Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Customized Facial and Slimming Experience With Mayfair Bodyline

[This is a sponsored post.]

Hello, my pretty peeps! ♥ With the recent holidays and Raya festivities, I'm sure more than a few of us are feeling a bit guilty from indulging in a little too much good food, eh? Well, fret not, because Mayfair Bodyline has the perfect solution to help you love yourself a little more! (◕‿◕✿)

With over 29 years of history in the slimming, beauty and spa industry, Mayfair Bodyline is one of Malayia's most established homegrown total beauty salon, with 31 outlets nationwide. Their services merge advanced facial and slimming technologies, professional staff, and cozy well-equipped facilities to provide you with the best treatment and relaxing experience, with results that you will be proud to flaunt.

Mayfair Bodyline recently relocated their Pavilion outlet to the newly-opened Beauty Hall at the 7th floor. I was able to try out a customized facial and slimming treatment there, so I'm here to share the experience with you! :) Upon setting foot inside Mayfair Bodyline, you will be greeted warmly by the staff. I was served a cup of tea, and then brought to a small corner with lockers to store my personal belongings and shoes.

A consultant then ushered me into a room for a facial skin analysis. First, my skin was checked to determine my skin type and what sort of treatment would be the best. As my skin was found to be quite dry with some blackhead problems, the consultant recommended that I try the MediJet Face treatment to hydrate, reduce wrinkles/fine lines and repair skin texture.

Skin analysis for facial
Next, my measurements (weight, height, body fat %) were taken using a special scale, then I was ushered into another room, and another consultant (this time for body treatment) asked me some questions to determine what type of body slimming treatment would be suitable for me. After a short discussion, she came up with a customized treatment consisting of their revolutionary Slim Master, CLA Chili Slimming, and Heat Circulation treatment.

After that, I was led by my aesthetician of the day, Yuki, to a cozy treatment room, where I would be doing the customized treatments that were discussed earlier. I took a peek into several of the other treatment rooms, and they were all furnished in a similarly simple but cozy manner. It also helped that they had very nice ambient lighting and played soothing spa-like music throughout the place, haha!

Treatment room
I started with the MediJet Face treatment, which is a needle-free technique replaced by electric wave injection. The electric penetrating technique generates fixed pulse currents to expand the pores for more efficient nutrient delivery. The serum (personalized to suit skin type) is then able to penetrate the skin for up to 6cm deep into the subcutaneous tissue. The benefits of this MediJet Face include:
  • Improve skin texture and pale skin tone
  • Reduce fine lines and aged/collapsed skin
  • Lighten acne and scarring on sensitive skin
  • Lighten pigmentation and skin discoloration
  • Rejuvenate dehydrated, dull oily skin
  • Cellulite breakdown with weight loss products
As I had applied some makeup and worn contacts, Yuki suggested I remove the contacts first, and then helped to cleanse and remove all traces of makeup before proceeding with the facial. One thing that really impressed me was that they had contact lens cases and solution prepared for their clients (in case of situations like mine). *thumbs up* (≧∇≦)b The MediJet Face treatment itself took less than 30mins, and did not cause any discomfort. After that, a facial sheet mask soaked in serum was applied and left on for 15-20 mins. It was so relaxing and comfortable that I actually dozed off at this point. ♪(◡‿◡)♫

Before & After MediJet Face treatment
After the facial treatment, it was time for the body slimming treatment. First is the Slim Master (machine) treatment. The Slim Master uses intensive ultra-sound that creates and generates micro-bubbles which hits the surface of fat cells to emulsify them. It is then absorbed by the lymphatic system and drainage system to be eliminated from the body. It also stimulates the body to increase secretion of LPL enzyme which decomposes the fatty acids into energy. Basically, the effects you can see (even within a single session!) is a visibly 'slimmer' shape. I can haz waistline! :P

Before & After Slim Master treatment
Once the Slim Master treatment was done, I was given the CLA Chili Slimming and Heat Circulation treatment, which are done together for maximum effectiveness. The CLA Chili Slimming treatment is one of Mayfair’s most popular and successful treatment, and also one of the first in Malaysia to start it. With the essence extracted from chili pepper seeds, the active elements in capsicum can effectively and rapidly stimulate the decomposition and excretion of the body fats. The cream (which smelled chili-like) was applied on the targeted problem areas i.e. arms, stomach and thighs and then wrapped tightly in cling wrap. Subsequently, a heat blanket for the Heat Circulation treatment was spread on the 'bed' and I had to lay in it with the chili wrap. The heat blanket helps in relieving muscle stress, improving blood circulation and reducing fluid retention. Heat + chili cream = a hot experience! The more you sweat while in it, the better it is. ;)
Wrapped up like a hot popiah, haha!
It was definitely a great, not to mention very comfortable and relaxing, experience for me at Mayfair Bodyline. Yuki (the aesthetician who did my treatments) was very friendly, so we had fun chatting while she also explained the functions of each treatment and answered my questions regarding the procedures and products used.

It's important for you to love and pamper yourself. Mayfair Bodyline knows how important that is, and is now having a promotion where you can have 5 slimming/facial treatments at only RM29!

For more information, you can visit the Mayfair Bodyline website or Facebook page.

Giveaway Time!

Did I mention there's also a giveaway for my readers, courtesy of Mayfair Bodyline? (✿◠‿◠)

I have TEN (10) customized treatments by Mayfair Bodyline to giveaway to my lovely readers! Just leave a comment with "I would love a customized treatment by Mayfair Bodyline because......" with your name and email address, and the 10 most creative answers will win a FREE fully customized treatment! Giveaway ends on 8th September 2014 (Monday), so leave your most creative comment now! ♪(◡‿◡)♫

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)

♫ 陈奕迅 - 十年

I've previously shared my review of the Black Label lipstick in Socialite, so today I'll be showing you another one from the same range - Heather (BLL 182).

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)

As with all the other NYX Black Label lipsticks, it is packaged in a silvery-black box and plastic casing with black lace designs on the sides. Although the plastic feels quite light, it does the job of protecting the lipstick from occasional klutzy situations and major bumps. One of its most user-friendly points is the clear base, which lets you identify individual shades (if you have several of them).

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)

According to the NYX website, Heather is described as a 'neutral mid-tone pink' cream lipstick, which I think is pretty spot-on. It's a gorgeous pink shade that will look lovely on most skin tones. I previously mentioned that the stock photos on the website aren't true to colour, but Heather is an exception, as it is very similar to the colour shown in the website. My camera just couldn't manage to get the exact colour to show up. (T_T)

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)
Stock photo (source) and actual product
NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)

Most of the Black Label lipsticks tend to show up lighter on my lips (natural light and my camera also washed out some of the colour >_<), but they are actually very opaque even in one swipe.

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)

The formula for this lipstick is impeccable as always; smooth, opaque, and moisturizing. Oh, and don't forget the grape soda scent, which I personally like, but it dissipates after you apply it, so no worries for those who don't like fragrances. It's not very long-lasting though, with average wear of 2-4 hours, depending on your eating/snacking/drinking habits. :P

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182) lauraleia
NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182)
NYX Black Label lipstick in BLL 182 Heather
Heather is a very fresh and wearable lip colour for day, especially if you love pink shades like me. (๑>◡<๑)  Just like the name suggests, it's a sweet, lovely pink that isn't too striking yet brings some colour into your lips. Also, wouldn't it be just the perfect lipstick if you have a friend named Heather? (。⌒∇⌒)。

NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Heather" (BLL 182) lauraleia

✓ Pros: Huge variety of colours available, opaque colour, moisturizing, velvety sheen finish, easy to identify individual shades from lipstick base, lovely design on packaging.
✗ Cons: Plastic packaging is very light and might feel slightly 'cheap', has grape soda scent that might not appeal to all, only sold/available online.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: NYX Black Label Lipstick in "Socialite" (BLL 178)

♫ Magic - B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo
If you've read my past reviews of these NYX Black Label lipsticks, it will be no surprise to you that I have nothing but praise for these babies. ;)

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
NYX Black Label Lipstic
Thanks to a voucher I'd won from Instagram some time back, I managed to pick up a few more of them in my last MySale purchase, including Summer in Hampton, Sweet Prawn, Socialite and Heather. For today, I'll be sharing my swatches and review of Socialite.

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite
As I'd mentioned before in my previous reviews, the NYX Black Label lipsticks are packaged in a sleek silvery-black box and tube, with pretty black lace designs printed on the sides. The casing, made from plastic, feels very lightweight, but is fairly sturdy and can withstand a few bumps. One of the best features is the clear base at the bottom, which allows you to identify the shade in a sea of lipsticks, ha!

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite
Socialite is described as a plum-red shade with a creme finish (no shimmer). From experience, it is best not to judge the Black Label lipsticks from the colour shown in the website, as they usually are quite different when seen in real life. I had searched for swatches on this particular shade before purchasing, so I knew it would be much darker than in the stock photos.

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
Stock photo (source) vs Actual product
Despite the disparity between the stock photo and actual lipstick shade, I am still glad I picked Socialite, because it is indeed a very pretty colour. It looks quite a dauntingly deep shade in the tube, but applied on the lips it is a very wearable plum red shade. Not as bright as a true red, but neither as vampy as a deep plum; it strikes a nice balance between the two. 

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite
NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
Swatch of NYX BLL 178 Socialite
NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)
Lip swatches of NYX BLL 178 Socialite
Due to the name of the lipstick (it is called Socialite after all), I decided to pair it with a slightly more sophisticated look, hence the black lace dress and diamante necklace. What do you think? (◡‿◡✿)

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)

Once again, I am impressed by this NYX Black Label lipstick. I find the Black Label lipsticks to be very pigmented, glide smoothly onto the lips, and are very moisturizing even when worn without a lip balm. They typically wear for an average of 2-4 hours depending on your eating/drinking habits. I also love the grape soda scent, and with the huge variety of colours to choose from, there will definitely be one (or ten) that will suit you. My only gripe is that they are only available online from overseas, which makes it quite pricey to ship to Malaysia.

✓ Pros: Huge variety of colours available, opaque colour, moisturizing, velvety sheen finish, easy to identify individual shades from lipstick base, lovely design on packaging.
✗ Cons: Plastic packaging is very light and might feel slightly 'cheap', has grape soda scent that might not appeal to all, only sold/available online.

NYX Black Label Lipstick BLL 178 Socialite (lauraleia)

Here is a swatch comparison of the 3 new Black Label lipsticks that I got from my haul (I sold Sweet Prawn to a friend). There will be a separate review for each, but this is just a quick look at all three together, as they do look fairly similar, especially Summer in Hampton and Heather.

NYX Black Label lipstick swatch
Black Label lipsticks: Summer in Hampton; Heather; Socialite

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

♫ B.A.P. - 빗소리 (Rain Sound)

Hada Labo, a skincare brand that is well-known for offering the finest, purest and highly effective ingredients in its skincare products has yet again introduce a new face wash that is ideal for those with sensitive skin. The Hada Labo Mild & Senstive Skin Face Wash completes its face wash product lineup which include Deep Clean & Blemish Control, Hydra & Whitening and Deep Clean & Pore Refining.

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

Understanding these issues that arise for those with sensitive skin, Hada Labo formulated its all-new Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash to care for the most sensitive and easily-irritated skin. Natural ingredients that are rich in moisturizing properties are used in the formulation of this product to minimize the risk of allergies and skin irritation as well as to ensure skin stays moisturized.

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

Active ingredients used in the formulation of this new product include:
  • Licorice Extract
    A mild soothing agent that helps to soothe skin allergies and sensitive skin 
  • Calendula Extract
    A natural herb that helps to relieve skin redness and irritation 
  • Ginkgo Biloba Leaves Extract
    A botanical extract known for its antioxidant properties to help protect skin from signs of aging 
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    Hydrates skin to help prevent dryness and to keep skin looking soft and supple through the day 
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash
The combination of these natural ingredients effectively cleanses the skin while leaving it feeling moisturized, soft and supple all-day long. On top of that, the Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash is also free of fragrances, alcohol, colorant and mineral oil to ensure it is truly a skin care product for those who have sensitive skin.
Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash

The Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Skin Face Wash (100g) is priced at RM 20.90 and is available at all leading hypermarkets and pharmacies nationwide. 

*This product was sent to me by Mentholatum Malaysia for PR purposes.
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