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[Beauty] Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence Review - Rating 5/5 ⭐

Yet another product that I absolutely loove from Althea! Although I don't have bad acne, dark spots and pimple scars can make my face look 'muddy'. I always try new products to remove these spots and this product works well!
Rating: 5/5 ⭐
Using Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence
The 50ml bottle is not bad considering the low price and how many essences are 30ml only.
Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence
Dropper tool is easy to use and control.
Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence dropper tool
This essence is very watery and absorbs like a dream. It provides some moisture but I always topup with a proper moisturiser anyway.
Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence on hand

Results

After just 4 days I'm happy to report that my scars are visibly disappearing! Overall my skin looks clearer and more even but I don't think I'm getting fairer.
Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence Review
Dry, tight skin immediately becomes hydrated after application.
Effects after using Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence
I was mostly trying to lighten the pimple scars on my forehead and chin from a recent breakout. Glad it worked well so I can ditch my concealer xD
Natural Pacific Whitening Essence Review
I'm pretty happy with the results and will continue using this to the last drop. I may repurchase but knowing me, I will want to try new ones when this finishes.
Natural Pacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence Blogger Review

Price: RM 52 (very cheap for an effective essence!)
Buy at http://my.althea.kr/whitening-essence
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[Tech] Where to Buy 2nd Hand Used Apple MacBook and iMac

If you're wondering where to buy second hand MacBooks and iMacs in Klang Valley, look no further! Zaranet is a shop in Ampang KL that sells used Apple/Mac computers and accessories. Obviously we would all like a new one but the price tag is really scary! I was initially looking through Carousel for MacBooks from individuals but I have trust issues LOL These sellers might be scammers or they're selling defective Macs.
2nd Hand Used MacBook and iMac
After some browsing across various platforms, I found an almost ideal MacBook with a reasonable age, specs and affordable price. I dropped them a message and soon I picked up my MacBook Air from the shop! I suspect mine was from a company as it was connected to various wireless keyboards. I've used it for about 2 months and I'm happy with it so far.

Some pointers when buying from Zaranet:
  • Units are not from Malaysia
  • Units are not from individuals (this could mean companies or display units?)
  • Zaranet will not buy your old unit (no trade in)
  • Comes with short warranty (I believe it was 1 week so check everything in that week!)
  • Keyboard and speakers will be tested on the spot
  • Prices are cheapest on their Zaranet Mudah store
New MacBook Air

Issues

  • They may not have the exact model and spec you want as they're all secondhand units
  • Some minor dents/scratches (they're not new after all~)
  • My battery was due for replacement which will set me back a few hundred but it can function with current battery so didn't bother
  • The jumping cursor issue (solved-they gave me the original charger instead of the earlier 3rd party one after I returned to the shop)
Used MacBooks for sale
There are lots and lots of Macs here so best you browse their Mudah store instead of asking for the specs one by one.
Buying Secondhand iMacs
They also sell some accessories here. I got this keyboard protector for free but I hate how it felt so I removed it in the end LOL
CrystalGuard keyboard protector
You can find the shop by searching for Zaranet in Waze.
Zaranet Ampang

Address: Lot 1.25, Mid Point Shopping Centre, Jalan Pandan Indah 1/25, Pandan Indah, 55100 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 017-6117261
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[Tech] Fix Jumping Cursor/Mouse on MacBook

I purchased a MacBook Air and found there was a problem with the jumpy pointer. Thought I should share what was the problem behind it and how I solved the issue!

Problem

The mouse/cursor on my MacBook is going crazy as it jumps with every movement. I've already tried restarting the Mac and looked through the trackpad settings but nothing was weird.

Example in video below:

Solution

At first I noticed that the jumping cursor only happened when the laptop was plugged in. After some Googling, I tried another power adaptor (original) and INDEED that was the issue! So it seems this is a sign that the laptop is incompatible with the 3rd party adaptor. So don't settle for cheap OEM power adaptors!

My knowledge on this is too shallow to explain why this happens but as long as it solves the problem eh?
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[Beauty] Althea Velvet Petal Powder Review - Rating 5/5 ⭐

For some time now, I've been getting lots of my Korean skincare and makeup from Althea. They're always so interesting and many of the items cannot be found here locally. Recently, Althea has even launched their own loose powder! After trying it out, I can gladly give it a rating of 5/5 ⭐

This product reminds me of the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder and translucent finishing powders from many brands. It is not a foundation. It is meant to be applied after your makeup is done or for touch ups.
Althea Velvet Petal Powder
The container really is tiny and so convenient to bring out so I can topup a thin layer when my face starts to get oily.
Althea Velvet Petal Powder container
Such a cute tiny puff! It's super soft and nice to apply with. Don't lose it as you need it to stop the powder from coming out excessively.
Althea Velvet Petal Powder puff
Althea Velvet Petal Powder puff behind
Compared to some translucent finishing powders I've tried, Althea's is finer and lighter but functions the same. Also, it's ridiculously cheap at only RM 16! Don't worry about the white colour as it will disappear into your skin with blending.

While applying I also noticed it has a subtle scent which is rather nice..
Applying Althea Velvet Petal Powder

Results

If you use liquid makeup or tend to oil up easily, the Althea Velvet Petal Powder will help with sebum control and pore blurring. Skin instantly becomes matte without getting dried out.
Oil control of Althea Velvet Petal Powder
I recommend this especially for girls who prefer very light and natural makeup. You can apply this on top of sunblock for short errands or classes. You won't even feel it and you can fool everyone with your perfect matte skin xD Just don't expect any coverage from it as it's not a foundation.
Althea Velvet Petal Powder review
Price: RM 16
Buy from Althea

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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[Home & Living] Chilindo Bidding Website Shopping & Review

Oops! 'Accidentally' spent RM 60 purchasing 9 items from Chilindo after seeing a few people on my Facebook shopping there xD What is Chilindo? Basically it's a bidding website for all sorts of items from beauty to home to car accessories. Previously there were some other bidding sites where you are required to purchase credits to bid with. This doesn't work the same way. In fact, even if you win the auction, you won't get charged unless you pay for it.
Parcel from Chilindo

How is the quality of the items?

With prices starting from just RM 1, you really can't be expecting the quality of branded goods. And you would have to be flexible as the colours can be randomly selected or like in the case of this small frying pan, the original Hello Kitty design became a panda.
Frying pan from Chilindo
The selection is not great but I did enjoy bidding for items in the Home category. I got this hanging storage which is really meant for shoes but obviously you can keep other things in it.
Hanging storage from Chilindo
Surprisingly, material quite good for less than RM 10 and it hasn't broken or fallen off yet despite the heavy burden I've placed on it. It's originally meant for shoes after all but I'm stuffing heavier things in it.
Hanging organiser review from Chilindo
It's great for small pieces of clothing, clothes I don't want to hang, belts, bags and scarves. I also managed to save a lot of space in my 'high wardrobe' which does not come with dividers.
Using a hanging organiser to arrange wardrobe
Next, trunk organiser for my car RM 13. I purchased this to put in my shopping trolley so I can transfer the whole bag into my car easily since Selangor has banned plastic bags. It claims to hold up to 40lbs (18 kg) buuut I'm a bit scared to use it as it doesn't feel THAT strong.
Trunk organiser & cooler from Chilindo
Trunk organiser review
Yeah I even bought an RM 12 stainless steel stockpot LOL Mainly to cook my kimchi jigae in wheee~~ It's definitely not a quality product as the pot is very light but RM 12 what can I say? Haha
UPDATE: Do not buy this pot LOL During my first use, the handles melted and burnt then the pot rusted.
Stainless steel stockpot from Chilindo
And some few Ringgit items lolol
Bottle opener from Chilindo
Egg timer because I can never get my eggs right.
Egg timer from Chilindo
This selfie stick not bad. Better than Bluetooth versions.
Selfie stick from Chilindo
Named lemon squeezer but has lime and orange photos HAHA
Lemon squeezer from Chilindo
Oops it seems I left out 1 item - an electrical plastic bag sealer.

So, was it worth it?

There was an exposé saying the items can be found at Mr DIY as well, sometimes even at lower prices. Chilindo also charges a 10% service charge and flat RM 8 delivery. Well, be smart and know your prices. I'm just bidding for the fun of it plus they're conveniently sent to your house. Don't go over your limit as the same item will reappear multiple times.
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[Beauty] Rappol CICA RENEW Skincare Review - Rating 5/5 ⭐

Perks of being a blogger- I get to try out all these awesome brands! I especially like Korean products as they make my skin feel great. The one I'm reviewing here is Rappol for adults but they actually have an entire range for children!

Rappol is based on natural herbs, aromatherapy, and dermatology. They aim for beautiful and healthy skin by seeking a perfect balance between humans, nature and science. They do not use artificial colours and scents that can cause irritation and trouble to sensitive skin.
I find the packaging to be quite sturdy and attractive with its luxurious silver bottles and (almost) Tiffany blue. They also feel good on skin and have a nice fragrance which can really help you relax before bed.
Rating: 5/5 ⭐

CICA RENEW Arbutin 5% Ampoule (RM 85.12 /35ml)

I'll admit I'm obsessed with whitening products especially ampoules/serums that specifically target spots and dull skin. In 365-sunny Malaysia, my skin needs all the brightening it can get. Arbutin & niacin amide will help your skin become brighter and clearer while the other ingredients create firmer, moisturised skin.
In the whole range, this item is the most luxurious looking one and that makes me happy just using it xD
It's a slightly thick liquid so I won't use too much for my combination skin. Make sure to pat it in well or it'll be a bit sticky. You really just need a tiny bit so it'll last a while. The price was surprisingly affordable as well for a targeted ampoule.

CICA RENEW Ampoule Essence (RM106.40 /80ml)

This all-in-one ampoule essence works to moisturise, firm, brighten and improve the texture of skin.
The texture reminds me of aloe vera gel - thick but very light and moisturising. When applied, it gives skin a very nice cooling sensation and I feel as though water droplets are forming on my skin!

CICA RENEW Fuco Marine Gel Cream (RM121.60 /50g)

And of course, our skin needs ample moisture twice a day. For my dry combination skin, I really like gel or gel creams. With crystal of EGF, peptide, collagen and Fucoidan core ingredients with Puco Marine Complex obtained from sea mustard, sea trumpet and kelp, it helps supply moisture, calm and whiten skin while firming too.
Comes with a safety cap to avoid spills and a mini spatula for hygiene purpose. I only use a tiny bit each time as it spreads well and feeds my skin a good amount of moisture. I use this day and night but the ampule only at night as my skin gets oily easily.
The amount here is already too much for my whole face. That's how little you will need! I'm actually really happy that all 3 products have such different textures even though they are from the same range. I love the variety as skincare is a repeated routine that you do twice a day, everyday.

CICA RENEW Geranium & Tea Tree Masks (RM30.64 /5 pcs)

Tea Tree - Suitable for pimple and acne skin with oil control properties
Geranium - Reduce skin inflammation, relieve pain, lower stress level
I would say the essence leans more towards the heavy side with a white creamy texture. The mask is not like the usual thin ones I use and holds all the essence well. I had a little difficulty opening the mask as it's strangely folded but this isn't exactly a deal breaker.
The fit is not bad but could be improved with 1 or 2 more slits at the chin region. Thankfully, the thick sheet and creamy essence helps it to adhere to my face well.
As mentioned, the essence is heavier so I would recommend this for night use only. It is REALLY moisturising and you have to pat it well. Very dry or older skin will benefit from this mask but personally, I prefer lighter masks as the combination parts of my skin will get oily easily.

Normally heavy masks will make my skin very uncomfortable with bumps or pimples but I absolutely did not encounter this with Rappol. After trying the brand, I'm confident with using it even on sensitive skin.
My skin isn't exactly in a bad condition now so there's not much difference in photos but you can see that the scars especially around my jaw have become lighter. Even 1 application was enough for me to see results as I woke up with clearer skin and my pimple scars were going away at a faster rate. If you don't want to buy the whole range yet, I would recommend getting at least the ampoule!
You may buy these from 11street or Lazada.

** Product was provided by the company for review purposes. However, this has not affected my thoughts on the product in any way.
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