Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beauty Tips: How to apply mascara like a pro

I've not done any quick beauty tips for a long time and this time I want to provide some tips to enhance the eye lashes, one of our beauty accessory :) If you want to draw attention to your eyes, the key is to create full and flirty lashes other than applying eyeshadow alone. I'm a big fan of the American Reality Television Series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kim Kardashian's beautiful and lengthy lashes never fails to amaze me.

Here are some tricks to apply mascara to accentuate your lashes for that flirty and alluring eyes...

(a) The trick to amazing lashes is to use the blackest mascara you have. If your eyelashes are thin, use a volumizing mascara. For short lashes, use a lengthening mascara. I highly recommend Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Mascara for the lengthening effect.

(b) The eyelash curler is an essential beauty tool. Curl lashes with one firm squeeze.

(c) Then dip mascara wand into the tube just ONCE for both upper and lower lashes. Dipping too much mascara onto the wand will cause the mascara in the tube to dry quickly.

(d) To apply the mascara on the upper lashes, place the brush at the lash base and sweep upward to the tips of the lashes, working from the outer corner inward. Remember to add more at the outer corners for that sexy dramatic look.

(e) To pile mascara on lower lashes, sweep lashes from side to side with the tip of the brush, holding the wand vertically.

(f) Use as few strokes as possible to minimize clumping!

To make your lashes stand out more, line your upper waterline with a black liner to give an illusion of even fuller lashes and keep the rest of your make-up light with a faint of lip gloss and blush.

However, if you wish to achieve a face-brightening look, skip the lower lashes altogether. 

Do not be shy to use false eyelashes for that extra glamorous effect.

Good luck and have a smashing weekend :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bellazzia Pomegranate Body Butter Review

This is my current favorite body butter and I love it more than my The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter Body Butter . I got this as a souvenir from my brother's sweetheart when she went to Australia to visit some friends sometime last year. Thanks again Poh Leen :) I have too many body lotions and creams sitting on my vanity desk and I have only started using this recently. You can purchase this from Target or any drugstores. 

What I like about it...
- it is as sweet as my brother's girlfriend, lol! The pomegranate scent is very pleasant to my liking
- very moisturizing as it contains 20% shea butter, and for this reason, it is excellent for those with severe dry skin. My skin is starving for extra moisture lately because of the extreme hot weather and I have been spending too long hours in the air-conditioned room.
- it leaves my skin soft and smooth without greasy feeling unlike other body butters.
- keeps skin hydrated and supple all day
- reasonably priced and the packaging guarantees no wastage

What I don't like about it...
- it contains mineral oil, an ingredient that will clog pores. However, I haven't caught any body acne yet :) If you have body acne, avoid this body butter.
- it takes some time to sink into my skin thoroughly.

Size: 350mL
Price: AUD12.99 / RM42.00

The Ingredients: -

Overall ratings ...
Price: ★★★
Product: ★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★

Would I buy again: Yes.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Clarins White Plus Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum Review

I was introduced to this serum last year when I wanted to try other products other than my regular Dermalogica to lighten marks caused by hormonal acne. Therefore, I bought this serum with high hopes to transform my skin to crystal clear before I give birth.

This is what the product says...
It is an advanced skin care for a flawless complexion and skin that glows with a youthful radiance, it ensures reinforced control of pigmentation, minimizes dark spots and prevents their reappearance, firms facial features, smooths away fine lines, illuminates the complexion and restores the skin's transparent rosy glow. It is enriched with extracts of Sea Lily and Alchemilla for optimal protection against dark spots.

This what I have to say about this product... :)

Happy with it because...
- it does what it says! It did minimize my acne marks remarkably. My skin glows with lesser red marks and spots, even my gynae asked me what I have been using on my face when I went for my baby scan :) In my opinion, this serum is better than Clarins White Plus All Spots Whitening Corrector which I have also tried and reviewed here.
- it controls pigmentation. I was warned by my beautician that my skin may show signs of pigmentation due to pregnancy. Hence, I quickly invest in a product that controls pigmentation and again, this serum works! I did not have any pigmentation or dark spots during pregnancy other than marks left by acne.
- it is non-greasy, application is smooth and the serum absorbs quickly into the skin.
- most important of all, it is allergy tested and non-comedogenic. I'm wary when selecting products for my face and I always make sure it will NOT trigger acne or clog my pores.
- it brightens my skin effectively, I wore less make up when I was using this serum.

Not too happy with it because...
- I don't think it works to smooth away fine lines as stated. Then again, perhaps I didn't use this serum religiously. I have stopped using after I gave birth and this explains why I didn't list this product in my beauty profile. I will be using this serum again because I noticed pigmentation are forming under my eyes.
- it is pretty expensive but I always believe that if you want a good value for something, you need to pay for it.
- I despise the packaging! I can't open the neck of the bottle to shake out any remaining serum.

Size: 30ml / 1.06 Oz.
Price: RM260.00 / USD87.00 (approx)

Here are the ingredients: -

Overall ratings: -
Price: ★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★

Would I buy again: Yes, this is one product I highly recommend although it is pricey.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Averine Satin Smooth Foundation Review

This is another product I have been using over the years faithfully. Prior to this foundation, I used The Body Shop oil free foundation but it caused my skin to break out horribly. I gave the Averine Satin Smooth Foundation a try since Averine products claim to be 100% safe and Skin Caring unlike many other brands. I'm impressed with this moisture-rich gel foundation, then again it has its pros and cons just like any other products. So, here are my thoughts about it...

Note: I only have 3 color swatches. I mix 2 colors, the Ivory Beige & Pink while my mom uses Fair :)

Good ...
- suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and acne-prone skin
- yes, it does care for the skin. It is not only a foundation but it also nourishes, hydrates and protects my skin. I have no doubts and am being honest!
- it is non-comedogenic, therefore it will not clog pores. I don't get pimples or acne from this foundation even if I had it on for more than 12 hours
- the texture is light, ultra-smooth and very easy to blend
- it evens out my complexion and gives my skin a sheer NATURAL finish
- smells pleasant
- it is long wearing and I never had to touch up. I just set it with loose powder and I'm ready to go.

Bad ...
- it cannot conceal severe acne marks or redness because it only gives a light to medium coverage
- leaves my skin a little oily and shiny after 3 hours, but I don't really mind because it didn't make my skin to break out. I always have facial blotters handy to absorb those shines away :)
- I dislike the packaging. I prefer tube packaging as I can cut it open and use up to the last drop!

Size: 35ml
Price: RM158.00 / USD44 (approx)
Made in Italy

Here are the ingredients: -

Overall ratings ...

Price: ★★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★

Would I buy again:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Coastal Scents 88 warm palette review with ALL 88 swatches!

It has been so long I have not done any cosmetic or make up reviews and I know I must review this eyeshadow palette tonight. I bought this early last year together with some brushes and gel liners. You can check out the post on my Coastal Scents Haul here if you are interested. Initially I wanted to get the 88 Ultra Shimmer Palette after watching make up tutorials from AllThatGlitters21, Elle Fowler. She came up with gorgeous eye make up tutorials using the Shimmer Palette, but considering I already have the 120 Palette, I chose this warm palette instead. On the whole, I like this palette and the reason I selected this over the rest was because the silvery blue, peach and rich plum colors caught my attention as well as the many shades of brown. Below are my views of this palette and I swatched ALL the colors in this palette for the sake of this review. Do enjoy this review and I hope the swatches are helpful to those considering to purchase this palette.

Here is the palette. Please read on for the complete review and scroll down for ALL 88 color swatches!

Love it...
- there are huge selection of brown colors to play with. If you love browns, this is the perfect palette for you
- it also has nice matte browns that can be used to fill in the brows. I always misplace my eyebrow pencil and this comes in so handy when I have no time to search for that tiny eyebrow pencil on my messy vanity desk
- there are 42 matte shades (I like matte shades) and 42 shimmer / pearl colors
- it has plenty of highlight shades to choose from matte whites to cream to soft light pinks which I truly love
- the colors are quite pigmented. For some, I do not have to keep layering or apply any base
- it has 2 black, one matte and the other shimmery. Not forgetting, the silver blue and camo green colors are truly unique and beautiful
- this palette is great for everyday neutral looks, school, work and glamorous smokey looks
- it is only USD24.95 for 88 eyeshadow colors, USD0.28 for one eyeshadow color!

Hate it...
- it contains Mineral Oil. I dislike mineral oil on my face because it clogs pores. I don't mind a little on my eyes but I would avoid mineral oil entirely on my face or neck
- some colors are chalky and there will be fallouts. So, be gentle when you dip your brush on it and always use a tissue to cover your cheeks and catch those fallouts.
- TOO many highlight, brown and similar colors. If you are a beginner and you wish to play with more colors, this is not the palette to invest on. There should be more warm blue, green, gold or bronze shades in my opinion
- got to be careful with the cover of the case because it can be broken easily.

Dimensions: -
Pot diameter is 1.6cm
The matte black case is 23.2cm x 16.6cm x 1.3cm (when closed)

Content weight: 61g / 2.15oz
Price:: USD24.95

Here are the ingredients: -
Talc, Mica, Mineral Oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. May Contain : Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Chrome Oxide Greens, Chrome Hydroxide Green, FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake

Overall ratings: -
Price: ★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★
Packaging: ★★★

Would I buy again: No, because it can last very long and I do not use it everyday. However, I will consider purchasing other Coastal Scents palette.

Here are the swatches...

Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful day.

Averine Cover Spot Concealer Review

Last year, I tested and did a review on The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer when I wasn't able purchase the Averine Cover Spot Concealer which I have been using all the while. The Body Shop concealer did a great job concealing my skin's imperfections and those irritating acne marks. Not long after, the Averine Cover Spot is back in stock and I got tempted to purchase this again because it is not only a concealer but it also contains healing ingredients to treat acne at the same time, just like The Body Shop tea tree concealer. Below is my review on this concealer I have been using faithfully over the years.

Like it...
- it contains Salicylic Acid to treat acne and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) to nourish skin and lighten existing blemishes. In short, it is good for acne prone skin and acne marks
- conceals imperfections and at the same time it did what it claims to purify, hydrate and repair skin
- the texture is smooth, creamy and easy to blend
- it is non-comedogenic, it will not clog pores or cause acne!
- gives a good medium coverage, hence your complexion will look more natural
- evens out skin tone effortlessly

Dislike it...
- it doesn't dry up existing pimples as quickly as The Body Shop tea tree concealer
- not suitable to be used on the eye area
- doesn't provide 100% coverage. If your skin is particularly red and congested, this concealer fails to conceal flawlessly

Net wt. 4g
Price: RM68 / USD20 (approx)
Made in Italy

Here are the ingredients: -

Overall ratings ...

Price: ★★★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★★

Would I buy again: Yes, this concealer has its drawbacks but it is suitable for me.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Clarins White Plus All Spots Whitening Corrector Review

The sales lady at Clarins introduced this spot corrector to me together with other Clarins whitening range last year. I bought their Whitening Serum which I'll certainly review about soon, but I refused this one because it is very pricey for a 7mL size and I do not wish to spend that much of money on different brands other than my regular Dermalogica. This product claims to reduce dark spots and soothe small spots. The sales lady told me that this is excellent for fresh acne marks. As I have mentioned before, I have some post acne marks and they are my priority concern, but those marks on my face are old, not fresh ones. As such, I refused to get this but my mom was so sweet to buy this for me and she insisted that I give it a try. My mom loves Clarins whitening range, particularly their whitening mask. I gave this whitening corrector a try and here are my thoughts about it...

The PROS...
- it is highly concentrated and a little goes a long way
- yes, it does lighten new dark spots
- it contains Salicylic Acid and Meadowsweet extract to soothe and purifies small spots which I love
- application is smooth and easy with the roll-on applicator
- it sinks into the skin very fast 
- will not cause or aggravate acne

The CONS...
- this liquid will drip on other areas of my face if I do not rub into my skin quickly
- it takes some time to see results. It took me 2 weeks to see the lightening effect. Not recommended for those who are impatient, but hey you can't find a product that will work overnight
- expensive for such a tiny size

Size: 7mL / 0.23 Fl. Oz.
Price: RM185.00 / USD58 (approx)

Here are the ingredients: -

Overall ratings: -
Price: ★★
Product: ★★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★

Would I buy again: Maybe. Overall, I'm satisfied with the results and I do recommend it.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

DIY Egg Mask Facial

I want to share a home remedy recipe to treat acne and acne scars. If you browse at my beauty profile, I actually have combination skin. My t-zone is very oily and blackheads prone while my cheek area is dry. I used to have acne prone skin but my skin condition has improved over the years with the right products I have been using religiously and also with the help of h2o. Yes, water is crucial, not only it benefits your health but your skin as well! Then again, those acne and blackheads attacked me again while I was pregnant. At initial period of my pregnancy, my skin was congested with acne on my forehead, cheeks and even the chin area. I was so upset that I complaint so much. After which, my mom's friend suggested that I try egg mask facial. I was pretty skeptical initially because I do not believe using kitchen remedies on my skin but I decided to give it a try anyway because I could not stand looking into the mirror seeing those ugly red marks and fierce acne. And the results derived were surprisingly awesome! Some angry and bumpy acne reduced in size and red marks were lighten.

You will need the followings ...
a) 1 egg
b) 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
c) clean bowls
d) an egg white separator (optional)
e) a fan brush (optional). You can use your fingers. I find using a fan brush easier and faster.

Preparation ...

Step 1:
Crack the egg open and carefully separate the egg whites from the yolk in the first bowl. I use an egg white separator. With a clean fork, beat the egg whites hard until it is foamy. Then take a tablespoon of the egg white and put it into the second bowl. We are going to use this one tablespoon of egg white as a mask and yes, it is enough for one application.

Step 2: 
Squeeze 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice into the egg white and mix thoroughly. Make sure you clean your face before applying the mask. Using your fingers or a fan brush, apply the mixture onto your skin all over concentrating on the t-zone and chin BUT remember to avoid the eye area! Give it time to treat your skin. Egg whites give the skin a temporary face lift, whitening effect, constrict pores size and reduces acne size. The lemon juice will lighten acne scars. I usually wait for 10-15 minutes for the mask to dry. Now, rinse off and pat your skin dry. Your skin should feel firm, refreshed and smooth.

Step 3:
Prick the egg yolk and apply an even amount on your face. The egg yolk is moisturizing and soothing. Wait for it to dry and rinse off. This step is optional. If you wish to skip this step, follow up with your regular toner and moisturizer after Step 2.

I like to start fresh each time. Therefore, I normally leave the remaining egg whites and yolk in the kitchen for my mom to cook. However, you can keep it refrigerated for 3 days. I recommend using this mask 2 times a week for best results for those with oily acne skin. If you have dry acne prone skin, use this once a week. Try this mask and see the results. It is not only effective but it is easy to prepare and very inexpensive.

Tip: You need to use this mask religiously for remarkable results. Please note that no remedies work overnight and results vary according to individual's skin condition.

Good luck.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster Review

Hey all, I want to do another face product review before I review other body, eye, hair or make up product.
This is a product I swear my skin can't live without to soothe big bumpy acne and redness after facial or acne extraction. However, this booster receives unfavorable ratings if you browse I have no idea why some said that this is an oil when it is actually oil-free. This serum has a very smooth texture and it makes my skin glows. My complexion receives numerous compliments ever since I started using this serum with Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. I have been using this serum for years and I love it more than the Skin Hydrating Booster. Here is my complete review of this product...

 The Good...
- it is oil-free and it didn't cause any acne flare ups on my skin
- provides added moisture with no greasy feeling and it certainly makes my skin glows like never before
- great for acne scars. I rubbed this serum on old acne marks religiously and it fades out those marks / scars notably. I also apply this serum after acne extraction and it reduces irritation, redness and sensitivity instantly and promotes rapid healing. In short, this is ultra-soothing for my skin
- it contains soothing ingredients like Honey and Red Raspberry Extract which I love
- best of all, it contains zero artificial fragrance or color
- I like the packaging where I can open the tip of the bottle, hence no wastage
- one bottle can last up to 2 months

The Bad...
- it is quite pricey as expected
- it is not moisturizing enough on its own. I mix it with Skin Smoothing Cream for best results
- I would not say that it is recommended for all skin conditions. My skin loves this but if you want to be sure if this is suitable for your skin, consult your skin therapist. Do not test any samples on your skin just because you got it for free. Who doesn't love free stuffs but I would never put any products on my face without studying the ingredients first. Study the ingredients to see if there are any that your skin can't tolerate or if the product contains ingredients that will cause or worsen acne. My advice is always to consult a skin therapist before investing on any products

Size: 30mL / 1 FL OZ
Price: RM219.00 / USD67 (approx)

Here are the ingredients: - 

Overall ratings: -
Price: ★★
Product: ★★★★★
Quality: ★★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★

Would I buy again: Yes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream Review

This is my favorite face moisturizer! I've been using it for more than 5 years and my skin absolutely love this cream. I always believe that women should begin using anti-aging products at the age of 26. This cream is highly recommended because it is for drier or prematurely-aging skin. If you are looking for a moisturizer that is not overly rich, will not clog pores and at the same time work to delay wrinkles, this is it. When I was first introduced to this product at Leonard Drake, I was skeptical because I have combination oily acne prone skin and I was worried that this product will clog my pores and worsen my acne. However, my beauty therapist insisted that I give this product a try and she even guaranteed that my skin condition will improve if I use this cream and yes, I felt an awesome difference. Read on for my complete review on this product...

The Good ...
- a medium weight cream that maintains skin's moisture balance, hence it is not overly rich and leaves no greasy or heavy feeling
- it moisturizes, soothes, hydrates and smooths skin all day long, great for dry skin
- contains antioxidant Grape Seed extract plus the essential Vitamin A, C and E
- also suitable for combination oily skin as it doesn't clog pores or encourage acne
- has no artificial fragrance or colour
- one tube of 100mL can last for about 2 months. I apply on my neck as well.

The Bad ...
- it is quite pricey. Let's face it, Dermalogica products aren't low-priced, but most of them are good
- not suitable for severe acne skin condition or oily skin

Size: 100mL / 3.4FL OZ
Price: RM266.00

Here are the ingredients: -

Overall ratings: -
Price: ★★★
Product: ★★★★★
Quality: ★★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★

Would I buy again: Always. This is such a wonderful product.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter Review

When I was pregnant, I fell in love with body moisturizers particularly when stretchmarks were showing as my pregnancy bump grew bigger and also when my skin turned quite dry. I went for The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter when my regular Johnsons Baby Lotion isn't rich enough for my skin at that time. This body butter is very rich, thus I used 3 jars of it during pregnancy. I'm using the 4th jar now and I want to share my thoughts about it ...

Love it ...
- this body butter is amazingly rich and moisturizing, hence it's perfect for those with very dry or flaky skin, and especially during winter months
- smells like chocolate which I love. It smells so yummy till I feel like licking it, lol!
- the texture is very creamy and smooth
- it will not clog pores or cause body acne
- absorbs into the skin quickly and keeps skin hydrated all day
- helps to reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. I use this with Bio Oil and I'm impressed :)
- the packaging is great. I prefer jars because it minimizes wastage instead of tube or bottle packagings

Hate it ...
- it is greasy once applied but like I said, it sinks into the skin pretty fast. The trick is to apply this body butter right after shower when skin is still damp. I hate using this when the weather is hot as it still leaves my skin feeling greasy, sticky and worse if I sweat!
- it will not prevent stretchmarks. I still get some minor stretchmarks although I layered this body butter on my belly every night when I was pregnant
- not very economical unless I use it twice per week. If I were to use it daily, it can only last for about 2 weeks

Size: 200ml / 6.9 OZ (196g)
Price: RM59.00 / USD19.53 (approx)

Here are the list of ingredients: -

Overall ratings ...
Price: ★★★
Product: ★★★
Quality: ★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★★

Would I buy again: Maybe.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Review

Hi beauties. It has been a long time I have not done any product reviews. Today I want to do a review on my current favorite facial cleanser. If you look at my beauty profile, you will see that I'm a huge Dermalogica fan. I never wanted to switch my facial cleanser but I was given a 20ml sample tube of Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for combination and oily skin 4 months ago and I fell in love with it instantly. I'm on my second tube of this cleanser and here is the review to support my love for this cleanser.

- to me it is inexpensive. It is only RM92.00 (approximately USD23)
- great for oily and combination skin. It removes all traces of make-up and leaves my skin perfectly clean, refreshed, matte and comfortable
- it rinses off very easily unlike my previous Dermalogica cleanser
- great as a gentle exfoliator as well because it contains tamarind and purifying micro-pearls to aid dead skin cells elimination
- absorbs excess oil, hence acne breakouts are much lesser now particularly those on the forehead and cheeks
- economical, one tube of 125ml can last up to 2 months because only a pea-sized amount is required.

- the fragrance is quite strong
- not suitable for the eye area

Here are the ingredients: -
Aqua, glycerin, stearic acid, myristic acid, potassium hydroxide, glycol distearate, lauric acid, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, tipalaureth sulfate, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, glyceryl behenate, ozokerite, parfum, dimethicone, mannitol, propylene glycol, cellulose, tetrasodium EDTA, alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, polymnia sonchifolia root juice, sodium salicylate, tartaric acid, maltodextrin, tamarindus indica extract, acrylates/ammonium methacrylate copolymer, triethyl citrate, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) seed extract, hydroxypropyl methycellulose, gypsophila paniculata root extract, lactobacillus, potassium sorbate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, sorbic acid, bht, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, linalool, CI 77891 / titanium dioxide, CI 77007 / ultramarines.

Overall ratings...
Price: ★★★★
Product: ★★★★★
Quality: ★★★★★
Packaging: ★★★★★

Would I buy again: Yes, yes and yes!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What are my changes during and after pregnancy?

Hi all. I'm back from my pregnancy break and I'm so excited to blog again. Yup, I gave birth to a baby boy last November via Cesarean Section and I have to admit that recovery was not so good but whenever I look at my baby I feel that the pain is all worthy. Just like many mothers out there, pre and post natal certainly changed my body and I want to share about the changes on me from head to toe!

My Pregnancy Bump! Buhahaha!

Lets begin with my hair. I felt extremely good with my hair when I was pregnant because of almost no hair fall. Yes, no hair loss! Whenever I washed my hair, there was less than 10 strands of hair falling out. It was such a bliss that my hair grew longer, thicker and healthier, just the way I want it to be. The nightmare begins on the 2nd month post natal until now. My hair is falling out like crazy! If you google, most sources will tell you that it is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day but let me tell you that it is NOT normal to lose that much hair. If you lose 20-30 hairs, that IS normal. A lot of hair will come out when I run my fingers through my hair or brush it. I lost more than 80 strands of hair during each wash! Yes, I picked them up from the plug hole and counted the amount each time. It's so heart breaking to notice that my hair is also thinning (not balding yet) around the temple area :( I asked around and everyone is telling me that this is absolutely normal because of hormonal changes and readjustment. During pregnancy, expectant moms stop shedding hair, so after pregnancy those extra hair will fall out. My friend's wife had the same problem too (she gave birth 3 months earlier than me) and she told me she has tons of baby hair growing back, so I should not stress about it and it will eventually stop within 6 months. My hairdresser told me that there is nothing I can do except to wait for my hair to resume its thickness again when it 's ready but I disagree. Hence, I'm taking my vitamins, some traditional chinese medicine and try to maintain a healthy diet. A friend advised that I should avoid fast food, soya and soda drinks at the moment until the shedding stops. I'm also using an anti hair loss vitalizing shampoo from EKS. I will do a review about this shampoo after 1 month.

Next is my complexion. During pregnancy, there were angry acnes occassionally and I used a lot of aloe vera to nourish my skin. The good news is my acne cleared up at the end of my pregnancy and during confinement. Now, I only get tiny pimples on my forehead and chin, thanks to those crazy hormones again but they will go away after 2 days. My complexion is much clearer with lesser black or whiteheads.

My breast grew one cup larger after pregnancy :) So, I have nothing to complain. I put on 20kgs during pregnancy. My pre-pregnancy weight was 52kg and I have successfully shed 14kgs after 3.5 months. So, another 6kgs to go. I will gambateh, lol! Nonetheless, I do not wish to lose weight so quickly because it is not healthy. It is very important to nourish the body after giving birth. Failure to do so, not only it is bad for the health but we will also age very fast. I also went to get my teeth checked as well and load up on calcium.

Hips and thighs have widen for sure but it will shrink back after 6 months post partum according to my mom. Well, I choose to believe her... hehehe!

Hmm... what about my cesarean scar? Many women said their scar is only 4-5 inches long. I measured mine and it is about 6 inches because my baby is quite big. My scar is like a thin line, still a little red and the scarring has not gone down yet but it looks OK to me. I'm recovering rather slow but it is no longer painful. I have a little tummy but it had shrink down a lot. Some of my relatives who don't know about my pregnancy can't even tell I have given birth. Oops I almost forgot about my stretchmarks! I applied a lot of cocoa butter from Body Shop during pregnancy but I still get stretchmarks at the sides below my pregnancy belly. I've been applying Bio Oil after I gave birth and they are 80% less visible :)

I think that's about it. I will be posting more regularly, so check back for updates.
My best regards to all :)


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