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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Health: MIRAE Collagen

Everyone is busy, myself included. Sometimes I can't even find the time to properly go through my skincare routine as there are just so much to do. Still, it is important to take care of ourselves, not only on the outside but on the inside as well. So what's the solution? Take supplements, of course.

You and I have long heard of the benefit of consuming collagen. In short, it helps give you better skin and better health. But, it can be expensive to consume. I feel fortunate at times to be given the chance to consume various types of collagen and of course, to share my experience and thoughts with you. The latest product that I've encountered is the MIRAE Collagen which contains 100% Natural Collagen Peptide Support Complex.

MIRAE is new in the market and they are the 1st product launched by E-Wings Lab (EWL) from Thailand. The word "mirae" translates to future, because EWL hopes to build the future for their young consumers. The materials are all imported and manufactured in Thailand. All products are safe to use as they are approved by Thailand FDA and they hold a Certificate of Thailand Manufacturer. Why do I say "natural" collagen? Collagen comes in many forms and can be extracted from various materials. The collagen used for this product is using imported tilapia skin from Japan. 
Fun fact: My mum used to tell me to eat fish skin (which I hate) to get nice skin because of the collagen content, not sure if the same principle applies here? Now there's a simple way for me to avoid eating fish skin yet get the goodness from it!

Snapped this just to tell you that the silver foil lining is quite hard to remove LOL.

"Give back your SKIN what TIME has taken away" - aptly worded slogan. The collagen comes in a white powder form and comes with its own spoon to scoop. The powder is very fine, which helps the body absorb it easier and faster. Compared to other collagens which are usually flavoured, MIRAE Collagen is colourless, has no precipitate and is 100% water-soluble. There is a light melon smell to it once dissolved in water. You can drink it on its own or add it to your favourite beverage!

MIRAE Collagen contains 90% collagen and 10% fibre & vitamins, an appropriate amount for the human body. It is a unisex product, meaning both guys & girls can consume it! Besides giving you good skin, other functions of this product is that it helps to repair cells and helps with defecation (detox). Effects vary according to individual but mostly it takes up to 1 week to see the results.

To consume, simply scoop a spoonful of the white powder using the spoon provided. Add 100ml of water (or add the powder to your fave beverage to consume). Shake or stir the mixture and it's ready to drink! 

For optimum results, it is best to consume one spoonful a day, preferably at night or before meals. After a week, you should see the results then you can reduce consumption to half a spoonful. FYI, each spoonful contains 9000mg (10g) of collagen! Each bottle should last you for about 19 days.

Like it said, the product is truly colourless and easily dissolves in water. However, the odor is something I can't really accept as it kinda smells.. fishy? Fishy with a hint of melon o.o LOL. It's still bearable though, but I prefer adding the powder to fruit juices for that added boost. I do not see much significant changes for my skin, but I do feel more energised after consuming this for a week. It also aids in my detoxification, which I really need after my food binging trip in Phuket :p

What I like:
- Easily soluble in water
- Can be consumed with other foods/drinks
- Aids in detoxification

What I dislike:
- Slight fishy smell & taste ><
- Costly

MIRAE Collagen (130g) retails for RM500 for 2 bottles. For members, there is an ongoing Ramadhan & Hari Raya promotion now of RM364 only.

MIRAE Collagen

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Beauty: Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Serum & CaviarGold Firming Eye Serum

Caviar & Gold. Two of the most expensive & luxurious ingredients in the world, can now be incorporated into your skincare. It's all thanks to Clinelle, which brings out the best in you. Clinelle was started by Esthetics International Group (EIG) in 2004 after 30 years of experience in the ASEAN beauty & wellness industry. Their mission? To produce safe skincare products that produce visible results. Currently, their brand ambassador is S.H.E's Ella Chen whom shares their vision of Happy Skin, Happy Face. 

PS: In case you haven't read it, I have reviewed Clinelle's WhitenUP EE Cream previously and you can read all about it HERE!

Clinelle's skincare range are integrated with Envinix system to free the skin from rapid internal and external environmental aggressions. All Clinelle products are dermatologically-tested and contains no harmful ingredients. There are 6 secrets to happy skin, according to them: No artificial colouring, no artificial fragrances, no lanolin, no mineral oil, no SD-alcohol and no comedogenic ingredients. Additionally, their products are paraben-free.


After removing the safety seal, inside reveals the elegant gold & rose gold bottles. Did I mention that I absolutely love the packaging? So classy! The products came in a simple paper box with lots of polyfoam inside to cushion it, though the bottles are made of plastic so I don't think it is as fragile nor heavy as glass. As if the main ingredients of caviar extract and 24K Nano Gold is not luxurious enough already! 

Love that it comes with a pump for easy and hygienic use!  The Clinelle CaviarGold range offers lifting, firming and nourishing for skin with incorporated cutting-edge technology to ensure blending and delivery of active ingredients to achieve the most optimal outcome. All the products in this range contains RX3 Action for optimised skin health. 

REPAIR: Caviar Extract slows down aging process
REFINE: 24K Nano Gold reduces wrinkles and promotes V-face contouring
RESHIELD: PhytoGold Extract whitens & promotes skin renewal for younger, youthful skin


Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Serum
Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Serum is an intensive serum that lifts, firms and helps to reduce wrinkles, discoloration and age spots. With the Triple-Gold Super Lifting & Firming Complex, this product helps your skin feel uplifted, firmed and brighter with long-lasting effects. Good news for people with sensitive skin as well, the Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Serum is powerful, effective yet paraben-free!


Spot the tiny gold flakes in the liquid? It's somewhat mythical! The texture is more watery than I expected, which makes it lightweight and easy to be absorbed by the skin. There is also a light, fresh scent that I adore!

Note: I did not try out this product as the targeted benefits for this product is much better suited for my mum's skin, especially to help solve her pigmentation problems. I feel that the results will be much more obvious on her skin than mine. Will keep you guys updated on that :)

You can get this Clinelle CaviarGold Firming Serum (30ml) in all leading pharmacies nationwide or purchase from their website HERE for a promotional price of RM91.53 now (N.P: RM101.70).

Clinelle CaviarGold Firming EYE Serum
Clinelle CaviarGold Firming EYE Serum is said to firm, lift and lighten dark eye rings & eyebags in one brilliantly executed formula. Formulated with Triple-Gold Firming & Lifting Complex from the most advanced technologies and ingredients, it provides instant hydration, smooths out appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, diminishes puffiness, banishes dark circles and improves elasticity & firmness around the eye area. Skin's surface is refined & restored.


As the texture for the eye serum is more conde\
nsed and viscous, there seems to be more gold bits in each pump. The texture is slightly stickier and thicker than the firming serum but has the same nice floral scent to it.

To use: I usually pump a small amount, warm it up between my ring fingers and gently pat under my eye, then move in gentle circular motion. Seriously, a tiny amount goes a long way. Try to avoid direct contact with your eyes while massaging. The remaining product will be used to massage the top lids. Don't forget to only use your fourth finger to massage as the amount of pressure is just right for our delicate eye area!

After two weeks of using the Clinelle CaviarGold Firming EYE Serum, I see a slight improvement for my really bad dark eye circles. At least they have lightened up and redness has reduced! My eyes do look a little brighter. Not much difference for my eyebags though (they're Prada btw). But I understand that SLEEP pays a big factor in reducing eyebags too, so I'll continue using this product and see if it really improves my undereye condition in the long run!

What I like:
- Gentle on the undereye area
- Reduces dark eye circles & redness
- Lovely packaging! (I'm a sucker for pretty packaging)
- Not too expensive for an eye cream, considering that it uses such exotic ingredients

What I dislike:
- Feels slightly sticky and thick, so it's not absorbed fast enough
- Can sting a little if applied too much

You can get this Clinelle CaviarGold Firming EYE Serum (15ml) in all leading pharmacies nationwide or purchase from their website HERE for a promotional price of RM91.53 now (N.P: RM101.70).

Additionally, use my special reader's discount code FANZEJXEQHJ20 to get RM20 for off your online purchase of RM100 & more. Plus, get free shipping as well! *valid until 31st July 2015

PS: Fans of Ella Chen & S.H.E, now's your chance to meet her in person! Thanks to Clinelle, Ella will be having a meet & greet session in various malls in Malaysia this coming weekend. Make sure you mark down your calendars to meet her! *starstruck*

Clinelle


Cheers,
Carinn 


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Monday, 27 July 2015

Carinn x Invisalign: Wearing my Aligners!

Omg! I can't believe it actually happened.. After months (maybe years) of waiting to wear braces, I've finally started wearing my aligners OFFICIALLY!

As mentioned in my previous post, I received a call from Q&M Dental Surgery Molek that my aligners were ready and I could make an appointment with them the next day to get them fitted. It was so random but heck, was I prepared. I was so excited that I couldn't stop talking about it the whole day to my bf. He volunteered to accompany me to the clinic the next day to snap some photos for me as well (+10points).

Dr Matthew showing me my aligners. They actually have tiny numbers on them to remind you which pair is which, and how to differentiate the upper form lower aligners.

I see my name! This is my Orthodontic Appliance Kit. I have 40 pairs of aligners altogether to wear throughout the whole Invisalign process (the first box contains aligners 1 - 23). The box states that my kit includes my attachments, IPC, precision cuts, overcorrection and attachment templates.

The aligners all come in these resealable plastic bags for easy storage. I was quite surprised because they seemed quite casually packed, so flat as well. On the packet, it states the order of aligners I'm supposed to wear. Dr Matthew instructed that I wear the upper aligners for a week interval, while the bottom ones will be at 2 weeks interval.

Tadaa! This is how they look like! My first pair of custom-made aligners just for my teeth. They are smaller than I expected. People who have worn braces before would think these pieces of plastic resemble retainers.

The first pair is cut about the same shape and size as my regular teeth and as the weeks go by, my teeth will gradually shift and I'd have to put on the next pair. This is why ClinCheck is so important; to predict how the teeth will move so that the aligners can be prepared in advance. Dr Matthew advises that I keep the previous pairs of aligners properly back into their resealable bags in case my teeth does not move according to planned (or if I'm negligent and forgot to wear my aligners), at least I have a "backup plan".

This smaller box is my Patient Starter Kit. Inside contains 2 aligners containers. I guess one is for spare purposes. I'm supposed to store my aligners in here, but the storage is so much bigger than my tiny aligners! Dr Matthew also reminded me to always bring along with me in my bag so I do not misplace my aligners. According to him, 95% of his patients actually wrapped their aligners in tissue paper and accidentally threw them away 0.0

Dr Matthew putting on the aligners for me to demonstrate how they fit. It felt so weird to have a plastic thing 'hugging' my teeth for the first time! Both the top and bottom aligners are supposed to fit snugly, with no pain at all. I wasn't used to it at first and even talking felt funny.

Then, it was my turn to try on my aligners for myself. It was difficult at first. Dr Matthew's analogy, "It feels like wearing contact lens for the first time. You'll struggle but after awhile, you'll get used to it that you won't even need a mirror to put it on!" It really felt uncomfortable at first but it's bearable as there's no pain! For me, the lower aligners were harder to put on.

I must warn you, there are more unglam photos ahead.....

"Dude.. Are you getting this?" XD

That's not a marshmallow btw XD The white pellet is called a Chewie. They are cotton bits that help the aligners fit better. I'm supposed to chew on it with each tooth (like a hamster haha) to "push" the aligners in place so that no signs of the plastic can be seen.

Time to try and remove them again. Don't laugh, but the bottom aligners were quite hard to remove :(

Done! The before and after photos of wearing my first set of aligners. Basically, there is not much difference, except that my teeth looks shinier and slightly whiter (bonus!)
You can't even see the aligners from afar and I am so impressed! 

My first Invisalign selfie! Can you spot any difference? XD 

Confession: I've been wearing it for more than a day now, and I can already feel a difference! In the meantime, I am having so much fun tricking people :p I did not tell anyone (unless you're on my Snapchat @carerynn) because I wanted to test their reaction when I tell them I actually have braces on. My parents, siblings, aunts and cousins could not tell I was wearing aligners at all during dinner yesterday! I even went karaoke with my girls and they couldn't tell either, even though my pronunciation was kinda weird XD And the best part is, today at the office, NOBODY could tell that I'm wearing aligners AT ALL. So much fun seeing their reactions :p

Will update you guys soon, after I wear them for awhile more! In the meantime, I'm anticipating my straight teeth patiently :D


Cheers,
Carinn 

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Carinn x Invisalign: Where to get Invisalign Done in Johor Bahru? [Q&M Dental Surgery Molek]

Happy Saturday! I do apologise for the lack of updates last week as I was on vacation in Phuket. Will be blogging about my trip there soon!

Now, many of you have asked me where do I get my Invisalign done. And many are not aware that you are actually get them done in Johor Bahru itself, instead of having to travel to KL or Singapore. Saves so much time! 

I am getting my treatment done at Q&M Dental Surgery, Taman Molek. It is the headquarters of the chain of Q&M Dental Clinics in JB. It is located in the same row as Lavendar Bistro Molek, in case you're wondering. My clinic is part of the Q&M Dental Group and they are one of the largest private dental healthcare group in Singapore. A quick search on their Facebook page, I fond that they actually already have 15 years of experience, after the first establishment back in 1996. In 2010, !&M Dental Group ventured into Malaysia, with 4 other clinics in Johor Bahru now (Nusa Bestari, Taman Mount Austin & Bukit Indah), 2 clinics in Selangor and one more in KL. A few of my friends living in Singapore have told me that I am really lucky to receive treatment from Q&M as they are one of the most reputable dental clinics there is!

Lemme give you a quick walk-through of my first time at the clinic and what services they offer.

Upon stepping into the clinic, you are greeted with a clean, open space. No-shoes allowed, which is why the place feels cleaner and more homely to me. If not mistaken, there are about 3 orthodontists and 6 nurses in the clinic.

Wall of Fame - I'm impressed with all the certificates my orthodontist has :O FYI, Dr Matthew Hong practiced in Singapore previously. He has 15 years of experience in treating Invisalign patients and has experiences in other kinds of dental services as well.

The first thing I saw when I arrived is this interesting machine. Zoe, the GM of Q&M JB, explained that it is actually a machine that makes ceramic crowns for aesthetic purposes. Crowns as in teeth lah XD And yes, besides Invisalign, Q&M Dental Surgery also offers CEREC technology for inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns. The crowning process usually takes more than 24 hours but with this machine, they are able to manufacture the crowns in one appointment.

So many high-tech machines in the place and probably more that I've yet to discover. This is the X-ray used to take shots of your teeth. If you have not read about my first consultation and encounter with this X-ray, read it HERE!

Showing you this because Dr Matthew is going to do whitening for my teeth as well after the whole Invisalign treatment and I am so excited!

One of the coolest things about my dental clinic is the fact that my orthodontist's wife and the clinic's GM is the winner of Mrs Malaysia Universe 2015! I was wondering at first why is there a pageant poster in the clinic and now I know. XD

Zoe is not only gorgeous but extremely friendly and passionate about the things she does as well. It's always nice chatting with her whenever I go for my checkups!

The staff and nurses are extremely friendly and helpful. I frequently see updates of them doing community service at old folks' home or kindergartens to increase awareness for dental care. With their mission and vision to provide quality & accessible dental healthcare, I'd say they are doing it right.

PS: As I'm writing this, the clinic just called me to inform me that my aligners are ready!! I can't wait to go get them tomorrow! :D:D:D

Find out more about Q&M Dental Group Malaysia & Q&M Dental Surgery (Johor Bahru) at their respective Facebook pages and website.
Facebook (Q&M Dental Group Malaysia) | Facebook (Q&M Dental Surgery (JB) | Website | Email

Q&M Dental Surgery (Molek) Sdn Bhd (HQ)
Address: 51A, Jalan Molek 3/1, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor. 
Tel: 07-355 7878 / +6018-355 8989
Operating hours: Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm | Sat - Sun 9am to 6pm

Cheers,
Carinn 

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Beauty: Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner

So I got home one day and found a parcel with an adorable wings headband and new eyeliner to try out. Talk about a pleasant surprise! Now tell me, what are some of your eyeliner woes? Mine would be not being able to get the balanced winged eyeliner for both eyes. Luckily for me (and I bet a lot of you girls out there!), Maybelline has recently introduced the Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner for perfect, balanced wings! 

I've reviewed the Maybelline Hypersharp Liner - Laser Precision previously and I've mentioned how much I love it and it is also my holy grail eyeliner. You may be wondering, what's so different about this Hypersharp Wing Liner then? From the outside, it looks like any regular Maybelline Hypersharp Liner BUT.. The difference lies in the TIP. This is the first ever 2-in-1 flat tip liner that draws from thin to thick lines with just a twist! So you can see, from this angle, the tip is really quite flat/ 2D. 

Show you an animation to explain better. The thick angle, which is also the flat part, measures at 2.00mm. Tilt the liner a little and the side will reveal the thin tip which is 0.01mm only. I swear, this is the same eyeliner!

This latest innovation helps you to get perfectly balanced wings easily, yet still maintains the popular long-lasting waterproof and no-smudge formula of the Hypersharp Liner range. From the swatch, the word "WINGS" itself have different thickness due to the different angles of the 2-in-1 flat tip. Literally 200x difference (0.01mm to 2mm) in just a twist!

Comparing it with the Hypersharp Liner Laser Precision, the tip for the Laser Precision is rounded while the Hypersharp Wing Liner is flatter and firmer.

Because of the marker-like tip, the Hypersharp Wing Liner is sturdier and draws straighter lines as compared to the Hypersharp Laser Precision Liner. However, they both have the same ultra-black and matte finish.

This is how my eyeliner usually looks like on a regular basis. I have to redraw or touch up my eyeliner a few times, especially on the left eye to get the perfect wing. What's more, sometimes I tend to forget to tightline between my lashes so it just looks weird with a tiny gap between my liner and my lashline.

How to use this amazing and special eyeliner? It is in fact, very simple.

First, use the thin side to draw a smooth line on your eyelid. I usually tightline and fill in the gaps between my lashes with the thin tip for better precision too. You can draw over the line a few times to make it as thick or as black as you want.

Next, just twist the eyeliner from the thick tip to the thin tip to create wings at the outer corner of your lid. The flat tip helps you create even wings while the thin side wings it out perfectly! Quick & hassle-free, don't you think?

Even enough for ya? Different eye shapes call for different ways of drawing your cat-eye so find out your eye shape first to get optimum results. For me, I have rounder eyes so elongated wings will help my eyes look longer. I also like to wing my liner upwards to make my eyes more awake. 

You just know I had to take a photo with the headband :p I'm pretty satisfied with the results, even though it just feels like drawing with my usual eyeliner haha. Some practice may be required to master the twisting, but you'll soon get the hang of it. As usual, I love the smudge-proof and matte black effect of the Hypersharp liner range so no complaints there! However, the colour does fade off after a few hours so touch-up is required.

What I like:
- Easy to use
- Fun to experiment with and create different looks with the dual-tip
- Smudge-proof, waterproof
- Lovely matte finish
- Easy to remove

What I dislike:
- Not really sweat proof 
- Doesn't last 24 hours as claimed
- Have to use it in the proper way, or it'll just be like using any regular eyeliner


Before I sign off, there's something I'd love to share with you girls. Stand a chance to win a pair of wings-inspired Melissa Shoes worth RM360 and RM200 worth of Maybelline goodies by taking part in the #MyEvenWings contest by Maybelline Malaysia! Only 3 pairs of #MyMelissaShoes up for grabs. Simply take a selfie with your best winged eyeliner look and follow the steps above to win. Contest period is from 5th - 25th July so hurry up and join now!

You can get the Maybelline Hypersharp Wing Eyeliner (currently only available in Black) for RM39.90 at all major pharmacies nationwide.

Maybelline Malaysia

Cheers,
Carinn 


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