Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup

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Ah makeup, makeup, makeup. Can’t live without ‘em. And definitely cannot live without any foundation! 

I’m a fan of lightweight liquid foundation. I prefer texture and viscosity that feel like it’s just “second skin”. I tested this foundation in one of the retail shops (oh my, I can’t believe that I can’t remember where exactly did I buy this) and I really liked how water-like it was. So I bought one (hmmm, probably in Sephora, Aeon, Isetan, Metrojaya…). 

I’ve been using this for more than a month now and I’m enjoying how easy it is to blend and spread on the face. I normally apply it using wet beauty sponge and it easily gets absorbed by the skin. However, if you prefer full coverage, this might be a bit light for you. Although it says that coverage is from medium to full, I find that it might be light if there are dark spots that you want to blur. I do apply concealer before this foundation to even out some spots. 


Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra-Bright Essence Makeup
SPF30 / PA++
How much: RM205 / 30ml 
My shade: 1C0 Cool Porcelain

Made in Belgium. Use within 24 months after opening.
Created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia.

It comes in a plastic bottle with frosted finish, looks like frosted glass until you touch it. The cap serves as dropper so you can dispense the liquid in controlled amount. 


Here’s a closer look at the dropper

Look at those drops. Aren’t they pretty to look at?

My steps on how to apply this foundation:
1. Cleanse your face and neck. Pat dry.
2. Apply your usual skincare products: toner, essence, moisturiser and eye cream. 
3. Apply your makeup base. 
4. Based on your preference and need, apply concealer on target areas of your face. 
5. Dispense 2-3 drops of Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup on your palm.  
6. Using a beauty sponge, dab the foundation onto your face up to jawline and neck. Blend in circular motions until even. 
7. If needed, dispense another 1-2 drops and apply on selected areas. 
8. Finish with translucent or face powder. 

Throughout the day, this foundation feels great on the skin. No caking. My skin feels moisturised and I do notice slight brightening of some spots over the past weeks. It’s not massive impact but the foundation does function as makeup and skincare at the same time. Works great for me. 

It seems though that it’s not easy to find this specific product online except Amazon. I’m not sure if it’s still available in major retail stores but if in case you are looking for it, Amazon might be able to ship it to Malaysia. 


About Estee Lauder Crescent White Hydra Bright Essence Makeup 
(try to say that in 3 seconds, quite a mouthful of a product name)  

Every drop of this light-filled liquid foundation is fortified with skin-pampering, cooling hydration to plump skin, enhancing its luminosity. Advanced optics instantly blur and minimize uneven skin tones, dullness, fine lines, pores and dark spots. The result? A smooth flawless finish that seems one with your skin, glowing from within. Contains key actives that complement the Light Cycle Complex in the Crescent White skincare products. Medium to full coverage. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Dermatologist tested. 

  • A brightening, fluid foundation with high UV protection 
  • Gives medium to full coverage to even out skin tone 
  • Instantly hides fine lines, pores & dark spots for a flawless complexion 
  • Delivers a luminous finish to refresh dull skin 
  • Enriched with cooling hydration to plump skin 
  • Boosts skin radiance & smoothness
  • Smooth on this luxuriously sheer, fluid base to help instantly correct and minimize dull, sallow tones and dark spots with advanced optics and skin-brightening lavender pigments
  • The luxuriously lightweight formula primes skin so effectively, makeup glides on effortlessly, blends smoothly and looks flawlessly fresh

For optimum performance, prime with Brightening Makeup Base. 
Shake well before use. 

Other available shades:
  • 1C0 Cool Porcelain
  • 2C0 Cool Vanilla
  • 3C0 Cool Cream
  • 4C0 Cool Cashmere
  • 1W0 Warm Porcelain
  • 2W0 Warm Vanilla
  • 3W0 Warm Cream
  • 3W1 Tawny

For more Crescent White products, you can check Estee Lauder site 

Claim your Rewards now with ShopBack and Hermo Malaysia


I kept hearing about ShopBack from my gorgeous Head of Digital Marketing named Rowena (Haha! Sorry, Rowena, if you’re reading this, I can’t help but mention your name…see, I don’t ignore what you’re talking about.) Being an online shopper like me, although maybe not as notorious, she enjoys discovering great ways to be rewarded from spending online. Since I keep hearing about ShopBack, I knew I just had to investigate. 

What are the usual online sites that you shop from? I’m a beauty junkie but my shopping needs are not limited to beauty sites alone. I do look for device and gadgets, kids stuff, health products, flights, accommodations, stock shots and more. Name an online site and I’ve probably shopped there! To name a few:

  • 11street
  • Agoda
  • AirAsia
  • Amazon
  • Dreamstime
  • eBay
  • FoodPanda
  • GemFive
  • Groupon
  • Guardian
  • HappyFresh
  • Hermo
  • Hermo
  • Lazada
  • MySale
  • Sephora
  • Shutter stock
  • Signature Snack
  • Watsons
  • Wine Talk
  • Zalora

I spent time today checking the site and exploring what ShopBack does. The concept is pretty simple and amazing: shop online with ShopBack stores and get cashback rewards through your ShopBack account, which are then transferred to your preferred bank account. With whatever value you spend, based on each store’s ShopBack offer, you get rewards! This cashback site gives you savings online!


It’s easy to earn money back. From the long list of available stores at ShopBack, I’d say it’s impossible for a lot of us not to find at least 10 brands or stores to shop from. After you’ve created a ShopBack account, simply click on the store that you want to shop from, ensure that you shop on that URL so ShopBack can track your purchase, proceed with your purchase on that store and that’s it! You can check your ShopBack rewards within 4 – 48 hours. 


Discover how to get started with this video:

I’ve checked 2 online beauty sites: Hermo and Sephora (but of course!). Hermo gives customers up to 5.6% cashback. If you’re an existing customer, you get 4.2% cashback while a new customer gets 5.6%. You can enjoy cashback with the latest Hermo voucher easily through ShopBack. Some of the beauty brands you can shop for at Hermo are Acca Kappa, B.liv, Bioderma, Clinelle, Cyber Colors, Dr. Wu, Garnier, H2O+, Kate, Kose, L’Oreal, Laneige, Lierac, Physiogel, Talika and The Face Shop.    

This is a great time to earn cashback from Hermo, look at the collection they recently featured. It’s Disney’s Alice in Wonderland beauty collection!


Hermo has regular deals, it’s best to check on your favorite products and brands from time to time.  


Sephora is also one of the numerous stores with ShopBack rewards. New customers get 8.0% cashback, existing customers get 2.0%. Oh man, all the rewards I’ve missed from my Sephora shopping! Great brands from Sephora include Benefit Cosmetics, Burberry, Clinique, Caudalie, Dr. Jart, Ecotools, GlamGlow, Julie Hewett, Lancome, REN, Sigma Beauty, SK-II, Too Faced, Urban Decay and Zoeva. I’m a fan of makeup brushes from Zoeva and Sigma Beauty, I buy them from Sephora online (previously Luxola). I should have been shopping with ShopBack where you can also find the best Sephora coupons


Now I’m wishing that I listened to Rowena a lot earlier. I could have collected more rewards from my online shopping sprees! Why why why didn’t I pay attention long time ago? 

Start getting rewarded through ShopBack and collect money back from shopping. Make the most out of your dollars / ringgit by getting rewards. 

SK-II Pitera Facial Essence Product Review

I finally took the step to test this bestselling beauty product…why is this so popular and is it worth it?


Since I arrived in Malaysia 5 years ago, SK-II has been one of the most prominent skincare brands in this country. I wasn’t really familiar with this brand before as it is not available in the Philippines, at least not before I left. The brand has such strong marketing presence and highly influential brand ambassadors that included Cate Blanchett. Oh, who doesn’t admire Cate, with her timeless beauty, grace and impeccable sense of fashion?
Of course, I admit that I got interested to try the brand, mainly because of its Facial Essence. It promises skin transformation in 14 days, making spots less visible, appearance of wrinkles reduced, and making the skin radiant. I bought a Pitera Essence set for my mother-in-law before and I noticed a remarkable improvement on the radiance of her skin. After finishing that first set, I bought a second set for her and bought one for myself, too.

Made in Japan
Price: RM229
Where to buy:
SK-II counters in major department stores – Isetan, Parkson, Metrojaya, Aeon
Sephora boutiques
SK-II Pitera Essence Set contains:
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 30ml
How to use – After cleansing the skin, pour an appropriate amount (approximately 3 cm diameter) of Clear Lotion onto cotton pad. Gently wipe over T-zone, followed by U-zone from center outwards, then over neck.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml
How to use – After toning the skin, pour an appropriate amount (slightly larger than the diameter of the cap) of Essence onto cotton pad. Gently pat onto face and neck.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask 1pc
How to use – Place mask over eye area first, then gently spread over face and pat firm. Remove mask after 5-15 minutes. Discard mask after use.
I’ve used up the Clear Lotion and the Treatment Mask. These are both good products although it’s hard for me to fully evaluate, as the size of the lotion may not have been enough to show results while the 1-piece mask does give that instant hydration effect after use.
As for the Facial Essence, I’ve been using it for 3 months now. I’m not a big fan of the scent of the essence itself but it dissipates in a few seconds anyway so it’s not a big deal. The essence is water-like both in color and viscosity. It feels clean and light, easily absorbed by the skin.
After first 2 weeks of use, it’s sad to say that I didn’t notice much change on my skin. I know that a skincare product’s speed of efficacy may vary from person to person, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is not working so I patiently continued to use it. After 1 month, I did notice that my skin’s texture and radiance have improved. And on my 2nd month of use, I noticed that spots are diminishing, although not completely gone. 
I’ve seen good results but somehow on my third month, it’s just on ‘maintenance’ phase, as I don’t notice improvements anymore. I also find that the progress of results took longer than expected or as promised. I’m happy that my skin improved, especially with the diminished spots, however, I expected better. Considering that SK-II is probably the top brand in the country and that it’s mid-priced, I thought that results will be amazing or surprising, within at least a month. I find that it took long to see changes from the Facial Essence. Will I buy it again? Hmmm, I’d probably try something else with my RM229.
About the product
SK-II’s signature product, the much-loved and most awarded bestseller, Facial Treatment Essence has over 90% Pitera™, the miracle ingredient discovered over 30 years ago that remains essentially unchanged till today. Its irreplaceable formula gently exfoliates the face and helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle.

In just 14 days, your skin’s 5 dimensions are visibly transformed: spots are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmnessis improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. Skin becomes breathtakingly crystal clear.

Texture: This lightweight miracle water is quickly absorbed into the skin.

Key Ingredient: Pitera™ is full of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids that work together to allow the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime.
Other Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.

Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

No matter how good liquid or cream foundation is, I still need a good powder foundation to complete my face finish


Oh, what would our photos be without foundation or at least a photo filter that creates the illusion of flawless skin like having foundation on?
I bought this Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation at its boutique in Sephora Starhill, together with the Mist & Fix Make-Up Fixer Mist. It comes in a sleek black compact with a black box.


The compact has a compartment for the powder itself and the sponge: the powder on top compartment and sponge under. I’m not a big fan of this compact style because I need to keep lifting the powder part to get the sponge and somehow the movement keeps tapping the powder compartment. Eventually, this might make the compact powder break. It would have been better if the sponge was on top and the powder was under. But this is Make Up For Ever foundation and I wanted to give it a try.


I picked color 125 (Beige Rose/Pink Rose), well, technically, the beauty consultant recommended it to me. This foundation has a 24-month life-after-opening period (if this is new to you, it simply means that after start of use or opening, you can use it for the next 24 months).
I’ve been using Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation for several months now. I am enjoying the texture and finish on my skin. I normally apply this after using my liquid or cream foundation, it works well with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau.

The sponge is great to use but, of course, if you want a more flawless application, it’s best applied with a face powder brush. This multi-use foundation can be applied both in wet or dry application. If you are comfortable with sheer foundation effect, you don’t even need a liquid foundation. You can simply wet the sponge and apply the multi-use powder. Both with wet or dry application, this foundation lasts great through the day, although I still retouch once in a while because I love the freshly made makeup look and I have oily skin.
And definitely, after finishing my makeup, I apply the Mist & Fix. It works wonders on keeping my foundation in place. 


Where to buy Make Up For Ever / Price: RM180.00 
Level 2 Sephora Starhill

About the Product

With its transforming texture, PRO FINISH is the 1st multi-use powder foundation that allows you to fully customize your finish and coverage level. Formulated with exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments, its breakthrough formula can be used wet or dry.

Apply it wet for a sheer semi-matte perfection or dry for a full coverage, matte result.

Created with talc lightweight formula, its texture is long lasting, has buildable coverage with no chalky effect and easily blends for a perfect professional result in just minutes.

Enriched with hydrating ingredients, PRO FINISH corrects and evens the complexion without drying our skin.


Makeup Style using The Butterfly Project Beauty Box

Trying new beauty products is always fun! Combined with some of my loved items, these products that I haven’t tried before have become even more interesting.
Last December, I had a fun evening with fellow butterflies at The Apartment, The Curve. The Butterfly Project, headed by Tammy Lim, gave a celebration where both fresh and seasoned bloggers had a great time, great dinner and great opportunity to meet new friends. Luckily, I was free to join the group on that weekday dinner.
Aside from the Secret Santa gift-giving session, I also received a beauty box from the group. Thanks to all the generous sponsors who worked closely with the group and brought us happy cheers and, of course, new beauty products to try.
It’s exciting to explore different makeup looks by combining different products or brands. But at the same time, it’s also fun to mix and experiment with the new products together with those that you already have and love. Like a lot of you, I also have my favorites when it comes to skincare or makeup.


Some of my loved products include GlamGlow ThirstyMud, Makeup ForEver Mist & Fix, Nars Eye Paint, Nars Dual Eye Shadow and Maybelline Color Tattoo. And I decided to mix these with some of the items from my butterfly beauty box: Shizens Lip Tattoo, Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner and Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist.


Starting with smooth, healthy skin makes a lot of difference on how makeup can accentuate or complement your look. I love using GlamGlow ThirstyMud to do my regular mask routine. It’s quite addicting so I limit it to twice a week. After washing off ThirstyMud, I spray Always 21 Soothing Gel Mist on my face and apply a moisturizer (I’m using Mario Badescu at the moment). Afterwards, I apply my makeup primer, foundation, pore minimizer and face powder (not included in photo shot).

Now it’s time for my eye makeup. I’ve been loving my Nars eye paint and dual eyeshadow since last year, and I don’t think I can live without them. I’ve also started to use Maybelline Color Tattoo and it works well in making my eye color more vibrant and longer lasting. From the butterfly beauty box, I used the Dolly Wink Eyeliner, which has a pen style application.


The Dolly Wink eyeliner has good color results and very easy to apply on the skin. It has a cute, dotted pink packaging, with a pen cap.

On my lips, I used ShizensLip Tattoo, which came from The Butterfly Project beauty box. I’ve reviewed this lip product a few weeks ago and I loved its long lasting color on the lips. Great thing about this Lip Tattoo is that it makes the lips look naturally rosy through the day and keeps the lips moisturized. I now use it every morning together with different lip colors.
And here’s my quick 15-minute makeup look with a mix of my new and loved beauty products:

What are your favorite makeup products? Those that you must always have in your makeup kit? Thanks once again to The Butterfly Project for organizing events to meet friends and to explore more beauty products!

Find out more about the products featured in this article:

GlamGlow YouthMud – Facial in a Jar

Lights…camera…action. Designed as a professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, GlamGlow promises instant camera-ready skin in 10 minutes. Can this be for real?


I don’t regularly exfoliate before. I guess I also get lazy or busy to be bothered by a twice-a-week treatment. But exfoliation is essential in maintaining a healthy, glowing skin. Even though we regularly cleanse, moisturize and apply serums, without exfoliation, our skin can get rough and dull. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. When dead skin cells are removed, the skin looks younger and healthier with new skin cells.
As we get older or as years pass by, the process of cell renewal tends to get slower, meaning dead skin cells stay longer on the surface of the skin and it takes longer time to generate new cells. This results to dull, dry, rough or older-looking skin.  So if we want to keep our skin healthy or improve its appearance, we need to work harder and find the time to exfoliate on a regular basis.
Finding time is always a challenge, isn’t it? But GlamGlow YouthMud promises results in 10 minutes for radiant, glowing skin while it also provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation. If you haven’t heard of GlamGlow, just Google it and you’ll see lots of images showing faces with gray mud on. You can also check it out at Sephora.
GlamGlow has 4 different products available: SuperMud, ThirstyMud, BrightMud for eyes, and YouthMud, which I am reviewing here. 

YouthMudTM Tinglexfoliate Treatment
RM240, 50g
Available at Sephora boutiques
Leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing
Activates collagen synthesis
Provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation
Helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer
Provides tighter skin texture and tighter pores
Helps to provide a more youthful appearance
Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils
Helps to protect against free radical damage

How is it packed:
Like the ThirstyMud I’ve reviewed recently, GlamGlow YouthMud also comes in a matte box. This one is a combination of solid black and silver text, an easily recognizable signature of GlamGlow’s packaging style. On the front panel, a sticker saying ‘World’s Best Mask Winner’ is very visible, making me even more intrigued about this claim.
GlamGlow YouthMud has an inner card tray where the glamorous black jar sits nicely. The card tray reminds me of a photo wall where celebrities (or media guests) would stand against for photo ops. Oh, this is so Hollywood.
A brochure and info leaflet are provided together inside the box. Instructions on the small info leaflet are in different languages.

Upon opening the box, you’ll be welcomed by a sweet greeting, ‘Hello Sexy’, just like ThirstyMud. Now, that’s something every man and woman would enjoy reading, huh. Love this concept.

The black jar cover is topped with a silver star, reminiscent of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 

The jar is sealed for protection, to maintain freshness of the mud and prevent spills. My advice is don’t remove the entire seal. Just open it halfway so you can seal it back afterwards. This will prolong the life of your YouthMud and prevent spills even when you travel with it.


The mud mask itself is in muddy gray color. Take note, it may darken and thicken over time. To re-liquefy, you just need to add a few drops of purified water and stir.

GlamGlow YouthMud contains the following potent ingredients for gentle resurfacing exfoliation:
Green Tea – brightens complexion, protects against free radicals, hydrates, balances oil production
Volcanic Pumice Rock & Minerals – detoxifies and awakens skin
French Sea Clay – provides delightful tingle sensation triggering 12 hours of collagen synthesis
Teaoxi – delivers a blend of time-release antioxidants containing fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols directly into the mud from real pieces of tea leaf in the jar
*Contains NO sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan

How to use YouthMud:

  1. Cleanse your face
  2. Gently stir your YouthMud prior to application (I use a small plastic spoon or spatula to stir and scoop)
  3. Using your finger, apply a thin layer of YouthMud all over your face
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes, expect a ‘tingle-tastic tightening’ sensation
  5. Remove mask with water, applying circular motions while washing to exfoliate
  6. Use twice a week for glam-tastic skin  

I’ve done a short video review of this wonderful mud mask, hope you’ll it!

Some may find it filthy-looking while the YouthMud is on the face but that’s just how this works. You can even see small pieces of green tea leaves all over the face.

Then you chill for a while. I love the tightening sensation. After almost 10 minutes, the mud will be dry, turning into a lighter gray color. It’s hard for me to smile here because the mud has dried up, haha!

DID 10 MINUTES of GLAMGLOW do the trick?
It’s no surprise why celebrities love this product! At first, I was skeptical if a 10-minute mask treatment can really do wonders on the skin, but GlamGlow YouthMud does. 

It’s easy to fall in love with the tightening feeling. The gentle resurfacing exfoliation makes the skin so smooth and refreshed in 10 minutes. The skin feels tighter, looks radiant and brighter. 

This mask is definitely a must-have for every guy and gal! It can be your rescue product for very important events, especially when you have no time to go for a facial spa or treatment.  

My bare face, no moisturizer, no toner or serum, no photo-editing, just my skin after YouthMud

 GlamGlow ThirstyMud

GlamGlow ThirstyMud Product Review

Got thirsty skin? Does GlamGlow live up to its promise of super hydration in 10-20 minutes? This article contains written and video review…

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to the much raved about mud mask brand, GlamGlow. GlamGlow, Sephora’s #1 seller of quick-fix skincare products currently sold in 56 countries, has recently launched another innovative product called the ThirstyMud. Sounds cool? Well, let’s see.
It is important for our skin to stay hydrated, especially once you reach my age of 30+. As we age, the skin tends to be more prone to dry skin; leading to premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles and eventually creases (no!). When the skin doesn’t have sufficient hydration, it becomes prone to irritation, itchiness and other diseases as it lacks the moisture barrier to protect itself from outside elements. Hydration is important in maintaining healthy and youthful skin.
But we all are too busy or lazy sometimes, aren’t we? We want fast solutions, immediate results or quick fixes. I do try to stick to my daily routine of day and night skincare. I haven’t even gone for a facial in years! I admit that work and family responsibilities come first so if there is actually a product that can provide instant results, I’m just soooo excited to try! If you could have magnificent skin in 20 minutes, without going to the spa or facial salon, wouldn’t it be worth a try?


NEW! ThirstyMudTMHydrating Treatment
RM240, 50g
Available at Sephora boutiques

  • provides deep instant, extreme hydration for long, medium and short term results
  • hydrates, moisturizes, restores, replenishes and calms for instant super sexy skin
  • can be used during the day, at night or while in-flight
  • ideal for both men and women
How is it packed:


I’m in love with this matte blue box, combined with silver accents on some texts and borders. It just feels and looks so elegant, like a true star product. When you lift the top cover, you’ll be welcomed by a ‘HELLO SEXY’ greeting, making you feel beautiful and gorgeous as you are. I love the motivation of this message. I agree that everyone is sexy in his or her own way.


The box contains a product brochure and information leaflet. The blue and silver jar sits like a queen on inner card tray, with silver text and star accents. Isn’t that really sexy?


The jar cover has a silver star on top, making it look even more ‘Hollywood-ish’. Removing the cover, you’ll see an extra white cap to prevent spills, especially when it’s travelling with you.



The mud mask itself is of a light brown color, oozing with sweet coconut aroma. Try this on your skin and you’d want to lick it. It smells really delicious.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud contains the following potent ingredients for advanced hydration:
DewDration 2% – provides long-term hydration with a powerful trio of liquid acids designed to provide the most significant hydration and barrier actives; provides the deepest skin penetration for an instant dewy, youthful result.
HydraPack 7% – provides medium-term hydration with an innovative creation of specialized hydration actives to refresh and nourish depleted skin. It leaves the skin with an instant silky, soft and supple feel.

GreenEnergy 3% – provides short-term hydration with a combination of powerful natural ingredients for immediate skin conditioning. It leaves the skin smooth and energized.

Teaoxi Ground Olive Leaf – patented active technology for instant super sexy skin.

Another thing I love about GlamGlow ThirstyMud is that you can use it while in-flight. Ever noticed that your skin tends to be dull and dry while travelling? The ThirstyMud can be your flight companion. You simply apply it before or even during the flight, rest and chill, then wipe it off upon landing or just leave it on.

How to use ThirstyMud:
  • Cleanse your face
  • Apply an even layer of ThirstyMud all over your face, neck and decollete

  • Leave it on for 10-20 minutes
  • Wipe it off with tissue and massage the remaining product into skin OR
  • Wash it off with water

  • Leave on to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin

  • Apply at the beginning of the flight and leave on for flight or travel duration

Here’s a short video review of GlamGlow ThirstyMud, hope you’ll like it!
So this is how ThirstyMud looked on my face…then I chilled and relaxed for 20 minutes. Maybe lie down on the bed or start drafting a blog article…
My bare face after ThirstyMud. No makeup, no moisturizer, no editing.

I washed it off with water, as I’m more comfortable with this method. And OMG, I love how my skin feels! Really smooth, silky and supple. Almost feels like baby skin! And this was only my first time use.

My naughty son had a kick from GlamGlow event’s blue cupcake, thanks GlamGlow & The Butterfly Project!
GlamGlow ThirstyMud did live up to its promise of instant hydration and even more. It’s amazing. The price might seem a bit high for some but you can compare it with the time and convenience of having facial spa results at the comfort of your home or flight instead of spending time and money at a real spa. Of course, you can still do both and make GlamGlow ThirstyMud a complementary product to your facial routine.
I’m already excited to continue using ThirstyMud as part of my weekly routine. This can be used 2-3 times a week or as needed (if you have an event, wedding or important function to attend). I’d also try leaving it overnight and see the difference it can do to my skin.
And don’t forget, you can use this on your partner, boyfriend or husband, too!

I’ve also tested GLAMGLOW YouthMud. Stay tuned for my article and video review!

Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask Product Review

Interesting name…but can this product really do an immediate, temporary improvement on my face?
I’ve been curious to try this brand since a few months ago and I finally got myself to purchase not just one but two Mario Badescu products. I purchased these 2 items (Silver Powder and Temporary Lifting Mask) at Luxola, the online beauty site that I’m really enjoying delivery service from nowadays. I just love the efficient service and, of course, the enticing promotions.
The Temporary Lifting Mask is a very interesting item as it deems to tighten the skin and minimize pores instantly, although the name clearly says that it’s ‘temporary’. Still, I would want to have a product that can really do that, especially when I have important events to attend, such as weddings, work-related dinners or functions.

The product comes in a simple white plastic jar with a white plastic seal upon removing the cap. After removing the seal, you will see the pink-colored cream mask and will be welcomed with the fragrance of rose. Rose?! Wait, oh no….
Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask
Price: RM53 for 59ml
Made in USA
Life after opening: 6 months
Where to buy: Sephora or at
I didn’t check the full ingredients before purchasing the Temporary Lifting Mask! I actually have this skin reaction to face products that contain rose, except for 2 brands that I’ve tested: Perricone MD and Talika Paris. These 2 have products that contain rose but thankfully have not caused my skin to react adversely. Should I bravely try a Mario Badescu product that contains ‘rose’?
One of the things I do when I have fear of skin reaction to a certain product is ‘patch testing’, just the personal way of doing it, not the laboratory type. I either apply on the pulse of my wrist, meaning that soft area where you can feel your pulse, or behind the ears. And so I did BOTH, and left the cream there for an hour, since this is only a mask. If you’re testing a moisturizer or toner, or anything meant to be absorbed by the skin, it’s best to leave it overnight to check reactions.

Like most cream masks, the Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask (TLM) also has a thick texture but easy to apply on the skin.
Well, I didn’t have skin reaction on my wrist or behind my ears after testing. So I braved the ‘rose content’ and applied the TLM on my face after washing. It starts as a light rose color on the face. I would have applied the mask on my entire face but since this is the first time, I’d better reduce my risk and focus on pore-problem areas to test the effects.


After 10 minutes, the color of the mask turned to pinkish rose color. It has a mild tingling or tightening feel, which I really liked. It made me feel that the product is working…
 After rinsing with lukewarm water, here is the difference…

LEFT: Before Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask
RIGHT: After Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask

First of all, thank goodness my skin didn’t react violently to the rose content.
After using the mask for the first time, I feel the difference on my pore-problem areas: smoother, softer and pores are less visible. Lifting might be hard to notice and I also didn’t apply it to my entire face BUT my skin felt tight and fresh. I love the feel of my skin right after using this mask! I’m not a believer of masks before until I’ve tried several good ones and this Mario Badescu product is now another trusted one.
Definitely will continue to use this, maybe 3 times a month and enjoy the immediate results!

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More about Mario Badescu Temporary Lifting Mask

Instant Pore Minimizer. A great special occasion mask that immediately tightens, cleans and refines the skin. Formulated with Egg Albumin, a traditional, natural mask ingredient that firms, minimizes pores and improves skin’s appearance. This mask is ideal for any skin type needing a quick boost for a special event or for regular use on skin with enlarged pores and congestion.
Apply a thin layer of the mask on clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Wait 10 minutes and rinse with tepid (lukewarm) water. Follow with moisturizer. May be used several times a month or before special occasions.
Deionized Water (Aqua), Calamine, Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Starch, Egg Albumin, Sorbitol, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Rose (Rosa Multiflora Fruit) Extract
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Sephora Pearl Mask for Whitening and Brightening

If you’re looking for a weekly treatment to complement your whitening regimen, this mask is a good item to try 


Brightening my skin has now become one of my aging concerns. My continuous exposure to tropical weather and driving without full black tint have done their fair share of giving my face dull areas and dark spots.
I wasn’t really into masks until I’ve tested out a few good ones recently. On my birthday last month, I received more beauty items from good friends. One of the gifts was this pack of Sephora Pearl Mask for Whitening and Brightening. Oh, excitement! Thanks, Jen!
 Sephora Pearl Mask
Around RM49 per 5 pc set
(5 sheets x 25g)
Natural Origin White Pearl
The mask sheets are neatly packed in a hard plastic case. The individual sheets and the case itself are in soft pink color. The words “Pearl mask” are in metallic silver print, giving it a touch of elegance and the feeling of “brightening”.



The back of each pack contains clear instructions on how to use it. I know that most of us are already aware of how to apply the mask but I appreciate it when brands make a conscious effort to ensure that a customer or user will apply a product properly.

Each pack is also stamped with EXPIRY DATE, which is a plus for me. As an end user, I want all my beauty products to clearly indicate expiry dates and life after opening.
So how do you use the Sephora Pearl Mask:
1) Remove the mask from its sachet. The sachet comes with an easy tear cut so you just rip it open from there.
2) Apply the mask on your cleansed face.
3) Take off the mask after 20 minutes. No need to rinse.
* Apply 3 or more times a week for ideal results.
How do I look?

Compared to other masks that I’ve used before, this one is a bit thicker but not uncomfortable on the face. It’s just a bit harder to adjust the holes and opening to fit properly but it’s manageable. I normally lie down while waiting for 20 minutes to finish. I’d probably watch with my son or read a magazine while waiting.
The skin feels soft and smooth after use of the mask but I don’t expect it to immediately show results of whitening and brightening with just a few applications. To me, this is just meant to complement my whitening skincare regimen but not expected to make significant improvement.  Overall, it is a good mask to use 3-4 times a week while I’m using skincare products to address dull and uneven skin tone.
Sephora Pearl Mask is:
A natural fiber mask with white pearl that reduces blemishes while evening out and brightening the complexion.
What it promises to do:
This mask is enriched with natural-origin white pearl to even out skin tone and help minimize irregularities for high luminosity, creating a fresher, brighter appearance. The fiber mask perfectly hugs facial contours for better interaction between the active ingredients and the skin.
Does NOT contain:
– Parabens
What else you need to know:
This mask is quick and easy to use.
It contains Natural White Pearl that evens out skin tone.
It contains Broccoli Extract that provides clarifying properties for brighter skin.
Where to buy:
Only at Sephora boutiques OR via Sephora at Zalora Online
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Fight pigmentation with Clinique Dark Spot Corrector & Brightening Cream

My concern for my dark spots and uneven skin tone has brought me to test Clinique products for the first time

With the kind of weather that we have in Malaysia, it’s quite inevitable to face the dark truth about having bright, sunny days — skin darkening and pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not ‘dark skin’ per se that I’m worried about. I believe that every woman is beautiful in her own skin, no matter what color. It’s those dark spots and discolourations that I’m concerned with. Sun exposure and aging can cause uneven pigmentation and unsightly spots on our body and, worse, on our face.
I recently hunted for a product with dark spot correcting properties as I’ve developed some spots on my cheeks. It might have been there for some time now but it has become noticeable and I’m on ‘panic’ mode. And I think it’s about time I try a brand or product that has some strong clinical background. After all, it takes good science to combat and repair pigmentation. So I decided to try Clinique for the first time.

The Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (RM245 for 30mL) is packed in a light green box with the logo in silver stamp. The cap has a silver seal to ensure that you purchased a new, unopened product.

The dark spot corrector is dispensed from the bottle with a fine pump. It works well to dispense just the right amount to apply on the face.


The dark spot corrector is a light, white translucent gel that is easily absorbed by the skin. Because it is 100% fragrance free, don’t expect any scent, just clean and simple on your face. Although I enjoy skincare products that have mild, pleasant scent, I don’t mind it being fragrance-free. It is meant to be suitable for those with sensitivity to whitening or evening products.

I’m someone who enjoys reading product inserts, like this one that comes with Clinique Dark Spot Corrector. Let me share some important notes…
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
Meet the damage eraser. Clinical studies confirm that its patented formula with CL-302 Complex dramatically helps reverse the appearance of dark spots, age spots, skin stresses and darkening from blemish marks, starting in 4 weeks.

What improvement can you expect and when will you see it?
Lots of variables affect how quickly you’ll start to see results — degree of pigmentation, medications, stress and UV exposure all play a part. Generally, it takes 4 weeks of twice daily use to see measurable results. Be patient. 
  • In 1-2 weeks – skin seems brighter, feels smoother
  • In 4 weeks – dark spots are visibly diminished
  • In 12 weeks – you’ll see dark spots dramatically reduced

I love this honest statement written on the insert/ leaflet: “Sorry, but freckles you were born with are forever. Does not correct melasma (mask of pregnancy).”
How to use the Dark Spot Corrector:
Twice daily, cleanse, gently exfoliate, then apply the dose from 2 pumps all over the face. Apply a moisturizer. Daily sunscreen of SPF15/ PA++ or higher is imperative.
Life after opening is 24 months.
As I mentioned before, no single product can work alone. Skincare products work with other products in our entire skincare regimen. To maximize the result for brightening my dark spots, I also got the Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream.

Like the dark spot corrector, Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream (RM175 for 50mL) is packed in a light green box with the logo in silver stamp. The cap also has a silver seal to ensure that you purchased a new, unopened product.



The moisture gel cream jar has a secondary cover to preserve the cream from dust and other elements when you open it. The white plastic cover is embossed with Clinique logo and has a small finger handle for easy opening.

The gel cream is a white, light texture that easily blends on the skin and does not leave a sticky feeling. It is also 100% fragrance free, allergy tested and formulated for Asian skins. This gel cream feels great on the face and blends well with my daily sunblock. Some whitening products can be too harsh, specially when applied on the neck, but this Clinique Brightening Gel is also suitable on my neck.
Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream
Oil-free brightening gel cream supplies refreshing, all-day hydration for oilier skins. It is formulated to be a year-round source of refreshing all-day hydration. It helps visibly reduce dark spots and discolourations, bringing new clarity to the skin. Skin-fortifying ingredients help strengthen skin’s resistance to future darkening.
How to use the Brightening Moisture Gel Cream:
Twice daily, cleanse, gently exfoliate, apply toner then serum/ spot corrector. Apply the brightening moisturizer all over the face. Daily sunscreen of SPF15/ PA++ or higher is imperative.
The ultimate question…DOES CLINIQUE WORK FOR ME?
I know that the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector needs at least 4 weeks to see results on dark spots but I wanted to check my spot improvement in as early as 2 weeks. I am patient but I am also excited.
Compare my cheeks before (left) and after (right) 2 weeks:


LEFT: Before using Clinique Dark Spot Corrector and Brightening Cream

RIGHT: After 2 weeks of using Clinique

It is a small improvement but there was improvement in 14 days! So, YES, Clinique products are working on my skin. Take note that I am using the dark spot corrector and brightening cream together with a sunblock product.

Here’s how my skin looks with makeup over Clinique:


Let’s start fighting those dark spots! 

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – RM245 (around USD76) for 30mL
Clinique Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream – RM175 (around USD54) for 50mL
Where to buy:
Departmental stores, selected cosmetic boutiques and Sephora
They offer FREE standard shipping with orders above RM250