I’m not usually one for the Organic hype. Yes, I know organic is supposed to be better for the skin and all, but there aren’t many organic skincare products around in Malaysia that I know of (I don’t count the Origins line) and they usually tends towards the expensive.

However, I read Vivawoman’s review on the Australian Sukin Organic skincare range found in Singapore and I was intrigued. Not because it was organic but because it was organic AND affordably priced. So, the next time my sister made a trip down to Singapore, I burdened her with my hefty Sukin Organics order. (Aside: Reading Sesame’s reviews of various affordable natural and organic skincare products found in pharmacies in Singapore, I’m wondering why I’m not seeing any in our Malaysian pharmacies?)

sukin Sukin Organics Skincare and some thoughts about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Parabens

When I was last down in Singapore, I also took the opportunity to check out the range of Sukin Organics skincare products for myself at Watsons in Ngee Ann City, Singapore.

Sukin Organics is an Australian based skincare line that prides itself on its 100% Natural ingredients policy, and most importantly, that their products contain:-

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • No Parabens
  • No Artificial Fragrances
  • No Petro-Chemicals
  • No Animal Derivitives
  • No Mineral Oil

So these products are supposed to be good even for the most sensitive skin. I scanned through quickly the ingredients and found that most of their products contain a lot of plant based oils and minimal chemicals. Continue Reading ►


lipsticks Tips: How to choose a lipstick colour?

A reader Sabrina left a comment on my previous post about Maybelline Watershine Lipsticks as follows:-

Ooh I would love to give this a try.. But I wouldn’t know which shade is the best for me, trying out on my hand is useless since my skin is a lot darker there..

Do you think you could recommend some colours that would work for a typical chinese-malay complexion?

Now, I can’t really recommend a colour because its hard to do so without having first seen the person. Other than skin colour, the other factor to consider is always personal preference.

In my case, I’m not afraid of bold colours or bright colours so I do tend towards brighter reds and corals and I even do plums or berries. I however don’t go near pinks because they wash me out and make me look pale and in a word, dead. I’ve had people ask me if I was feeling unwell all because I wore pale pink frosty lipstick. On another girl it would look lovely and fresh and sweet! Go figure!

To choose lipsticks from the dazzling array of colors at the counter, use this tip. Continue Reading ►


Every now and again, you come across something cheap that works great and you end up wondering why you ever spent any money on high end products when low end ones work just as well!

dragonfly2 Maybelline Watershine Lipsticks rock!

My recent revelation is the Maybelline Watershine lipstick. Retailing at something like a mere RM18.90 a lippie, this lipstick is a perfect dupe of high end glossy sheer lipsticks, like Clinique Buttershine lipsticks which retails for RM65. You can buy 2.7 Maybelline Watershine lipsticks with one Buttershine! Continue Reading ►


sunscreen Mexoryl and Tinosorb S Sunscreen

I’ve written time and time again about how well L’oreal UV Perfect sunscreen with Mexoryl works for me. I have conceded that it does not work well for everyone, with some people reporting breakouts but in general its worked well for me.

Mexoryl is a chemical sunscreen or sunblock patented by L’oreal, that has been used quite prevalently in Europe and Asia for a while, but was not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until quite recently. What’s good about Mexoryl is that it absorbs both UVA and UVB rays and is photostable which means it doesn’t break down as easily under the sun and thus protects the skin against UVA rays (the ones that cause skin aging) better.

Recently, I was at Guardian checking out the Eucerin counter when I saw that Eucerin has introduced a new product – Eucerin White Solution with SPF40. This is a day moisturiser that comes with very high SPF and I was intrigued. The sun protection ingredient is provided by Tinosorb S. Continue Reading ►


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