Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%

Assalamualaikum and hi,

For today's skincare review, I'll be reviewing The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%.
I can hardly find a review on the net so this is my personal review from my own. My result might differ from others.

What it claims:

This formula combines two of the most powerful brightening agents in skincare: pure Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin, both solubilized in a completely water-free formula for ideal stability. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of aging. Alpha Arbutin is a highly-purified biosynthetic active ingredient that reduces the look of dark spots and uneven skin tone.

My personal review:

Texture: Feels like a little oily though it's actually oil-free. It takes a while to completely absorbed into the skin. Transparent water-like.

Scent: No scent.

The most obvious effect I could see after using this serum is it had healed my scar I got from small oil burns on my skin, completely gone within 1 week. It really brighten any hyperpigmentations and acne scars really quick.
However, for brightening the skin into a lighter original skin tone, I can't really tell for the first month as it may be unnoticably slow. You may expect skin brightening for the next 2 months.

The expiry date for this product is within 6 months after unsealing the bottle. I usually use 3 drops every night, and last more than 6 months. I found this product most effective when you put it in chiller part of your refrigerator and every time I drop them onto my skin, I can feel it's warmth and acidic on the skin, as well as slowing down its expiring process.

However for the past few weeks (exceeding 6 months), I notice this product turns yellowish (acidic) and has making my skin dull compared when I replace it with other products, AHA Pixi Glow Tonic that gives me radiant skin instead. I'm not sure if this effect is just due to my laziness for skincare routine lately. But I strongly believe that it has expired that this product can't help anymore positive effect.

Will I buy again? Since it brightens my skin when I use it on schedule and on time, I will. But for the price, and it is dull-ing my skin lately, I will reconsider.

Warning: For the first few times, I combined this serum with AHA BHA and they irritated and flushed my skin becoming red. You can't combine this serum with Niacinamide as well as both will lose its good effects (according to what I've read, but there's a debunk theory on this. However I didn't see any positive changes when I combined Niacin with Vitamin C though - no effect).

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Review: Alcon Freshlook One-Day Color Daily

Assalamualaikum and hi,

I've always wanted to wear contact lenses but I wasn't ready for it because I've seen so many people claiming that lenses are kinda dangerous which needs high maintenance. Until one day I came across to a photo of someone with a very natural look contact lens on my timeline, at least in her photo. And she has a pair of beautiful eyes, so I believe I have beautiful eyes as well that I decided to try them.

I saw it was on sale in Lazada during the Hari Raya sale, so I decided to buy it with my sister's advice because she is an experienced contact lens user. She told me that Alcon is a trusted brand but she had no idea why the promotion makes it very cheap. I got RM22 for 5 pairs of daily lenses. Which is around 5-6 USD.

The lens color I chose was green

Since it was my first time wearing contact lenses, my sister recommend me to choose daily lens since you need to only wear them for few hours and with a good moisture content. I really took a total of an hour to put the lenses on my eyes. I feel like they're too big for my eyes haha. I just don't get used to it.

Is it comfortable? For the first 2 hours, yes. I found it starts to cling on my eyes after 2-3 hours ignoring the case I was probably just tired. But I guess it's best to wear during daylight since your iris will closed more, making it smaller. When I used them during the night, I found that the circle wasn't at the perfect center of my dark eyes, with my iris was a little bit larger, the center frame of the lens slightly disturbing my sight.

Green lens under low light

This one was under IKEA lighting, moderate bright

I personally think the green color compliment to my eye shape and skin tone. The color of the lens under artificial lighting are just average, doesn't look that natural. However under high light like flash, it seems pretty. Since I was wearing these at night, so I can't really conclude the appearance during the daylight, which I believe would be a lot prettier and more natural. I really find this lens flattering on me. :)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Kek Coklat Moist (Moist Chocolate Cake)

Kek Coklat Moist Paling Sedap di Dunia

Sebab housemates claim sedap. Selalu buat ni favorite. :)

Disebabkan kek coklat moist ni merupakan salah satu kek favorite saya, jadi saya letak gambar kek coklat moist saya banyak-banyak di post ini.

Lihatlah betapa macronya kualiti gambar ini untuk menaikkan lagi selera yang melihatnya.




1 cawan serbuk koko
1 cawan gula halus (atau gula kastor)
1 cawan minyak masak
1 cawan susu pekat
1 cawan air panas

Bahan lain:

2 cawan tepung gandum
1 sudu teh baking powder
1 sudu teh soda bikarbonat
3 biji telur

Luyang, saiz dan tebal mengikut citarasa. Kalau luyang lebar, kek akan jadi nipis dan cepat sikit masak.

Cara - cara:

1. Campur kesemua bahan-bahan yang perlu dimasak, dan masak dengan api sederhana/kecil.

2. Pukul telur sehingga agak gebu. Kemudian masukkan ke dalam campuran yang dimasak tadi. Api jangan kuat, saya risau telur tu jadi telur goreng pula. Tak pun sup telur hahaha. Tak pernah eksperimen pula.

3. Kemudian masukkan tepung gandum yang telah ditapis, baking powder, soda bikarbonat, ke dalam bahan yang dimasak. Rasa-rasa acuan telah cair/sekata, tutup api. Gaul sebati, menggunakan whisk tangan pun cukup.

4. Sapu mentega / letakkan kertas kek di dalam luyang untung elak melekat. Masukkan kesemua acuan tadi ke dalam luyang. Jangan lupa tutup luyang dengan aluminum foil / kain untuk elak wap air jatuh ke dalam acuan kek.

Kukus dengan api sederhana selama lebih kurang satu jam (Jika luyang lebar dan bulat). Kalau acuan macam kek saya ni, lebih kurang 2 jam jugalah sebab tebal. Biar sahaja tunggu masak, cek dengan lidi, dan tak akan hangus sebab kukus, selagi ada air lah. Haha.


Bahan - bahan:

1/2 cawan serbuk koko
1/2 cawan susu pekat
1 sudu besar minyak masak

Chocolate rice

Cara - cara:

1. Setelah kek siap, biarkan seketika.

2. Campurkan kesemua bahan kecuali chocolate rice, masak dengan teknik double boiling.
Susu pekat - untuk menambahkan volume dan tekstur likuid topping.
Minyak masak - untuk mengekalkan konsistensi likuid. Lagi banyak, lagi mudah cair dalam jangka masa yang lama.
3. Optional: Bahagikan kek di tengah, kemudian letakkan campuran topping tadi di antara kek tersebut. Kalau kek nipis sangat, tak sesuai, nanti hancur.

4. Kemudian letakkan topping di atas kek. Hias dengan chocolate rice. Sejukkan di dalam peti ais sebelum dihidang.

Apa yang lebih menarik tentang kek coklat moist ialah teknik pembuatannya tidak perlu seteliti kek bakar. Jika inginkan kek separuh saiz, bahagikan sahaja kuantiti bahan-bahan tadi, dan seterusnya.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The intellectual woman - INTJ

Before starting the points out, let me give brief explanation about INTJ.
INTJ is 1 of the 16 personality types in Myer-Briggs research. This is one of the biggest personality over the internet. It might or not be the most accurate personality type and some would say this is a debunked theory.

However, from my point of view, this personality type is at least the most rational and logic evaluation, as it considers each levels of our personality.

INTJ - Introversion iNtuition Thinking Judgemental

I- Introversion:
Introverts isn't like what people generally assume. It's not crucially about "being quite". But it's more to how sensitive you are to the crowds and noise. Introverts could socialize as well, but they require some decent amount of time to recharge for their energy. Introverts might find it irritating to be around people. Which is a complete opposite of Extraverts (E).

N- I(n)tuition:
Intuition is following the brain based on logical values. This is the opposite of Sensing (S), which is the awareness of the surrounding. The combination of I and N could help a lot in thinking as introverts spends more time in thinking in silent, helping them a more depth of focusing.

T- Thinking:
Thinking is the opposite of Feeling (F). Going to rational and logical values rather than following your heart.

J- Judgemental:
This isn't about judging people. But doing things in a more structured ways. If it falls into two words, it would be "Plan Ahead". Opposite to Perceiving (P). I have really slight values in this type. I'm more like in the middle between J and P, but around 4% dominated in Judgemental.

So what's with the INTJ woman? According to some charts I found on the internet (Quora), INTJ is the rarest personality in female. Try taking various tests and if it's still saying you're an INTJ, then you can say you're an INTJ.

Saying INTJ is rare sounds like a "made up" fact. But if you analyze the personality of the 'REAL' INTJ, you'll find we are kinda rare. I've tried taking few personality tests, and it's still claiming I'm an INTJ. And I once came across to an email which shows my personality test on 2014, I was shocked to see that I was an INTJ as well. It was 5 years ago!

I would brag and call us INTJs as The Intellectual Woman,

1. We are some of the smartest woman you'll ever met. Some other woman might be smart, but how we perceive knowledge is rather different. We embrace knowledge, as it's our passion. I spend most of my times reading, the easiest I could go is Quora reading. If I have more leisure, I will go for the books.

2. We are dreamers, and we are the go getters. And we plan them well. I'll always have backup plans, that's why I always chill.

3. We are the Jack of All Trades. You never know how a year could completely change an INTJ (this is general to all genders). We always discover and learn new things, because that's what thrill us. I could do arts, music, writings, philosophy, science and maths, cooking, etc. Basically a quick learner, because we have a high passion into discovering new things.

4. I've known to be cold an unemotional. But I open up to only special person like really really special ones. We care deeply, but we are UNABLE to show them. You can't imagine how loyal I can be. Generally INT(X) are the most likely to be single due to this reason. But even if we can't show our feelings well, but we'll always find solution to fix things. We are not the types who easily give up without rational reason.

5. Honestly, I always find everyone not-brilliant.

6. We don't usually praise. But when we do, that's the MOST honest opinion from us. We're the hardest pleaser.

7. As a woman, I have a high benchmark to accept anyone in my life. In this term I'm talking about man. I'd rather see what will happen to us for the next say, 5 years time. Because we're independent that we might not need anyone. I'm not saying that we don't need anyone, but why would we need someone who would takes us for granted? And we need dreamers as well, because we plan things well and we're the best to help.

8. Independent. As hell.

9. When it comes to dating, we are some of the lowest maintenance woman. We have a high class personality, but lowest maintenance is that we are self-sufficient. We can stand long distance relationship, we can stand any obstacles, problems fixers, we are basically stable.

10. The old soul. I'm in my early 20s, but thinks like a post 20s.

11. I never "take port" of anyone. Unless you're someone I love. I don't care about literally everyone, if it has nothing to do with this world.

12. If I love you enough, I'm basically your guardian angel.

13. Coldest at its finest. I don't reply texts. Unless it's important, or you're important. We don't bother with "hi", we're optimizing the blueticks. For we have lots of things to do, spending time to work for ourselves. Imagine if I'm in a relationship, and other guys texts me with a "hi", it's a tragic for him though I won't even read. My boyfriend would be like the most stable secured guy in the world for how loyal I am. We don't easily falls for people. Like it's almost impossible, referring to our benchmark.

I think that's for a while. I'll add more next time. Thanks!

Resipi Sambal Udang

Bahan - bahan:

  • Bawang merah, bawang putih, halia (dikisar atau ditumbuk)
  • Bawang besar (hiris)
  • Cili kisar
  • Air mengikut citarasa
  • Udang

Cara - cara:

1. Panaskan minyak di kuali (letak minyak lebih sikit), kemudian tumis bawang merah, bawang putih, halia sehingga garing.
2. Masukkan cili kisar, letak satu sudu gula (supaya sambal berwarna merah gelap), tumis sehingga naik minyak (uniformly cooked).
3. Masukkan udang.
4. Letak air secukupnya mengikut citarasa. Perasakan dengan gula dan garam. Biarkan sehingga mendidih.
5. Sedia untuk dihidang.

Resipi ini juga boleh dihidang menjadi sambal nasi lemak. Resipi nasi lemak boleh dapatkan di sini.

Maira Gall