Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System

Some of us might not have the budget for a Clarisonic…but, hey, what about this one?

For the past years, I’m sure you have witnessed the popularity of facial cleansing devices, dominated by best-selling brand Clarisonic. It took a while before beauty brands recognized the strong potential from this new beauty segment but it wasn’t too late for brands like Clinique and Olay to jump in the beauty device wagon.
While I think that Clarisonic is a worthy investment for good facial cleansing system, not everyone would have a budget of RM600+ to enjoy the benefits of a cleansing device. I wasn’t highly keen on trying out a cleansing device before but while shopping online at www.watsons.com.my, I received a free Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System (worth around RM129) together with my purchase of RM150 of selected brands. I love online shopping and I love free stuff!


This facial cleansing device set comes in Olay’s black and red box. The box set contains: 1 facial cleansing device, 1 brush head, 1 skin renewal cleanser 20ml and 2 AA batteries.
Benefits of Olay Regenerist Cleansing System:
  • Up to 4x better cleansing than cleanser alone (tested on removing makeup vs. cleanser alone)
  • Gently exfoliates
  • Delivers daily deep cleansing
  • Renewal Cleanser primes the skin for anti-aging regimen
  • Device has 2-speed control, is water-resistant and easy to hold

What results to expect:
  • Skin is instantly cleaner, feels fresher
  • Skin texture is improved and smoother with continuous use 

I like that Duracell batteries are already included in this boxed set. Don’t you just hate it when you discover that you need batteries for something you just bought or received? It’s also easy to install the 2 batteries on the device. Gently rock the battery compartment (on the base) side to side while pulling to release battery cover. Then insert the 2 batteries and push back the cover. Reminder, do not mix old and new batteries.

The device has 2 rubber buttons, 1 to switch it on or off and 1 to control speed. I prefer to use basic speed versus the faster one but this will depend on your personal preference.


This set comes with 1 brush head, which is easy to snap onto the device. It is recommended to replace the brush head every 3 months. I haven’t replaced mine after more than 3 months, haha, but it still works fine and, don’t worry, the brush head is not disgusting or dirty-looking (yet).
A 20ml skin renewal cleanser is packed inside this set but you don’t necessarily need to use it together with the device. We all have our preferred cleanser so feel free to use the device with your favorite brand. I have a habit of trying new brands and products every now and then. I’ve used the Olay Cleansing Device with different brands like Garnier, Neutrogena and Shizens.  

For the past 6 months, I’ve been using this device every evening to cleanse my face. Initially, I tried using it day and night but I developed a few pimples, around 2-3 (oh yes, I will count them coz I rarely get these!), so I decided to slow down and use it at night only. For someone who has not tried cleansing devices before, it probably ‘surprised’ my skin. When I limited use to once a day, the pimples stopped, yay! And the fun starts.
My skin does feel instantly cleaner, in a different way than it feels with normal deep cleansing without a device. And though it’s not Clarisonic, I’d say it does a good job in complementing my skin-cleansing regimen. So if you want to start exploring facial cleansing devices and you’re on a tight budget, the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System is good bet.
Replacement cleansing brush heads are available at www.watsons.com.my – RM29.90 for a boxed set of 2 pieces

New Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening and Hydrating Cleansers

Love the deep clean feel of Neutrogena cleansers? You’re going to love them even more.


I’ve mentioned so many times in my articles that cleansing is a vital step in taking care of our skin. In fact, I personally use several cleansing products at the moment to make sure that I cleanse my skin properly. I have makeup removers, makeup cleansing lotions, foaming cleanser and face scrub.
I love Neutrogena cleansers and am happy to talk about 2 new additions to the Deep Clean family: Brightening Foaming Cleanser and Hydrating Foaming Cleanser. Now we have 2 new products to use for healthy radiant and clean skin! Honestly, I just love that deeply cleansed feel after washing the face with Neutrogena products.

NEW Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser
Effective Deep Cleaning Facial Cleanser with 2x brightening power for cleaner, fairer and more radiant skin with every wash
This cleanser comes with 2X brightening power! With the kind of climate that we have here and our daily exposure to the heat of the sun, it is not surprising that a lot of us experience uneven darkening or spots on the face. Aside from sunblock, moisturizer and serum, the facial wash you use should also contain brightening ingredients if you want to have brighter and radiant skin.
The formula of Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser contains mulberry extract and clinically proven whitening vitamin complex that boosts skin fairness with every wash.
What makes this cleanser good:
  • Clinically proven formula removes dirt and skin-dulling residue of makeup, sunblock and BB creams
  • Whitening complex contains Ascorbyl Glucoside, which inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase responsible for melanin production
  • It also contains Mulberry extract with Ascorbic Acid and Niacin, known to brighten the skin
  • Formulated with Neutrogena’s Unique Deep Clean trademark, which is dermatologically-tested to cleanse deep down into pores to remove dirt, oil, makeup and dead surface skin cells
  • Makes skin look fresher, healthier, fairer and luminous
  • Does not leave a drying or tightening feel on the face after use
  • Love the scent of this cleanser on my face!
  • Easy to rinse
  • Affordable

The cleanser is packed in a soft press tube with a flip top cap. Like most other Neutrogena cleansers, this also comes with a sealed dispenser. The cleanser product itself is a pink opaque cream with a lovely scent that’s easy to fall for.

Simply dispense a pea-size amount of the cleanser and blend with water, and the cleanser will lather into rich creamy foam. It’s very easy to rinse and definitely leaves that deep clean feel.

NEW Deep Clean Hydrating Foaming Cleanser
Effective deep cleansing and retains moisture for cleaner, softer skin with every wash
This cleanser comes with 2X hydrating power! Ideal for people like me who experience drying of the skin, mainly due to long hours of working in air-conditioned places. I guess a lot of us will experience this once in a while. Nevertheless, we should use facial cleansers that are formulated to provide added hydration to our skin. Dehydration leads to premature aging of the skin…like wrinkles! So while it is important to have deeply cleansed skin especially after work, we have to make sure that our cleansers don’t strip necessary moisture from our skin.
The Hydrating Foaming Cleanser is enriched with Water Mineral Complex that instantly hydrates skin with 2X moisture boost.
What makes this cleanser good:
  • Water Mineral Complex consists of copper gluconate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate and water, all working to improve skin hydration
  • Makes skin cleaner and yet softer
  • Formulated with Neutrogena’s Unique Deep Clean trademark, which is dermatologically-tested to cleanse deep down into pores to remove dirt, oil, makeup and dead surface skin cells
  • Does not leave a drying or tightening feel on the face after use
  • Easy to rinse
  • Affordable

Like the Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser, the Hydration Foaming Cleanser also comes in a soft press tube with flip top cap and sealed dispenser. The cleanser product is in a fresh green color.

I am using both cleansers daily; hydrating for morning use because I’ll be going to work and working in cold conditions, then brightening for evening to brighten and cleanse my skin from full makeup, sunblock and creams. Happy with these cleansers!

Neutrogena cleansers are available in Watsons, Guardian, Caring, supermarkets and other pharmacies.

Happy New Year! Top Product Picks from 2014

It has been a great year and as I welcome 2015, I’m just happy to acknowledge the wonderful products that I’ve tested in the past 12 months…


I’ve chosen the top reviews and products that I’ve enjoyed the most from last year, 2014. And if you’re visiting my blog for the first time, I hope you’ll enjoy the article that you’ve landed on 🙂 

I can’t get enough of NARS and I can’t even choose just 1 eye product from this brand to be my top 
choice. Nars eye paint has become a daily part of my eye makeup. It’s just so versatile; works as a liner; works great for smokey eyes; works as an eyeshadow…perfect for me. 

Nars Dual Eyeshadow is amazing. It can be used with both wet and dry application, giving more edge on how you build eye effect with just 1 or 2 shades. Every time I use any Nars product, I feel like a pro. 

I just recently reviewed its Eyeshadow Palette in Acid Brights and I’m really impressed, considering that this brand sells very affordable products. The color payoff is superb so if you’re looking for more impact with your color play, this affordable eye makeup brand is highly recommendable. They have a great range of lovely lipsticks, too!

Who would have thought that I’d explore loose powder? I’ve been using compact powder and liquid foundation for the past X years but this extremely stylish loose powder is irresistible. Powder texture is perfect and does wonders on the face. 

I had a total of 3 MAC lipsticks this year (I think) but I loved this one the most. Firstly, I adore the matte red finish of the tube, which is a step sexier than the usual MAC tube. And, of course, the lip color itself is simply kick*ss. Wear whenever, wherever; it adds style to your look. This red shade has shimmer effect and looks even better for evening wear!

This moisturiser restores elasticity of the skin and stimulates collagen production. It has an unusual color but I love how it works on my face and neck. In just 3 days of using this, there’s a significant result on the texture and suppleness of the skin. It’s a great anti-aging cream!

This is my perfect companion for the year in my fight against photo-aging. I love the sheer finish, which also makes it great on the face, even with makeup. It has a non-sticky texture and works for both body and face. Affordable, too!

Every time I use this mask, I just keep falling in love with it again. It’s not surprising at all that a lot of celebrities are also captivated by this product. The immediate effect on the skin is amazing, right after a 20-minute treatment with this mask. It’s addictive but, of course, I put a 3-day interval between uses. Oh, can’t wait to use it again in the next 3 days!

Sun exposure definitely takes a toll on our skin eventually. It’s a never-ending battle against photo-aging but with the right product, our skin will have better defences and cure, too! This Clinique product reduced my spots effectively, used together with the brightening cream. 

My husband gave this as a Christmas present in 2013 and I am so in love with it. The fragrance is of floral notes; I love floral notes! And the bottle design is chic, so beautiful to see in my vanity cabinet. 

I love attending beauty workshops when I get the chance and among the ones that I’ve attended, this is the best one. The event was done efficiently and beautifully. Venue was great, food served was delicious, workshop was fun and educational, guests were treated highly, products are amazing and the Dior & Women’s Weekly team were just amazing. 

Luxola has really made beauty shopping convenient and fun. I’ve been frequently exploring new brands to try and I still enjoy the feeling of surprise every time I receive a Luxola parcel. The brands they carry are worth exploring, such as SkinInc, Miriness and affordable makeup tools like Sigma and Zoeva. Promotions make Luxola shopping even more irresistible. Service is fast and efficient, why wouldn’t I shop?

My hair can get very dry and lifeless so I need hair products that provide damage repair and nourishment. I guess my rebounding sessions have made my hair dry and weak. I love this Watsons Argan Oil hair care range, which is also affordable. 

This brand is simply unique, creative and beautiful. The headband designs and styles range from classy, fun, elegant, simple, colourful, surprising and more. The way Sereni and Shentel brought head piece concepts to life is catchy and captivating. It even has collection for babies, too! When I first saw photos of its different collections for babies, kids and women, I adored the brand. 

Charles & Keith has been great on my feet. I love their designs, I love the material and my feet love their shoes. I often get sore feet or some discomfort with other brands but not from C&K. Their shoes are durable, lasts long and stylish. I enjoy wearing wedges and C&K has one of the best collections that change every season. The bags are worth buying, too. 

I’m a shoe-aholic and I also enjoy shopping shoes for my son. Stride Rite is the best brand I’ve bought for him. The shoes last very long, even the washable ones after regular washing. It’s very comfortable and my son enjoys wearing them. 

Wine is one of the few addictive things in life that I enjoy and I particularly love Wine Talk when it comes to looking for or buying wines. Wines are easy to find and order online via its website, and the wines will be delivered straight to your doorstep. Simple and easy. 

So these are my top picks from 2014! I am looking forward to more products and services to try this year. 2015, let’s make it even better, more exciting and more fun!

Mario Badescu Silver Powder Product Review

Fighting blackheads and whiteheads? Looking for products that will fight those unsightly things on your nose, chin and forehead?
I bought this Mario Badescu a few months ago together with the Temporary Lifting Mask. I find this brand very interesting, with its simple, clinical-like packaging and product names. When I first read the name, I was wondering what in this world is ‘Silver powder’ and what does it do? Does it shimmer? Hmmm…

Like the Temporary Lifting Mask, Mario Badescu Silver Powder also comes in a simple white plastic jar with a white plastic seal upon removing the cap. Before removing the seal, make sure that there’s no fan blowing on your direction. The Silver Powder is the loose type so it can easily be blown by air.
So what is it really for? The Mario Badescu Silver Powder is created to fight excessive, stubborn blackheads. If this brand is something new to you, Romanian-born Mario Badescu who founded his Manhattan skincare salon in 1967 developed this brand under his name. Badescu is a chemist and cosmetologist, and spent years in his laboratory conducting research to develop products for healthy and beautiful skin. His philosophy is that skincare should be simple and gentle yet effective.
Mario Badescu Silver Powder
Price: RM65 for 29ml
Made in USA
Life after opening: 6 months
Where to buy: Sephora or at www.luxola.com.my
This oil-absorbent powder helps to unclog congested pores without drying the skin. It prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion.
What it contains (ingredients): Calcium Carbonate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide (CI 177497)
How do you use it?
Mario Badescu products come in a very simple packaging, no outer box, no complicated instruction leaflet. It is good to keep it simple but I think that the directions are too simplified. For an unconventional product like this, meaning it’s not our usual cleanser or toner or moisturizer, new users might not have the correct idea on how to use a ‘silver powder’.
What the label says: Once or twice a week, dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder and press on nose, chin and congested areas on the face. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off with toner or astringent.
It didn’t clearly say that you should wash your face before application. Some might think that it’s common sense but some wouldn’t know. Anyway, for me, first step is to cleanse my face before use.

Next step: Dip a wet cotton ball into the jar and apply on targeted areas on your face. This can be tricky as the wet cotton ball may pick up powder unevenly. It can sometimes be very thick especially if the cotton is very wet. Just spread it on a bigger area on your face if you do pick up a lot. Don’t apply under your nose. I’ll explain why in a while.

Take note that since we are dealing with powder here, it can be quite messy as the powder drops on your vanity table. Stay away from fans or windy areas when applying this.
Once you’ve applied the powder, wait between 5 to 10 minutes. Beware; the silver powder will keep dropping as it dries. So don’t lie down on the bed or sofa or cotton seat while doing this. It’s not hard to clean but you don’t want to be spending too much time cleaning up powder. This is also why you shouldn’t apply it under your nose. As it dries, the powder flies and it will go inside your nose, which can be irritating.


Instruction says to wipe it off with toner but it doesn’t work well for me. It can be because I’m using a very gentle toner, I’m not sure. But this is how it looks like after using toner:
Instead of using toner, I prefer to wash it off to make sure that there is no residue. I use my Neutrogena Deep Clean to remove it.

My face feels really great after Silver Powder and washing. And I notice that my pores are very clear and less noticeable, too. There’s an improvement with just one application. If I keep using this once or twice a week, I’m sure there’ll be more visible improvement and I’d be warding off blackheads or whiteheads from coming back. If you’re worried about drying of the skin after using this, I didn’t experience any tingling, tightening or drying sensation with this product.

Although the instruction doesn’t say on the label, I apply my normal day skincare products after using Silver Powder. I continue with my toner, floral water, brightening essence, serum, moisturizer and eye cream.

daily skincare and beauty products for healthy skin
Overall, minus the insufficient direction on the label, I’m happy with this Mario Badescu product. It is reasonably priced, it works well on my skin and it just blends with my skincare regimen. Let’s fight off those blackheads!
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Fight Blackheads with Neutrogena Deep Clean

How do you solve your blackhead woes and how do you prevent them from coming back?

Having pores that are ‘not normal in size’ can be really challenging. Pores like mine tend to get clogged and invite dirt, forming more whiteheads or blackheads. My regimen through the years involved proper cleansing and trying to ensure that I use the right cleansers to address this concern about blackheads.
Although there are a lot of good cleansers out there, it pays to use a specific one that is targeted to fight those nasty little things. While doing my regular visit a few months ago at a leading pharmacy, I stumbled upon this product from Neutrogena, which caught my eye because of its name that twinkled magically to my attention (ching ching ching). Blackhead eliminating, eh? Gotta try that.

This product comes in a half-transparent plastic tube. The flip-top cap makes it convenient, and the opening has a sticker seal for quality protection. You have to twist the cap open to remove this.

The scrub itself is a shiny, white fluid with orange micro beads. It just smells clean and nice, no extra fragrance there.

I love using this on my face. During the day, I normally use a different cleanser then in the evening, I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub after Cleansing Lotion. My face feels great and really ‘deeply cleaned’ with this scrub.


LEFT: with makeup, before washing with Neutrogena
RIGHT: after washing with Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

What difference did it make on my pores?
When I started using this, my regimen already included weekly cleansing with pore strip, which has reduced the amount and size of whiteheads and blackheads that I strip off every week. With the addition of Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub, I noticed that I barely have blackheads on my pore strip, and it definitely prevented formation of more blackheads. I don’t think that my face will totally be ‘heads-free’ but I’m now able to control them, resulting to cleaner pores. Yay! #happy #neutrogena #skincare #greatcleanser #fightblackheads
More about Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub               
What it does:
  • Helps to effectively eliminate blackheads from the very first use
  • Prevents new blackheads from forming for clear and healthy-looking skin

What it contains:
  • Beta hydroxyl acid formula – cleans dirt and excessive oil
  • Skin-conditioning beads – condition and soothe skin
  • Blackhead Fighting Complex – penetrates deep into pores to remove dead skin cells to help eliminate blackheads
  • Cedarwood extract and moisturizer – help strengthen the skin’s natural water and oil balance, and prevent new blackheads from forming with continuous use

Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub is OIL-FREE and SOAP-FREE.
How to use:
As a daily cleanser, squeeze a pea-size amount of the Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub onto your palm. Add a little water to form a lather and gently massage over the face. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Can be used everyday.
RM19.90 for 100g – available at Guardian, Watsons and other leading pharmacies

I might be a bit late in sharing this but we still have a few days! Neutrogena Malaysia is running a contest with Guardian where you and a friend can win a pampering getaway to Port Dickson!

Visit the nearest Guardian Malaysia to get your entry form!
Like Neutrogena Malaysia Facebook page for updates, tips, news and contests: http://www.facebook.com/myneutrogena

Discover more Deep Clean products from Neutrogena in leading pharmacies.

About Neutrogena
Neutrogena the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand offers a wide range of skin care products.
Neutrogena began its success story in 1930 when founder Emanuel Stolaroff started a small specialty cosmetic company called Natone. In the early years, Natone was a supplier to beauty salons usually associated with the glamour of the film industry. By the 1940’s, Natone began manufacturing and distributing cosmetics for the retail market. In 1994, the respect and credibility earned by Neutrogena Corporation led to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1994. As a member of Johnson & Johnson companies, Neutrogena has the opportunity to preserve the “Neutrogenic way” while at the same time drawing on the breadth of Johnson & Johnson resources.
Now, more than ever, consumers equate health with beauty. Neutrogena stands naturally poised for tremendous future growth and an ever-increasing number of satisfied customers. Under Neutrogena Brands.

Neutrogena Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Neuwomen

How often can you hang out with a beauty brand’s team to share your personal thoughts and experience? Neutrogena recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with a fun session of sharing and pampering among “Neuwomen”

I’ve been converted back into being a Neutrogena fan a few months ago when I tried its Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion, Deep Clean BlackHead Eliminating Daily Scrub, Deep Hydrating Mask and Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. I’ve known Neutrogena since I was in my teens, used their acne product and found it to be very effective. I guess with the tons of beauty brands in the market, I just lost touch with Neutrogena while going through my journey of testing different brands to suit my ‘aging’ concerns.


Beautiful wall mural at Neutrogena 60th Anniversary

It was happy news to be invited to Neutrogena’s 60th anniversary celebration. This private event was an opportunity for all “Neuwomen” (a term coined by the brand for Neutrogena users and fans like me) to share their experience with any of the products.


Host Joanne Kwan

The event started with lively greetings from lovely host, Joanne Kwan, who herself also shared personal skincare and beauty habits with the rest of us. It’s amazing how we, Neuwomen, found common ground with similar habits that we have, both right and wrong, when it comes to taking care of our skin, or at least trying to, haha! 


Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh

Neutrogena brand manager, Grace Teoh, talked more about each Neutrogena skincare range and what concern each one addresses. Grace encouraged us to share our experiences and feedback about the products that we have tried while she listened intently to what we had to say.


Cindy Teh conducting skincare pampering demo

Neutrogena had a guest speaker, Cindy Teh, a beauty specialist and makeup artist, who gave more advices and tips on how to properly use skincare products. Cindy also conducted a pampering demo where she showed best techniques step-by-step on taking care of the skin. To ensure the efficiency of the products we use, it is very important to apply each one in the right order and in the right way.  
A lot of women nowadays want everything to be fast or 3-in-1 or even 7-in-1. But as Cindy reiterates, skincare is just like cooking a dish. You cannot dump all ingredients in the pot and expect it to the taste the way it should. It has to be done step by step and in the right order; otherwise, your dish wouldn’t taste right. With this, I totally agree. In the morning, I do skip some products because I’m in a hurry but I still use them step-by-step. At night, I apply my full range of 7 different items, which I religiously do as a routine. To be honest, I’m surprised when some people say that it takes too long to apply beauty products when in my 21 years of doing this (I started skincare at 13), it will only take between 10-15 minutes each time. Like Cindy, I also apply my products while watching TV at night; whatever show my son is watching. I’m a working mother so I have to manage my time in taking care of my almost-5-year-old son after work, study with him, do some house stuff, do my blog which involves taking photos — editing photos — writing an article, then spend time again with my son, get him to bed, wake up early to get him ready for school while I myself also get ready for work. But I still allot 5 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night for my skincare routine. I think that at this age and technology, it’s a matter of time management, or rather task management, that we all should learn. If we want to keep our skin healthy and youthful, we need to work on it, don’t we, ladies?   
Neutrogena showcased their range of products during the event, including the range that I’m most intrigued about at the moment—AGELESS, Neutrogena’s Age-Fighting Solution.


Neutrogena Ageless Anti-Aging Skincare Range

I haven’t tried the Fine Fairness range yet but I’m excited to test the Brightening Serum and Brightening Cream once I finish my current whitening products. Hope these solve my dark spots (oh, sun, sun, why do you torment me so…)

Neutrogena Fine Fairness for Brightening

All blue and looking cool, the Hydro Boost range provides optimum hydration to the skin. I’ve tried a sample of the Hydro Boost SPF30 and I loved it. It smells great and fresh, and it’s a non-sticky SPF.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost for Skin Hydration

The Deep Clean range is best known for its cleansing efficacy, with different items that provide solution to every cleansing requirement, from makeup removal to blackhead elimination. I’ve tried several items from this range and each one is a great product that never fails to fulfill its promise of effective cleansing. I’ve tested the Deep Clean Cleansing Lotionbefore and it works great!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Skincare Range

Another product that I raved about was the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. This is seriously a MUST-HAVE for ladies. It works great on the face and body, works great with makeup, doesn’t leave a white film, is not sticky and contains SPF50. What else can I ask for? Oh, I have 1 wish for this product: that it eventually comes in a flip top cap to save me time in the morning to unscrew and screw back.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

Neutrogena came up with a variant for those with sensitive skin called Ultra Sheer Pure-Mild. Love the all-white with silver accent packaging (yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for good presentation huh).
Cindy also conducted a makeup demo session (yep, the ladies were all eyes and ears on this one) where she revealed artist tips and tricks. Did you know that you can make your lip color stay longer with tissue + foundation + re-application of lip color? After applying your first layer of lipstick, dab it with a tissue then apply powder foundation then reapply the lip color, and voila! It will stay longer.

Cindy demonstrating makeup tricks for Neuwomen

There were other activities like nail pampering session, video testimonial taking, which allowed the ladies to enjoy that Saturday afternoon even more.


Held at CANVAS photography studio, Neutrogena’s 60th Anniversary was a fun-filled session with fellow women who share similar skin and beauty concerns. I think that it’s really amazing of Neutrogena to ask for and listen to what consumers have to say about their products, whether good or not very good. I had a great time discovering skincare and makeup tips from experts, and I did enjoy sharing my thoughts with other women, too.


Excited to try more Neutrogena products, especially AGELESS Eye Cream!

Although technology has come a long way and now has solutions that may provide immediate results, it still pays to take care of our skin on a daily routine basis. Like what Neutrogena says, Beauty Begins with Healthy Skin. So ladies, let’s all start on our journey to healthy skin. No shortcuts ya.
Thanks again to Neutrogena and to the gorgeous Neuwomen of our time.


ME (right) with Sui Ying

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50 Product Review

Looking for a sunblock that is clear, light and non-sticky?

I am very cautious of being exposed to the sun. My colleagues and friends would sometimes tease me of being a ‘candle princess’ or someone who would melt under the sun. But my experience as a brand manager for skincare products, which also included sunblock brands, has given me sufficient knowledge of how the sun’s UV rays can damage the skin in various ways. It’s actually not the darkening that I’m concerned of but premature aging that can lead to wrinkles and other conditions, uneven pigmentation and, worst of all, the possibility of developing skin cancer.
Applying sunblock is part of my daily routine, right before I apply makeup. As such, it is important that I use a product that does not leave a white film because this will mess up how my foundation color turns out. The problem with a lot of sunblock products is that ‘white film’ and the sticky, heavy feel that it leaves on the skin.
I tried the Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++. The name “ultra sheer dry-touch” makes it catchy. I find this a good choice because it indicates that it can be used for face and body. What some of us might forget when applying sunblock is including our arms. Remember that while driving or riding in a car, our arms get exposed to sunlight through the car windows. Don’t be surprised but some UV rays can penetrate glass.
Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock tube is nicely packed in a clear, plastic box. The tube opening is sealed with foil to preserve the life of the product itself.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock tube with foil seal

This sunblock really has ultra sheer and dry-touch properties. Even if the product color is milky white, it turns to clear, unnoticeable color when rubbed on the skin.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock cream is white in color (before rubbing) 



The white cream spreads easily with a sheer, dry finish

I have another sunblock that leaves a white film on the skin. I depend on my foundation to balance the color on my face when applying this one.

Other sunblock brand which is also white in color



This other brand leaves a white film after application 

Here you’ll see that this brand ‘X’ leaves a white film and looks sticky. But thank goodness Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock does the opposite.
When applied on my face, you’ll see that you can barely see the difference between with and without sunblock in terms of my skin tone. Because Neutrogena Sunblock is sheer and dry to the touch, my face looks the same before and after.        

LEFT: Before applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

RIGHT: After applying Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock

How to use:
Every morning after clear lotion or essence, massage evenly over face, neck and arms, apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure. When going swimming or activities with long exposure to sunlight, apply the sunblock on your body including the legs and re-apply frequently to maintain protection.
RM39.90 for 88ml – available at Watsons and other leading pharmacies
What I love about this sunblock:
  • Ultra sheer or no white film on my face
  • Non-shiny finish
  • Dry to the touch, non-sticky
  • High SPF50 but still feels light
  • Broad spectrum UVA/ UVB
  • Allows easy application of makeup
  • Both for face and body use
  • Reasonable price for a multi-use sunblock (you wouldn’t want to use an expensive sunblock meant for the face on your arms, right)

Are you protected from the sun’s UV rays? If not yet, Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is worth a try. It’s great for daily use, great for outdoor activities, works well with makeup and affordable!
Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ is a breakthrough in sun protection. Stabilized with HelioplexTM, it provides superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays, and combines it with Dry Touch technology for an ultra-light, non-shiny finish. This lightweight sunblock has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
This sunblock is:
Waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off
Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Oil-free and PABA free
Like Neutrogena Malaysia Facebook page for updates, tips, news and contests: http://www.facebook.com/myneutrogena

Winners of my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who participated on my blog giveaway! 


Here are the winners of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 deluxe samples. I will be getting in touch with you soon to get your mailing address and I will send the item to you. You may also email me at cdjchoo@gmail.com. 

1) Siok Sim Saw 

2) Anuradha Raghu

3) Pamela Yeoh

4) Hang Ju Li

5) Rebecca Wong

Special thanks as well to my loyal readers, Sulochana and Kartikha. You will also get a token for your comments 🙂 

Thanks and may you all enjoy your Neutrogena items!


To know more about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30, click HERE. 

Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask Product Review

My current Neutrogena Collection
I’ve been enjoying my Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Lotion for more than 3 months now and have started testing out more products from this US brand. This time, I’m sharing my experience on Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask.
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of masks. I’ve tried a lot of different brands before and I’ve been mostly disappointed than satisfied. Some masks are just not proportionate to my face. Either they’re too big or there’s just too much mask fluid. When the mask is too big, it’s hard to place nicely on the face and there will be too many creases. When it’s soaking wet, the fluid drips down my neck unless I squeeze it a bit but this feels like wasting something that’s supposed to be applied on my face instead of going down the drain.

Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask
I haven’t used masks for more than a year now but decided to try Neutrogena’s Deep Hydrating Mask. Some of my fellow beauty bloggers were raving about it so I decided to give it a shot.

The mask is neatly folded inside the pack. Unlike some masks, the Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask is not soaking or dripping wet. It was easy to place over my face. There were still small creases but these are acceptable ones. Not the oversized folds that I dealt with before.
And so for 15 minutes, I lay down on the bed, relaxing, watching a show with my son. Voila! After removing the mask and massaging the remaining mask fluid into my skin, there was noticeable good change on how my skin feels — well hydrated, soft, smooth and fresh. Although most of these won’t be visible on the picture below, there’s noticeable reduction on the red areas around my face. My skin also had a healthy glow after my 15-minute Neutrogena mask treatment.
Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask first trial
What the packaging says:
Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask is an intensive facial treatment mask that replenishes and restores moisture for deeply hydrated and bouncy skin. Shaped to fit the face, each mask instantly boosts skin’s moisture level 12 times with a penetrating Vitamin C formula, leaving skin soft and dewy with a healthy glow.
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What the product promises:

Provides instant and long-lasting hydration

Deeply hydrates skin cells to leave skin bouncy

Improves skin texture to leave it soft and smooth with a healthy glow


What the product promises:
  • Provides instant and long-lasting hydration
  • Deeply hydrates skin cells to leave skin bouncy
  • Improves skin texture to leave it soft and smooth with a healthy glow

This mask is non-comedogenic, alcohol-free and fragrance-free.
How to use:
Use after cleansing. Open pack, take out the mask and unfold. Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15 minutes and remove mask. Massage any remaining fluid into skin. Discard mask after use.
Where to buy:
Watsons and major pharmacies at RM49.90 for 5 mask sheets
I’m very happy with the Neutrogena Deep Hydrating Mask — it fits nicely on my face, it contains the right amount of fluid and it does make my skin feel refreshed, healthy and hydrated through the day!
I’ll be giving a sample of this mask to some lucky winners who participate on my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Giveaway Post! Click HERE to see the article.
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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 PA++ Giveaway!

The mummy blogger launches her first blog giveaway

Are you one of those ladies who are very conscious of being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays but disappointed with sunscreen products that leave your skin feeling heavy and sticky? Or are you one of those who don’t bother to apply anything at all to protect your skin because you find it too time consuming?
Sun protection is important for everyone, whether you get exposed to the sun only for a little while or longer. Did you know that you could still catch UV or ultraviolet rays even if you’re not directly under the sun? Some people are only cautious with sunlight but there are invisible UV rays that also damage our skin, cause premature aging and increase risks of skin cancer. UV rays, by the way, can also be reflected and some rays can even penetrate glass. Now, that’s scary. But don’t fret; we now have a powerful tool to ward off the harmful effects of the sun and UV rays.

Neutrogena® recently launched the latest addition to its famous Hydro Boost skincare range — Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Gel SPF 30 PA++. Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Gel SPF 30 PA++ is a refreshing gel formula that provides up to 4 times more moisture to dry skin cells continuously over 12 hours and shields skin from darkening and photo damaging rays with broad spectrum UV filters UVA/UVB SPF30 PA++.
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Gel SPF 30 PA++ has long-lasting hydration with sun protection for soft and supple skin with a lasting healthy glow.
  • Dermatologist tested • Oil-free • Non-comedogenic
  • Lightweight and non-sticky

How to use:
Every morning after clear lotion or essence, massage evenly over face and neck, apply 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Collection: Cleanser, Lotion, Essence, Water Gel and Mask
How to use with entire Hydro Boost range:
Step 1 – Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser
Step 2 – Hydro Boost Clear Lotion (Pre-Essence)
Step 3 – Hydro Boost Daily Treatment
Step 4 – (DAY) Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 PA++ OR Hydro Boost Water Gel
Step 4 – (NIGHT) Hydro Boost Night Concentrate OR Hydro Boost Mask
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Isododecane, Triethanolamine, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetearyl Olivate, CI 42090, Sorbitan Olivate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate
RM66.50 for 40ml – available at Watsons and other leading pharmacies
Great news for my readers! For the first time in the history of my blog, I am doing a giveaway! Special thanks to Neutrogena for providing the gifts for 5 of my lucky readers!

I’m giving away 5 pieces of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30!

How to grab one of the 5 samples:
1) Like Neutrogena Malaysia Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/myneutrogena
2) Fill in the pledge, “Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin so I, _________ (your name), pledge to…” in the comments section below.

My pledge:
“Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin so I, Celeste de Jesus – Choo, pledge to drink plenty of water and make sure that I’m sun-protected with SPF-powered moisturizer every day; no excuses, no buts, no ifs.”
Wait for my announcement of winners by 30th April 2014 or earlier if I get too excited. Samples will be sent directly to winners’ address. I will get in touch with each winner to get details later.
Discover more about the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Gel SPF 30 PA++, watch this video:

Learn more about Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 – Watch the video

About The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Range

Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ is clinically proven to help you achieve “3 dimensions of ideal healthy skin” – Hydrated, Luminous and Bouncy. Its innovative “Progressive Release System Technology” (PRS) effectively replenishes and retains hydration all day long.

  • Anti-oxidant Olive Extract: repairs skin barriers damaged by the environment
  • CMZ Mineral Ions: recharges skin energy for better absorption
  • Purified Hyaluronic Acid: constantly pumps and locks in hydration from within