Saturday, June 29, 2013

Montagne Jeunesse - Mountain of Youth

I’ve been a huge fan of mud masque since I was a teenager. Back then my only source of beauty knowledge came from my mother’s mouth and product knowledge is from her dressing table. Even though she has dry skin and mine oily, she’ll go out the extra mile to get something suitable to control my then-volcano-raged face. So one day, mom came back with a big tub of mud masque from her regular supplier (she was in the beauty industry) and that was when I started to love my weekly sessions of home facials. Even during exam week, you will catch me with a mud masque on and the occasional mud stains on my textbooks.
Montagne Jeunesse free trail pack
Montagne Jeunesse Malaysia was posting out free trail pack via their Facebook page and I received mine last week. Of the huge variety of masques they hold, I got the Aloe Vera & Willow Blemish Mud Masque. But it puzzles me that in their ingredient list witch hazel sits near the top of the list (3rd) way ahead of willow (9th) and aloe vera (14th) itself; so shouldn’t this masque be called Witch Hazel Blemish Mud Masque instead? But what’s in a name? A rose by any other is still a rose, no? More importantly, I get a deeply cleansed face after each use is all that matters, right?
Montague Jeunesse: Blemish Mud in 5gm (0.18oz)
Now this mud masque is a little off white in color; nowhere near green like the model on the pack cover. For those of you who also received this 5gram (0.18oz) free trial pack, you will notice it is not enough to give your face a nice thick layer like what you see on the pack cover. However, I have a small trick up my sleeve to spread this thick paste evenly on my face. Just add a few drops of filtered water (or if you have facial toner you can use that too) to dilute the mud a little for easy spreading.
After using this trial pack, there were no pimple outbreaks over the next few days. So that’s a good sign for me, meaning I am not allergic to any of their ingredients (you can read them at the bottom of this post). I just love the immediate feeling after rinsing my face; soft and smooth. In the past, I have used a poor quality mud masque and the product agitated my T-zone it went into sebum overdrive. Thus, I ended up having a face like I have just washed it with oil. So when the inside of their information card said “a mini sachet – guaranteed to leave your skin wanting more”. I felt how true those words were; I would really love to have another (and possibly many more) session with this mud masque!
Yours Truly in a patchy mud mask
Montagne Jeunesse is sold in Watsons for MYR5.90 each. Anyone eager to try Montagne Jeunesse range of masques, you can buy them from Watsons and Georgetown pharmacy. Once you have tried their masque, go to Montagne Jeunesse Malaysia Facebook page and let them know how much you love their masque and you stand a chance to win a goodie bag filled with masques. You can also stalk Montagne Jeunesse Malaysia Facebook page for the latest promotion and free masque redemption offers.
Short fun facts about Montagne Jeunesse:
  • Established in 1985 by vegetarian Mr. Gregory Butcher in UK (this is why I used the word “masque” rather than the US version of “mask”)

  • Founding member of Cosmetics Industry Coalition for Animal Welfare (CICAW), so their products are NEVER tested on animals.

  • Montagne Jeunesse’s products are BUAV (Britsh Union for the Abolition of Vivisection; an animal protection and advocacy group that campaigns for the abolition of animal experiments), Choose Cruelty Free, PeTA and vegetarian approved.
 Like their masques? Tell them! Don't tell me!
Ingredients List: Aqua (Purified water), Kaolin (Natural clay), Hamamelis virginiana (Distilled Witch Hazel), Glycerin (Plant origin). Illite (Mediterranean clay), Bentonite (Natural clay), Magnesium aluminum silicate (Natural clay), Sea salt (Dead Sea salt), Salix nigra (Willow) bark extract, Glucose (sugar), Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil, Xantan gum (Natural thickener), allantoin, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice, Camellia sinensis (Green tea) leaf extract, Panax ginseng root extract, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) flower extract, Citric acid, Lactoperoxidase (Milk origin), Glucose oxidase (sugar origin), Liminene(naturally found in essential oils).
Montagne Jeunesse Malaysia Facebook page – click here.
Watson branches – click here.

Georgetown pharmacy branches – click here.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hemp twined bottles

Hemp twined empty bottle (close up)
Wrapping up a glass bottle with rope, hemp or even regular yarn has been a regular feature in many art deco shops. But the price tag is scary enough to make you drop the bottle – intentionally or otherwise. However I reckoned that a twined bottle need not be THAT expensive thanks to wallet friendly stores like Mr. DIY and Daiso.
3 Hemp twined empty bottles

Thanks to Jamie (thethirtysomething) for giving me an “Aha” moment, I waltz into the nearest Mr. DIY store and grabbed a ball of hemp. Paying MYR1.20 for a 50gram hemp ball is sure worth it. But instead of using a glue gun as she did, I opted for something less painful – bond glue. Texture wise, is like your regular stationary glue, but this one is rather heavy duty. Color wise, it is white as opposed to regular transparent glue. And it stays true to its words of being suitable for industrial use; once dried this one’s got the hemp stuck to the bottle.
King's Bond Glue - works better than hot glue gun

Using a normal paint brush, I brush the glue on an empty Prego bottle and just start twining from the bottle neck all the way to the base. Work is a lot easier without the hazards of a glue gun particularly when you have a two year old sitting right next to you wanting to twine a bottle of her own. In a way it is safe to work around children because worst case scenario would most likely be nothing more but a spilled bottle of glue and glued fingers or unraveled ball of hemp that could be traced from the living room all the way to the kitchen. With a single ball of hemp I managed to twine a Prego bottle, small mead bottle and Pei Pa Koa (cough syrup) bottle, not bad huh?
Tulip shaped magazine cut out

When using glass bottles as decorations, I think it is good to have them twined. If the bottle falls on the floor, the hemp can act as a little damper or at least hold the pieces together in the event it breaks. You’ll never know which itchy-fied child would have his/her sudden urge to knock it off the shelf or if you have a large in-house dog (like Dalmatian) with lethal tail that can easily swish and flick almost anything and everything off a coffee table! When Oddball was alive, mom was forced to hide away all her precious decorations because of the k-9’s wagging tail which can be quite a painful swing especially if she gives you the excited tail wag!

Aeon Bandar Perda Funland - Free indoor playground

Playgrounds are like little kids heaven. But being in Malaysia, most of these playgrounds are outdoors. If the haze does not put you off, the hot sun would be stinging enough to make you want to curl indoors. The amount of UVA and UVB is bad enough to make you look like a roasted lobster in 30 seconds.
Aeon Funland: Entrance
As you all know from the previous post, there was a drift event in Aeon Bandar Perda car park. While my little one wanted to see the cars go "vroom vroom", I wasn't so keen. The weather was hot enough to cook almost anything; with my oily t-zone, I would be staring at a deep fried nose, chin and forehead within minutes! So, my little princess and I spent our day two days inside Aeon Bandar Perda Shopping Mall.
Aeon Funland: Overview
This particular Aeon branch is a small building. It takes only a few minutes to get from one end to the other end of the building and by half a days walk, you'll manage to memorize each shop by heart. Standard to all Aeon floor plan, the supermarket is usually on one end of the building, making the crowd to only concentrate on one part of the building. So how do you make people walk to the other end? Have a free indoor playground. Did I mention that entrance is FREE?
Aeon Funland: Which way to the Garden and Candy store?
Like any playground, they have a slide, see-saw, tunnel and a little hut. Not a lot compared to the play land right opposite. But that one needs entrance fees (MYR1, about USD0.32) - though I like free because, free is more fun right? Even though the official rule says for kids aged below 12, I think it would be best to limit for those below aged 7 (pre-schoolers). There was a parent who left her son and daughter (about 8-10 years old) and both of them behaved like monkeys! There were little children all over and they couldn't careless if they knock onto them or hit them (accidentally or otherwise). Good thing they know how to steer clear of my daughter or I'll give them a good public spanking~!
Aeon Funland: Tiger Tunnel
While observing my little one playing and interacting with random kids, it makes me appreciate shopping malls who provide free playground and kiddie toilets. Yes, Aeon is the only mall in Malaysia to have a child toilet - toilet seat small enough for those aged 2-6. My little one isn't the only person who gets excited to use the loo; even I find it adorable. Even though their supermarket products aren't the cheapest (compared to Tesco) but I love how they design their shopping mall to be family orientated.
Aeon Funland: Colorful Fence
On a side note, while some parents may find the necessity to send their child to a kindergarten as opposed to home school, only and just only because of the so-called lack of social skills. I find that my daughter can achieve her social interaction skills right here in an indoor playground. She gets to meet all kinds of people; some friendlier than others and some are a little more outspoken. And I'm not sure if those parents have noticed (or not) that kindergarten seems to have one dominant race or worse case only one particular race. But the very fact that we live in a multiracial country, shouldn't schools reflect society? If the schools are type cast, I'm not surprised that children grow up sticking only to their skin color and their knowledge of other people's race or religion are merely words described by the teacher. And God forbid if that teacher is a racist...
Aeon Funland: Toy Clock
Looking at how our local education system is going, I really am tempted to home school my child...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Are you logic enough?

So, here's the problem. There is only one functional laptop in this house with Internet access and it does not belong to me. If I need to update my blog it would either end up without a picture or without words or both. I usually use the office PC to write my blog and the Lenovo Notebook to do the uploading. I hate those mini keyboards, makes typing so difficult AND as it ages, the keys won't correspond with the alphabets that appear. Yes, so if you see any odd alphabet suddenly appearing (or disappearing) in any odd sentences you may just guess which electronic device I was using.
Enjoying my "Only me" moment of Expresso Frapp and Logic Puzzle 
Anyway last Friday and Saturday, hubby Dan was out for a drift event at Aeon Bandar Perda and I being the missus, get to enjoy myself two days worth of shopping. Actually, there is nothing much to shop at Aeon Bandar Perda. I think this is the smallest of all Aeon malls, even thou they have Daiso here, its nothing more but 2 rows of shelves. In fact they should name it Daiso Corner, which I find more appropriate. Anyhow, at the very least there is a Starbucks for me to enjoy a nice tumbler of Espresso Frappuchino (double that on Friday) and give my neurons a little exercise in a game of logic while my little one naps in her stroller.
Can you guess what is inside?
Question: From the paragraph above, how many rounds of Espresso Frappuchino did I have on Friday and Saturday? If you, like me have an eye for decyphering words, you may want to endulge yourself in a little game of "guess that giveaway" hosted by non other than Jamie TheThirtySomething. Don't worry it's not a clueless game. She has dropped some hints for you to put together; her favorite product from her favorite brand, the prize is a full sized item (not sample sachets or miniatures). Once you think you have the answer, let her know in the comment section (click here) of her post AND tell her why you wish to try this particular product. My answer was Coach bag only because I am more of a bag fanatic than a grooming fanatic, but I doubt that's the answer at all
(BIG HINT: Full Size Product).

Note: This giveaway runs until 31st July 2013 and for Malaysian residence only.