Monday, April 5, 2021

New.bies Skincare Product Review

Unsurprisingly, Asian skin requires skincare products designed by Asians. Read here to understand our unique skincare needs. 

Besides that, the need to wear face mask for long periods also make maskne prevalent in our tropical climate. Refer to my previous post about skincare to manage maskne here.

I have tried a great Malaysian skincare brand recently called New.bie. New.bie was founded in August 2020. What convinces me about the series is their vision to develop premium quality and effective products using evidence-based ingredients-. New.bie also educates the public about the science behind skincare. The aim is to enable most Malaysians to own and experience good quality products at reasonable prices. The brand also strives to equip their resellers with skincare knowledge to help their customers in achieving dream skin.

New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence.

This essence contains AHAs (a combination of Lactic, Glycolic and Citric Acid) with 7 types of humectants. AHAs are used widely in chemical peel treatments in aesthetic clinics to exfoliate, unclog pores from keratin and dead skin cells to avoid breakouts and to reveal the radiant new skin. However, too much acid can irritate the skin causing dryness, stinging and more acne!

New.bie uses the latest techonology by encapsulating the acid which minimises skin irritation while allowing the AHAs to exfoliate effectively. Besides that New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence also faints pigmentation, reduces skin dullness and brightens up skin tone.

How to use New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence:

1.Cleanse and tone.
2.Apply a thin layer directly twice a week.
3.Alternatively, mix New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence into the moisturiser once a day.
4.This can be used every other day or everyday depending on the individual.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

As the name chemical peel suggests, my skin started peeling and became sensitive after AHA application previously. However, New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence is gentle enough not to cause redness or peeling. The essence is also able to boost skin hydration simultaneously to counter the skin tightening and drying effect of conventional acid treatment.

The essence is lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. It does not burden the skin. I have also noticed a visible reduction in pore size, milia (this is soooo challenging to eliminate!), blackheads and whiteheads after a week of use.

I use New.bie Hydrating Glow Essence before sleep as exfoliating acids may make the skin more sensitive towards UV. It is also advisable to use a good sunscreen while on treatment.

New.bie Hydrating Everyday Sunshield

This physical sunscreen is formulated to alleviate common Asian skincare concerns such as acne prone skin, oily skin, combination skin, sensitive skin and those with melasma. It provides SPF 50 PA++++ with 97% protection.

The active ingredients are mineral filters which is made up of 8% calamine (zinc oxide + iron oxide) and 8% titanium dioxide. This makes the Newbie Hydrating Everyday Sunshield suitable to deal with all those skin issues. Calamine also soothes and cools the skin against heat and acne formation. On the other hand, iron oxide can prevent the development of melasma. This special formulation provides thrice protection against UV damage, ranging from blue light as well as infrared rays. New.bie Hydrating Everyday Sunshield is also suitable for children older than 1 year old.

To understand more about importance of sun protection for our skin, please read my previous post here. The post also explains how to apply sunscreen.

An additional tip to adequately cleanse your skin from sunscreen is by using micellar water or oil based cleanser at night before turning in.
What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Certain sunscreen can be oily, sticky and can also leave a white residue on the skin. This makes applying sun block uncomfortable, especially when it mixes with sweat-- a ubiquitous problem in Malaysian tropical climate. However, to make sun protection effective, reapplication throughout the day is essential.

Therefore, we particularly love New.bie Hydrating Everyday Sunshield as it gets absorbed easily without leaving white cast. The texture is light, non greasy and easily applied. Reapplication is not longer dreaded.

As New.bie Hydrating Everyday Sunshield is also water proof, our family can now hang out by Kuantan beaches and enjoy all the water sports without getting sunburns. Do you know that even if we are staying indoors, sun protection should still be done? This can prevent premature skin aging.

Be rest assured that New.bie skincare products are also safe. They are:
-oil free
--alcohol free
- chemical filter free
- fragrance free
- mineral oil free

In a nutshell, New.bie Skincare range is designed to tackle common skin problems for Malaysians. I love how simple the ingredient list is-- as less is often more for those who have sensitive skin. The affordable price tag ensures the brand maintains its competitive edge in the market as well.

To know more about their products-- please kindly refer to their websites/social media accounts:

Twitter: newbie_hq

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dream Home with IDW

 Home is where the heart is. Home is also where dream transpires into reality. It is not just a building but where the family bonds and support each other through the ups and downs in life.

Therefore, we pay attention to ensure our home is cozy and has practical designs. We love spacious living areas to allow children to run around. The wet kitchen area needs to have a long bench and glass top stove to prepare hearty home cooked meals. The dry kitchen is equipped with built in cabinets and adequate space to place our convection oven, microwave and espresso machine.

Bedrooms should have good ventilation-- dark and quiet enough for a good night's rest. Similarly, bathrooms are layered with non-slip tiles, sitting toilets and refreshing rain showers for thorough body cleansing. Working stations are well lit with mess free desk space and comfortable office chairs.

Besides that, our home has to be both elder and children friendly. We minimised clutter, ensure good lighting, and lessen hazards such as sharp corner and uneven floor surface. Ergonomic design is also what we aim for-- with space saving and multi-functional furniture.

Our home is designed based on this IDW Design Collection book. This book features 200 design collection with complete detail and drawings for us to follow at home.

The IDW book is written by a group of passionate interior designers with more than 10 years experience. They are certified by the Malaysian Society of Interior Design (MSID), Malaysian Institute of Interior Design (MIID) & Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (LAM).

Besides getting interior design ideas from the book, one can also opt to let the IDW team to manage the renovation project completely. The IDW team is able to handle full design consultation from the preliminary design phase, detail drawings, submission to authorities, contractor selection, project monitoring until the completion of the projects. This makes renovation hassle free.

IDW also has flexible designs ideas that allow a wide range of designs- from affordable to luxurious living solutions for everyone. Besides that, IDW also focuses on environmentally sustainable transformation.

The IDW book focuses about the notion that Interior Design Can Now Be Owned by All Malaysians.

Chapter 1-Challenges in Building IDW
● IDW Design & Build (IDW) was established in 2007 as a start-up business in interior and renovation company when the founders were only 21 years old.
● They graduated with Diploma Studies in Interior Designer followed by Degree in Interior Architecture and finally obtained Master of Science Facilities Management.
● The first project was designing a bungalow which costed RM1.1 million.
● At the age of 23 years old, both founders accomplished another big project to design a college costing RM17 million. It took one year to complete.
● But it was not always smooth sailing for young entrepreneurs who are less experienced facing
● They persevered and furthered studies in Master of Science Facilities Management while managing business.
● Subsequently they had a fairy tale wedding.

Chapter 2 – Fire Tragedy
● In 2017, a fire almost killed Lokman Hakim and his family while on vacation in New Zealand.
● This motivated IDW to grow a stronger team to continue their business legacy.
● IDW is determined to help 1 million home property owner to get their dream home equipped with beauty and perfection.

Chapter 3 – COVID phenomenon
● Due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), many homeowners felt that they needed a better home for comfort and happiness.
● IDW therefore emerges as the pioneer in designing a comfortable place to work, study and spend time with family.
● This ‘New Normal’ inspired IDW to release their first book collection entitled IDW Design Collection in helping more homeowner to get their dream home.

Chapter 4-Exclusive Service and Fees to Pay
● As a well trusted andestablished interior designer brand, IDW successfully design and build every home area to look luxurious .
● IDW's design tailors to each clients’ preferences for worthwhile and affordable investments, starting from RM6000.
● IDW also strives for every homeowner to understand style and preferences to align with lifestyle.

For more details, visit:

Tuesday, March 16, 2021


 Good dental care is important from the young to the old to prevent tooth decay. Children with dental problems can develop problems with speaking and eating which may in turn stunt their development. On the other hand, elderly who experience teeth loss/decay/loosening may lead to poor nutrition and frailty.

The followings are tips for good dental hygiene (full interview here ):

1. Brush twice a day at least half an hour after meal
2. Use toothbrush with soft bristles
3. Avoid toothpaste with harsh abrasive
4. Use floss to remove food in between teeth
5. Use pea-sized fluoridated toothpaste

Ironically, today I am going to introduce fluoride-free toothpaste- manufactured by MISMIS.

Cocoa Mint Premium Toothpaste is formulated by using the active ingredient polyphenol- tannin. This has been proven effective in inhibiting the main bacteria in the oral cavity such as Mutant Streptococcus and S. Sanguis, which cause bad breath and the spread of dental caries. The addition of ingredients such as cocoa butter enriched with Vitamin E helps increase the antibacterial activity in the mouth. On top of that, the cocoa aroma is fragrant and refreshing.

MISMIS Extra Cool Mint toothpaste is also a popular product that provides seven times protection and fights against bacteria that can cause caries and tooth infections. The toothpaste is formulated without parabens, chemicals, and synthetic dyes. Made from food-grade ingredients, this product is safe to be used by adults and children, especially if swallowed while brushing teeth.

Mismis also has MISMIS JUST FOR KIDS toothpaste products range. Available in 2 flavours, Chocolata and Bubble Gummy, my children love the delicious flavour and attractive packaging which makes brushing teeth an enjoyment instead a chore everyday.

Besides that, MISMIS also has various types of soft and semisoft toothbrushes. They come in several attractive colours such as green, pink, purple and blue to cater to different taste. MISMIS toothbrushes are made of high-quality nylon and have never been tested on animals. MISMIS toothbrushes provide three times the protection that helps prevent gums injury, provides comfort while brushing, and removes bacteria and plaque.

For frequent travallers, There is also a 2-in-1 MISMIS travel pack and Mismis Minty Leaf mouthwash which is free from alcohol and suitable for all ages.

Mismis products are made under NFA Technologies Sdn Bhd focusing on dental care products based on cocoa polyphenol extract and a variety of natural herbal ingredients such as cloves, olives, and coconut extracts. Their products can be found in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Morocco, Indonesia and Fiji. Mismis products are GMP and halal certified.

MISMIS dental care products cost between RM3.90 to RM15.00. They are available at Tesco, Malakat Mall, Sabasun, Maslee, selected pharmacies and halal marts. Mismis is also available online via Watson, Ourshop, Lazada, Eromman and Shopee.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Natural dental care products have their own advantage especially for young children and the old who cannot spit out toothpaste. The taste is also appealing and makes tooth brushing much easier. Excessive use of fluoride can also cause fluorosis which appears as white spots on the teeth. Having said that, fluoridated toothpaste remains important for good dental care.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

NUViT Anti-Acne Series Review

 Malaysians enjoy all year round summer. However, this means we also sweat a lot. When mixed with bacterial and sebum on the skin, pores become clogged hence causing more breakouts. Covering our face up with mask further worsen the situation unfortunately. 

How to prevent acne formation?

Blot sweat from our skin with a clean towel or cloth. 

Avoid wiping sweat off which can irritate our skin.

Wash sweaty clothes, headbands, towels, and hats before wearing them again.

Use non-comedogenic products on our face, neck, back, and chest aka labels stating “oil free” or “won’t clog pores.”

Besides that, suitable skincare products should be used. NUViT Anti-Acne Series has helped me a lot in acne management.

The main ingredient in NUViT Anti-Acne Series is none other than AC Pure TM- this is a complex containing the following:

AC. Net- regulates sebum production

Salicylate- keratolytic

Witch hazel extract- soothes inflammation

Meadowsweet extract- minimize pore appearance

Teatree oil- antibacterial

There are 3 steps in NUViT Anti-Acne Series: 

After cleansing, follow these steps

1.NUViT Acne & Blemishes Prevention Concentrate

2.NUViT Acne Corrector Purifying Fluid

3.NUViT Acne Purifying Gel

NUViT Acne & Blemishes Prevention Concentrate is for Oily skin and Comedone Management.

This concentrate effectively removes whiteheads and blackheads, purifies and shrinks pores.  NUViT Acne & Blemishes Prevention Concentrate also has antibacterial and sebum-control properties.

How does the concentrate achieve this? It is a bi-phase toner suspended in zinc oxide and kaolin which are oil-absorbing minerals. This can purify skin and enhance oil-controlling effect while refining pores to give a matte finish. At the same time, Klamath lake algae extract moisturizes and repairs skin.


Shake before each use

Apply product onto palm or a cotton pad and massage gently onto face and neck. Use twice daily after cleansing.

NUViT Acne Correct or Purifying Fluid is suitable for Acne and Pore Management.

The following are the effects of NUViT Purifying Fluid:

Sebum Control, Moisturizes, Soothes and Repairs Skin , Regulates Oil-water Balance, Antibacterial and Reduces Pore Size, Reduces acne scar

The other active ingredients are vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid and sweet myrrh extract.


Massage product gently onto entire face until fully absorbed. Use twice daily.

NUViT Acne Purifying Gel enhances the effect of the Concentrate and Purifying Fluid.

Purifying Gel provides: 

• Iimmediate acne relief and acne wound healing.

• Anti-inflammatory effect and reduces scar formation.

Encapsulated vitamin C, peppermint essential oil and aloe vera are the potent ingredients here.


Apply to the affected area twice a day

Besides good skincare products, the following tips are useful to prevent maskne:

There is no set time, nor recommended number of masks one should use each day. 

Change mask when dirty, wet or damaged, or if one touch the inside.

Old mask should be disposed and new mask worn using clean hands— each time after eating/drinking.

NUViT Official website

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Atomy product review-- One Stop Center for personal and home needs

 Atomy is a network marketing company established since 2009 that conducts direct sales in 18 different regions including South Korea where the head quarter is based. Atomy products are also available in U.S, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, and India!

This comprises a total of 426 products including HemoHIM, Absolute CellActive Skincare, Atomy Skincare The Fame, health foods, beauty products, home goods, food, and fashion. They are touted for good quality at affordable pricing.

Read on to find out what I think about the following Atomy products.

Atomy Propolis Toothpaste

Toothpaste for adults should contain fluoride to avoid dental caries. Besides that, Atomy's toothpaste also eliminate:

- Plaques
- Tartar deposition
- Mouth odour

Besides xylitol, sodium saccharin and orange oil, Atomy Toothpaste contains:

- Green Tea extract
Catechin is the main active ingredient which is an anti-oxidant and antibiotic to remove bad breath

- Propolis extract
This resin liquid collected from the entrance of bee hive contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties

Atomy Compact Toothbrush

Do you know how to choose good toothbrush?
-Opt for soft bristles (protect enamel against brushing)
- Choose small-headed brush (easy to reach corners of mouth)
- Replace with signs of tear or every 3 months (avoid damaging the gums) or after a cold (remove germs) whichever earlier

And Atomy toothbrush has all the features! Besides that, the bristles are also gentle to gum and slim enough to clean up the plague in between teeth or the plaque between a tooth and gum. Coffee, tea and tobacco stains are no longer worrying!

99.9% pure Edible Gold is also coated on the bristles to provide antibacterial properties at such an affordable price. Furthermore, the handle is easy to grip using PETG clear handle, especially useful for those who have less dexterity of their hands.

Atomy Evening Care Foam Cleanser

This foam cleanser is great for dry and sensitive skin. It contains trichloroacetic acid which exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin from pollutants for clearer skin . Glycyrrhetinic acid contents soothes inflammation, comforts sensitive skin, we well as reducing flakiness and restoring suppleness.

Beta glucan is usually derived from yeast or oats to soothe the skin against redness, premature ageing and sensitivity. The nutrients of Phellinus linteus mushroom extracts conditions the skin and contains antioxidants to prevent skin ageing.

Atomy Sunscreen

Sun protection is the key to maintain youthfulness. Any sunscreen chosen to be at least SPF30 to block UVA. Atomy sunscreen has SPF50+ and also has PA+++ to protect against UVB. It can also filter out air pollutants which may block pores and cause a breakout. What's best-- the sunscreen does not leave white tracings on the skin.

Atomy products are now available on mobile apps too!

No membership fees, no compulsory minimum spend--> contact Amanda +60 12-219 3881 for more details!

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Cosmoderm Perfect Balanced Mini Skin Lab Set Review

Looking at my own reflection in the mirror, I realised I have really aged! Wrinkles on the forehead, crowfeet, uneven and dull skin tone, as well as acne marks— the horror! Skincare in the 30s is becoming more and more important. To nourish my skin using natural ingredients that will not irritate the skin.

Cosmoderm has recently launched its Perfect Balanced Mini Skin Lab Set. The complete set consists of:

1. Perfect Balanced Foaming Cleanser
2. Perfect Balanced Toning Lotion
3. Perfect Balanced WOW Cream
4. Perfect Balanced Mineral Sun Milk

These are the basic skincare steps that everyone should follow.
Daytime: 1+2+4
Nightime: 1+2+3

The key ingredient in Cosmoderm Perfect Balanced Mini Skin Lab Set is prebiotics. Prebiotics are commonly found in garlic, onions, oats, barley, wheat bran, asparagus, bananas, raspberry and flaxseed as well as a plant fiber known as inulin, found in chicory root. Plant sugars derived include xylitol, rhamnose, and fructooligosaccharides. In addition, glucomannan when used in combination with a wide range of probiotics, help control acne. Therefore, prebiotics is added to supplements, hair and skin care products.

Prebiotics nourish probiotics which is vital in maintaining the balance of the skin's natural eco-system which strengthens the skin's natural defense against pathogens, pollutants and sun damage. Probiotics also offset factors that lead to redness, dryness, and wrinkles to ensure skin is radiant, younger-looking and supple which minimizes signs of ageing. A balanced microbiome is particularly effective for those with a compromised skin barrier, acne, dryness or sensitivity.

Therefore, prebiotics can improve everyone's skin. Cosmoderm Perfect Balanced Mini Skin Lab Set is packaged in opaque, air-restrictive bottles so the effectiveness is preserved due to low light and air exposure.

The second key ingredient in Cosmoderm Perfect Balanced Mini Skin Lab Set is calamine. Calamine is conventionally used as far back as 1500BC to soothe skin irritation, heat rash and calm itchiness from insect bites. This is made of zinc oxide and ferric oxide which gives calamine the signature pink hue. Besides that, calamine can also reduces skin oiliness and inflammation caused by acne. The glycerin in calamine also moisturizes skin well.

What is Cosmoderm?

Vanity Cosmeceutical Sdn Bhd pioneers Malaysia’s halal cosmetic industry under the brand Cosmoderm since 2001. Cosmoderm products are formulated and manufactured by Malaysians and trusted by healthcare professionals. Cosmoderm is also GMP certified and have met the standards of agencies such as National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) & the Health Ministry. Their products are available in over 2000 pharmacies, hospital health shops and clinics all over Malaysia including retail outlets in Singapore and Lebanon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Lazy Keto Brownies


2 large eggs
2 tbsp oil
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup Thompson seedless raisins
1 cup kitkat
1 cup banana
1 cup all purpose flour sifted
2 /3 cup cacao powder sifted

Preheat oven to 175°C

Lightly grease an 8x12-inch baking pan* with cooking oil spray. Line with parchment paper (or baking paper); set aside.

Coarsely blend KitKats.

Combine eggs, oil, yogurt, raisins, cacao powder, 3/4 cups KitKat and banana.

Fold in flour.

Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top out evenly, and top with remaining KitKat.

Bake at 180 degrees for 20mins.

Cool then slice into squares of desired size.

Serve immediately.

Replacing chocolate chips with raisins make the gooey brownies healthier and more nutritious!


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