Multivites for my face

You know how some of us religiously take multivitamins orally every morning? Well, apparently the vitamins from these supplements works in our bodies to strengthen us internally and its final destination is our skin! When that happens, most of the vitamin goodness would not be that potent anymore. This is where Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Concentrate plays its part.

I discovered this product immediately before Chinese New Year this year, and I am glad I did. This wonderful product comes in a silver container and it contains 45 individual capsules. These capsules look like tiny silver bullets, and within each capsule is a unique skin treatment that delivers a concentrated dose of pure vitamins A, C, E, and F to help firm and strengthen the skin, and help reduce the signs of premature aging. It also includes a mini silver container for you to bring these capsules along if you’re travelling.

What’s great about these capsules is that the vitamins are applied directly to the skin after cleansing and toning. It smells odd at first though, as if you are applying your crushed multivites to your face. The serum-like application is absorbed almost immediately and although you may feel like it is a little bit on the oily side, your skin will feel thoroughly refreshed in the morning. You don’t even need to apply it every day, because the effect of the application of one capsule will last three whole days! However in my case, I want my 45 capsules to last as long as possible, so I apply it only once a week.

So how much does this cost? At Leonard Drake and Aster Spring outlets in Malaysia, it costs RM259, but on StrawberryNET is costs just USD62.50 (RM202.50). It would cost cheaper if you purchase a minimum of 3 items from StrawberryNET though, i.e. an addition 5% discount of your total purchase. And if you are a first-time customer on StrawberryNET, you will also get free STILA makeup with purchases exceeding USD25.

No money? Ask my neighbor…

My neighbor is renovating his house again. I honestly do not know where he finds the time and money to do so. Every year, there will be at least one period of time where we will be entertained with noises like drilling, knocking and more drilling. Owning a home is expensive enough, but some people still miraculously find it possible to have makeovers and renovations done fairly regularly. Oh, and on top of owning a home, home shoppers normally have to deal with other incidental so-called *hidden* costs and expenditure. These costs normally hit you when you least expect it, and no amount of makeover or renovation can change that. Sometimes the air-conditioner might just decide to stop working or the pipe might suddenly burst right before you take a shower. Been there, done that. That’s when we wished we had some form of warranty for our homes to protect against these costs, something like what American Home Shield is providing. I bet my neighbor would need a good plan like that.

Dreaming of a pretty landscape

For people like me with little to no knowledge on gardening (my fingers are a little less green than what I would like them to be), supermarkets with a specialized gardening section selling anything from flowering plants to leafy shrubs and some even to the extent of selling pretty bonsai plants are a dream come true.  With the right combination and of course the right amount of cash,  I can transform my garden or balcony into a glorious paradise of wonderful flowers and greenery.  Certainly most pleasing to the eye.

Gardening and landscaping is not for the faint-hearted though, and although we would probably reap the rewards of our labor in due course, it doesn’t hurt to sometimes get some expert help from professionals like TruGreen.  I’ve always dreamed of a perfectly manicured lawn with (maybe) a pristine rock garden in one corner and rows and rows of tulips and lilies surrounding a little gazebo.  Well, I’m off to tend to my plants now.  Yes, sometimes I sing to them too, believe it or not!

I live to tell

I am a firm believer of trying everything at least once in my life…well, good things only, okay? So it was with much trepidation that I made my first purchase for cloth menstrual pads and tried them on. I chose a day when I was working from home to try it for the first time. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

The verdict? Well, I’ll have to say that I was amazed at how cool and comfortable it felt. The first one I tried was Homemade Mama‘s Minkee pads. This one comes with soft minky tie-dye look interior and a waterproof backing so the moisture doesn’t seep right through. The surface feels something like velvet and you know how smooth velvet feels, yes? In fact, it was so extremely comfy that I totally forgot about it, resulting in a slight leakage about 5 hours later! Not really the pad’s fault…

Photo credits: Lunapads

Well, the second one I tried was one of the famous Lunapads with add-on liner. I was rather disappointed with this one though, because despite it being famous and all, it’s not a good pad for heavy flow days. Also, the inner surface of the pad pills a little, resulting in black fur balls (the inner surface is black, you see). Nevertheless, the Lunapad does look cool…I have the Leopard print one :)

Photo credits: Mia Bambina

The final pad I experimented on was the Endura pad, also from Homemade Mama, which was recommended by my friend as a good overnight pad. This one I give two thumbs up, for being comfortable and absorbent enough to last through the night. The inner surface is constructed of athletic performance fabric that has the ability to wick moisture away from the body, making it the perfect pad for women on the go and for use when playing sports. My only grouse is the boring color it comes in…maybe cos I am not much of a pink lover anyway…well, it did serve its purpose.

Having tried cloth pads, I must say that they do feel super comfy on the skin. Unlike disposables where it gets hotter and hotter, cloth pads actually make you feel cool the whole time! Must. Remember. To. Change. Them. Though.

Next, the question you’ve all been waiting for….what about washing the pads? It may seem gross at first but amazingly, it’s really simple. Just dunk the used pad into a pail with a little soap powder and soak for a few hours. No scrubbing needed. Some girls soak overnight but since I had only three pads, I soaked it for a few hours only (soaking gets rid of stains real easy). Then pour away the water of the first soaking, and soak a second time. You may hand-wash the pad this time if you want. After the 2nd soak and rinse, you can either line-dry or throw it into the washing machine for a wash. They dry super fast too!

I would definitely use cloth pads from now on. They’ re not as inconvenient as you think, and well…if you wanna go swimming, there is always the Mooncup! He he…but that’s a whole new experience altogether…. So if curiosity begets you, why not make the change and go green! You will certainly love it!

Here’s where to get your cloth menstrual pads in Malaysia:

Secure your homes

Nowadays, with the prevalence of crime and break-ins, having a trustworthy security system in our homes is a compulsory thing, rather than a luxury. In all my life, I have experienced two break-ins, which might have been prevented had I had a security system installed then.

But how does one shop for a good reliable system? Most people go by word of mouth, but honestly, for me it is the data that really sells the system. Choosing a system like the one at adt home security systems, for example, ensures peace of mind wherever you may be. The adt home security company has been around for 131 years and is the largest security company in North America. To me, this means trust and reliability has been accorded to them.

The security system run by adt is of the latest technology and with customer monitoring centers scattered throughout the country, you can certainly be assured that help is just a phone call away. Home security systems adt works directly with fire, medical and law enforcement agencies to attend to crimes in a fast and effective manner. In fact, if you are still in doubt, just leave your details at their website and a customer representative will be in touch with you shortly.

ADT is definitely my security system of choice if I want a good night’s sleep. What about you?