Thursday, July 20, 2023

Review | Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

In almost every medical article I read - it says retinol is the only skincare in this world that can reverse fine lines. So I introduced retinol into my regular skincare routine  I thought I’d get the Drunk Elephant retinol cream since Drunk Elephant is known for its green skincare reputation and it has 1% retinol, which is the highest percentage retinol in off-shelf skincare. 

If your main skin concern is fine lines & wrinkles, do read on to find if the product is suitable for you.  

  • Brand name: Drunk Elephant
  • Product name: A-Passioni Retinol Cream 
  • Purchase from: Sephora, Shopee
  • Price: RM340 / 30ml
  • Price breakdown: RM11.30/ml


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Review | Chanel No.1 De Chanel Revitalizing Serum

When Chanel first tease us with the red camellia newsletter, I was intrigued. My guess was a new fragrance, but it turns out to be an entirely new product range from Chanel. The No.1 range from Chanel uses the recently discovered red camellia as an active ingredient. And the bonus is - this range offers an eco-sustainable packaging. The products are packed in recycled and reusable packaging, and the product information print-outs have been minimized into a printed QR code on the box. 

To feed my curiosity, I purchased the star product which is the Revitalizing Serum. Click below to read the full review. 

Brand name: Chanel
Product name: No.1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum
Purchase from: Chanel
Price: RM475 for 30ml | RM650 for 50ml 
Price breakdown: RM15.84 for 1ml | RM13 for 1ml
Made in France


Friday, April 15, 2022

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-tight Toner Review

I purchased this Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-tight Toner together in a set with the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drop Serum. The two products complement each other. 

Brand: Glow Recipe
Product Name: Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-tight Toner
Purchase From: Sephora, Cult Beauty
Price: RM160 / 150ml, RM1.07 / 1 ml
Made in Korea


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops Serum Review

I admit that I bought this due to the over-hyped reviews on the product. A lot of comment says that this product gives an immediate glow after just one night of application. The Glow Recipe brand pride itself as a clean beauty brand. The ingredients that are used in their recipe are natural and gentle on the skin. This Watermelon serum (the full name is such mouthful, I thought I’d just call this as Watermelon serum), has been a best seller under the Glow Recipe umbrella. 

Brand: Glow Recipe

Product name: Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

Purchase from: Sephora, Cult Beauty

Price: RM160/40ml 

Made in Korea 


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Why Luxury Brands Keep Increasing Their Prices


Last week I posted a series of price comparison of Louis Vuitton bags price hike, and I received questions on why. Why do they do that? If you are a frequent luxury shopper, you know that this is an annual event. Sometimes, the luxury brands increase their prices as much as twice a year. 

There are various factors why they do that. 

A. One reason, which is easier to comprehend would be lack of raw materials. A lot of luxury brands in holding on to their traditional craftsmanship, still using the conventional ingredients to produce their goods - such as cowhide leather, gold, silk, etc. The supply of these ingredients are deteriorating. 

B. Also, we are hit with the global supply chain crisis (thanks to Miss Rona), that makes every process more time-consuming, directly increasing the cost especially on transportation.  


The two reasons are the more tangible problems that we, as a consumer, would understand. Granted if problem A and B cease to happen, the luxury brands will still continue to increase the price. Here is what they don't tell you. 

C. The classic economy demand-supply curve does not apply to luxury brands. In fact, it is the opposite. Every time luxury brands increase their price, the demand hikes up higher. A good example would be the Rolex watch. I dare to say, the brands are increasing their price to increase the demand for their goods.

D. They want to give a sense of value to the previous buyers. Imagine if you purchase a bag at $1000 two years ago, and it still cost the same today - this will stop convincing buyers to continue purchase their goods. Luxury goods are made to last a lifetime. It gives the perception of "good investment" to consumer. If I purchase a bag at $1000 two years ago, the same bag might cost $1500 today. I could sell the bag at $1000, making no loss while enjoying the product for 2 years and the buyer can also save $500 from the current price. With the $1000 and a little top up, I could score a newer bag. This is perhaps the actual reason for the brands to keep increasing the price. They want to keep the flow of the buying-selling in secondary market and indirectly pushing for sales of their new products. 

I hope this gives you insights of why luxury brands keep increasing their price. On the next post, I will talk about handbag investments. Come back next week if you are interested to learn more. 


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November 2021: What's in my trash

The last time I posted on beauty products I completed/toss out was back in January 2020. I can't tell what happened in between because it seems like just a blink of an eye and we fast-forward to a year and a half later.

This is going to be a long post, with so many products empties that I have used up and also I did a little spring cleaning to toss out those I don't want to use further. 


Monday, November 22, 2021

Spoiler Alert: Dior 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar Revealed

Really, there’s no secret to the content of the Dior advent calendar. When you purchase it, there’s already the product description on the outside. And also, if you're a Dior fan, it is also quite hard to dodge the unboxing videos on social media. I'm guilty of posting up the unboxing video almost the next day after I gotten the advent calendar. Not to spoil the fun and destroy the spirit of advent calendar, but the excitement is another level that I can't contain. 

I'm going to be very honest with the review here. So, click on to read the unexpected:


Monday, November 15, 2021

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette Eyeshadow

I received this as a gift from my friend. I wouldn't think of buying an eyeshadow in the middle of a pandemic when we have nowhere to dress up for. But this gift is well received and I begin to love it after the first swatch.

  • Brand: Natasha Denona
  • Product Name: Mini Nude Palette
  • Purchase From: Sephora
  • Price: RM109
  • Size: 0.8g each pan
  • Price: RM21.80 per pan 
  • Made in Italy


Sunday, November 7, 2021

2021 Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar (Malaysia Edition)

Typically, Malaysia does not get the stock for Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, unless there is additional leftover stock. Only a few brands do the advent calendar sale in Malaysia. However, we see growth, more beauty brands are bringing their advent calendar into the Malaysian market. 

Here are some of the advent calendars you may get in Malaysia, with no promises though, as they are extremely limited. 


Saturday, July 31, 2021

La Mer The Replenishing Oil Exfoliator


As long as we are stuck in lockdown mode, I will continue to drop my review on skincare. There is literally no chance (or no motivation) to try out new makeup products. 

The La Mer Replenishing Oil Exfoliator works hand-in-hand with the Cleansing Foam which I talked about in the previous post. I use this exfoliator around 2-3 times weekly, right after my regular cleanser with the La Mer Cleansing Foam.

Brand: La Mer

Product name: The Replenishing Oil Exfoliator

Purchase from: Sephora, La Mer 

Price: RM470

Size: 100ml

Price breakdown: RM4.70/1ml


Friday, July 23, 2021

La Mer The Cleansing Foam


When I was much younger, I always think that a face cleanser is something I shouldn’t spend much on. So I stick to drugstore brands and even picked up the cheapest I can find. But now I have a totally different perspective. 

If you ever going to invest in your skincare products, you should invest it in the cleanser. An effective cleanser is really the only thing that you need. Since it is also the first step in any skincare regime, you should pay attention to your skincare performance - do is clean your skin thoroughly, will it harm your skin (some cleanser contains ingredients that might strip off your skin), does it retain the moisture level of your skin? 

I really never give much thought to cleansers until I bought the La Mer The Cleansing Foam. I purchased this out of curiosity and it was also the time La Mer debut in Sephora, so I thought I would give it a try. This is when it changed my perspective of facial wash entirely.

Brand: La Mer
Product name: The Cleansing Foam
Purchase from: Sephora, La Mer
Price: RM385
Size: 125ml
Price breakdown: RM3.08/1ml

Monday, July 12, 2021

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream

I have never thought of reviewing a deodorant on my blog because it is generally a product that we don't pay too much attention to. But, I am so excited to share with you how fantastic this deodorant is. Not just sharing the information, I actually bought a few for my friends too, so they can try it for themselves. 

Drunk Elephant is still a new skincare brand. They pride themselves as a clean skincare brand, i.e. using minimal ingredients on the product and also mindful of its packaging materials. Because of their philosophy, I think it is worth it to try out the brand. If their product works, then I'll stick to it, and this deodorant will be one of them that I'll stick to for a long time. 

Brand: Drunk Elephant
Product name: Sweet Pitti
Purchased from: Sephora
Price: RM69
Size: 60ml
Price breakdown: RM1.15/1ml


Sunday, May 30, 2021

CS12 Miracle Mask

CS12 is a well-known indie skincare brand in Hong Kong, but surprisingly it is actually a Malaysian brand. I have been seeing a lot of hype about the Miracle Mask, which is a sheet mask, especially in magazines and social media. I tried to get it sometime at the end of the year, unfortunately, it was out of stock. That resulted in me contacting the owner of the brand to reserve it for me when they have it in stock. I thought she had forgotten about my request, surprisingly, last month she contacted me and told me the mask is back in stock. 

Brand: CS12

Product name: Miracle Mask

Purchase from: Directly from CS12 website

Price: RM218

Size: 7 sheets; 30ml per sheet

Price breakdown: RM31.15 per sheet