisturizers Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate pull moisture to the skin, while Evening Primrose Oil softens and conditions.

    Soothe:  Natural botanical Canadian Willowherb Extract helps protect skin from irritation, working to comfort, calm and improve skin’s overall appearance for an even, healthy-looking complexion.

    As usual, Bobbi Brown is all about keeping makeup accessible, easy-to-wear, personal and simple. With that ethos in mind, they are offering complimentary makeup lessons at all Bobbi Brown Cosmetics counters. The experts at the counter will assist you to achieve healthy, radiant skin using Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm.

    To book, simply visit www.bobbibrown.com.my to find a nearby store or counter and call to schedule an appointment.

    Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm retails for RM245 and launches in January 2015.

  • Home,  Living,  Skincare,  Travel

    [Product Review] : Go Girl; Women Can Pee Standing Up!

    Really Now?

    When we asked women if they would be keen to pee standing up, most were meh about it, or skeptical. I personally was curious about this contraption which we featured before here, and so when Go Girl gave us a chance to review it, or should we say wee-view, we took it standing up!

    The Go Girl is made from medical-grade silicone and is reusable. While it is new to us, European women have been using peeing devices for a while now. The Go Girl is foldable and can easily fit into their original container, almost as large as a travel-sized moisturizer. Basically, it is very convenient to carry around. Go Girl comes with simple-to-use instructions and they recommend that you practice at home to make it second nature.

    On trial run, we are relieved to report that it is easy to use. However, we caution those that think they can just “whip out” the Go Girl and pee standing up, there were a few things to note:

    1. It has to form a pocket so it seals any possible leaks. As such, it needs to be positioned properly and may need some space below
    2. You cannot pee like you’re trying to shoot at something and fill up the air pocket all at once, spillage will occur.

    I was more curious about instances where a Go Girl would be needed in a country such as Malaysia, so I asked some women who have tried various female-urination devices (FUD) for answers. It basically comes down to these categories of usage:

    1. Outdoor adventurers – those who are often found in some jungle looking for peace or being in touch with mother nature will tell you that the creatures of the jungle are often also curious about the human beings that invade their space. True story: Someone shared that she has gotten leeched on where the sun doesn’t shine when she dropped her pants to squat away her bladder. Now she more than anyone else would have appreciated a Go Girl then. She now uses one.
    2. Mobile sites and locations/field events – women who work in sites and event locations that have portable toilets or none at all would find this useful. We are told that many site engineers are ever so grateful for this device.
    3. Bad knees – when squatting is more painful than getting pee stains on your clothes. Enough said.
    4. Hygiene conscious – given the state of public toilets and given that some toilets in urban areas are still a hole in the ground, you can now pee without squatting over holes or hovering over filthy toilet seats *phew*
    5. Bedridden – this FUD can be useful for those who are bedridden and not wanting to wear an adult diaper or have the tube inserted. As such, you can also use this outdoors in a tent lying down while caught in a thunderstorm.
    6. Stuck in traffic – Given the state of traffic in Malaysia where a potential bladder burst is an inevitable incident waiting to happen, I do believe one needs to practice using this often enough for potential use one day.

    If you’re ready to take life standing up, you can purchase one of these Go Girls online from Healthworks. It is sold at RM44 inclusive of shipping!

  • Beauty,  Makeup,  Skincare

    [Beauty Buzz] La Mer: The New Cleansers

    The first step to having beautiful skin is ensuring that our skin is clean and that we have a cleansing ritual that leaves our skin feeling clean, refreshed and ready to take on the next skincare steps and treatments that follow.

    La Mer has reinvented the sleek new packaging for their cleaners. La Mer cleansers are known to be gentle yet effective enough to clean the skin whilst still protecting its moisture barrier.

    With precious ingredients from the sea, La Mer cleansers are truly a step above the rest. They soothe sensitive skin and restore radiance, which is something all of us women strive for. The cleansers utilize magnetized tourmaline, a natural gemstone that energizes skin, improving cleansing efficacy.

    The cleansing products are The Cleansing Lotion (200ml priced at RM310), The Cleansing Gel(200ml priced at RM310) and The Cleansing Oil(200ml priced at RM310).  There is also another product called The Mist (100ml priced at RM250.00), which the main purpose is to refresh, hydrate and rebalance your skin.

    La Mer is avaiable at Metrojaya Midvalley Megamall, Isetan Suria KLCC, Parkson Pavilion and Isetan Bandar Utama.

  • Skincare

    Venus On Mars: BADLAB – Is It Man Enough For You?

    A new dynamic Malaysian-conceived brand, BADLAB has been “man-engineered” to bring out the rebel in men everywhere. If you’re looking for something to bring out the bad boy in your man, look no further.

    BADLAB comes with an edgy, adventurous, brave, fun, inspirational and cool attitude. It wants to set itself apart from the rest of the ranges of skincare for men that are available in the market. It is designed for the man who’s all walk and little talk. Just what some of us ladies like, the strong silent type.

    And with that in mind, BADLAB’s “Brave and Daring Laboratory” was created to shake up the skincare regime of men. To take it to the next level for the unconventional and youthfully adventurous alpha male on the go.

    The brand has spent endless hours of research and development to create the fuss free personal care range of products for men, using the best quality ingredients and with convenience in mind. Not an easy feat to do but BADLAB has managed to do that.

    BADLAB’s promise of “Dirty, Sexy, Filthy, Clean. And quick” resonates within the creation of its 19 innovative products, covering six categories which include Hair-Care, Body-Care, Special 3-in-1, Facial Care, Hair Styling and Moisturizer/Deodorant.

    Its range of essential products has premium active ingredients, such as, Dragon Blood (to support skin repair and regeneration), Blue Stone (to hydrate the skin) and Silver (which provides lasting protection against body odor and perspiration).

    Our top picks from BADLAB range are the:

    • Caveman Cleaner, a 3-in-1 hair, face and body shampoo for maximum convenience. A great go-to for your man if he’s always on the move.
    • Full Body Armor, a non-sticky SPF 30 formula with not only protects and moisturizes the skin but also battles pesky mosquitoes!
    • Lean Mean Machine, a body sculpting gel of rejuvenating Dragon’s Blood and fatigue-fighting Chronodyn™ which provides cooling physical relief, and helps tone and firm skin- the ultimate post-workout booster.
    • Play in the Mud, a mineralizing mud soap for cleansing the face and body.

    BADLAB is available on their website, Joe’s Barbershop, Snackfood Bangsar and other selected retailers, or visit their Facebook page for more details.