Showing posts with label products review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label products review. Show all posts

Monday, April 1, 2019

Simple skincare routine | Sanny & Joleen Lifestyle cleansing cream and sun screen

Our whole family was down with a virus last week! But life still had to go on. And I'm glad that everyone is well enough to go back to work and school. And of course I have to restart my blogging momentum during my free time. 

The recent haze and hot weather has not been kind on my skin either. And I'm glad when these Sanny & Joleen products arrived in mail. I have recently used their antioxidant serum and reviewed about it here

The concept for Sanny & Joleen Lifestyle products is being down to earth. The packaging is simple and the ingredients are natural without unnecessary fragrance or additives. Therefore, there's no mineral oil, laurate, animal derivatives, alcohol and propylene glycol. Another proudly made in Malaysia product. 

Aloe vera is widely used in many skincare products because it's moisturising and heals the damaged skin. It gives the cleansing cream a cooling effect too. 

The active ingredients in aloe vera are

Saponins- gentle cleansing and exfoliating

Lignin- allow nutrients to penetrate directly deep into the skin

Inorganic elements- anti-inflammatory

Mono& Polysaccharides- regulate excessive sebum and minimise pores

Vitamins- nourish the skin and act as antioxidants

Essential Amino acids- enhance skin cell to be more resilient to the changing environment

The amount of sunlight that we are getting recently is getting excessive. So it's even more important to get good sun protection now. An SPF of at least 30 is essential for daily use. 

What's more interesting is the antipollution technology. 

Eisenna extract- promotes fillagrin and ceramide production which act as a barrier against pollutants

Bean sprouts extract- protects DNA against mutation due to free radicals

Centaurea cynus flower (corn flower)- promotes lymphatic endothelial cells function to remove pollutants

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

The cleansing cream clears the impurities and makeup residues on my face effectively. And it doesn't dry my skin too much. The consistency is slightly watery but easy to foam up. 

The sun screen is light weight and not greasy. Even though it does form a visible barrier layer. It is also water and sweat resistant, a very important criteria for sunscreen in hot Malaysian tropical weather. And the antipollution technology comes just at right time to combat effects of the haze. 

Sanny & Joleen Lifestyle
Official website
Instagram @sannyjoleen

Antioxidant Serum by @sannyjoleen is now 15% when purchase on Save additional 15% storewide with code DRANGELHO. Free shipping in Malaysia, code valid till 20 May 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

Essential oil for children featuring Audelia Naturals Mummy's Rescue Kit

Having 2 young children in tow means that I need all the help to get things going. I really enjoy weekdays because at least I get enough time for lunch because the youngest goes to the babysitter and the eldest to daycare. Weekends go by in a blur. I am lucky if both boys nap at the same time, just like today. So I get to do some work.

I got some new helpers from Audelia Naturals recently. This Mummy's Rescue Kit is indeed in time for rescue. . There are 4 roll on oils in this cute kit-- each tackles a different but common health concerns that parents have for their young ones. And it's proudly Malaysian owned.

Baby Bing loves the packaging- Bear for immunity. Cat for tummy, Sheep for bedtime and Bunny for sniffles.

These are the main essential oil blend used in the products.

Bear/Immunity- boswellia carteril oil
Roll on the feet at night

Cat/Tummy- peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil
Roll on the tummy/feet when needed

Sheep/ Bedtime- listed cubeba fruit oil, basil oil, eucalyptus, geranium oil
Roll on the feet/up the spine at night

Bunny/sniffles- orange peel oil, lemon peel oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil
Roll on the chest/back when needed

Baby Yi is almost 4 months old now. He's all about chuckling and cooing when he is happy. But putting him down for sleep can be a real struggle. He tends to shriek and cry, even while breastfeeding. Some days, I just have to hold him and paced around the house. If I'm lucky, I get mom to help me for that while I settle the eldest. He can also be gassy with bad reflux on certain days. And this doesn't help his sleep at all. Therefore, he has been trying on Bedtime and Tummy Oils.

Baby Bing, on the other hand, is a very active toddler. Now that he has just started to attend daycare, virus is everywhere and it's so easy for him to catch a bug. He also has sensitive airway, just like what runs in our family. So early morning coughs are fairly common. Having weaned off from breastfeeding for1.5 months now, he needs the immunity boost. Hence, Immunity and Sniffles Oils are suitable for him.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Besides seeking medical help, sometimes tricks like these essential oils can really help. Studies have shown how essential oils can help people to relax and relieve common ailments like stomach discomfort. Parenthood can be crazy at times and I am glad that I don't have to figure it how to dilute and blend useful essential oils like this for my little ones. The roll on concept is great because I don't have time to diffuse it-- and risk toppling it! Or have the little ones accidentally ingesting them if they have simple caps.

The packaging is also cute. The size of the roll-ons are just nice 10ml which is also travel friendly. Most importantly, they do help!  3 of the oils are only lightly scented.

For those who have sensitive skin/allergy, please perform a patch test before using any products including Audelia Naturals. Just apply the oil at a small area, say at the back of the forearm and wait for a day. Discontinue if there's any reaction. 

Audelia Naturals
Official website

Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before using alternative products. Stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Is milk with A2 better than A1? | Diamond Pure Milk review

To be honest, I have just recently come across this milk with A1 vs A2 debate. Apparently it's a hype especially in Australia and New Zealand since 2000. I totally missed it even though I lived in Melbourne for 5 years! If you haven't heard about it. I'm here to explain it all.

What's A1 and A2?

A1 and A2 are different casein protein found in cow's milk. The proportion varies with the cow breed. The only difference between A1 and A2 is a difference in the 67th amino acid in the chain. When A1 is digested, it can create BCM-7. This was accused to be causative of certain diseases which has been proven untrue. It's very similar to the antivaxxer claims against vaccinations.

However, recent studies have shown some evidence that milk with A2 is easier to digest and more suitable for those who have gut discomfort after consuming milk with it without lactose intolerance. This is pending verification in larger scale studies.

Read more about the story behind this A2 milk movement on ABC.

Milk with A2 is generally more expensive as there's genetic modifications involved in its production. So the jury is still out there about this debate.

But, cow's milk is still a very important source of nutrition for us, especially calcium. 2 glasses of milk a day will cover our requirement and make our teeth and bones stronger.

Diamond Pure Milk

It's not easy to get milk that's only A2 here in Malaysia. Diamond Pure sources its milk from New Zealand and it's 100% milk with A2. The curious ones, now you know where to try milk with A2 out!

There are 4 main flavours-
Manuka Honey
Low fat milk with Manuka honey
Inulin fibre

Manuka honey is another fabulous food that you should know about. It has wonderful wound healing and antibacterial properties that we do use them in patients with diabetic foot ulcers in certain conditions. WebMD has it down in details here.

Inulin is a type of fiber found in certain plants such as chicory root. As with all fibers,  it helps to relieve constipation. Besides that, it also increases the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut which alleviates indigestion and maintain a healthy immunity. It has also been reported to lower the level of triglycerides. Read about inulin on webMD.

The other variety has natural kiwi fruit added. Kiwi is rich in vitamin C that's almost twice of other citrus. The presence of fibre and actinidain further helps with digestion. Besides vitamins and minerals, the kiwi fruit also contains Omega 3 fatty acids.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Even though there's no solid evidence that milk with A2 is definitely healthier, I love the taste of Diamond Pure milk. It's rich and fragrantly milky! The additional flavours were also pleasant and did not overpower the natural freshness of milk.

Baby Bing was so excited to unpack our fresh haul of milk cartons! This was the first successful attempt in getting him to drink cow's milk that's not chocolate or strawberry flavoured.

Since the milk comes from New Zealand, the quality of the milk can be assured as well. Just a gentle reminder that children younger than 1 year old should not consume cow's milk nor honey for health reasons.

Diamond Pure milk can be purchased from various specialty grocery stores listed on their website.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Cebion Effervescent Vitamin C and Calcium | Home Tester Club Review

Supplementing your diet with vitamin and minerals. Is it necessary, or is it a myth? Many studies have been done in this regard. Arguably, if you can have a good and balanced diet, there is no need for supplements. Then why is there still so much hype about supplements? Simply because we can rarely get enough in our diet.

Vitamin C, for example, in most of the studies, at least 500mg is needed to achieve health results. That is much higher than the daily recommended intake (RDA) of 75-90mg for adults. Even with supplementation, one will still need 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day! It's just not practical at times, to be so consistent in our vitamin C consumption. Therefore, supplementing has become the easy way out.

What is Vitamin C important for?

1. Reduces the seriousness of a cold and to prevent it from becoming lung infections
2. To boost the immune system weakened by stress
3. Preliminary studies have shown a 42% reduction in risk in developing stroke
4. Lessens the effect of skin aging

Read more about Vitamin C on webMD

Calcium, on the other hand, is also very important. At my age, I need 1000mg elementary calcium a day. Many Asians are unfortunately lactose intolerant, so milk and yoghurt may not be their best friends. Lactose free milk is also fairly hard to source for in parts of this world. So supplementing maybe a good idea too. It is widely known that calcium plays vital roles in bone and teeth health particularly later on in life when people become at risk of osteoporosis. Want to know more about calcium supplements? Read here on webMD.

So I have been given the chance to try Cebion Effervescent Vitamin C and calcium tablets, thanks for Home Tester Club. Each tablet contains 1000mg vitamin C and 600mg calcium carbonate (240mg elemental calcium). This is a trusted brand by an international pharmaceutical company called Zuellig Pharma. I am very much familiar with their other products such as Prolia/denosumab used in treating osteoporosis.

It is very simple to use. Dissolve a tablet in a glass of water and watch the effervescence. I personally find this very therapeutic. Then drink up! Remember to avoid taking this with caffeine/iron tablets because it will reduce absorption.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Cebion is a reliable brand for drugs. In the effervescent form, it is an efficient delivery system for effective nutrient absorption. This is because Vitamin C is water soluble.

And I love the taste of this Vitamin C, orangey and slightly on the sweet side. The price tag is also very much affordable comparing to many other formulations in the market. I would definitely buy again.

I hope this explains the importance of supplements. But please do get the advice of your healthcare providers before choosing any supplements- so you can the right amount, to avoid possible side effects, to make sure the right brand/formulation is consumed and to monitor for side effects.

Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before starting any supplements. Stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

Interested to get it? Head to your nearest Guardian or Watsons stores now.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Recordable gifts featuring Sneapy

I love to give gifts. But after so many years of gifting, I have run out of ideas for my loved ones. In search of something meaningful yet creative, I chanced upon Sneapy. It's a gift that is customized and goes straight to the heart.

What are Sneapy gift cards?

Sneapy gift cards are not some cards with cash value that the receiver can use to shop like your Aeon Big or Giant gift card (that's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw gift card). Instead it's something that I won't normally associate with. It is a card that allows personalized video or audio messages to be recorded.

How does one record the messages?

I thought I had to press a button on the card to record! I admitted I was quite surprised when I received the cards. It's very simple.

Step 1

Use your phone scanner to go to the QR code on the card

Step 2

Go to the website

Step 3

Record a video/audio message using the website via your phone

Step 4

Set a secret passcode (You can skip this option)

Step 5

The message is kept in the system for 10 years!

Step 6

Simply present this card to your loved one and ask them to scan the same QR code to read the message. They will need to enter the correct password which can be part of the fun itself.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

This is such a simple yet creative idea that allows me to personalize a gift. I preferred to record video messages because I think it means more for the other person to be able to see your expression and appreciate the whole message better. But if you are camera shy, you can always choose to record an audio message only.

Comparing to physical cards, I find this gift card is easy to keep and is user friendly. I could easily prepared a card within 5 minutes. The price of RM10 each card is also fairly reasonable. I love how one can repetitively view or listen to the message over and over again without having to save it in their device.

However, I do wish that some basic video editing tools can be incorporated into the website. So that I don't have to NG so many times.

If you think you want to try Sneapy out, These are their websites.

Official website

Monday, March 4, 2019

Shapee Lafee Maternity Nursing Bra Set wireless with laces, compatible to breast pumps | Review

I have finally weaned off baby Bing at 2 years 8 months old. Even though we both treasure the bond very much, but it gets too overwhelming to tandem feed Bing and Yi during bedtime because Bing simply cannot wait for Yi to finish (Yi can take hours!). Yi has just turned 2 months old and I'll go back to work in March. So it's time to bring out the pumps again and shop for some good supportive lingerie.

My old nursing bra from Shapee last year was so comfortable that I have to try Shapee's latest laced nursing bra and underwear set- Lafee. Ditch the idea that nursing lingerie have boring designs- it now has lace too! My perfect Valentine's gift.

Read about my previous experience wearing Shapee nursing bra and using disposable nursing pads here.

Lafee is similar to Shapee's previous products in these respects:

1. 3D seamless design provides comfort all day long and virtually invisible under clothing 

2. Comfortably fit and support your changing shape each step of the way.

3. 4 hooks & extensions for greater adjustability

4. Reinforced non-slip straps for total support and comfort

5. Removable foam cups provides greater flexibility

6. No underwires

7. Front clips

Getting a good fit is important. It shouldn't cut into  the breasts or cause them to spill out. The straps shouldn’t dig into  the shoulders, and the band across  the back needs to sit horizontally without riding up.

The underwear, on the other hand,  also has this seamless design. I like how it's invisible from the outside of my pants/skirts. The beige color offers a soft finishing with the lace an elegant touch.  The material is elastic and comfortable which doesn't stick to the skin but still able to  absorb sweat well.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Consistent with previous Shapee products, Lafee is comfortable and uses fabric with premium quality. I really love how the laces add an interesting element to the lingerie without being too frilly and it remains practical.

It's important to have materials that are stretchable  with adjustable hooks because breasts simply grow and shrink with the amount of breast milk stored. Wearing tight bras can risk clogged ducts and mastitis.
Price wise, it's definitely good for value. The front clips can also hold my breast pumps nicely when I'm pumping at work. No need for freemies.

The downside is perhaps they can only be handwashed.  And I have no time for that. To be honest,  I have just chucked them into a laundry bag for a delicate cycle. So far so good. Ha. Please don't follow  this though. The bra insert is also in a single piece across the two breasts so it can be difficult to remove for separate washing.

Where to buy?

Shapee brand store

Don't forget your RM10 discount code LNBAH. This discount code only available at the official website for Lafee Nursing Bra only.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Body Wash by Love Beauty and Planet Review

This is my first time receiving products from Try and Review dot-com. It's a website allowing consumers to try actual products and to provide honest review. The reviewers are not paid. But you can your hands on the latest products in the market!

Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Body Wash by Love Beauty and Planet

A simple Google search will give you a lot of information about this product from the lazada website. All the following illustrations are taken there.

The ingredients used are all natural. The main being coconut water and mimosa flower. The descriptions are so detailed that I have decided to just repost it here.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Using products like this which only use natural ingredients are definitely better for the skin. Free of allergens such as parabens and sulphates, this body wash will be suitable for those with sensitive skin prone to develop eczema.

Ethically speaking, this product has also fulfilled social responsibility by contributing RM1 each bottle sold towards the conservation of Malaysian tapir.That's the least we could do to help the planet. In other words, the product is also cruelty freee and began friendly.

In addition, I really love the smell of the body wash. It's just fresh coconut with fragrant floral scent. And it stayed on for at least half an hour after I showered. Not only did it clean well, it wasn't dehydrating or harsh on the skin.

Interested to get one? The retail price is RM27 on Lazada.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A memento using DIY air dry clay set- review

It's been 2 months since we have become a family of 4! It's so much more taxing having to care for a toddler and a newborn at the same time though. One nurses all the time and only catnaps whereas the other is very active, loves his brother luckily and still dependent on us for many things.

To commemorate this precious moment or rather a chaotic one, we have decided to try externalizing our prints onto this DIY clay set.

I love how neat the packaging is. The front is the round metal mould where the clay will sit. The box next to it contains the frame. Behind these are the rest of the tools needed for the DIY- paint brush, green paint for the print, carving tools, kneader, loose pieces of small decorations.

Not very artsy? Don't worry. Me neither. My mom did some of my art homework back then. Haha. The set comes in detailed step by step instructions.

The overview of the steps are as follows

1. Prewarm clay pack
2. Knead clay
3. Shape the clay
4. Get the print!
5. Decorate
6. Air dry
7. Paint

After step 5. It's looking pretty!

This is how it looks like when it's all done!
We didn't use the small glass bottle with cork which is used to store baby's hair. Because we have just shaved Yi bald when he turned a month old. We didn't paint it either because we like the prints white.

A few things I have noticed while working with the air drying clay. In our hot weather, there's no need to prewarm the pack because it gets too soft. Make sure you Vaseline your hands and rolling pin before have to avoid the clay from sticking everywhere. I kneaded the clay until the bubble popping sounds are no longer heard- I think that's pretty safe to assume the air bubbles are expelled.

More tips about handling air dry clay here

Would I recommend it?

It's a fun family bonding activity. Especially with baby Bing who's almost 3 later this year. We could enlist his help with most of the steps except kneading. It can get messy though without close supervision. He's so proud of the end product and kept mentioning it the whole day. Baby Yi, oh well, is too young to really understand.

The other great point is that even if you mess up the first time round, you can always reknead the clay and start over again.

On the flip side of the coin, I do think the clay side is a tad too small to fit all our prints! Oh well, it's designed for a single baby's hand anyway. But the quality of the set is commendable indeed.

Even though I do feel like it takes forever for these two princes of mine to grow up, they will before I realise. They won't always be the small, clingy and dependent babies who have such cute fingers. They probably won't want to hold our hands either after they have grown up. And I love how this DIY clay set keep this special moment frozen in time.

Interested? Get it from Shopee

Monday, February 18, 2019

Organic baby products review from Riley and Declan

Being thirty something parents, all we have in mind are healthy and happy babies. We have our good and bad days. When it's good, both our princes sleep at the same time, allowing us some time to relax- even something as simple as a good unpressured toilet trip. On disastrous days, we will have a fussy baby who's gassy and keeps posetting into late night with a toddler who is trying to scream his head off demanding mom to scratch his itchy eczema.

I'm sure many can relate to the above scenario. We will try anything that work to keep the peace and calmness at home. We are very excited to see if Riley and Declan baby organics can help us.

Riley and Declan baby organics is a line of Australian products made with natural ingredients certified by Ecocert Greenlife.
It's an international network that sets the standard for all organic products. As mentioned on the packaging of the super relief cream, 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 41% of the total ingredients and 95% of the plant ingredients are from organic farming. The percentage differs from product to product.

Of course, this range of products do not contain phalates, parabens, petrolatum and SLS. These are potential allergens.

Comfy tummy rub

Colic is a common problem for infants. The constant crying that is often inconsolable can push any person off the edge. 2 month old baby Yi, unfortunately, can be pretty fussy and I could spend hours soothing him. This really wears me out because I won't have time to eat, shower or even to read stories to Bing, let alone having some rest. Maybe it doesn't fit into the medical definition of colic, but it's bad enough to make us cancel our evening appointments.
Read more about colic on webMD

The comfy tummy rub's main ingredients are

Aloe vera- very commonly used, soothes the itchy skin, moisturises and heals small wounds.

Jojoba oil- similar to human sebum therefore good for sensitive skin especially for young children. Moisturises and doubles as massage oil.

Ginger root oil- it makes the cream sweet, spicy, woody and warm. The aroma and sensation is soothing. It also helps to relieve bloatedness and digestive problems such as gassiness.

What does  Dr Yingzangel think?

I know for sure I can rely on an organic product like this to minimise potential side effects since it's only maternal instinct that I want to give my children the best. I love the smell of the cream and the warming effect is definitely helping baby Yi. He's less gassy and cranky after use coupled with some massage techniques that I'm already using.

Super Relief Cream

Eczema is a very common skin problem particularly in children. I have previously written about using aloe vera gel and steroid free serum to manage eczema. I must reiterate the usefulness and importance of steroid in severely inflamed cases though.

Besides aloe vera and jojoba oil, this cream also contains

Calendula- widely used in nappy rash cream. It reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, as well as facilitating new tissue growth.

Shiso leaf- it's edible and used in Japanese cuisine. An antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

In mild cases like baby Bing, it's perfectly ok to use products like this which contains no steroid. Because one can use it liberally on any part of the skin without worrying about thinning the skin which is the main side effect of prolonged misuse of steroid cream.

In more severe cases, one can use it as an adjunct to moisturise and reduce inflammation besides using steroid creams sparingly.

Riley and Declan baby organics

Interested? Get it from
Butik Tateh Bangi or

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Contact lens health tips featuring Barbies Eyesland- how to prevent losing eyesight from infections | review

Contact lens wearing is a very popular way to correct vision besides the good old glasses and LASIK surgery. One can achieve the ditch the glasses look immediately. But eye infections and its complications including blindness are very common among wearers. So what should we do to protect our eyes?

CDC has extensive resources regarding contact lens health here. I have summarised the recommendations.

Good habits

1. Wash with soap and dry hands before touching the lens- get rid the germs on hands

2. No sleeping with lens on-overnight wear risks microbial keratitis

3. No water contact with lens on including swimming, using hot tub, showering- Acanthamoeba in water can cause keratitis

Contact lens

1. Rub and rinse with contact lens disinfecting solution only- best way to remove deposits and germs

2. Never store lens in water- Acanthamoeba keratitis can cause blindness!

3. Replace the lens as recommended- for optimal vision and comfort

Contact lens case

1. Rub and rinse with contact lens disinfecting solution only

2. Empty and dry with clean tissue

3. Store upside down with caps off

4. Replace every 3 months

Contact lens solution

1. Don't mix used and fresh solution- biofilms can form

2. Use only the correct type of solution- some lens can interact with certain solutions

Lastly, don't forget to see your eye doctors at least annually for examination.

Besides the conventional clear lens, coloured lens are becoming trendy as one can change the color of the iris and makes the pupils appear larger, a much coveted feature in a pair of beautiful eyes. 

Wearing coloured lens are safe, provided the quality of the lens are good. In other words, there's no increased risks of eye infection with coloured lens if wearers follow the tips I explained above.

Barbie Eyesland is an online store which offers 100% authentic contact lens brands, mainly coloured lens to create those lovely Barbie doll looking like eyes. Because they have no physical store with the related overhead expenses so the price is much cheaper. But this does not compromise the quality of their products.

The great news is the lens are made by Barbie Eyesland itself! Quality assured. Made in Malaysia and proudly Malaysian. The lens can be worn for 3 months at 8 hours a day. The range of colors include various shades of black, brown, grey, olive green and blue. Shades that complement Asian facial features well.

Once purchased, it takes 1-3 days to receive the products and around 5 days to reach Singapore. It's very convenient. There's no shipping fee in Malaysia as well.

Would I recommend Barbie Eyesland?
I'm wearing icy grey 16mm lens here.

It's lightly tinted so it provides a natural look. The other advantage is that it's not too opaque which may obscure the vision. I love how my eyes did not become dry after wearing it the whole day. 

I would suggest first time wearers to get a prescription at their optometrists first. Try clear lens first to get a hang of how to wear contact lens. Subsequently, enjoy wearing the aesthetic coloured lens from Barbie Eyesland at a fraction of the price. 

The power of the lens range from 0-800. So those who falls out of the range need to consider other brands. 

Those who are interested, these are the links. 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt