SHO: Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule and Treatment Mask

It's no secret that Koreans are really good in taking care of their skin. Making sure the skin healthy with a glow from within sometimes doesn't really take much work, but the many times we tend to overdo it. So, how to achieve a healthy glowing skin without overdoing it? The answer is sometimes as simple as a bottle of ampoule and treatment mask.

SHO is a Korean skincare brand that combines beauty treatment and science. Produced in the best cosmetics manufacturer in Korea under strict standard to ensure quality, SHO offers a range of fine ingredients skin care products which give modern working women a high-quality treatment at the comfort of their own home.

All of SHO products are free from harmful ingredients such as Triethanolamine, Benzophenone, Mineral oil, Sulfate, Paraben and Acrylamide. It is safe to be used by pregnant women too! There are 2 products from SHO - ampoule and ampoule mask, which are designed to work together to produce the best results for the skin.

SHO Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule - 50ml (RM 189). Ampoules are considered to be more concentrated version of a serum, and it has 3X more effective and absorption compared to serum. Think of it as a booster shot that gives the additional "push" to your skin. Ampoule often contains a higher number of active ingredients, provides lasting effects, helps to restore balance to the skin, and non-sticky.

Peptide is one of the most effective ingredients for elasticity of the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become protein. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and "communicate" with our cells to let them know how to function.

SHO Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule contains ingredients such as:

Marine Originated Collagen - Skin firming,enhancing skin barrier
Adenosin - Wrinkle improvement, enhancing skin elasticity
Portulaca Oleracea Extract - Soothing skin, antimicrobial
Elastin - Maintaining skin elasticity
Hyaluronic Acid - Smoothing skin texture, moisturizing

The ampoule is recommended for rough, flaky and again skin as it has benefits such as skin firming,enhancing skin elasticity and moisturising.

How TO:
1. Apply appropriate amount, tap to promote absorption.
2. Follow up with a moisturizer.
3. Or make it the last step depending on your skin concern.

The ampoule comes in a sturdy glass jar and thanks to its dropper design, it is very easy to dispense and control the amount of ampoule. I was a little surprised by the size of the ampoule, as they usually come in smaller size.

The ampoule has a thick watery texture and a little does go a long way. Just a drop or 2 is sufficient to apply the entire face. As SHO has claimed, the ampoule does absorb into the skin fairly quickly, despite the thick consistency. I was a little worried that the ampoule would be too rich for my skin, but it turns out my skin is loving it! My skin is looking healthier and plumper. Also, I noticed I have less breakouts compare to before, and my acne scars are healing faster too.

There are a few ways that you could optimize the use of the ampoule:

1. Ampoule + Foundation/BB Cushion
For those of you who want to have a dewy look or increase the hydration of your skin, add a few drops of ampoule into your foundation or BB Cushion. I heard about combining skin care and foundation for the longest time, but this is my first time trying out. I started out with 2 drops of ampoule and work my way up.

It does give the skin a dewy look, but somehow it is now working for the BB Cream I'm using. Somehow my foundation just couldn't stay. However, I also understand this method only work for some foundations/BB cream. So, do experiment and play around to see which one work for you.

2. Ampoule + Moisturizer
If you find your skin to be exceptionally dry or scaly, try mixing the ampoule with your moisturizer, and use this as a sleeping mask. This way, it would help to lock in and seal all the moisture in the skin and prevent any water loss. This is my favourite way of using the ampoule. Not only it saves me time, but I noticed my skin looks and is so much healthier. On top of this, my skin appears to be less oily too!

If are not sure how your skin would react, I would suggest you go easy this. Probably want to start with a ratio of 1:1 and observe.

Another important stop in my beauty routine is facial mask. Facial masks are perfect skin care treatment to help with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate the skin, remove excess oils, help improve the appearance of the pores, remove impurities from the skin, and the essential oils in the masks can be quite therapeutic.

SHO Wrinkle Life Peptide Ampoule Mask - 7pcs (RM 159). Unlike many conventional masks that are meant for daily use, this is a treatment mask and it contains 27ml of ampoule to provide visible results in just one application. This means you don't need to use it every day to see the results. In fact, many users have said to see results after one use.

The treatment mask contains:

Peptide - The most effective ingredient for elasticity of skin.
Marine Originated Collage Composite - Effectively moisture the skin.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 & Adenosine Components - Well known for its outstanding anti-aging effects, making the skin healthier and look younger.
Active components of Glycosaminoglycans & Lecithin - Helps to achieve a moist and elastic skin texture.

Some of the key benefits of the Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule Masks are skin firming, enhancing the skin elasticity and healthy, and moisturizing. So, it is recommended to use if you have rough, flaky and/or aging skin.

I've been using the mask once a week and I absolutely love the mask a lot! When removing the mask, I noticed the mask is soaked with ampoule. So, you probably want to be very careful when removing the mask from the package, to avoid dripping the ampoule all over the place.

The mask sits nicely on my face and despite packed with ampoule, it doesn't drip thanks to its thick consistency. In just one usage, I could feel my skin is so much more moisturized and plump up. Since this is a treatment mask, I tend to use it once a week or the night before of an event/function.

I used to think with my combination skin, it is very hard to find a product that not only works in giving my skin enough moisture but at the same time, doesn't create more breakouts. How wrong could I have been!

If you are looking for still looking for a good skin lifting solutions while keeping your skin moisturized, you definitely should consider SHO! On top of this, SHO also offers a few other ampoules and masks that address different skin need. You can get them from their Facebook, Instagram, and 50 selected SaSa stores.

Swanicoco X 50Gram: Show The Velvet Lipstick with Juliet Red

Lips without lipstick are like cake without frosting. You can put on a flawless makeup, but your look will still be incomplete without lipstick. From matte to glossy and sheer to vibrant colours, there are so many type of lipsticks; and at times, it can be very difficult to choose. For me, I would prefer colours that can be used for both day and night, and with a matte or velvety finish. One of the many brands that I'm currently using is the Swanicoco Show The Velvet Lipstick in Juliet Red.

Swanicoco started off its business by creating naturally fermented soaps, using medicinal herbs that have been carefully selected and boiled. Currently, they are the top natural cosmetics company in Korea. Using the same philosophy as their soap making, they put foremost priority on obtaining high--quality ingredients, engage in ceaseless bio development research to create a natural bio system, and continue to work hard in providing safe and healthy natural cosmetics for the skin.

One of their products is the Show The Velvet Lipstick. In conjunction with their collaboration with 50 Gram, Swanicoco has recently launched a limited edition Show The Velvet Lipstick (Black Edition) in Juliet Red.

Swanicoco Show The Velvet Lipsticks have pretty vibrant shades with a velvety finish. The lipsticks contain moisturizing ingredients such as carnuba wax and natural oils which keeps the lips soft and moisturized.

I like the packaging of the lipstick - black sturdy plastic casing with a smooth matte finishing. Unlike many lipsticks, this is a twist-open packaging. Meaning you don't need to worry the cap will fall off on its own and create unnecessary mess in your bag.

There are a total of 3 shades - Pink Blossom, Shine Orange, and Juliet Red; and the one I've gotten is Juliet Red.

This is how Juliet Red looks like - bold fiery red colour with a hint of orange. I don't usually wear red or fiery red colours, as I find them to be a little tough to pull off, especially during the day. But, I'm pretty excited to see how Juliet Red is.

The lipstick glides on smoothly. It is super creamy and very pigmented. As you can see from the swatch, the orange tone is quite obvious too. The colour is really bold and vibrant with one single swatch, so personally I would lightly dab the lipsticks onto the lips, rather than gliding it all over the lips. On the other hand, the lipstick is not 100% kiss-proof, as you'll still get a little bit of transfer from it.

Overall, from the packaging to the texture of the lipstick, I really do think Swanicoco Show The Velvet Lipstick is a good haul. Although, some might argue the price RM 88.90 for a lipstick is quite steep, but considering this is a LIMITED EDITION product, I'd say the lipstick is still affordable.

If you are wondering where you can purchase the lipstick, you can only get it from this link here! Hurry up, only a limited amount of quantity will be sold and once it's sold out, it will not be restocked again! Have fun and stay prettyđź’•

Newest Bouquets of Flowers you Don't Wanna Miss

A Better Florist is a KL florist that I have spotted a while ago, and ever since I did they have been a part of my life whenever I need a flower or gift delivery. If you’re looking for a florist that has imagination and experience, and knows how to bring flowers to life through creative and fresh arrangements, this is the Malaysia flower delivery for you. I’ve had quite a few chances to test out flower shops, as whenever I go to an event, or have someone’s birthday or need a baby hamper for someone’s baby shower, my go-to was always a flower shop. Now, I shop mostly online via A Better Florist, as they make it convenient to do shopping quickly. Even if I’m on the street, I just grab my phone and go to their website and I’m able to make a purchase right then and there.

I also love to use their delivery, because if you place an order before 3pm, they can deliver on the same day, which is fantastic. It enables you to never miss out on those important occasions. It’s also free if you order it like that, and I’m not the one to miss out on a great deal. Ever since I discovered their flower delivery and I was convinced that they always keep their promise, I was addicted to A Better Florist. If you want to try them out in Malaysia they also have an Ipoh florist, a JB florist and a Penang florist too.
What I like most about their flowers as they are super fresh every single time. There’s also something that can’t be explained when it comes to their arrangements. It’s the kind of creativity you just have to see on your own. I love every single arrangement or bouquet that they put on their website. If you like your bouquets to be more custom, you can of course request a custom bouquet to be made just for you.
And they don’t stop there. They also have a collection of some of the best hampers I’ve seen in Malaysia, in addition to fruit baskets. These are all great ideas for gifts, especially when the holidays season kicks in.
If you love A Better Florist, but you’re not in Malaysia, you can also find them as a Singapore florist, as well as a popular Hong Kong flower delivery that has an amazing HK flower delivery, and an UAE florist that is known for their creative flowers UAE can purchase.

If you love beautiful flowers, and you never want to settle for anything less than the best, then I think A Better Florist is the florist that’s going to fit in perfectly into your vision.

Hello Natural Co: Handcrafted Natural Skin Care

I love experimenting and trying out new beauty products, especially when they are handcrafted. In my quest of exploring local handcraft skin care, I came across Hello Natural.

Hello Natural doesn't not have a huge range of products, but they put lots of care and thoughts when it comes to their products. Their products are made with all natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals and it is cruelty free. On top of these, Hello Natural is Malaysia's first active charcoal-infused natural deodorant and dry hair shower.

The packaging is simple and the pink tone gives a slight feminine touch to the product.

Relax Essential Oil Blend (RM 39.95). It's no secret that essential oil has many benefits and it has been used for more than 5,000 years as natural remedies for various conditions and also to improve the health of skin, hair and body. Hello Natural's Relax Essential Oil is made up of sweet almond oil, and 100% pure essential oil (lavender, lemongrass, frankincense, rose geranium, and sweet orange) which are imported & certified in the US. The essential oil has a nice sweet smell but isn't too overpowering. For someone who really doesn't like sweet fragrance, this is perfect!

There are 3 different ways to use the essential oil:

1. Roll the applicator ball across the palms several times & rub palms together and massage onto your neck & shoulder for anxiety relief.
2. Rub onto the bottoms of your feet. The sweet almond oil will leave your skin softened and the relax essential oil blend will relax your mind. This is perfect for anytime, even just before bed!
3. Direct palm inhalation - Rub a drop or 2 of the essential oil together in the palms with a deep inhalation is an excellent way to bring about relaxation as needed throughout the day.

The size of the essential is perfect to be carried around, especially in a handbag.XXX

The Dry Shower Deodorant Powder (RM 39.95). Malaysia is a tropical country and we get to enjoy the sun-shiny weather all year long, but at the same time, but constant sweating is also something most of us have to deal with daily too. If you are a "sweater" like me, then you'll know the importance of a good deodorant, and thank God I found one with Hello Natural Co.

The deodorant is handcrafted with different blend of herbs and natural clays: Sodium bicarbonate, Zea mays (corn) starch, Kaolin clay, Diatomaceous earth, Lavender powder, activated charcoal and essential oils.

The bottle actually kind of reminded me of a baby powder bottle.

Since it's a dry shower deodorant powder, the texture is slightly coarse and not as fine as the usual body powder. I really love the mild floral lavender scent, and although it is written as dry shampoo deodorant, you can actually use it on your entire body including keeping those feet smelling fresh! I tried it at my underarms and I find it to be very refreshing.

Australian Pink Clay Mask (RM 39.99). The clay mask is a 100% natural & chemical free face mask that soothe, calm & rehydrates the skin perfectly. The mask is said to not only firms and detoxifies the skin but also helps to cleanse and remove stubborn sebum clogging the pores, which gives the skin a clearer and healthier complexion.

The pink clay also balances the oil and water levels for a healthier vibrant complexion, while the hydrating properties help to refine delicate lines, moisturize and improve the overall skin complexion.

The texture of the clay mask is really fine and soft. If you are wondering if the clay mask is only suitable for any particular skin type, the answer is all skin type! It all depends on how you use it:

Normal/Oily/Combination Skin:
1. Use the mini spoon provided, mix 2 heaped spoonful of clay mask to 4-5 spoons of milk/water
2. Mix until you form a paste
3. Apply to the face for 10 minutes (Do not exceed 10 minutes as this tends to dry out the skin)
4. Wash thoroughly with warm water, followed by face toner & moisturizer
5. Use this 2 times a week

Sensitive/Dry Skin:
1. Use the mini spoon provided, mix 2 heaped spoonful of clay mask to 4-5 spoons of water/milk/aloe vera gel/rosewater/yoghurt
2. Mix until you form a paste
3. For extra hydration boost, add 1 mini spoon of honey
4. Apply to face to 10 minutes (Do not exceed 10 minutes as it tends to dry out the skin)
5. Wash with warm water thoroughly, followed by face toner & moisturizer
6. Use this once a week.

You can choose to mix your clay mask with water, toner, yoghurt or even ampoule, if you'd like. I like to mix mine with toner, but sometimes I'll just use water only. If you are unsure how much to mix into your clay mask, I'd recommend you use the mini spoon to add them bit by bit into the mask. You don't want to add too much, as this will make the mask too runny to apply. Also, use a brush to apply the mask instead of your fingers, as it is much easier and more hygiene.

The clay mask smells SO GOOD with the Lavender scent!!! I feel so relaxing while using the mask. I've tried several clay masks and I always find them to be quite difficult to rinse off. It will usually require me to do a few rounds of cleansing to thoroughly remove the mask on my face. However, the clay mask from Hello Natural is so easy to remove, and it didn't leave any residue on my face. I totally love this clay mask!

Overall, Hello Natural Co. has certainly delivered in products I've bought. If you are looking for natural hand-made skin care products, Hello Natural Co. is a good choice.

To know more update on Hello Natural Co., check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram.

Freaking Wholesome @ Bangsar South: Delicious Hand-crafted Raw & Vegan Treats!

Living in a fast-paced, fast-changing time, we constantly find ourselves trying to keep up. Thank God the society is getting more health-conscious - keeping a healthy & active lifestyle, as well as having a healthier diet.

Speaking of diet, we can easily get healthy salad and mains, but what about desserts and sweet treats? Dessert doesn't only complete a meal, but many opt for desserts when they are feeling down or want to cheer themselves up. If you are a fan of sweet treats but also concern over your diet, then you really should check out Freaking Wholesome!

Founded by Ee Lin, Freaking Wholesome is an online dessert shop that offers handcrafts, unconventional, raw treats. After coming back from Bermuda, she realized there aren't many desserts shops for health-conscious eaters, vegans or people who are lactose intolerant. Hence, she started experimenting some desserts in her kitchen that are free from dairy, eggs, refined sugar, artificial colouring and preservative.

I like how they have kept their cakes simple and with lots of natural ingredients such as raw nuts, seeds, fruits and organic rice malt syrup.

Let's start with some cupcakes!

Assorted Mini Raw Cupcakes (RM 55). There are 8 cupcakes in a box. All of them look so pretty with the glossy frostings. Usually I'll just scrap away the frostings and whipped cream, but since these are made with natural ingredients such as nuts, coconut cream, date syrup and organic rice syrup, I figured I'd give these babies a try.

Coffee Caramel. Each mouthful is a bursting of intense coffee aroma and perfectly balanced with the sweetness from the caramel.

Triple Chocolate (Left) | Coco Pineapple (Right). Chocolate lovers, no more feeling guilty from this creamy, chocolatey semi-sweet Triple Chocolate cupcake! On a lighter note, the Coco Pineapple is pretty refreshing and I like the tropical touch of the coconut flavours.

Strawberry Beet. One of my favourite from the treats of Freaking Wholesome. It tasted much lighter than the chocolate cupcakes; and if you are not really a fan of chocolate, this might be your choice.

Assorted Wholesome Bars (RM 55). 6 wholesome bars with 3 different flavours.

Orange Cranberry. Chocolate, orange and cranberry is really a match-make in heaven. The rich chocolate goes perfectly well with the zesty orange, tanginess of the cranberries.

Peanutty Nougat a.k.a Snickers (Left) | Sea Salted Caramel (Right). I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but peanut and chocolate is one of my favourite combinations. You can never go wrong with nuttiness of the peanuts and chocolate. On the other hand, the hint of sea salt in the Sea Salted Caramel added a nice savoury touch to the dessert.

Assorted Petite Cakes (RM 55). These petite cakes are really pretty and the colours are just vibrant!

Classic Chocolate. Nothing beats a classic chocolate that is moist and rich.

Lemon Drop. Tangy, zesty and lemony - everything you like in a lemon cake.

Turkish Delight. Unlike the usual Turkish Delight that are too sugary, Freaking Wholesome's version of Turkish Delight is truly a delight - not too sweet, yet it has a pleasant hint of rose and nutty pistachio.

Matcha. Last but not least, the all-time favourite - Matcha.

Overall, desserts and sweet treats from Freaking Wholesome are really deliciously awesome. A perfect choice to satisfy your dessert cravings while not compromising your healthy diet. There are a few things to be noted though, since these are made from raw ingredients, the textures are not as smooth as your conventional desserts and cakes. It has more bite and you'll find the base is slightly coarse. Apart from these treats, Freaking Wholesome offers whole cake options too!

These raw desserts are best to be eaten chilled and can be stored in fridge for 3 days as they are made with natural ingredients and free from preservative. Freaking Wholesome doesn't have a physical store, but you can purchase their cakes online. For Assorted Mini Raw Cupcakes and Assorted Wholesome Bars require 2 days lead time, while Assorted Petite Cakes and whole cake requires 3 days lead time. Freaking Wholesome delivers throughout Klang Valley and their delivery fees varies depending on location.

To order your sweet treats or know more about Freaking Wholesome, check out their Facebook and Instagram or contact them at +6017 6809926.