Empties and Blog Update

Are empties boring for you? I need to keep a record of what I used though. See anything you like? If you want a one liner on how I feel about the products, read on.

 

 

The Chanel hand cream is really nice, but towards the end, it was a pain to get the cream out. Packaging problem I think. I thought it was cute and ergonomic, but towards the end, it got on my nerve. Shiseido Perfect Sunscreen is my HG and I already repurchased another. Shiseido eye and lip remover is great to remove waterproof mascara or long wearing eye liner. It’s bi phase but not too oily. Ren cleanser, gentle and comfortable, repurchased. Pixi Glow Tonic, gets rid of dead skin cells effectively, repurchased. Klorane dry shampoo is not bad. I also like the Batiste one. I used to buy these from Singapore, but they’re now available in Malaysia. You can find Klorane at Watsons and Batiste at Guardian.

Reverie Restorative Scalp Tonic is AMAZING! I noticed my hair getting stronger, falling less and I also notice lots of little baby hair coming out of my scalp. They’re also strong enough to get longer, so definitely a repurchase. It’s out of stock at Cult Beauty at the moment, so I’m on waitlist. The Sarah Chapman eye cream is very average. Save your money for something else. There’s also a sample of the Laneige eye and lip remover but I prefer the Shiseido one. Gets the job done faster. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is an old purchase. I used it daily for a few months, and for the last month, I also went without it. I don’t really see a difference whether I’m on it or not, so nah. Last but not least, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair capsules. I think it’s similar to the ANR serum, just in oil form. Better for those with really dry skin but very pricey!

Updates

I was going on and on about losing my blogging mojo and I was THIS close to shutting down my blog. I also tried to transfer my blog to a free hosting, but there were so many restrictions that I got fed up. I want to keep my content. It’s been 8 years after all. So in the end, I renewed my web hosting with a basic plan for the next 3 years so ChloeAsh won’t die. I’m still not as enthusiastic as before in updating the blog, but then again, I know I always have a platform to come back to now. So, that’s done and dusted.

So yeah, just letting you know the blog is resuscitated in a way and I’m hoping there will be something new in the horizon some time in the near future.

In the mean time, I hope life is treating you well, that you’re staying healthy and happy! I was down with viral infection, with fever, vomits and diarrhea, and it totally sucked. I’m so glad to be back to normal now.

Keep well!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Last Empties of 2017 and Updates

Hello hello!! Hope you had a lovely time yesterday! We don’t celebrate Christmas, so we had a quiet holiday at home and it was quite relaxing. I just want to document the last empties of 2017 before moving on to 2018. I wanted to see how many things I use up and it’s good to know how much skincare I actually consume. Most of the products in the photos below are reviewed here, so just do a quick search if you’re interested. There are a few things I repurchased, such as the Hada Labo Premium Lotion and the Anessa sunscreen. I enjoy them both immensely, and they are friendly to the wallet. The same goes to Senka Perfect Watery Oil and Antipodes Manuka Honey mask. These are my skincare regulars because they’re tried and tested, and never disappoint.

 

 

After using up the Bobbi Brown Instant Long Wear Makeup remover, I purchased the Shiseido one just because I haven’t tried it before. So far so good. I can’t tell the difference between the two, really. I managed to clear up most of my skincare back ups, so I’m going to do a one in one out in the future. That way, I don’t hoard, but sometimes I get skincare samples, so that will throw things off a bit. We’ll see how it goes. I don’t work with that many brands anyway, so that really shouldn’t be a problem!

How has 2017 been for you guys? Mine just flew by. I don’t even remember what happened except that the beginning of the year was hard and sad, and then it got better and things kept changing. There have been ups and downs, but that’s how life is supposed to be anyway. At the moment, I’m neither here nor there, meaning I’m not too driven to do anything in particular. I’m quite content where I am right now, and just floating here for a bit longer feels good to me. Chasing a clear goal can be tiring, so right now, when I’m writing this, I’m in a state of mind that says “what ever will be, will be”…

It might be different in the next few days, because we all know I’m fickle like that. What about you? Do you have anything you want to do, any goals you want to achieve, anything in particular you want to chase after? Are you very driven to do or achieve something in particular, or are you like me and just floating around for a bit until something pops up? Tell me in the comments because I’d like to know!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Empties and Purchases

Let’s get to the point.

Empties first. I’ve reviewed all of them except for the Naruko cleanser. Erm, not my fave, won’t be repurchasing. I repurchased the Oskia Rennaisance Cleansing Gel yet again, in a jumbo size!

 

 

Here’s my recent Cult Beauty purchase, because I was running out of some stuff, and because of their goody bag!

 

 

Both my daughters love The Wet Brush, so I bought 2, each in their favourite colour. And here’s the goody bag!

 

 

There are a few things here I know I won’t be using at all, so I’ll be throwing them into my giveaway bag. I haven’t done any giveaways this year yet, have I? I don’t remember. My blog turned 6 a couple of months ago and I didn’t even do anything for it.

 

 

Then, here are the repurchases of the Deciem serums, some Rimmel stuff I used for the recent stash shopping post, and an exfoliating mask, the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I’ve used up the Bobbi Brown eye cream, and I like to decant some of the mask into this for travel. I like that it tingles on my skin, leaving my skin bright and soft. I’ve been using this twice every week, and I really like it!

So here you go. Something short, and sweet. Have you purchased or used up anything lately?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Hair Is Fabric

This is long overdue. I purchased this during Deciem’s Black Friday sale last year, so it’s been well over 6 months. I bought the HIF (Hair Is Fabric) set of 3 shampoos – one for volumizing, another for hair growth and another for detox. I gave the volumizing one to my mom, and have been alternating between hair growth and detox. I get pimples on my scalp which is really annoying and FYI, my scalp gets greasy very quickly. Due to my oily scalp and hormonal issues, my hair has been thinning too.

 

 

First of all, let me just say that the company was not well prepared for the volume of orders they received. It was a mess. Multiple emails were not replied until a few weeks later. And if I remembered correctly, it took more than 2 months for me to get my order delivered to me. I think I read that this is quite a persistent issue, hence, having a bigger company on board made sense. Then, a few years down the road, I wouldn’t be surprised if Estee Lauder took over completely. Who knows?

Back to the shampoos and let’s cut to the chase. I like them. I will repurchase. They are of gel texture and what I do is to squeeze some onto my palm, add some water then massage onto my scalp. Leave on for 3 minutes, then rinse. When my scalp is oily, it doesn’t foam. When it’s not as oily, it lathers nicely. I don’t use conditioner after this, and my hair is kept soft with no tangling. I don’t know if there is any new hair growth, but I do notice there is less hair fall which is great. My scalp usually gets greasy in less than 10 hours, but when I use these, my scalp still looks OK after 12 hours.

It’s a struggle finding the right shampoo for me. If you have similar problems, what do you use?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

My First Ever Flat Iron

I never style my hair myself. I don’t know how to! That’s why I either keep my hair long (pulled into a high bun) or short. The most I’d do with my hair is to blow dry it. In this heat though, I’d want to keep my hair wet to keep cool! And it doesn’t take long to air dry my hair. I have fine straight hair, so I never really have to worry about it looking frizzy or out of place. When I want it wavy or curled, I’d go to the professionals. I’ve been contemplating on getting myself a flat iron for a long time. It’s versatile because I can make my hair even straighter, or I can curl it. Then I received an email from Irresistible Me about their ceramic flat iron and thought I’d give it a try.

 

 

diamond flat iron

 

 

I don’t know what to expect from a flat iron, to be honest. This Diamond Professional Flat Iron is supposed to feature their “unique DIAMOND Hi-Tech, which coats the floating ceramic plates with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline. The diamond and tourmaline technology will protect your hair and keep all the natural hair oils, color and moisture in, leaving your hair healthy, shiny and frizz free. The styling will last longer against air humidity and everyday stress”.

 

 

ceramic plate

 

 

Irresistible Me ships internationally (for free if purchase is above $150) and before using, you might want to note the different plugs we use. Theirs is obviously the US version, so for me, I have to get a plug adapter. Another thing is the voltage. If your power supply is higher in voltage, it might fry your flat iron. However, it takes the range from 120 to 240V so it is OK in my country.

Edited: I received an email from Irresistible Me and their response to this is such – so the voltage of the iron is actually dual and that means that the iron will change voltage automatically to the on in your country or any other countries you want to travel with it so aside from the adapter to help with putting it in the socket the iron will not fry in any way because of the difference in voltage. I stand corrected.

 

 

power

 

 

The flat iron is easy to hold and curl even for a newbie like me. It grips my hair nicely and it doesn’t tug. The temperature can be adjusted from 150C to about 220C depending on what setting you need. I must remember to unplug after using because even though this device is switched off, it does get hot (if the main power source isn’t switched off). In the photo below (right photo), a green light will indicate the setting of the iron. It is switched off when I took the photo obviously.

 

 

temperature control

 

 

Chloe has very thick hair, and her hair is naturally wavy. She cut her hair short a couple of months ago, and it just never sits right. I try to blow dry her hair to make her hair neater, but her hair is so stubborn. It didn’t help. When I used this however, her hair isn’t flipping left right and center anymore! Oh, by the way, in case you didn’t know, ALWAYS use the flat iron when the hair is fully dry. It won’t work otherwise. After I used the flat iron on her hair, it stayed that way until she washed it the next day.

 

 

before after

 

 

I tried curling my own hair, and it worked on the sides. The back is a different story. I can’t see what I’m doing. I’m afraid of burning my own fingers, and I have no idea which part of my hair is curled and which part isn’t! Also, HOW DO YOU FRIGGIN CURL THE HAIR AND LOOK GOOD? I searched all over YouTube and they make it look so easy. It isn’t! I feel like after I curled it, my hair looked messier somehow! Maybe it’s the way or direction I curled it, I don’t know. It just looks like a hot mess. I’m not even showing you the back because teehee, I didn’t curl it. HAHAHAHA! Here’s my pathetic attempt but I tried very hard.

 

 

wave

 

 

In short, this ceramic flat iron is easier to maneuver than expected. Hair still looks smooth and shiny after styling. It’s easy for me to use on Chloe and Ashlyn but on me, it’s really a skill issue. I curled Ashlyn’s hair and she looked like a princess! But again, it must be the direction I curl (and the extreme lack of skillz) because some parts of her hair looked great while others, erm, not so much.

Do you use these styling tools? Can someone please TEACH ME???

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree is a Malaysian company that sells natural body and hair care products. The products are all made in Australia and they are cruelty free. Ingredients used are all plant based, without parabens, synthetic colours and fragrances, petroleum, phtalates and SLS / SLES. I am particularly interested because the products are without SLS. I read through ingredients in some of the organic products that I have, and most of them have SLS in their ingredients.

 

 

products

 

 

Rose Geranium Body Lotion (RM69.90)

Rose geranium oil is an ingredient that has astringent, stress relieving and hormonal balancing properties. It feels lightweight on my skin, and is absorbed rather quickly. I usually apply (when I do) body lotion at night before bed and I sleep in an air conditioned room. My skin is noticeably drier on my shins and feet and when I have this body lotion on, I wake up to really soft skin. I don’t know if it relaxes me because I’ve been really tired lately and have been sleeping earlier than usual 🙂

Rosemary & Mint Shampoo (RM79.90)

This shampoo is suitable for those with normal to fine hair. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth, while giving fine hair more volume. I’ve only been using this for 2 weeks so I can’t attest to hair growth properties, but it does give my fine hair more volume at the crown. However, I find this shampoo quite drying, and I must use conditioner after the shampoo.

Handmade Soap (RM24.90)

There are 4 types of handmade soap – lavender, lemon myrtle, olive and tea tree. I think the one I received is Olive Soap, can’t be sure. It doesn’t smell like much, and it doesn’t lather well. I don’t mind that much at all, because it cleans my skin without stripping off my body’s natural oil. Bar soaps usually makes my skin squeaky clean and dry, but this one keeps my skin moisturized.

 

 

the olive tree

 

 

If you’re interested in the ingredients, just click on the header links above (non affiliated) because the website lists out all the ingredients used. In short, The Olive Tree offers quality cruelty free products that are free of harmful ingredients. For me, the first thing I’d order for myself and my family will be the soaps and body wash. I think it’s quite easy to find products that are paraben free nowadays, but it’s quite difficult to find those free of SLS. The packaging is simplistic and fuss free, in line with the concept of the company.

If you’re looking for something natural and cruelty free, then I recommend The Olive Tree. The prices are very reasonable as well.

 

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

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