I REVIEW: Australian Bush Flower Essences Soothing Body Lotion (Evening Rose)

I am very excited for this entry because it is my favorite beauty brand that’s about to be reviewed.  I recently moved to Malaysia and Australian Bush Flower Essences were nice enough to continue sending me their products even on my new address.  And that makes me so happy.  From my recent reviews- you’ve seen me rave about their face serums, the morning body lotion and now I am privileged to try the evening rose lotion.  When I got the package I opened it right away and well, from a brand that I trust it is always a pleasure to be using another product from them.  It smells really good, and you can really distinguish the rose accent to it.  What I observed is that, the morning range of products are usually lighter in texture, and the evening serums, lotions, etc are thicker.

I have been using the lotion for almost a month now and I really love it.  It makes my skin really soft and smells really really good.  There’s a relaxing scent to it that will make you sleep better at night- which is one big thing I like about Australian Bush Flower Essences, because they formulate products that are really not just really good for the skin but also good for your wellbeing.  This lotion retails at AU$24.95 for a 100ml bottle and it lasts for up to 2 months depending on your application.  For a super effective product, it is totally worth it paying more than your regular lotion.  And the great part as always is that, it’s all-natural.  Win-win-win!

For best results, I recommend you using this together with their morning lotion.  They’re both super effective.

Final Verdict: YES!  ABFE never fails to impress me with their products and I will always be a fan.
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Roaming (A Bit Of) KL

It has been almost a month since I arrived here and I tell you what, I feel like a local already.  Maybe because of the fact I have been here almost 3 years ago that I am now more familiar with (at least) several things.  Malay language is not hard to understand, simply because a lot of the words are similar to Filipino language, and traveling from point A to point B is not much of a hassle anymore.  The only thing that I really dislike is the extremely hot weather.  Ugh!  You walk 2 minutes out in the sun and you sweat like you never sweat before.  I swear, this is insane!  You have to shower at least 3 times a day with the heat and humidity.

Moving on, here are some snaps from my walking adventures around Kuala Lumpur.  And yes, I am a living testament I braved the KL heat!

When I was here in 2010, I never really used the train but this time around, it is the winning mode of transport.

A Chinese temple walking distance from the Maharajalela Monorail Station and near Chinatown.

While window-shopping at Berjaya Times Square, I stumbled upon these really nice smelling perfumes at a drugstore in the basement level of the mall.  I will actually go back and buy one of these bottles.  I am in love!


I REVIEW: Birchbox March 2013

It looks like Birchbox is trying to redeem itself from the mostly boring offers from the last 2 months and look at my box for March- it’s full of interesting goodies.  Yummy!  I yet have to receive my box but I am as excited- this is the first time I really am convinced- as lately I also realized how easy it is to just walk into a beauty store and ask for samples.

For this month, here are the goodes that are included in my box:

WEI™ Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream

Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board

Dermablend™ Smooth Indulgence SPF 20 Concealer

Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette 50ml

Caldrea Body Lotion

Overall, I am satisfied with this month’s offer that I am extending for 1 more month with them.  Let’ see what they have on offer next month!  Stay beautiful dear readers!


Bring an End to Extreme Poverty with Live Below the Line

What is Live Below the Line?
Extreme poverty continues to be an enormous problem worldwide, affecting over 1.4 billion people. Those living under extreme poverty survive on only $1.50 per day. This includes food, housing, clothing, healthcare and all other expenses. It’s safe to say your morning coffee costs more.

Live Below the Line is an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that’s making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty. They challenge you to live on just $1.50 worth of food per day for 5 straight days, bringing to life the direct experience of 1.4 billion people worldwide.

Join the Movement
To lend your support and spread awareness of extreme poverty, participate in the Live Below the Line challenge. That’s right, this is your chance to fight extreme poverty.

If you’re not sure you can handle living on only $1.50 of food per day, don’t worry – you can still spread awareness to friends in other ways.

Follow Live Below the Line on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Did Someone Say Free Samples?

I was at Marina Bay Sands this weekend and what better way to spend it than to visit beauty shops, try new products and request beauty samples.  Win-win-win!  Sometimes, you really don’t need beauty box subscriptions and all you need to do is just walk out of your door, head to your nearest mall and visit the beauty counters.  Don’t shy away and ask if they have new samples on offer.  The best part is, they’re free and you have the the chance to inquire more about what they currently offer, new products, etc.

I got tons of perfume samples from different high-end brands like Creed, Miller Harris, Serge Lutens, and a whole lot more skin care samples from popular and definitely favorite brands like L’occitane, Aesop, and other less popular ones that I think are also good.  The key is to be vocal about it- you cannot just go to a certain store and expect them to offer you samples right away- you have to ask for it but also make sure you don’t sound like a cheapster only after the freebies.  Make some talks, be friendly.  It’s all about being nice!


COVERGIRL: The Art of You

Clump Crusher Mascara

COVERGIRL has the perfect palette for brilliant spring style and I am so excited about it.  First, I have seen a lot of positive reviews about the new COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara that early December, I bought it already.  Bad news is, because I am so busy I yet have to try it and give a more proper review.  But here is a little preview of what you can expect from this new wonder from COVERGIRL.

This spring, go behind the scenes of the COVERGIRL “The Art of You” photo shoot in New York City. Check out this VOGUE TV video to hear on-set fashion stylist Lisa Von Weise’s inspiration for the shoot – pairing the season’s top trends with COVERGIRL’s must-have products.

The innovative double-sided brush features a lash-loading section to saturate lashes and fine-tooth comb bristles to evenly distribute mascara. Creates beautifully separated lashes with 200% more volume, zero clumps.