Sunday, February 5, 2017

[REVIEW] Looking GOOD without makeup with Clinique ... ♥

Staring into the mirror, eyeballing your face features, scanning the condition of your skin and inevitably the pesky visible pores! In this post, Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask and Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer from Clinique will be reviewed to take some sweat off you before you committed yourself to any of the pores refining products. After Fan Bing Bing's legendary mask routine, i believe that a mask a day is a must for majority of us to perk up our skin and pamper ourselves. In order for the mask to work effectively, we need to prep our skin ... 

To make sure the costly masks and skin care products do not go onto our face and be wasted, you are looking at a product which can help to detoxify our skin before anything else! Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal mask helps to detoxify skin where charcoal powder draws out deep-seated debris to purify pores and mineral clays soak up excess oil. 
Price: RM137 
How To: Apply a thin even layer on clean dry skin, avoiding eye area. Leave mask on skin about 10 minutes, or until dry and rinse well. Use 1-2 times a week or as needed. 
Where to get: Sephora

Texture: It glides onto skin effortlessly. 
Cleansing power: 3 / 5
Easy to wash off: Yes
How do i feel during / after: Tightening effect was felt after 5 minutes and tingling sensation ensued upon the arrival of 10 minutes. 
Immediate results: Tingling sensation ensued and face was reddened.
Recommendation: Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask is not recommended for sensitive skin. My skin was reddened and it felt like my skin was prickled by needles. Wash off the mask once tingling sensation is felt and leave it alone to calm. 

Next, who want to have a good looking skin even without any make up on?! 
We all want to! Want the flawless and pores free skin that will make us more poised when socializing around? Make up products do give us a flawless skin but we want to look prefectly flawless even without makeup on! And TA DA ~ Introducing you a humble glow moisturizer from Clinique. I was excited when i came across Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer from Clinique while browsing! It comes with 2 shades, golden glow and rosy glow. I opt for the rosy glow shade ...

Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer immediately boost the radiance of any skin tone without the oily shine. It comes with 2 shades: Rosy Glow and Golden Glow.
Price: RM180
How to: Apply each morning to face and neck after your regular skin care regimen. Avoid eye area. Wear alone, or under foundation. 
Where to getSephora

Texture: It glides onto skin effortlessly. 
Pores coverage: 3 / 5
How to i feel during / after: Easy to spread and my skin felt moisturized 
Immediate Result: A slight layer of sheen is noticeable but not obvious rosy glow.
Recommendation: Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer is recommended for those who do not wear make up and wanted to look more radiant and fresh throughout the day! Now it is part of my daily morning routine! It didn't help in creating Korean type of shiny glow or give you a rosy skin but it does help you look better in term of radiance and keep your skin look fresh throughout the day. Not too much nor too little ... Humble kind of glow, you know what i mean?

Pale. Like a patient. 
Fresh & Radiant. Like after facial. 

Hope this helps! Click here to find out more about Clinique products. 
Stay beautiful! ♥

Friday, November 18, 2016

[Review] Tune Dental Insurance is a liar ... !

The dreadful drilling sounds, the tingly sensation when dental explorer exploring around your teeth, and disturbing visions keep on flashing into your mind are all the awful moments with dentist. Nevertheless, the fact that regular visit to dentist is needed to prevent cavities, bad breath, gum diseases and so on. It has been years since i last visited a dentist and the light-bulb moment that a dentist visit is needed fell on me. Dentist bill is not cheap especially when you have several fillings and restorations to be done. Tune ProDent turned out to be a savior or so i thought ...

Yes, it is considered affordable premiums provided that it is cashless. Yes, there is no waiting period for verification. No, it is not CASHLESS as top up is required. Due to low coverage from Medident, more than 50% need to be top up. Honestly, i don't really care what is Medident (since i brought the insurance from Tune Insurance) but instructions have been followed that i went to one of the panel clinics. 

What's more, when person-in-charge from clinic contacted them, officer from Medident asked me to call back to them and they will refer me to a cheaper clinic (which mean top up is still required even in cheaper clinic, isn't it?) ASK ME TO CALL THEM when they are the one breached the contract in the first place? And no one ain't have time to make another dentist appointment (dentist is always packed during the weekend) and travel here and there. 

2. Whose Responsibilities 
Tune ProDent is available via Tune Insurance and Medident is one of the partners, i guess. Therefore, it is Tune ProDent's incapability in ensuring clients get what they are offering and acknowledge on how Medident works. I was supposed to top up another RM200 even the only treatment performed on me is clearly stated in the list of treatment covered on their website. The fee is settled but what i'm unhappy is that it is clearly a big SCAM! I thought there is a law that the company can be sued if what they advertised is not what they are offering?! 

The purpose of this posting is to let you know that Tune ProDent is the first dental insurance available to public but it is not what you would want to get with the amount of premium. Every treatment requires top up as there is only a certain low price Medident will pay and it is certainly not enough to cover the cost. Clearly, no negotiation has been done between insurance company and panel clinic. Disappointment! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Listen to understand; not Listen to reply ... ♥

" Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. "
- Stephen R. Covey

Everyone wants to get their words and minds out in a conversation but no one is listening. As above, we are listening with the intention to reply with our own stories and opinions instead of listening to understand. It is one of the phenomena that happened around me, to most of the people. (I am categorized in "most of the people") Listen to reply without understand the messages that were trying to be convey. 

I love to talk. I would die for someone who could talk to me patiently everyday. I will talk about what happened during work, how little things could upset me, what is my opinion on this and that ... Basically, i talk non-stop until I met someone who was more 'talkative' than me. Who could just snap my words or my time for talking then i realized how myself and most of us are not listening to understand but to reply. It could be one of the reason why there are more and more people listen to reply instead of listen to understand. 

With the reference of The Art of Conversation, do not reply an incident with your own story. Instead, reply with follow up questions and affirmative sounds (like Hmm... Huh?) to encourage the speakers to carry on until he/she finished. What i realized was that the stories told will only encourage the 'listener' to talk about their own stories instead of listening to understand what emotions are undergoing and what kind of comfort should be offered. Some just doesn't realize that they are the type of listener i'm referring to ... 

I'm not a good listener but i'm learning. I listen to reply when i argue with my Bf, i'm never able to understand the messages he was trying to convey. Part of it is because of his tone of voice but i need to go beyond the tone of voice and understand his messages. It is hard but i should be practice active listening. I'm learning to be a good listener and sometimes, i talk over someone unconsciously. 

Listening is not the same as hearing. To be a good listener, we need to be self-aware. We need to suppress our urge in talking over someone and sharing about our own stories (all the time). How upset it is when you were sharing something exciting and hoping your friends will ask you for more details or feelings but then someone else started sharing theirs on similar incident ...

10 Principles of Listening 
1. Stop Talking 
2. Prepare yourself to Listen 
3. Put the Speaker at Ease 
4. Remove Distractions 
5. Empathize
6. Be Patient 
7. Avoid Personal Prejudice 
8. Listen to the Tone
9. Listen for Ideas - not just the words 
10. Wait and Watch for Non-Verbal Communication  

How wonderful will the world be if everyone could have someone who will listen to them and understand the emotions underlying and what kind of comfort they need. Listen to understand is important in relationship building and problem-solving, notably for married couples to sustain their relationship. Men and Women, please spend your precious time and patient on your spouse or partner. There are 168 hours in a week, please spare at least 2 hours for each other. 

Let's be caring and listen to others. ♥