Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gucci Flora Anniversary Edition Review

Following my review of Gucci Flora Eau Fraiche, which has proven to be one of my favourite go-to casual scent of all time, I am now reviewing the Gucci Flora Anniversary Edition.

Gucci Flora anniversary edition

With the similar floral packaging design iconic to the Gucci Flora scents, the fragrance is specially curated to mark the 50th anniversary of the pattern.

The core of the scent is strong with Osmanthus and Rose essence with a musky end. Suitable for casual/formal occasion or women who dig a hint of masculinity in their fragrances.

In the words of the press release given by this scent:

"The Rose signature meets Osmanthus complex facets, drawing out its apricot-like freshness, exoticism and creaminess...
a leathery accord brings a new sensuality to the floral bouquet, adding richness and depth while underlining its elegance. The leathery nuances blend beautifully with Cedar wood, musk and patchouli. "

Gucci Flora anniversary edition

Gucci Flora anniversary edition

Gucci Flora anniversary edition


Verdict: Light musky scent. Suitable for casual to casual formal occasion.
Price: EDT 50ml    RM307

Available nationwide in major leading departmental stores. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Paleo Raw Diet for Cats: Recipe

I've been feeding my cats real food since the first day they entered my household.

Recently, I've taken up a notch and started on paleo diet because of some health implication Miruku (my white Ragdoll) has faced. Miruku has a sensitive digestive system since he was a kitten, he's not able to consume any kibbles or canned wet food without getting serial diarrhea cases that last for days. On top of that, he's an incredibly finicky eater, which made transitioning him from food to food challenging.

He made up for it by being incredibly cute.



It took two days to transition him from his usual cooked food (chicken, fish, pig's heart, etc) to paleo raw diet, by introducing paleo little by little mixing in with the previous diet.

Below is my recipe for this week's paleo, you can change it with chicken or other meat as you like.

cat food paleo diet

Paleo dirt for cats


Ingredients: (serving size ~ 2 adult cats for 3 days)

2 cups of fresh minced beef
2 cups of fresh minced lamb (I'm using Australian grade for both)
1 handful of organic wheatgrass (you can use organic grass if you can gain access to them), scissored
2 raw egg yolks
1/4 steamed squash, pitted and skinned (for fiber)
1 cup of water
At this point I am avoiding bones because of vet's advise on Miruku's illness recovery. But I will definitely incorporate again in the future because that's how they clean their teeth

Optional ingredients: (omit if you want to go full paleo)

1 tbsp of collagen (human grade or pet grade is fine)
1 tsp of unflavoured gelatine
2 fish oil capsules
Now I do no add taurine because taurine can be found most in muscle meat, and I do feed them pig's heart (heart is a muscle). This is because I much prefer they receive natural taurine than synthetic ones i.e. store-bought taurine. 

Preparation:

Mix squash, minced meat, chopped/scissored wheatgrass in a bowl. In another bowl, mix in water, raw egg yolks, gelatine (mix with warm water prior), collagen, and squeeze out fish oil from capsules. Then combine both mixture. Feed according to your cat's size. For a 4kg cat, feed approximate one cup measurement of the food mix a day. So if you cat eats twice a day, have half a cup in the morning then half a cup in the evening.

The mix can be refrigerated up to 3 days. Which is just nice for 2 x 4kg adult cats. If you have a smaller breed cat, you may reduce the portion according to your cat's need.

You may also increase the recipe and portion them up to freeze for the entire month.
I tend to avoid freezing because the taste of raw meat become bland upon defreezing, and might I remind that I do have a very finicky cat.

Paleo dirt for cats
Creamie enjoying her paleo meal

Paleo dirt for cats
Miruku sleeping off a food coma. Poor baby has gotten so skinny after one week at the hospital.


They have been pooping more healthily (no soft or liquid feces) and their poo don't smell anymore. Miruku has dramatically increase his frequency of peeing which is a major relief.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hyaluronic Acid Ampoules

Doclab HA ampoules

One of my favourite items to use in my skincare is Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that retains tons of moisture to your skin.

What happens when you retain moisture? Well, anti-aging occurs. For the main part, your skin doesn't dry out, hence preventing wrinkles or even helps with wrinkles that were caused by dryness over a long period of time. 

I seldom receive products to try out simply because I'm usually rather picky with what I want to put on my face. But when I was asked to try these Hyaluronic Acid ampoules out, I jumped on it. 

I've never tried ampoules before and when it contains one of my favourite ingredients in skincare, I couldn't resist. Read my results after the photos. 

Doclab HA ampoules

Doclab HA ampoules

Doclab HA ampoules

Each box comes with 5 ampoules, one box priced at RM138. 
You can buy it direct from their website.
Contact Ms Lim for purchase 0192062386
It's the last day to get promo price of RM88 per box, you can call her to get the price. 

Ingredients: 
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid or HA)
Arbutin
Aloe Vera
Ginseng
Collagen
Aqua (water)

Each bottle of ampoule can last you one day after opening, so you can split it into two usage, morning and evening application.
One box can last you for 5 days. And I was told to try it out for 5 days to see results.

Application: 
I was also told that I didn't need to apply moisture as the ampoule solution was sufficient to act as both serum and moisturiser in my skincare routine. I had my doubt because the website said otherwise. After two applications, I decided it wasn't enough as I had dry combination so I decided to apply moisturiser after my ampoule.

The ampoules contain a very liquidly solution that felt like I was applying toner onto my face, and to finish half an ampoule in one application can be a challenge. So what I was asked to do was to repeatedly apply it onto my skin until you use up half the ampoule.


My process: 
Now I was getting this 'meh' feeling after 3 continuous days of application. I didn't feel it was doing anything, in fact, skipping my high end serum made my face felt bare, almost dry-isa; but since I was asked to try it for 5 straight days, I persevered.

After the 4th day, I began to notice some result. My skin tone was surprisingly looking brighter, turned out the ampoules have evened out my skin tone. My make up looked seamless on my face, like it had a special glow to it and I didn't use a new foundation so I knew it had something to do with my skin. Being sceptical, I tried switching to my Hyaluronic serum (bought from Hong Kong) which has a higher HA consistency in replace of my ampoules and instantly the result looked different. It's hydrating but didn't seem to absorb well into my skin.

My HA serum had a gel like substance due to a high HA consistency whereas the ampoules had a water consistency. Since it comes in ampoules, I had no choice but to use the amount that was given in the product, and the active ingredients stay 'fresh' (as fresh as bottled skincare goes) since you do not open it until you want to use it, thus eliminating contamination and oxidation; which I feel is important in skincare products (why SK-II still sell their products in tubs and pour-out bottles is a mystery to me). The DocLab ampoule solution isn't sticky (unlike my HA serum), and easily absorbed, stickiness in general doesn't bother me but it does make the product easier to enjoy.

Verdict: 
It's a product that works.
My skin looked great. It's very light on my skin, no smell, easily absorbed and it's not sticky. I'm surprised and loving it.
My skin feel hydrated (even when it didn't feel like it the first few days) and my skin tone evened out.
It's not a massive or immediate change, but you will see it after a week.
It's a bit on pricey side if you were to use it on a daily basis for the rest of your life, you're looking at RM800 a month,
But if you have the means to or intend to 'invest' into your skincare, it's worth considering. It's similar to using a daily high end mask.

Doclab HA ampoules