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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Beauty: Coni Beauty Beauty Whitening Black Jelly Mask

BOO! Did I scare you?

If you're wondering, no- I have not gone mad. I'm actually just trying out a mask which claims to make my skin fairer. Oh, the irony - using black jelly to whiten the skin.

Coni Beauty was founded in 1999 and is one of the biggest skincare corporations in Taiwan. They are known to develop high quality, SGS Switzerland-certified products with natural ingredients approved by European Union Ecocert. They have received 4 national awards in 2013 and have been featured on many beauty shows. Coni Beauty is commited to using safe ingredients, no animal testing and uses 100% recyclable material. This Coni Beauty Whitening Black Jelly Mask is particularly suited for blemished complexions and deep cleansing. It also claims to remove melanin from inside out and acts as an exfoliator. It also tightens the pores and makes your skin smooth. One use, and you can restore the skin's vitality and elasticity, rejuvenate and brighten dull skin and makes your skin feel fresh and less oily!

I received the 20ml tub for review and to illustrate how tiny it is, here's a comparison on my already tiny hands. However, you only need a tiny amount when using so 20ml is actually sufficient to last about a month, I would say.

Don't be intimidated by this dark, rubbery-looking substance. With added black diamond charcoal, it helps in whitening and moisturising the skin while regulating excessive oil. Black rose essence is also included to provide sufficient energy to skin cells and has anti-oxidant components, while at the same time brightening and whitening the skin.

It seriously feels like jelly! The gel-like substance is quite dense and does leave a bit of black stains which can be easily washed off with water. It smells of roses, which most girls love! However, it does not contain any microbeads as far as I can tell which makes me doubt the exfoliating effect of the product.

So can't wait to try it! Bare face here. I have a lot of blemishes on my forehead and my skin is so dull... I cannot T.T

To use, just apply an even layer of about 1-3cm of the mask on your face. You can choose to use a spoon that you usually use to scoop out cream products, or your fingers. Do try and avoid the eye area as it is very delicate. Oh yea, try not to walk around during this time as you might scare some people :p It's Halloween month after all, right? :p

Leave it on for about 30 minutes. When the mask dries like this and starts to feel slightly tight, you'll know it's time to wash it off with ample amount of water. 

I'm not sure if it's just the colour contrast from the black, or my skin really did become whiter. My housemate claimed that I became fairer too :o Which is scary to me because I think I'm quite fair already to begin with. I do feel that the mask did give some sort of instantenous effect as my skin tone is more balanced and brighter now. Skin also became smoother and mattified! I love the effect, but my only complaint is that 30 minutes is quite a long time to wait for the mask to dry. Not advisable to use as a last-minute solution when you're rushing to go out.

PS: I'm sorry if this grosses you out.
Since the mask also claims to act as an exfoliator, here's a before and after comparison on my blackheads. I don't see much significant differences except that the tiny tiny bumps have been smoothen out a little. However, it did not remove my blackheads and whiteheads. 

All in all, I love the effect and overall scent of this mask! Plus, it's super affordable at only RM5.90 for 20ml and RM 49.90 for 100ml. Super worth it huh? Where can you get it..? HiShop, of course!
Click on the links here and here to purchase.

Find more Coni Beauty products here. You can also get 15% rebate when you quote 'CARINNTAN' during checkout. Share with me if you tried this mask and let me know how it compares to other brands like the popular Hanaka Charcoal mask, will ya? :)

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Cheers,
Carinn 



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Disclaimer: Even though the product was sponsored, the review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the product. Effects may vary depending on individual skin condition, skin colour, application technique and other factors.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Carinn x OOTD: Black & Gold Accents

I feel like it's been forever since I've blogged (but in fact it's only been like 2-3 days). Here's a super #throwback post to update my blog! I know I've cut my hair short, but I still have a few archived outfit posts, so please bear with me!







Black slit maxi dress - Malaysia Clothes Buffet // Belt - F-Block // Nude clutch - Dazzling Couture // Kitten heels - Charles & Keith // Necklace - Vicnity // Bracelet - Happy2u (here)

Venue: Pulai Springs Resort
Photographer: Shalinn
Photos taken with bf's iPhone 5S

I guess you can guess how long ago was this since I still had my gel manicure from beeQnails and I had long hair then HAHA. I also wore this outfit to the MIGF Gala Night because it's comfortable yet not too shabby. The dress is somewhat conservative, but that hint of sexiness comes from revealing a little skin on the leg which is just subtle and fun. I feel that this look knows no seaonal boundaries as you can never go wrong with black and the classic gold. You don't have to go over the top, even minimal accessories with hints of colour can make this outfit look like a million bucks.

I can't wait to share more posts with you guys. Watch out for my Malaysia Fashion Week posts next! :)

Till then, if you enjoyed this short and sweet post, do hype me on Lookbook! I will really appreciate it. Can't wait to do more outfit posts with my new hairstyle, please stay tuned for it! 

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)

Psst... I have an ongoing GIVEAWAY here, do join and support! :)

Lots of love,
Carinn 



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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Beauty x Giveaway: E.V.E Miracle ALL-IN-1 Bar

I've tried many kinds of cleansers - gel, foam, milk-based... But recently, I've been using this new BAR cleanser from E.V.E Miracle from the USA. It has helped me to clear the acne on the sides of my face quite significantly so if you'd like to try this out for yourselves too, be sure to read until the end as I'll be giving away the E.V.E Miracle ALL-IN-1 Bar soap to all my readers! It's been a looongg time since my previous giveaway so join to support ok ok? :p

E.V.E syands for Elegant. Vogue. Energetic. It is formulated with E,V,E POTENT INGREDIENTS which include Austrian Deep Moor or Heilmoor Clay, PhytocellTech Malus Domestica Swiss Apple Stem Cell, Aloe Vera, Virgin Coconut Oil, Ionic Colloidal Silver, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Hydration Algae Extract. Sounds natural enough? You can read up on why these ingredients are so important in E.V.E products here! Because of the active ingredients' anti-flammatory, antiseptic and anti-microbial properties, E.V.E products is beneficial for acne skin as it not only helps to clear complexion but prevent against future breakouts as well. These ingredients also help to hydrate and purify your skin.

E.V.E Miracle ALL-IN-1 Bar is produced through a hand-crafted production process to produce the highest quality bar around. The natural glycerin combined with the Potent Ingredients help to create a multi-function bar cleanser for daily care and is a safer and more natural alternative to conventional cleansers. It helps you to the beautiful look and feel of young and healthy skin again.

Admittedly, the bar cleanser does not look appealing with its greyish-green colour. It is also odourless. But let's not judge a book by its cover, shall we?

To use, just wet the cleanser and create a lather. There is not much bubbles and foam and only a small amount is required for the whole face. The overall smell is just quite natural, with a subtle tone of coconut oil smell.

Massage the lather that you have created all over your neck and body and rinse off with water. The cleanser is gentle enough to be used daily. 

My skin before I started using the cleanser. I use E.V.E Miracle ALL-IN-1 Bar every morning and every night before I sleep. It is very gentle and I believe that I do not need something harsh for my skin as soon as I wake up, since I do not have make up on or anything.

After the first use, I realised that my skin has become much brighter. The cleanser leaves a squeaky clean feeling on your skin which I like. However, I'm not a huge fan of the scent and it does need some getting used to.

First week after using the bar cleanser. The pimple on my right cheek has significantly disappeared if you noticed! 

I should also mention that these photos were taken during my assignment period whereby I slept at almost 4am every night to rush my work o.o Hence the bad skin. The sides of my face also has a lot of breakouts recently so I'm hoping that E.V.E will help me clear up that problem!

Week 2... Short hair already haha. What a drastic change, huh? If you noticed, my forehead is a lot clearer here with lesser breakouts. My skin also feels smoother and more hydrated because previously it was peeling. After using E.V.E, that problem has stopped.

The scars on the side of my face has also become lighter.

I've been using E.V.E for 3 weeks now and this is the final result. I think I became fairer? o.o

The scars on the side of my face are really starting to fade away and the bumps are not as irritating as before now. Before this, my face used to itch whenever I apply makeup but after using E.V.E, that has not bothered me at all.

Overall, I just like how the cleanser throughly cleans my face and leaves no traces of makeup even when I wipe it with toner. My skin is also less dry now and I am hoping that with continued use, my breakouts can be reduced and prevented. So guys and girls, if you don't wanna take my word for it, you can also put this cleanser to the test! Who knows if it might work better on you right? 

GIVEAWAY!

EVERYONE IS A WINNER! You are all entitled to ONE piece of E.V.E Miracle ALL-IN-1 Bar each (worth RM69) and this has got to be the easiest giveaway ever! All you have to do is:

1) Follow my blog on both Google+ and Google Friend Connect (check out my sidebar widgets)
 2) Leave a comment with your email address below.

I will then contact you with the redemption steps and code. You are guaranteed to get the cleanser as long as you use my redemption code! The only clause is that redemption only lasts from 21 October to 3 November 2014.so hurry and leave your comments NOW!!!

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Cheers,
Carinn 



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Disclaimer: Even though the product was sponsored, it does not affect my thoughts in any way. The review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the product. Conditions and results may differ based on individual skin condition, personal habits, etc.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Shopping: Introducing Eastdane.com - Shopping for Men

Hey guys! And this one goes out specifically to the guys because we girls have sooo many shopping sites to shop from right? But how about the guys? Fret not, because I'll be introducing you another awesome website that I found... Eastdane.com!

Previously, I've blogged about Shopbop.com and guess what, East Dane is actually the brother site to Shopbop! Newly launched in 2013, East Dane is the thoughtful, straightforward site for men's fashion, showcasing new names to fashion and is totally catered for the men who love to be in trend. Just like Shopbop, East Dane is also a subsidiary of Amazon.com and brings you a one stop shopping destination for the modern man.

For more information about East Dane, you can find it here: http://www.eastdane.com/ci/aboutShopBop/customerservice.html#page=10

After browsing through East Dane, I found many things that I'd love to get for the two most important men in my life.. Daddy and boyfie. Here are some of my picks!

My dad travels frequently for work, so getting something to suit his travel needs would be great. Check out some of the Travel Accessories that East Dane offers.

It's a functional travel bag with lots of compartments to carry your toiletries. Not to mention, it's also made of very good quality material and looks so stylish too!

Truth be told, Tumi is one of my dad's favourite brands. I'm sure this simple yet classy passport case would buy his heart!

My dad is also a huge tech fan. There is bound to be something for him and all the tech nerds out there in the Tech Accessories section of East Dane.

Woohoo! Isn't this a beauty? With great sounds and a vintage, wooden finishing, it's the perfect gift for any music lovers.

Being an Apple fan means you'll have to get a portable charger for your phone and other gadgets (lol). This sleek portable phone charger is great for both guys and girls!

I've also scoured out some things that I think bf would love. 


He loves maroon, and so do I! This coloured tie goes great with any black or white shirts and adds a pop of colour to the outfit.

Boyfie has been on the hunt for a trendy yet vintage-looking briefcase to bring on hospital rounds. I guess this one fits the bill? Plus, it's fully-leather!

The other day he was just telling me that he wants to buy new shirts for his wardrobe. I like this dark blue shirt as it has a twist to it. Spot the tiny polka dots! Who says polka dots are for cutesy girls only? Guys can pull it off too as long as the dots are not too big!

So there you have it. I realised that most of the pieces I chose are quite vintage-looking? If ever in doubt what to get for the men in your life, just go with dark, neutral colours which are the safest. :p I will be posting more fashion inspiration after this. Do remember to watch this space for more, guys and girls!

Don't forget to stalk www.eastdane.com for more trendy clothes, shoes and more. Also girls, do check out www.shopbop.com to fulfil your shopping needs!

Cheers,
Carinn 



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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Beauty: REALASH Eyelash Enhancer [Part 1]

I received this present the other day. Wonder what is it?

Ooh, my REALASH Eyelash Enhancer has arrived! REALASH which is made in France, is the only effective free sale eyelash extension liquid approved by the FDA which claims to make your lashes longer, thicker, darker and fuller. Sounds like a dream come true for girls like me with straight, sparse Asian lashes?

With its pioneering formula and breakthrough eyelash growth nutrient, REALASH is the world's best eyelash enhancer, demanded by dermatologists and bloggers worldwide. Not only does it lengthen and thicken your lashes, it claims to make your lashes curl easier and more seductively too. Can't wait to put it to the test!

The liquid inside is a clear liquid which smells a bit like glue to me XD I have tried out other lash serums before but they were in the form of a mascara brush, so I was pretty surprised to see this brush which resembles an eyeliner thin brush.


As you can see, my eyelashes are quite dark but not very full and thick. Length-wise I guess it's acceptable but like I said many times before, my lashes are so straight and stubborn!


With mascara, this is how my lashes look like. I'm using photos from my previous Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara post, here's an overview. After one month, I will use back the same mascara and see how much changes there are after using REALASH!

Surprise! This is the first time I'm revealing my short hair on my blog. Haha. I guess after a month, you guys will be able to see changes not only on my lashes, but my hair length as well (hopefully) haha.

To apply, swipe REALASH directly on the skin of the eyelid after removing eye makeup, similar to how you would use eyeliner. Wipe all the excess from the eyelid as additional applications will not increase growth. 

Some things to note:
- DO NOT apply REALASH to the lower lashes.
- Use the sterile applicator provided and not your fingers. Your eye area is extrememly sensitive so try and avoid contamination to prevent infection.
- Do not use if you are sensitive to the ingredients in REALASH. Consult a doctor should you feel discomfort.
- Do not use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, undergoing chemotherapy or under the age of 18.
- If prolonged use causes a slight darkening at the base of the eyelashes, discontinue use.
- If you are wearing contact lens, it is best to remove them first prior to application. The lenses can be reinserted after 15 minutes.

Hmm.. Wonder how long before I can see the results? It is recommended to use only a small quantity, once daily. If you missed a dose, apply it again the next evening. Use it for 8-12 weeks to see significant results. After that, reduce to 1 - 2 times a week in order to maintain the results.

I'll be splitting my REALASH review into 3 parts so expect to see results in 30 days and subsequently 3 months after! Hopefully REALASH gives me sexy lashes that looks just like falsies soon hehe. 

If you're interested in trying this product, you can try this Starter Package at RM199 for 3ml which is sufficient to last you for 4-5 months of daily use. Check out the price and other packages they have here! You can order from the link or email them for more info!

Find REALASH on their website, Facebook and Instagram now.


Cheers,
Carinn 



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