Maui Jim Sunglasses x Malaya Optical

Thanks to my severe Myopia, I’ve been in and out of mostly healthy relationships with numerous Optical shops everywhere. Though being invited to a Sunglasses event was the coolest and the least un-nerdy experience. Such experience was given by Malaya Optical at Damansara Uptown, thanks to the Malaysia’s Hottest Bloggers. We were there to check out the new range of Maui Jim Sunglasses which landed on our shore not too long ago.

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Maui Jim started out in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina on the island of Maui, which is part of the Hawaiian islands. Maui is one of the lushest, most vibrant places on earth. Yet its intense sunlight can be quite harmful to the naked eye, which in the long run could hide the beauty of the island.

And so Maui Jim developed their revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens because they recognised a blue ocean market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life. These lenses provide provides greater colour, clarity, and detail, while shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV.

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Maui Jim’s patented multi-layered lens design allows more usable light to be transmitted to the eyes, resulting in unrivalled visual acuity, contrast and colour are the exquisite results. This allows the user to experience deeper, more saturated colours and higher levels of contrast in any environment.

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Maui Jim sunglasses are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin because the patented PolarisedPlus2® lens technology can eliminate 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV rays. It is the only premium sunglasses brand carrying the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

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Available in four lens colours, Maui Jim® offers an option for every level of light. The Neutral Grey lenses offer contrast and the highest available glare reduction and are suitable for all light conditions, especially bright, direct sunlight. The Maui Rose® lenses offer the sharpest contrast and image resolution. They are excellent for fast action activities, overcast or foggy days. There are HCL® (High Contrast Lens) Bronze lenses, which offer enhanced contrast and are ideal for hazy and low light conditions. The new HT™ (High Transmission) lenses are perfect for variable and low light conditions, haze, fog, or overcast days and feature a flattering palm tint without a distracting yellow cast.

Today, Maui Jim offers over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays, with Polarizedplus2® Lens Technology for brilliant colour so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.

For more info, head over to http://www.mauijim.com

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Malaya Optical only hires qualified optometrist who will examine not only examine, but also advise on the condition of patients’ eyes, and are trained to recognise diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and cataract, as well as general health conditions such as diabetes.

Optometrists in Malaya Optical especially in their HQ Damansara Uptown are aided by many state of the art instruments such as Slit Lamp with Optical Digital Zoom Camera by Nikon (to examine contact lenses fitting and cataract),  Non Contact Relax Tonometer by Reichert (to examine Inter Ocular Pressure, IOP or Glaucoma),  High Definition Digital Retina Imaging by Canon (to examine Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration  or Retina Atrophy), Zeiss iProfiler Occular Wavefront Aberrometer, Autorefractometer, Atlas Corneal Topographer, and Keratometer (to examine Refractive Errors to 0.125 Diopter and also Corneal Curvature for better fit of soft or RGP contact lenses), Zeiss Relax Vision Terminal (to examine pupillary distance and multi-focal precision fitting height) and more.

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Apart from Maui Jim, the boutique carries a huge range of eyewear collections from designer frames to branded sunglasses such as Swiss flex, Wolfgang Proksch, Mykita, Coppe Sid, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, JF Rey, Calvin Klein, Whiteout & Glare, Blackfin, Less Than Human, Unodstrial, Tag Heuer, Oakley, Markus T, Moschino, Lafont, ByWP, Parasite, Boz, Round Frames, Retro Frames, Anitque Frames, Aha, Benetton, Burberry, Bywp, Coach, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Giogio Armani, GF Ferrer, Haus Marke, John Richmond, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Moschino, Nike, Prada, Paris Hilton, Robert Marc, Romeo Gigly, Rudy Project, Sama, Victor Rolf, Vivien Westwood, Zero Rh, Andy Wolf, Bevel, Blackfin, Boz, Byblos, Coppe + Sid, Derapage, Derek Lam, Dun, Dutz, Eco, Envisu, Face Font, Ferragamo, Frank Kids, Free Form Green, Gotti, Hana, Lotto, Metzler, Modo, IC Berlin, Parasite, Noego, Paul Smith, Perfect Number, Plasta, Ultem, Superdry, Staffan Preutz, Synergi, Spvvyi, Salt, Carbon Fiber, Undostrial and many more.

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Thanks for having us!

Malaya Optical outlets are located at:

Damansara Uptown
71, SS21/37 Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7728 0228/03-7710 8550
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm

Subang Jaya
C5, SS15/4d, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-5631 3328
Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10.30am – 9pm, Sunday: 10.30am – 7pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malayaoptical
Website: http://www.malayaoptical.com

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Claude Bernard Swiss Watch Review

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There are different types of people in the world. Looking are the photo above, some might pay attention just to the car (pretty sure Kevin belongs to that group), some might look at the woman (ahem), and a certain type of people might actually notice the wrist watch. Yes, there are probably as many watch lovers in the world as Petrol-head, but this post is all about the Claude Bernard Swiss Watch on my wrist.

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I’m obsessed with keeping time and while there are certainly many ways we can do this nowadays with the variety of gadgets available; the traditionalist in me prefer a good classic watch.

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Yet, in contrast to my mostly feminine fashion sense, I have a taste for bigger, unisex look watches. None of those dainty girly ones where I can barely see the second hand on them (maybe I’m just getting old). Which is why when I was given a choice to try a Claude Bernard watch for size, I went for one of its Sophisticated Classics – Retrograde Day-Date in Black.

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In order to call themselves “Swiss Made”, 60% of the manufacturing costs and the essential manufacturing step must occur in Switzerland; passing the final inspection in Swiss means that Swiss made watches are of the highest quality and standards. Claude Bernard collection is carefully hand-assembled in the Jura Mountains in Switzerland where years of master watchmakers have perfected their craft for Swiss watchmaking, making each timepiece a masterpiece.

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Claude Bernard Retrograde Day-Date

  • Encased by a stainless steel watch casing (40mm), this watch is elegantly matched with a black crocodile embossed strap.
  • Small Second Hand Sub-dial surrounding a big date display, viewing time and day easily in a quick glance.
  • A retrograde mechanism, whereby when the day hand reaches ‘SUN’, it would swing back to ‘MON’, signifying a new week.

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Maybe just retaining the habit from those years working as a doctor, it’s important for my watch to have a second hand (to measure pulse, breathing rate etc). Here, the second hand is separated, making it even easier to count time down to seconds. Having the display of date, and time of week is useful too, so my ageing brain can always be reminded of the day whenever I need to.

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Overall this is a gorgeous timepiece which is practical and easy on the eyes. The price tag is reasonable, making it an accessible luxury, also a suitable choice of gift. Aesthetic wise, it goes with almost every type of occasion/outfit formal or informal.

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This is my first watch with a leather strap. I usually opt for bracelet type in fear of allergies caused by leather/rubber material. This strap has been surprisingly comfortable even with long hours of wearing. The weight is just barely noticeable but not limiting.

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Got distracted during the photo-shoot by a friendly feline.

I’ve worn this piece to dinners, casual hangouts with friends, business meetings, and even for my gigs.

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Forever the one waiting for my musicians to show up. Hehe.

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Goofing around before show as usual.

Here are a few more photos shot by Andy Kho during the MHB Afternoon Tea Party at Senja, Saujana.

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Even in black it doesn’t look out of place pairing with white floral dress.

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Thank you Senja for providing us delectable afternoon tea spread and entertaining us girls.

Necessary Data:
Model: 34004-3-NIN
Movement: Swiss Ronda 7004 quartz (battery operated)
Case: Stainless steel, 40mm x 10.5mm thick
Back: Solid screw-in back
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire
Band: Black alligator grain leather
Buckle closure: 20mm
Water Resistant: 50 meters

The Retrograde Big Day-Date also comes in other colours. Instead of Leather straps, you can also opt for bracelet style in Gold/Silver.

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*Prices include GST

Claude Bernard Watches can be found at:

Parkson: KLCC 1 st Floor Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur; Pavilion Level 3, Pavilion, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur; Sunway Velocity G-16, Ground Floor, Sunway Velocity Mall, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Isetan: KLCC 3rd Floor Suria KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur; 1 Utama Level 1, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

SOGO: Kompleks SOGO, 3D Fashion Arena, 190, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman 50100 Kuala Lumpur

For further information and the full list of authorised watch retailers, please call Crystal Time (M) Sdn Bhd at +603 2938 3938 or visit the website at www.crystaltime.com.sg.

Claude Bernard social media pages:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ClaudeBernardMalaysiaBrunei/

Instagram: @claudebernardmy

Triumph My Beautiful Me Campaign

Recently I had the pleasure to attend Triumph’s My Beautiful Me campaign, held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Partnered with Parkson, this campaign showcased Triumph’s winter 2016 collection, while highlighting Triumph’s expertise, style, evolution and dedication of being the purveyor of women’s confidence.
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It was an evening of glitz and glamour while guests were dressed according to the theme encompassing “My Beautiful Me”.

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To inaugurate the momentous occasion a spectacular fashion show was held encompassing the campaign’s highlights of My Beautiful Me – Adore, Cherish and Shine. These three highlights showcased different themes; Cherish being pretty yet sassy, Adore encompassed fun yet beautiful and Shine showcased glamour with a hint of sexiness. Models walked the runway in different Triumph’s stylish designs with beautiful dazzling shades of colors.

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A familiar face in the local music scene, Poova also performed while the models were doing their thing. Looking every bit the model herself in a sparkly dress strutting up and down and runway, her voice definitely brought plenty of soul and not to mention excitement to the event.

Here are a couple of video demostrating her vocal prowess.


Let me treasure you! Emcee of the evening Julie Woon grooving along as well.

Take me down like I’m a domino!

Here are some photos from the fashion show.
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My Beautiful Me campaign reflects the journey of Triumph, from wanting women to find the one (the perfect bra), to ending the year with encouraging women to love and appreciate themselves for who they are. The campaign allows women to discover their true selves within regardless of age and shape. It’s an opportunity for women to embrace their bodies, individuality and openly express themselves. Join the journey and feel beautiful with Triumph.

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Thank you Triumph for having us at the meaningful event.

Photo credit: Triumph Malaysia

For more information about “My Beautiful Me”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Smile Makers Launched in Malaysia

There are a few things in life that can truly contribute to one’s happiness. Just like a good meal can give you the boost of endorphin, an orgasm is a surefire way to relieve stress and anxiety while boosting your self-confidence. In this day and age, sex is no longer that much of a taboo subject. In fact, according to a “Malaysian Women Sexual Health and Well-being” survey, 79% of Malaysian women talk about sex in general as well as their own sex lives with their partners and friends. Therefore, today’s topic is all about taking charge of our body in order to promote sexual well-being.

There are few more interesting findings from the same survey (which is sponsored by leading sexual well-being brand Smile Makers, and we will get to that in a bit):

·         65% of Malaysian women are sexually satisfied.

·         73% of Malaysian women feel they are in control of their sexual satisfaction.

·         68% of Malaysian women feel sexual satisfaction is important.

·         9 out of 10 Malaysian women view women who own a vibrator positively and neutrally, thinking them to be open to new experiences and fun & spontaneous.

·         78% of Malaysian women have experienced dryness-related pain during sex, negatively affecting their sexual satisfaction.

·         58% of Malaysian women have used a personal lubricant, which is higher than other Asian countries.

·         Over half of women in Malaysia are more open to either using, or the idea of trying out a vibrator than many Asian and European counterparts.

·         Three-quarters of Malaysian women consider the ingredients in lubricant products before purchasing them.

These statistics may come as a surprise to some of you, but I feel it’s great that we don’t have to feel ashamed to go for what we want, in a safe way of course. In view of these positive findings, it’s certainly the right time that the Smile Makers has made its entrance and appearance in Malaysia, with the launch of its perosnal massagers and premium lubricants that are designed to enhance the sexual well-being of us women in Malaysia.

Mr. Mattias Hulting, the co-founder of Ramblin’ Brands shared, “The survey results are truly amazing- showing that Malaysia is a very different country in actuality when it comes to sexual wellbeing than how it perceives itself. It is much more open, and the reward is a higher level of satisfaction and happiness.”

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The survey shows that over half of women in Malaysia are either using, or open to the idea of trying out a vibrator. Over half of non-users would be open to try a vibrator (52%), making them much more open to the idea than many European countries, including Belgium (37%), Switzerland (31%), France (32%).”   Mr. Mattias Hulting added.

Buying a personal massager or two shouldn’t have to be a difficult process (not everyone is open to walking into a “specialty shop”, and it can prove a little embarrassing to be browsing online specialty shops for these too) and the sleek design of these Smile Makers provide extra discreetness too.
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The range of personal massagers include four personalities (from left): The Fireman, The Frenchman, The Tennis Coach and The Millionaire – to help women explore and appreciate their bodies to feel sexy, confident and beautiful. Smile Makers are produced alongside some of the world’s leading electronics brands in a static-free environment. All products are completely phthalate-free, made with super-smooth, 100% body-safe, FDA-aprroved silicone. All four are designed differently, with The Fireman and The Frenchman (as you can imagine) designated to external use, The Tennis Coach with a special curved ball for G-Spot Stimulation, and The Millionaire as an all-rounder.

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The Personal Lubricants are as pretty as they come, easily confused with one of those luxury beauty brand (one that comes with the miracle water). There are 3 types: Little light liquid (for a natural sensation) Stay Silky Serum (for a smoother, velvety feel), and Generous Gel which is rich and luxuriously textured. All formulations are paraben free, water based, fragrance free and condom compatible.

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It’s common for stressed, post-natal, post menopausal women to have dryness-related pain during sex. Lubricants can help to ease the discomfort. The use of water-based, paraben-free and pharma-grade ingredients are important when choosing lubricants. Water-based lubricants will be ideal as they are less sticky and are easy to wash-off. What’s more, high purity ingredients that are used in water based  lubricant make it safer  to use. Professor Dr. Jamiyah advised. 

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It’s clear that Smile Makers is a brand that women will be able to trust wholeheartedly, due to its uncompromising commitment to quality, and unswerving dedication in desiring to enhance the sexual well-being of women the world over. Since launching its personal massagers in Europe in 2013, Smile Makers has helped women around the globe find their inner smile through a network of over 4,000 health and beauty stores in ten European and Asian markets. And today, you can experience it for yourself too, as it’s now available to purchase online at http://www.lazada.com.my/smile-makers/.

Get a 10% discount on Smile Makers when you enter this code – SMBLOG10
*This code is valid from 12 May to 25 May 2016 and enables you to get up to RM25 discount for the products.

Ko SkinCare Specialist Pt.3 – Ko Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen

Recently, I’ve replenished my skincare products at Dr Ko Clinic, and I’ve been recommended a few new things. Today I shall share with you my favourite product of the lot, with more in come in the next posts.

We all commit our shares of beauty sin, and I’ll say the worst sin for me would be neglecting sun protection. I’m well aware of the effects of sun damage and currently suffering consequences of not applying regular sun block in the forms of melasmas and lentigos on my face. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a healthy tan, but we shouldn’t ignore the harmful effects of UV rays either.

One of the reasons I loathed applying sun block is that many products in the market have that undesirable texture. Most of them are also too greasy for my liking. As my skin is ultra sensitive (I sound like a broken record here), I have developed many a times allergy reaction to various sun block, so in the end I just didn’t dare to try out new stuff.

And that is until I met this beauty.

The Aqua Gel Sunscreen is completely water-based. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and fragrance free.
Containing chamomile extract, hydrolyzed silk protein, antarcticine, pearl extract, aloe vera extract, provides high SPF protection (a whooping 55) while calming skin discomfort caused by sun exposures. Ideal for oily and acne prone skin.

Personally, I love the texture of this gel. It doesn’t leave anything behind at all, and works well with or without makeup. I usually use a primer before applying foundation, and after a few weeks usage, there has been no problem with my skin so far. The gel absorb super fast as well, which is another bonus.

Thanks to Dr Ko, now I can step out of the house confident that I won’t get anymore new spots!

The KO Dermacare Aqua Gel Sunscreen SPF55 retails for RM180, but you can now get it here for only RM162!

For more information, visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

 

Dr Ko Clinic – Carbon Laser Peel

Following my last consultation at Dr Ko clinic, I’ve been using a range of their products for several months now. You can read about them here and here. My skin is sensitive so I’m always very careful with changing skincare regime for fear of breakouts or worse, allergy reaction. Luckily for me, Ko Skincare range has been agreeing with me and I’ve been seeing some benefits with using the products. Which is why when they offer for me to try out some of their services, I did so with confidence.

This time, I was invited to their USJ Clinic (there are quite a few of them, do check out their website for one near you) and I met Dr Chan, who’s friendly enough to put me at ease talking about my skin concerns. This clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments as well as body contouring treatments. One thing of note is that the surgical treatments are only available at the Dr Ko Specialist centre which is located in Klang.

During our consultation, we talked about a few things that I’m not happy with and numero uno has always been my pigmentations. No, I’m not talking about freckles (I’m quite proud of them), but the mild lentigos that I’ve starting to get on my cheeks, due to aging and sun damage. I’ve been given products to combat sun damage but it sure wasn’t enough. So Dr Chan recommended a few things, one being the Carbon Laser Peel.

Carbon Laser Peel is increasingly popular for its multiple benefits and convenience. It’s a “lunch time” procedure with zero downtime, and works well for aging skin and pigmentation. The process involves a laser beam focused on skin that has been covered by a thin layer of carbon powder. The laser beam is absorbed by the carbon particles due to its dark colour. Throughout the procedure, skin pores are simultaneously minimised. Due to the thermal effect, the growth of connective tissue increases while the carbon particles exfoliate the skin and purge skin pores. It’s effective in treating scars and wrinkles to0 and provide an overall brightening effect.

So off we went to the treatment room when the assistant gave me a quick face wash, then apply the carbon powder on my face.

You can see from the picture that I have few obvious spots on my face, one located right next to my nose.

It’s not as black as I thought it would be, but then again Dr Chan did instructed her to go lighter on my sensitive skin.

Then, it’s time for the laser!

Because of my specific concerns, I was given 3 rounds of laser. The first one is the long pulse, with the aim of firming and lifting. It’s really tolerable, with just a tiny bite each time the laser fires off. The second round was a little more interesting, as the 1064 wavelength which burns off the carbon powder, creating mini ‘explosions’, those exfoliating the skin while also refining the pores. And for the last round Dr Chan changed to a different applicator for the 532 laser. This is the target the epidermal pigmentations. This one is a little more intense, but still a walk in the park basically.

After the laser, a cooling mask is then applied on my face. It’s made with peppermint, so it smells absolutely amazing and also feels great on the skin.

The effect of Carbon Laser Peel should be immediate, and here’s a pic of my face.

Of course the spots are still there (usually need more than one treatment to get rid of them), but my skin was visibly brightened after the treatment. Excuse the flat hair.

Generally, a carbon laser peel is around RM900 per session, and it’s recommended you do about once a month, although some will benefit from just a single session. Do visit your nearest Dr Ko Clinic for more info, or check out their website. I’ll be following up with more posts about Dr Ko Skin Care soon!

Klinik Dr Ko
Unit 4A-C/D, Jalan USJ 10/1A.
Subang Jaya
Tel: 03-80230232
Consultation hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 7pm
Sat 10am to 6pm

Triumph Finds The One For You

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How many of you are guilty of not getting your bra fitted regularly? According to a survey conducted by Triumph International, Malaysia’s leading lingerie brand, 7 out of 10 women would wear the wrong size bra and many are clueless on the right ways to find a bra that fits perfectly. What are the consequences of wearing the wrong sized bra? Apart from not having the perfect elegant look for your outfit, there can also be health risks like bad posture, sagging breasts, back/neck/shoulder pain, and even things like scarring of your breasts. Scary right?

Just as important as choosing a life partner, finding THE perfect bra is crucial for every woman. And recently Triumph has launched its “Find the One” Short animated movie that brings to life the magical experience of finding the perfect fitted bra. Here’s the very much Disney inspired musical with a lovely song:

The launch was set at Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid, where the area was turned into a fairy tale setting, with triumph products displaying for our viewing and shopping pleasure.

The gorgeous Daphne Iking hosted the event, and shared with us some benefits about finding the right bra through her own experience. With this campaign, Triumph hopes to address the various concerns that Asian women are facing while searching for a bra with the perfect fit for themselves.

To our surprise (pleasant, of course), the animated movie came to life when the 3 girls appeared on stage and started prancing around the concourse.

Daphne Iking was soon joined by supermodels whom also talked about how a perfectly fitted bra gave them more confidence.

After the formality, we had the opportunity to spend some time with the fitting expert for a free fitting consultation. My last fitting was several months ago, so nothing much has changed, though I was recommended a few very pretty bras to complement my body type. We also did some measurements to find my bust age and I’m glad to report that my bosoms are keeping young and healthy.

Personally I’ve always been a fan of Triumph lingerie and I’ve been wearing them since high school. Since I’m not particularly blessed in that department, I’m really impressed to find that the Maximiser collection really delivers its promise. I usually don’t like to wear push up bras, but these are really comfy. A great secret weapon to have in my wardrobe for sure.

Here are some tips for you to find your perfect fit:

Starting from 21 September 2015, Triumph launched a fitting campaign nationwide, targeting to fit 50,000 women across Malaysia ensuring they find the right fitted bra. Every woman who visits any Triumph Boutiques or counters will receive a free fitting consultation conducted by Triumph professional fit experts. From measurements of the correct bust size to finding your actual bust age and body shape, the comprehensive fitting consultation will help women find their perfect one!

So visit your nearest Triumph Boutique/Counter today!

For more information about “Find The One”, please visit Triumph Malaysia

Ko Skincare Specialist pt.2

I’ve shared my experience with Ko Skincare Specialist in my previous post (along with the background of Ko Skincare Specialist and the range of products they offer). And here are the rest of the products prescribed to me, in addition to my current basic skincare regime.

KO Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence II 30ml RM180

Because I have occasional breakouts (especially when hormonal or stressed), this essence is recommended for me to use on problem areas (T zone and chin). Basically, it’s designed to reduce skin imperfection while balancing sebum production for a clear and refined complexion. It’s suitable for oily skin, or combination skin. Furthermore, it’s also alcohol free.
Contains: Aloe extract, witch hazel extract, licorice leaf extract, job’s tears extract.

KO Dermacare Perfect Brightening Cream 30g RM380

This product is prescribed for me for extra boost of brightening and hydration. It combines mandelic acid, kojic acid and tranexamic acid to brighten the skin gently and safely. It also works to resolves pigmentation problems such as freckles, sun spots and melasma.


Ko Dermacare Miracle C Powder – RM299 (2 Vials)

In addition to the perfect brightening cream, they have also recommended the Miracle C Powder. High dose of Vitamin C aids in reducing pigmentation as well. I’ve had experience using Vitamin C serum in the past and find it too oily for my skin. This one comes in powder form to mix in with my regular moisturiser which I think is ingenius! I was told they are changing their packaging for this product too.

Dermax Dermax Bio Defence UV Foundation SPF60 6N 30gm RM199

I have a bad habit of not being vigilant enough with my sun protection. It’s mainly because I don’t like to cake on products on my skin. So a product with dual properties is definitely a bonus. Here the sunscreen also doubles as foundation, which saves me putting on additional layer. The coverage is really good though, and it’s suitable for dry skin as it’s on the oily side.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Sago Hydrogel Mask 5pcs/box RM280

Last but not the least, I was recommended the Intense repair whitening masque (starting to see the pattern yet?). This mask is made with 100% natural bio-gel, free from chemicals, preservatives and toxicities. It’s supposed to remove dead skin cells and brightens skin tone. I like how gentle it feels on the skin (the bio-gel has a peculiar texture which is strangely exciting). That reminds me I should apply this tonight (I tend to be too lazy and procrastinate on my skincare).

After using all the products for couple of months, I’m quite sure I’ll be continuing with some of the products, especially the Perfect radiance cleanser/toner, Aqua moisturiser and the Miracle C powder.

To find out more about Ko Skincare Specialist and purchase the produce, you can visit http://www.drkoskincare.com/

To celebrate the opening of their e-store, Dr. Ko Skincare is running the following promotions from 20 July 2015 to 20 August 2015:

– 20% storewide discount
– 50% discount on Ko Series
– Free delivery for purchase of RM300.00 and above

Download the Dr. Ko Skin Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount (excluding 50% discount items).

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shockmediastudio.app.drko&hl=en

Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8

The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
Malaysia.
T:+603 3343 3140
You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22

Ko Skincare Specialist

I’ve been lucky enough to not have too much trouble with my skin in general, except for a period of time in my uni days when I suffered from quite bad acne due to the oral contraception pills. It took me a long time and frankly quite a lot of money to get my skin back to optimal condition so I’ve been very careful with my skincare ever since. If the products work for my skin, I’d gladly fork out for them. I’ve heard of Ko Skincare Specialist before but didn’t know that they had their own range of products, so when I was approached to give their products a try, I was curious enough to find out more about them. Here’s a little background on Ko Skincare Specialist.

The founder of Dr. Ko Skin Specialist – Dr Ko Chung Beng, spent 17 years in UK and obtained his specialist qualifications prior to his return to Malaysia in 1994. He headed the Dermatology Department of Seremban Hospital until 1997, then founded the KO Skin Specialist which has since been providing a comprehensive range of in-depth services from dermatology to cosmetic surgery.

When he first started out on his own in 1997, KO Skin Specialist was just a little clinic in Klang, located on the first floor of a shop lot. However the effectiveness of his prescriptions soon spread and today, that little clinic is now the headquarters for the 26 clinics of KO Skin Specialist centres across Malaysia. KO Skin Specialist now has their very own formulation of skincare products which are formulated by their team of professionals to combat signs of aging, acne and other skin problems. The centres also offer the most complete range of laser therapy equipment in Asia. No longer just a Malaysian brand, KO Skin Specialist has a branch in Xiamen, China, and will be opening more branches in the future! How’s that for a Malaysian success story?

There are 4 ranges of skincare under Dr. Ko Skincare Specialist: Dermax Clinicare, KO Dermaceutical, KO Series, and eKo and here’s a brief overview:

Dermax Clinicare

The Dermax Clinicare series is known for its effectiveness in preventing new acne formation. Products in this series are meticulously blended with a natural botanical extracts under strict quality control. It removes impurities; refines open pores; soothes and heals the skin for an acne-free face.

This series comprises a broad range of products, even for dry and sensitive skin. Products from the Dermax Clinicare series may be used together with products from other Dr. Ko Skincare series depending on your needs.

KO Dermaceutical

The KO Dermaceutical series speeds up recovery; protects the skin from sun exposures; combats dullness, pigmentation, dehydration whilst reversing the signs of aging. The serums, cleansers, toners, moisturizers and sunscreens complement the needs of most skin types, and is also ideal for post-treatment care. Like Dermax and the KO series, products from the KO Dermaceutical range can be used together with products from other series, depending on your skin condition.

KO Series

The KO series offers a gentle solution to reduce blemishes, which is great news for those who have sensitive or acne-prone skin as most blemish fighting products can irritate sensitive skin.

eKo

The eKo series is infused with amaranthus caudatus — one of the best sources of vegetable protein known for its antioxidant and skin revitalization properties.

Before I was given the products, I attended a consultation with a Doctor at their 10 Boulevard Branch located in Petaling Jaya. The consultation was to discuss my skin concerns as well as for the Doctor to assess my skin condition. As I’m in my early 30s, I’m realising the importance of combating sun damage in the form of pigmentations and spots (I have a couple of lentigos on my face and has always been prone to freckles), and I suffer the occasional pimple whenever I’m hormonal and stressed. So these are the products prescribed to me:

Since there are quite a numner of them, I shall divide them into 2 groups and I’ll talk about the basic 3 step cleansing and moisturizing routine first.

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Cleanser 1 120ml RM198

First of all of course, the cleanser. This cleanser is designed to cleanse, hydrate and firm the skin without stripping the surface of its natural moisture and protective lipid layer, giving your skin a fresh and radiant glow. Enriched with botanical extracts, it’s gentle enough for those with dry and traumatized skin. The cleanser is clear in appearance and doesn’t product much bubble unlike the commercial ones. And my skin feels clean and fresh but not dry after each wash. It’s even good enough to remove makeup, although I generally do a double cleanse with that.
(Contains: Cactus pear extract, trehalose, lavender essential oil, salicylic acid.)

KO Dermaceutical Perfect Radiance Toner 21 120ml RM198

I always avoid toners containing alcohol so this one is perfect for me as it’s formulated with plant extracts to sooth the skin while inhibiting melanin production (the stuff that causes pigmentation and spots). It works to transform dull, tired skin into a brighter and luminous complexion with long-term use. I love the feel of this toner as it’s absorb pretty quickly in the skin leaving my skin feeling fresh. As a bonus, it can also be used to set or refresh makeup, and it’s fine to use at anytime of the day. I think it has definitely worked its magic because I’ve received a few compliments that my skin looks more radiant now.

(Contains: Cactus pear extract, trehalose, centifolia rose extract, witch hazel extract, cucumber extract, orange flower water, raspberry fruit water, lavender essential oil.)

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer I 60g RM280

My favourite product of all would be this moisturizer. The texture feels incredibly light yet it’s very hydrating. It also feels a bit cool on the skin, which soothes any irritation. It’s water-based, so it’s perfect for acne-prone and oily skin. Since I have combination skin, I also use another additional moisturizer which I’ll review in my later post.

I’ve been using the products for over 2 months now and I’ve noticed my skin is more radiant, although it’s near impossible to get rid of pigmentation just by using skincare products but they are not as noticeable due to the increase luminance. Thank you Dr Ko for the recommendation!

One recent selfie, even complete with Dr Ko's shade of blue!
One recent selfie, even complete with Dr Ko’s shade of blue!

You can now purchase Dr. KO Skin Specialist products online at http://www.drkoskincare.com/

To celebrate the opening of their e-store, Dr. Ko Skincare is running the following promotions from 20 July 2015 to 20 August 2015:

– 20% storewide discount
– 50% discount on Ko Series
– Free delivery for purchase of RM300.00 and above

Download the Dr. Ko Skin Specialist mobile app to receive a RM20.00 e-voucher code (you will find the e-voucher code displayed under the Promotion Tab). One (1) redemption per account and it is valid with the 20% storewide discount (excluding 50% discount items).

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shockmediastudio.app.drko&hl=en

Apple App Store – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ko-skin-specialist/id959443985?mt=8

The Dr. Ko Skin Specialist headquarters is located at:

Klinik Pakar Kulit Ko Sdn Bhd
10A-22A, Jalan Temoh,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41400 Klang, Selangor,
Malaysia.
T:+603 3343 3140
You can also head over to http://www.koskinspecialist.com/ to find the complete list of branches.
Telephone: 1-800-22-33-22

Medlite C6 Laser, Premier Clinic

Chinese New Year is almost here! What better time to take charge of your skin, right? No thanks to my crazy schedule for the past few months, my skin has really been suffering the consequences. Occasional pimple here and there, dull complexion, ezcema patches, you name it. I got them. Which is why I decided to take up the offer for an aesthetic consultation at Premier Clinic to see what they can do for me.

Premier clinic offers a wide range of aesthetic services and has 2 branches; one in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and another in Bangsar. I went to the one at TTDI and my first impression was that the staff and nurses there are welcoming and friendly, making the visit a pleasant one. Dr Aarthi Maria was my consultant and I sat down to chat with her about my various skin concerns. There were a few things I could do based on my needs, but in the end I chose to do something that has completely no down time, seeing I have few gigs in a row following the visit.

The top concern for me was my complexion and pigmentation issues and Dr Aarthi Maria offered me 2 options: Fraxel (has down time, much more painful) and Medlite C6 Laser. Both offers similar things in different intensity. Obviously I went with the Medlite C6 Laser; The latest laser technology for skin whitening, pigmentation and dark scar removal. At the same time, it will also help to reduce wrinkles, open pores and even up the complexion. Although as compared to one time treatment of Fraxel, Medlite C6 laser will require few more sessions to achieve the desired results.

I have pretty sensitive skin so I’m always worried about having treatment done. I was assured that this laser is safe for all skin types unlike the older technology such as IPL which can cause burns and redness in some skin types.

Not the most flattering picture of me, that’s for sure.