Tuesday, May 19, 2015

KO Specialist Skincare Review

KO Specialist is coming up strong as a skincare brand in Malaysia. Everywhere you go you see a billboard ad of it. But how do their products fare? Here's my breakdown of it.

I'm reviewing the KO Dermaceutical range (mainly) in this post.
The range targets dry skin, combats dullness and pigmentation and protects from sun exposure.

KO Specialist skincare

KO Specialist skincare


Starting with the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Cleanser 1.

KO Specialist skincare

KO Specialist skincare

I have the habit of double cleansing my face so this was my second step in cleansing. It has a gel-lish texture and requires massaging on a wet face in circular motion to emulsify the solution. Some people who are used to foam cleansing might not be used to this but it is VERY gentle on your skin, suitable for dry and traumatized skin. Made with botanical extracts and the lavender essential oil gives it a very fragrant scent.


If you have make up on and like me, likes to use cleanser with make-up removing properties, then I would suggest using the KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel, which is under the Dermacare range (which focuses on intensive rehydration). I use this as a Step 1 in cleansing.

KO Specialist skincare

This is a thicker gel texture and can be rather sticky if face isn't wet enough. Works better with warm water. It is gentler to the eyes when applied around the eye area to remove eye make ups compared to other brands I've used which is a bonus point. However, it is still against advice to rub too hard around the eye and can take a bit of effort to 'massage' off heavier make ups.

KO Specialist skincare


On to the KO Dermaceutical Perfect Radiance Toner 21.

KO Specialist skincare

The bottle, same as cleanser 1, comes in a squirt dispenser which I think it's rather apt for a toner that has a texture similar to products rich in Hyaluronic Acid (but is not). Perhaps comes from all the botanical extracts such as cactus pear extract, cucumber extract, witch hazel extract, etc.

KO Specialist skincare

The 'full body' texture gives a better grasps on the skin upon application. I like to apply toner with my hands instead of using cotton pads so this is my favourite item among the range. Bonus points added to the fact that it's free from alcohol, colourant and preservatives.


The KO Dermaceutical Perfect Moist 69 is a moisturiser I'd like to rave about.

KO Specialist skincare

First of all, it doesn't have the smooth texture or application. And it feels rather sticky when you apply it on BUT it gets absorbed fairly fast and sets your face VERY WELL. Make up application after this product feels like a BREEZE. It is the perfect moisturiser to use in the morning before you apply your make up. It is also safe for sensitive skin and eczema.

KO Specialist skincare

Infused with 7 types of plant extracts organically grown in the Swiss Alps, it diminishes pigmentation, binds moisture and renews skin for a smoother complexion.

KO Specialist skincare

KO Specialist skincare


The KO Dermaceutical Perfect Wake-up Eye 28 has similar texture as the moisturiser and similar effect. Sticky application initially but very well set under-eye area surface to apply concealer on after. Fairly gentle on the eye area but still require careful application .

KO Specialist skincare

It's said to decrease puffiness, dark circles and smooths out wrinkles. Can be used on neck lines and other age lines as well. I haven't used long enough to experience these but I rather like this product because I do feel the moisturising effect around my eyes.

KO Specialist skincare


Finally the KO Series Multi-Protection SPF41++ PA. It's not shown in the website but you can see it on their facebook page. See it as a all-in-one sunscreen that can be used alone as make up base, concealer, foundation and finishing powder.

KO Specialist skincare

KO Specialist skincare

You will find that it's a shade lighter than your skin but after smoothing out the cream, it will blend in quite well with your natural skin.

KO Specialist skincare

KO Specialist skincare
It's not easy to see in photo but you'll see less pigment on left hand (with KO Multi-Protection) than the right hand (without KO Multi-Protection) where there's more sun spots.



Here's the list of product prices for your reference:
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Cleanser 1                          120ml    RM198
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Radiance Toner 21            120ml    RM198
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Moist 69                                  50g    RM380
KO Dermaceutical Perfect Wake-up Eye 28                     30g    RM380
KO Dermacare Purifying Cleansing Gel                      220ml    RM198    
KO Series Multi-Protection SPF41++ PA                         25g    RM120

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cat Watches - Big, Bold and Rugged

Cat watches

Cat Watches came from the brand Caterpillar. Yes, the brand that produces tractors.

Much of their watches are inspired by tractors and the construction field. Such as watch box that resembles a tool box and dial that looks like a bolt.

They started out as a very manly watch brand but now caters to unisex watches. Price ranging from RM350-1000.

Cat watches

Cat watches
ICON
Brown leather - RM369
Black leather - RM433

Cat watches

Cat watches
T7 Multi - RM581

I've always been a fan of bigger watches but never had a worn superiorly manly watches before. Turns out manly watches rather suit me.

Swiss Brand Manager Olivier Jeanbourquin flew down to give us a private briefing about the watches and helped us understand more about the concept and R&D behind the brand. To prove that the watches were hardy and made for outdoor usage, he even threw the watch onto the ground 2 meters away, which shocked us and clearly made his point. LOL.

Cat watches
JQ and I watch shopping for the day.

Cat watches

I also get to pick one out of the selection and I narrowed it down to these three. Which do you think suit me most?

Cat watches

Cat watches

Cat watches
Operate Date (black canvas straps) - RM475


Cat watches
Operator Multi - RM603


Cat watches

Cat watches
Operator Multi - RM603




ps// I picked the last one. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

My Blue Ash Grey Gradation Hair

A year ago I told my stylist I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue to maintain my platinum blonde hair or grow out my dark roots. But I was sure I didn't want to burden my scalp any further so I requested for an ombre look. Problem was most blonde ombre hairs were pretty unnatural where there's this obvious line separating the dark and blonde hair.

So he sat me down and performed a 7-hour magic on my hair. It was the longest hair makeover I've ever had to endure in one sitting.

But the result was one whole year of flawless hair WITHOUT any maintenance. It was the best money I've ever spent on hair.

He didn't just give me natural, he gave me gradation. That even the darkest roots could blend naturally into my lightest platinum blonde bleached hair.


This was one year of not cutting nor coloring nor bleaching my hair. Talk about the low hair maintenance.

Then I decided it was time to do something. So I found a day that I was spare and went back to him. And I asked the impossible. And again, he made it possible.

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He gave me this.



Two-tone gradation: ash blonde blending into ash blue.










I loved it!
Blue dye on hair washes off incredibly fast. Usually after 1 or 2 wash it'll be completely gone.

After one wash, it faded into this gorgeous blue grey. I had it curled to bring out the color.








The hair dye continued to fade into lovely colors of different shade. By the time I brought it to Japan, I had the most glorious hair to pair with the blooming cherry blossom of Kyoto.








I'm loving my stylist to bits now.
I can only look forward to the next visit to my favourite saloon.