Sunday, November 26, 2017

Honest Review: Dr. Jart+ Skincare and Makeup

From Top Left:
1. Dr. Jart+ BB Contouring 1.2.3 Kit // 2. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans Foam Clay // 3. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam // 4. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water // 5. Dr. Jart+ Porecting Solution Mask // 6. Dr. Jart+ Brightening Solution Mask //
7. Dr. Jart+ Dermask Cheek & Eye Lift

I had a Dr. Jart+ haul way back in August this year and now I am ready to give my honest review as well as my Top 3 favourite items from the haul. If you want to check out my first impressions, you can watch my Youtube video at the end of this post.

The Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water is by far my favourite item of the bunch! I initially didn't purchase this but it was given to me as a free gift from one of the Sephora girls so I didn't expect this item to be my favourite. It's true when they say that even though free samples are expensive for a really works to convince new customers to be loyal ones. I am proof of that..I've just finished this tiny bottle and am repurchasing the bigger one!

Although the Micro Water can be used to cleanse, tone and brighten the face..I mostly use it as a second step after my facial cleansing wipes to remove any makeup what was not removed by the wipes. I was surprised to find that even when I thought the wipes did the job, the Micro Water proved that there was STILL makeup on my face! Basically, I use it to make sure that my face is squeaky clean before I wash my face.

Next is the Dermaclear Trans Foam Clay. This clay mask comes in Calming White, Moisturizing Pink and Refreshing Green. Each type has a purpose and the name of the mask is very favourite out of the three is Calming White because it just makes my face SO soft after using it. The "foam" is the only thing that differentiates it from the other clay masks in the market but it is nothing special to me..I just feel like it makes it easier to wash it off maybe.

How do I use it? Well, depending on my skin of the day, I will switch around. I use Moisturizing Pink when my face feels especially dry, Refreshing Green when I feel down because it gives off this cooling minty feeling on the face and Calming White the day before any special occasion day. I usually use this before shower time but after I've washed and cleansed my face. A little goes a long way with this and I just spread the mask all over my dried face with medium coverage. It will dry after 10 minutes, during this time I will just lie down on my bed or do light chores. Once it dries, I head straight to the shower and go about with my day with great feeling skin.

Tip: Don't leave it on your face for a long time after it dries because I find that my face doesn't like that and it tends to break out. In this case, it is important to know how to use a product properly for it to be effective.

My third favourite item is the Porecting Solution mask! The main reason I bought this was because the lady at Sephora said that this mask will bubble up when you use it. "That's interesting!" I thought and let me tell you, after I used it, I fell in LOVE with it. It's also a charcoal mask, so that is my guilty facial wash and toothpaste are also charcoal based so thats gotta tell you something ;)

At RM25 each, it is an EXPENSIVE mask but I would totally repurchase this again because of the bubbly. 

What about the other items in the list? 

Although the items did not make it to my Top 3 favourites list but it the items were good but but not great and because of it's price, I would not repurchase it again. For the Contouring 1.2.3 Kit, I use it both for contouring and concealing. It suits well with Asian skin tone..I use the bronze color to contour my face as well as my nose and I use the neutralizing color to conceal my under eyes as well as other dark spots on my face. The formula comes out as matte so I like to especially use the highlighter color in the daytime. This also blends well with the Beauty Blender.

As for the Dermaclear Micro Foam, my face broke out after the first few times using it (it doesn't break out now). I think my face was just getting used to it but when it happened, I did not like it. The good thing about this cleanser is that it smells like something out of a nice hotel. A little goes a long way with the cleanser..I've used it for 3 months now and it still has more than 90% inside!

As for the Brightening Solution Mask and Cheek & Eye Lift Mask, it is just too expensive for me. The mask itself is good and smells nice but you can't just use it one time and expect a miracle to happen. I can definitely achieve the same results with other masks but with a lower price tag.

You can see me using one of the Cheek and Eye Lift Mask at 10:26 in the video below:

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Beach Grill @ The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

Hi all! I just came back from my trip in Langkawi and as I was taking photos of the places I visited and the activities I did during my short stay, I told myself that I MUST blog about this. Well, I actually wanted to vlog but I find it very hard to organise my video taking (if that makes sense).

During my second day in Langkawi, I went up to the Langkawi Cable Car or Skycab and also the Sky Bridge. There were so many tourists around and the short hike to the Sky Bridge made me SO tired. We managed to make it back to the car at 3PM after all that queuing, I think my next post will be how to survive this. I was exhausted and also had motion sickness..but nothing a plain good ol Hamoi can't solve! Since we didn't know any good places in the area, we decided on an impromptu visit to the one-month-old Ritz-Carlton Langkawi to find some grub. It was feeding time for me lol

Since we rented a car there, we thought we could just drive into the hotel but the guard at the gate stopped us and asked us to park outside and called the buggy for us. I thought it was funny until I realized how HUGE the place was and saw why they wanted us to use the buggy.

The place looked like this and that was the road that we came from. It reminds me of a cute! We went to survey two restaurants including Langkawi Kitchen and also The Beach Grill. In the end, we chose the latter because of its beautiful view overlooking the Langkawi Sea as well as the overall vibes of the restaurant.

A place where you can just sit down, chill and have a drink.

A place where you can lay down as well!

Just a little peak at the view. I am currently editing my Langkawi video so do head over to my Youtube Channel "Marion St. Joan"

My happy red face..I had just recovered from exhaustion and motion sickness.

I ordered their Mozarella dish..the cheese is sourced from local buffalos in Langkawi and it was so delicious! Better than the ones that I get from Jaya Grocer (and they are not cheap as well). The tomatoes could be improved though, it looks like something that I would buy at the pasar for RM2 a pack. The dish itself cost RM88 before taxes. 

Originally a Beef Panini, we changed it to chicken. I forgot how much this was. Should have taken a pic of the menu.

Overall, the experience there was nice except that our food came a bit slow. We even ordered Ais Kacang and asked the waiter to bring it to us when our food arrived but we didn't receive it even when we are finished with the food. I'm not sure why it was so slow because there were only about 3 tables occupied during that time and I'm pretty sure Ais Kacang doesn't take that long to prepare. We were in a rush so we had to cancel that, unfortunately. We voiced up our comments to the Buggy guy so hopefully, they would improve that for future guests :)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

New Zealand: Part 3 (Last)

The majority of this post are pictures of our wine tour as well as random photos during the last day of our trip. Unfortunately, because I was both sea sick and car sick, I couldn't get to completely enjoy the wine tour. Strangely, after this incident, now that I'm back in Malaysia..I get motion sickness quite easily. I think we visited about 3 wineries and a chocolate factory that day. Another thing I remember from that area was the guy who was in charge of our lodging, Roger. There was this incident where we were about to get into the car to get to the grocery store and he was so shocked! After we said bye to him, we found out that the store was just about 7 minutes walk from our place. HAHA

Allan Scott Winery, New Zealand.

Not my cup of tea tho

Cloudy Bay Winery, you were great!

Had the best oysters there!!

Look at that liner!

This was at Christchurch. I was really happy because the sun came out!

We had coffee and breakfast at this nice cafe. Somehow I got even more tanned in New Zealand.

Got kissed by a Golden Retriever!

Got to feed this little buddy too.

Our trip actually ended here because we received the worst news from home. It still hurts to think about it. But we managed work together and reach home in less than 24 hours. The trip actually felt like a dream somehow, almost like it never happened. But documenting it, to me, is important.


Finally! This is the last part of the New Zealand posts. Links to the first 3 posts: