Sunday, 26 February 2012

February 2012: NicaBell's Simple Skincare Haul + Review

Think green, think nature, think SIMPLE!




Hello peeps and I am back again for a beauty haul and a review on Simple Skincare.

A little background on this brand: (Taken from the Malaysian Simple Skincare web)
- Developed by a chemist in Albion Toiletries who had children suffered from sensitive skin. He found that other brands of perfume soap caused irritation, he therefore wanted to develop a kind and gentle soap that they could use. He then developed the first perfume and color free soap that was suitable for sensitive skin and the Simple brand then came to market on 1960.
- With strong followings of the Simple brand in the UK, the Albion team saw great market opportunity to create zero perfume and color skincare line. Thus, they launched the first ever 3-step skincare regime in 1978.
- Then they added more product based on their brand concepts along the way!
- Since then, hey not only have the famous Simple 3-step regime, they also have products for hand&body, toiletries, baby care, sun care as well as men's care!
Today, Simple Skincare became UK’s No1 Facial skincare brand after the marketed Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes!

Simple Skincare coins the phrase - We Believe In Goodness; I truly believe it!
I was introduced to this product when I was working in a drugstore around 2006 (Not Watson or Guardian but a store similar to them). I was not really a fan of the product simple because the product doesn't have a smell, no attractive color, even the packaging does not attract the younger me. But I was feeling odd that many people was interested with the product! I thought that it was just a new brand and put the "Dermatologically tested" term there just to convinced people to buy it! I WAS SO WRONG!!!
There are few of my customers told me that the brand helps them to over come their skin problem like eczema, sensitivity, dryness, etc. One of my customer even said that Simple Skincare helps her a lot when she was at the beginning days studying in the UK to over come her drying skin because of the sudden change of weather. Though I get so many testimonial from my customer, I turn a blind eye because I was doing just fine with my skincare regime at the time. ( I was using Aiken Facial Cleanser)
Then, around 2010, my mother have some complex problems with her skin. She was easily irritated by many product in the market. Product from Olay, Rexona deo, Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Garnier & even my Nivea lotion irritates her skin! It all started when she began to show some menopause symptoms. She went to the doctor and her doctor said that she should expect some changes on her body. I was totally clueless! We use to share the same toner, moisturisers and cleansers. Then suddenly she was allergic to everything we used to share. And then she was introduced to Simple Skincare line from a promoters at Guardian of CityMall. Guess what? It was the best thing she have ever get from any promoters!
She was first introduced to this 3-step regime and she is loving it!
Simple Skincare 3-step Regime
From left: Cleanser, Toner, Light Moisturiser
This is a trial set or most people call it a travel size set. I bought it in Guardian for RM23.90.

- Simple "Kind To Skin" Refreshing Facial Wash Gel
- Simple "Kind To Skin" Soothing Facial Toner
- Simple "Kind To Skin" Hydrating Light Moisturiser
This is how the Refreshing Facial Wash Gel looks like:
- clear gel
- texture: liquidy-runny gel
- does have a faint smell but not a fragrance smell.
What it said on the back of the tube:
 
Refreshing Facial Wash Gel is a perfect blend of ingredients to help to keep your skin thoroughly cleansed and revived. Perfect for even sensitive skin.
simple goodness

(1)      VITAL VITAMIN
PRO-VITAMIN B5 actively restores, soften and smoothes
(0)      NO PERFUME, NO COLOUR

NO UNNECESSARY INGREDIENTS or HARSH CHEMICALS so it won't upset your skin

Dermatologically Tested and Approved



INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium Hydroxide, Pantolactone, Citric Acid.


What NicaBell say:
I like that it is gel. I wore it once today and it refreshed my face in the morning. This is a travel size tube and I believe the full size one is also in tube. I just wished that they made it in pump because I love products with pump packaging^^ My initial view - GOOD!


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Soothing Facial Toner looks like:
- clear watery texture
- like the  Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, does have a faint smell but not a fragrance smell.


What it said on the back of the bottle: 
Our Soothing Facial Toner is a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness to keep your skin clarified and refreshed. Perfect for even sensitive skin.


INGREDIENTS: 
Aqua, Sorbitol, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol,Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol,Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Pantolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben,Isobutylparaben



What NicaBell say:
Though it instruct users to use it with cotton wool, I use it like I use my Hada Labo Arbutin Lotion. My skin quickly absorbed it. I love the nozzle as well as it helps control the amount of product I need^^ My initial view - GOOD!


Thumbs up for the nozzle^^




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This is how the Hydrating Light Moisturiser looks like: 






- white liquidy texture
- like the its other companion, does have a faint smell but not a fragrance smell.

What it said on the back of the bottle: 
Our Hydrating Light Moisturiser is a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness to keep your skin replenished and hydrated. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol,Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Bisabolol,Methylparaben, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Mica, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Serine,Sorbitol, Urea, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin





What NicaBell say: It feels like lotion on the touch which I like as I don't fond of creamy moisturisers. The main problem that I found is that it does not have nozzle like the toner have. I feel hard to control the amount of the product I need. I am also concern of the hygiene while using this. But it is travel size only. I hope the full size is going to be better packaging^^ My initial view - GOOD! 






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My review on the Simple "Kind To Skin" Deep Cleansing Face Mask


I have used this mask for 3 months now and I finally bought the full size one! I have been buying the trial pack and love it! Just 3 minutes, twice a week, it is the perfect mask for me!


Full Size 75ml in tube








- white creamy texture
- like the its other companion, does have a faint smell but not a fragrance smell.


What it said on the back of the bottle: 
Our Deep Cleansing Face Maskis a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness todraw out deep down dirt and eliminate dead cells. Perfect for even sensitive skin. 




Simple goodness
(2)       VITAL VITAMINS
PRO-VITAMIN B5, actively restores, softens and smoothes
VITAMIN E moisturises to improve skin condition
NATURAL CLAY detoxifies and purifies
SEAWEED EXTRACT cleanses, soothes and softens
(0)       NO PERFUME, NO COLOUR
NO UNNECESSARY AND HARSH CHEMICALS so it won't upset your skin

Dermatologically Tested and Approved


INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glyceryl Stearate,Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer,Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide,Methylparaben, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hamamelis Virginiana Distillate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Sodium Benzoate




What NicaBell say: My dry flaky skin gone like magic after using this mask and it lessen the oil production. It is considered light weighted mask. You doesn't necessary need to get a full size tube. The trial size is enough for a month usage because you only need a little product and it goes a long way. Applied for 3 minutes and rinse of to get a knew clear complexion. This is a great mask for those who have a hectic schedule. My view: GREAT!!!
measuring the full size mask with MAC Fix+  & the travel size with Revlon lipstick
Thus I end my haul + review. Please follow me on Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook! I will make a month challenge for this Simple Skincare product while posting my progress on Tumblr! I hope this will do me great in this 30 days.

xoxo

NicaBell

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

January 2012: NicaBell Haul & Review Samsung Galaxy Y Young S5360

I don't have photo for this one yet but HEY! it's been a while ya mate! 


I was so busy with Chinese Lunar New Year and works in my office. We are going to be audited for MS ISO around next month (I think) according to our company's yearly schedule! 


Putting that aside, I don't have any beauty haul this January as I spend my beauty allowance on my gift for boyfie!! Getting it to him makes me excited! I didn't blog it earlier also because I don't want him to know what I am getting him for V-day! owh~ how nice of me <-- =.=" 


I will post the photos later so stay tune for updates^^ 


Samsung Galaxy Y Young S5360 


I was given 2 choices: Either an AP set or an Original set. I choose the Original set. I am not really understand what AP set means. But I think I heard the owner said that there are differences on the warranty & prices on each set. AP set have the in-shop warranty (I think that's what it is called). If the phone broke or any faulty was found, buyers can ONLY refer to the shop where he/she bought his/her phone. In the other hand, buyer can refer his/her phone with ANY Samsung center around Malaysia if found any faulty in the phone he/she purchased. 


Back to the topic, I chose the Original set mainly because the included items in the box. 


AP set in-the-box items (RM450): 
- the phone
- charger 
- USB cable 
- 1GB memory card 
- some instruction booklets


Original set in-the-box items (RM470):

- the phone
- charger 
- USB cable 
- 2GB memory card 
- 4 color battery cover case 
(orange, pink, black & white) 
- some instruction booklets


Just RM20 difference between the sets, of course I'm gonna buy the original! 


My few months experience using my first Android that boyfie & I got from the Digi Contest made me want to buy this new phone for boyfie. It was just the right time cause he broke his phone around the month of January! 


Design
-'candy-bar' type 
-104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
- Classic looking design 
- Glossy surface. so expect fingerprints all over ya SCREEN! 
- Black. Look sophisticated. 


Performance & Display: 
- Unable to compare other Android phone as this is my first time touching a Android phone after all. 
- 3 inch screen is just enough 
- browsing the internet with this phone much impressive: faster & smoother than my Acer Iconia Tab A501


Application: 
- my findings: not much exciting apps that I can download. some games or apps that I like in my tab cannot be download in this phone. I can't even find it anywhere in the market place with this phone
- I tried ninja fruit in this phone, it was lag like crazy! 
- twitter, tumblr, facebook apps can be downloaded. and works better and smoother with this phone than my tab. 
- blogger apps is tiny. I refrain myself from using it with this phone. 


Battery: 
- from my previous experience, I found touchscreen phone use up or drained a lot more battery power and faster. This phone is not excluded. 
- I recommend to kill your apps every now and then to save battery power. 
- minimize brightness is also recommended 
- minimize usage such as frequent calling, frequent sms, browsing internet, gaming, etc. 


Audio: 
- I am used to my Sony Ericsson W995 which have 2 speakers. So this phone definitely lost it in this department. 


Camera: 
- 2 Megapixel. What do you expect a under RM500 phone have? But good enough to post for a Facebook profile page^^ 


NicaBell say: 
- overall, it is good enough phone for a below RM500 phone. It is a good price for any of you who never tried and would like to try on a Android phone. Suitable to ladies and gentlemen. The virtual keyboard might be quite small for some of you. But the touch responds is good! Just try getting a non glossy screen protector to avoid fingerprints^^ 


UPDATE 25 FEB 2012: Here are the picture that I have taken^^ 


The box

What inside the box 

5 colors battery cover


USB cable & a handsfree

a leaflet, cd-rom & 2 GB memory card
UPDATE: 28 May 2012; My brother bought it as well. Apparently the price has drop to RM 390/370? That's what he said anyway. Boyfie is happy with it. He is just a little bit upset that some apps are not compatible the device; a lot actually. Example: The Sims Freeplay, Contract Killer, and Skype without the video calling.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Nicabell: Valentine!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I am excited for this day not because I want to celebrate it with boyfie, but I am intrigue to look what my handphone screen would look like! eeeekkk!!!

I have a SE W995i phone and I found an animated theme through the internet. I sets it on my phone and to my surprise, everytime there is a festival or special day, it will shows special screen which indicate the celebration. for example, there will be fireworks on the main screen on new year, mistletoe on Christmas day, and this morning I have hearts pop up on the main screen!

Its sad that boyfie and I would not do anything special on this occasion. But I got used to it already.

I appreciates him for being here with me.

I pray for love, peace, respect and joy.

xoxo

NicaBell
cursors change code Elegant Rose - Double Heart