Friday, August 22, 2014

Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Review

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WHAT IS IT: Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo


THE PRODUCT(S):
Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo: When the scalp loses balance and becomes impeded with dandruff the hair loses it vitality, leaving it looking dull and lifeless. Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo has been specially formulated with mild wash active substances to gently cleanse hair and scalp, removing visible signs of dandruff. The active ingredient Piroctone Olamine reliably dislodges dandruff flakes and soothes irritation. Moisturising and conditioning ingredients revitlise the hair. The pH value of 5.5 supports the regeneration of the scalps acid mantle to stalise its barrier function, to keep it dandruff free.


Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
The shampoo itself looks clear but has a pearlized tint to it.


Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
It doesn't provide suds as it's soap-free, but it still behaves like what normal shampoo does. You know, the soaping-up and sudsing-up part, but without the actual whitish foam bubbling and multiplying up at all.


VERDICT: The first time I had any form of contact with the brand "Sebamed" was when my parents bought a lotion meant for my younger brother when he was still a baby. We all know how natural babies and skin rashes are, it's almost they were always BFFs during young age. But unfortunately for my brother, the rashes were kinda bad and parts of his face just looked so red, bumpy and itchy. Hence my parents bought a Sebamed lotion (I forgot what is the actual name of the product) meant for the rashes on my brother.


Unfortunately within a week of using it, my brother got a high fever. And apparently, my parents suspected it could be caused by Sebamed. Although exactly how, I'm not too sure. But something they said still rings in my head often. "We shouldn't have bought this. Our daughter had a bad reaction to it. And we were hoping it would work for our son.." Needless to say, my parents decided to keep the Sebamed lotion right on their dresser to remind themselves never to get this brand again for anyone in the family. Until they decided to throw it out when I was still in my teenage years.


And somehow, I found myself getting a sample of a Sebamed Anti-Dandruff Shampoo as a sample. And since I'm not a young and small toddler anymore, I figured it shouldn't do much harm. What more, it is touted as a pH5.5 shampoo that is just right for the human skin, hair, etc. And as many of you readers may have noticed, I've been constantly having trouble with dandruff for quite a number of years. And with products of any type, you just have to give it a try to see if it works. Besides, it just sounded promising and it's meant for the hair/scalp, not the skin at all.


I followed in detail on how the shampoo should be used. And immediately right after the first wash, it seemed like the shampoo is working. But right as soon as my hair is all dry, I noticed that my scalp started feeling itchy. It started with a normal itch, I would say. And I initially thought that because it's pH5.5, my scalp started to react as it needed to go back to the normal pH it was intended to be.


And for the next 1.5 days, my scalp was itching like mad and I was constantly looking around to make sure I was alone before I started scratching my scalp/head in agony with both hands, mind you! And because I have long nails, I actually tried to pry off the dandruff itself with my nails, which resulted in my poor scalp probably being brusied from the scratching to get the dandruff loose off my scalp.


It was only when I washed my hair/scalp on a daily basis for the past 1 week with my usual Elastine Shampoo that the itch finally lessened up. I'm guessing that Sebamed is probably not the right product for my family since I got such a bad reaction from using the anti-dandruff shampoo *shudders*


VERDICT:


WHAT I THINK: Felt like a lice-full of monkey right after the first use. Oh god, the itching that never seemed to stop..


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I got this sample as part of a package sample giveaway that Guardian hosted during X'mas season in 2013. Anyway, I'm just glad I got the shampoo as a sample instead of literally buying it. I'd probably kill myself if I did bought the actual retail-sized shampoo only to have a severe dandruff/scalp-itching moment :(


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

NESCAFÉ Smoovlatte Review

Posted by Pu Niao at Saturday, August 16, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: NESCAFÉ Smoovlatte
Nescafe Smoovelatte


THE PRODUCT(S):
Nescafe Smoovelatte
NESCAFÉ Smoovlatte: A premium smooth and aromatic coffee latté brings coffee lovers a rich flavour, an irresistibly lingering aroma, and smooth creamy milk taste, perfect for those who appreciate quality and convenience.


Nescafe Smoovelatte
It's not too sweet and it's really smooth as it glides down my throat :O


VERDICT: I still remember drinking coffee as young as 3-years-old and that very same night, I walked around the bedroom cos I ended up being unable to fall asleep. And the next time I got to drink anymore coffee again was when I was in my teenage years, as I was "banned" from any coffee-related drinks because apparently, my father was pissed I walked around the bedroom repeatedly in the dead of the night. And mind you, it wasn't a cup of coffee back then. It was only a teaspoon of coffee from the coffee shop. I'm thinking more towards super strong, undiluted Robusto black coffee, since my parents prefer strong undiluted coffee instead of the usual coffee shops one that mix 3/4 cup of plain hot water to 1/4 cup of coffee.


My first impression and tested version of NESCAFÉ was actually the granule version where you have to mix with hot water and you can add milk and/or sugar for preferences. Enough to say, I'm not a big fan of NESCAFÉ granule coffee since the taste is just close to being plain and yucky. If you add too much NESCAFÉ granules, it'll end up on a grander scale of yucky. And by then, even if you add milk AND sugar, it will still stay yucky. So, it wasn't until a few years ago that I dare to purchase my first can of NESCAFÉ coffee from 7-Eleven. It wasn't that bad although I thought it could have been better.


And before I knew it, NESCAFÉ introduced the Mocha and Latte flavour to the already existing milk coffee flavour already available. Yes, I've tried both the Mocha and Latte version. The Mocha version is a little too sweet, and the Latte version is just a notch less sweeter. But still sweet nonetheless, so I still typically stick to my milk color flavour all these years, until I heard that NESCAFÉ is launching a Smoovlatte version a few months back. And as the tagline suggest, it's supposedly "Smooth as silk" which I somewhat found incredible and non-believing as I thought how on earth can coffee be "Smooth as silk".


Until I got my sample in the mail and gave it a try. Yup, as the tagline suggests, it is really smooth as silk. Note that when I drank the milk coffee version for a few years back, it's just drinking coffee. But with the Smoovlatte, it literally glide down my throat instead of being able to drink it normally. And I mean, glide LOL It's as if I just drank silk that tatstes like coffee. Even the expensive cafe coffee, such as Starbucks for example is unable to create a coffee that can literally glides down your throat smoothly.


Taste-wise, it's not too sweet and I think I prefer it over the milk coffee version that I've been sticking to for the past few years. My only pet peeve is, can NESCAFÉ make a can version instead of a bottle version? Bottle version very 麻烦 (a.k.a troublesome). 麻烦 because in a can form, you just drink it and go. But with a bottle, you're tempted to "save it for later" and thus begin the race to find the nearest fridge at your workplace to store it in. Only to forgot it's existence because you were rushing to get home after work LOL


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHAT I THINK: This definitely tastes better than the usual milk coffee version that I've been drinking for the past few years. This is something I would love to drink on a daily basis, but then I prefer canned coffee more than bottled coffee :D


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sample(s) no longer available :(


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid Giveaway [Non-Sponsored]

Posted by Pu Niao at Tuesday, August 12, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
Hello everyone, and welcome to the 6th giveaway on my blog~


As you've all noticed, I've been mentioning about L'Occitane's Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid quite a few times in my previous blog posts and sponsored review. And I truly believe that makeup isn't really complete unless your face stays matte the entire day. Oh well, or at least a capable 8 to 10 hours at least, if you are the type who immediately head back home after a day's work or something LOL


L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid Giveaway


Just a little information on this product:

The Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid combines Angelica extracts with organic lemon essential oil to maximize the effective on skin hydration and vitality. The fluid is ideal care for oily to combination skin including:

  • Lemon essential oil, known for its astringent action, helps to purify skin
  • Zinc eliminates excess of sebum
  • Angelica extracts help to rehydrate skin and to protect from free radicals

Skin is immediately and lastingly mattified and purified for a complexion that is perfectly clear, pure and radiant.


I'll just keep this part here short and sweet and skip right to the important bits needed for a giveaway. And nope, Bun & Skip + flowers are not included, unfortunately xD


Rules of the Giveaway


Note: This giveaway ends on 31 August 2013 at 11:59pm. Entries later than this stipulated date and time will be ignored. Although I might extend the deadline by another week, depending. This giveaway is open to anyone residing in Singapore or have a valid mail address in Singapore. All steps are compulsory to be qualified for this blog contest/giveaway :)


  • Like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PuNiaosProductReviews
  • Like, Share and Tag a friend who is not a fan of my page, to join the contest
  • Any entries not fulfilling the above rules will not be honored
  • There will be 1 winner for this giveaway, decision is final
  • Winner will be announced on the 02 September 2014 after contest ends, which is on 01 October or whichever the deadline is if there are changes, and will be contacted via PM on Facebook. If there is no reply within 1 week, new winner(s) will be picked once again
  • In the event the winner has un-Like my FB page before the contest is over, it will be auto-disqualification. Hence, I will need at least a day or 2 to ensure all participants follow the rules stated, so as to be fair to everyone who joined. Note that the winner will have to submit a screenshot showing that they have Liked my page
  • This is not a sponsored giveaway by L'Occitane Singapore, I am doing this to reward readers and fans of my blog and Facebook page
  • Once winner have been contacted, the earliest mailing date will be within the first 2 weeks of September, presuming the previous winner is un-contactable and a new winner is picked instead. If not, once winner's mailing address has been received, item(s) will be mailed out within the week


L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid Review

Posted by Pu Niao at Tuesday, August 12, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
WHAT IS IT: L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid
L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid


THE PRODUCT(S):
L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid
L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid: The Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid combines Angelica extracts with organic lemon essential oil to maximize the effective on skin hydration and vitality. The fluid is ideal care for oily to combination skin including:

  • Lemon essential oil, known for its astringent action, helps to purify skin
  • Zinc eliminates excess of sebum
  • Angelica extracts help to rehydrate skin and to protect from free radicals

Skin is immediately and lastingly mattified and purified for a complexion that is perfectly clear, pure and radiant.


L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid
My face definitely looked much more matte after using this :D


L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid
Lightweight watery consistency that doesn't drip, is well absorbed into the skin and it doesn't leave a slick oily feeling on my skin.


VERDICT: I first chanced upon this product while I was browsing around L'Occitane at WestGate (at Jurong East, for the clueless :O ). I still remember standing in front of the shelf that was displaying the Angelica range products for a goood 30 minutes debating whether I should get this or not. As I know my own skin quite well, my makeup tend to look a little oily around midday, without fail. In short, it goes from matte to, well, over-glossy without much effort needed LOL


And with that image in mind, I decided to grab this (along with some other L'Occitane products to get the membership card as well). And I've been diligently using this product for the past 3 months, and I am now onto my 2nd bottle. (I used this for my night-time skincare regime as well as I don't like waking up to oily skin in the morning) Initially, I tend not to apply any moisturizer as we all are aware of how humid Singapore is. If you were to apply makeup before stepping out of the house just slightly before noon, the humidity is going to slowly affect the makeup on your face. Which in turn meant you would start to sweat/perspire, and with the perspiring part going on, you need to dab the sweat off your face with a tissue. This would ultimately lead to your makeup getting dabbed off little by little and the next thing you know, you have to re-apply your makeup once more upon reaching your destination. I know, cos that was what I had been doing 6 months ago, except that I leave my house just slightly before 12 noon to get to work.


I first started by using a gel-based facial moisturizer on my face before applying this product on my skin and I did noticed that around midday, my skin doesn't look that overly glossy with sebum and sweat that much. It is definitely a greater improvement as compared to 6 months ago. Around close to 1 a month ago, I started incorporating the LUS Aqua Source Cream from The Skin Shop into my pre-makeup regime. In short, first moisturizer, followed by the LUS Aqua Source Cream and then end it with this L'Occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid. And right from the first day I sticked to this 3 step pre-makeup routine, I noticed that my skin definitely looked more matte than it did around 3 months ago with only 2 products.


This product despite looking thick and creamy due to the milkish color, is surprisingly light. It spreads really well on my skin and I found that it gets absorbed into my skin within a minute, depending on how much you "accidentally" dispensed out. But 1 almost full pump is more than enough to help last through the day, and enough for the entire face, under than chin and close to the neck area (I avoided my cheeks since my cheek is not oily at all). It actually feels refreshing because of the wonderful aromatic citrusy scent to it that luckily doesn't make me feel a little on the "Meh!" side a.k.a feel nauseous and I found that it is somehow hydrating as my skin doesn't feel too dry after application. Although my skin did felt a little sticky right after application, the stickiness gradually went away. I'm guessing because I had to apply makeup hence I didn't feel the stickiness anymore.


And around midday at work, just after my break, I took a peak into the wall mirror at my workplace. And I was genuinely surprised at what I saw. Not a single oily spot on my face at all. None! And at the end of the day, my face still looked pretty much matte without any oily spots, except a little glossy-looking on the side of the nose which frankly isn't really noticeable and a small spot just above my eyebrows, but not quite on the forehead at all. And after washing my face off, I noticed that it didn't in turn made my face looked too dry. In short, it's almost similar to a moisturizer of some sort, except that it didn't give me any breakouts or skin issues exactly 1 month after using it. So far, I've been using this for a short while now and onto my 2nd bottle (as I have to wear makeup everyday at work without fail -_-" ).


What is obvious to me is that, my skin is much more calmer now. Pimples and breakouts are also getting lesser too, as compared to before. My skin looks smoother too and not forgetting my nose. Previously when I use a pore pack on my nose to remove blackheads, the pores are always visible to the naked eye as soon as I tore off the pore pack. But now, the pores on my nose definitely looked much smaller now, even if I were to remove my blackheads with a blackhead extractor instead of a pore pack. Yes, the way to tell if the pore-tightening claim works is to look at the nose after removing those blackheads and compare the state of the nose before and after using the product.


VERDICT: ✓✓✓


WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: There are supposedly sample sachets from any L'Occitane outlets throughout Singapore although I've never tried asking for the Angelica range before. Alternatively, you can just pop by the nearest L'Occitane outlet near you and try and texture and consistency in-store.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quickie Review: Reviewers Panel Introduction

Posted by Pu Niao at Tuesday, August 05, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
Quickie Review: Reviewers Panel Introduction
Bun the Bunny is on the left and Skip the Squirrel is on the right. They are a force to be reckon, or so they claimed o_o


Hi peeps, remember how I mentioned I'm going to start a Quickie Review segment here on this blog a few months back and at the same time I mentioned about getting a "sidekick" to man, er... I mean handle the Quickie Review segment so I can have some "me" time? Well, I got myself 2 helpers, namely a Bunny named Bun and a Squirrel named Skip. Whenever there's a Quickie Review, this blog will temporarily turned over to Bun and Skip to do their thing.


A little brief introduction to my new sidekicks on board:

Bun the Bunny: Like most bunnies, Bun here loves carrots. Which bunny doesn't? Is a stickler for cleanliness, so no cages please~ Favorite pastime is to rummage through this blog owner's vanity cupboard drawers for some hardcore sniffing. Now you know why Bun always smells so "vain". Also Bun actually likes looking at things and pondering a lot~ Haha xD


Skip the Squirrel: Unlike most squirrels we encountered on Hollywood movies, animated or not, Skip here doesn't really like to store any nuts, considering that Singapore doesn't have winter. So, it's a little redundant to store nuts in a country that just don't have snow at all. On the contrary, Skip has a vain side. Skip loves playing with decorations and props meant for the Quickie Review segment and most times, he always manages to get Bun to go along with the flow.


Anything you would like to know about Bun and Skip, please feel free to leave a comment :D


 

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