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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Check Out What's New in Sephora (March 2016): Magic Cleansers #CleanUpYourAct

Wednesday, 23 March 2016
The Month of March is coming close to an end but the most exciting beauty box has just arrived at my doorstep! Coming from Sephora Malaysia, I received such a lovely surprise when the box also included....
the much coveted

I'll share with you my unboxing in this post --

My boyfriend was the one who actually received these babies at the door so you can imagine how I was screaming in delight when I saw him carrying a big black Sephora paper bag coming into the room!
I was almost hysterical!

Sephora included a few options to discover such as those that specialize in anti-aging, hydration, clay-to-foam and many others.

Scroll on to see each of them all in their FULL GLORY --






With six new areas of innovation, LUNA™2, boasts 26% longer touch points allowing for a deeper cleanse and 12 adjustable pulsations intensities for enhanced T-Sonic™ cleansing and anti-aging system. The new LUNA™ 2 comes in 4 colours which targets the specific needs of each skin type - Lavender for Sensitive skin (that's mine!), Pearl Pink for Normal skin, Light Blue for Combination skin and Teal Blue for Oily skin.

Makeup Eraser, RM95
Use this cloth and add only warm water to see magic! This magic cloth removes all types of makeup, including waterproof mascaras(!!!) without harmful chemicals. The secret lies in the weave of the fabric which picks up all traces of makeup on the face. This cloth can be used up to 1,000 times (that saves you a BOMB just on makeup removers)!!! The benefit of this cloth also makes lightweight travels even more possible. YASSSSSS!

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Cleansing Butter, RM439
Infused with pure 24k Gold, this is a solid-to-oil cleanser that melts away makeup and impurities. Perfect for those with dry skin (oh hey that's me!), this lavish treatment also contains Chamomile Butter and Honey to deliver ultimate hydration, leaving the skin revitalized. Comes with a Konjac sponge in a teardrop shape to allow for targeted cleansing and exfoliation.

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Foaming Cleanser, RM170
This is an anti-aging foaming cleanser that contains Alguronic Acid and Microalgae oil to minimise the appearance of fine lines. Formulated without parabens, sulphates and synthetic dyes, this gentle cleanser outs you on road to supple, youthful skin.

Containing plant derived HydroSenn+, this cleansing water simultaneously removes makeup and moisturizes the skin leaving it clean and soft at the touch. This micellar cleansing water does not need to be rinsed after use and is perfect for days when you're in a rush!

(Sensitive skin)
 Organic skincare line, Estelle & Thild harnesses the power of soothing botanicals such as Black Elderflower and Aloe Vera in its products. It sweeps away impurities while maintaining the skin's natural pH levels.

Arcona Cranberry Gommage, RM153
Containing cranberry enzymes, this unclogs and minimizes pores, leaving skin visibly clearer and more refined. This award-winning formula also protects the skin by reducing free radical damage. This is to be used 2-4 times a week in the face, neck and décolletage.

So that's a round up on the 5 magical cleansers and 2 skincare tools I received. I'm looking forward to use the LUNA™2 and Makeup Eraser immediately!

Btw, as you know Luxola has recently changed to Sephora.MY
so you can get almost everything you see in stores online too!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Selfie Camera Review: Casio Exilim ZR3500 (vs ZR1000 / ZR1500)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Last year was a great year for me because I won TWO cameras and both of them happen to be by Casio Exilim series!! To recap, I won the ZR1500 from P1 Blogger Event and the ZR3500 at the launch of that camera itself. And before winning these two cameras, I was already using the ZR1000 for my blog pictures, so you can basically call me a seasoned ZR user. Since that is very rare of many of you - to be using three models of ZR generations within one year - I'd love to give a thorough review on those 3 cameras - the pros and cons, and focusing more on the ZR3500, since it's one of the newer ZR model by Casio.

This is the Casio ZR3500.

I got mine in white. The major hardware distinction with this model compared to the previous two is the FRONT SHUTTER. This solves so much of the problem faced with the two models (which are 100% similar in hardware design); that it's difficult to press the shutter accurately while on selfie mode (with the mirror flipped up) because the video button is close next to it (I always accidentally press the video button instead of the shutter button)!

See what I mean?

Also, the MAJOR UPGRADE of ZR3500 from its predecessors is the Built-In Wifi Function - which means I don't need to splurge on expensive Wifi cards any longer!

With the ZR3500, there are a few options with the Wifi functionality:

1. Send to phone
2. Pairing
3. Shoot with phone

You are able to send up to 100 pictures at one go!

The third major difference between ZR3500 between ZR1000 and ZR1500 is the
"Skin Tone" level. Previously, I was only able to control the smooth skin / makeup level (0 until 12), but now with the ZR3500 I can also able to control the lightness of my skin tone (-6 tannest until +6 fairest).


From Left to Right:
Skin Tone -6 Makeup +12
Skin Tone 0 Makeup +12
Skin Tone +6 Makeup +12

You are also able to view the selection at the viewfinder during playback mode.






Some other functions of the ZR series also include:

Motion Shutter
The ability to take a picture by waving your hand into the camera lens (great for auto shutter when nobody is around to help)

More 32(!!!) Best Shot + 12 Art Shot Styles
You can even set your camera to take RAW pics!

Best Shot Styles include:
1. Make-up
2. Make-up BKT
3. Magnifying Glass
4. HS Night Scene
5. HS Night Scene & Portrait
6. HS Night Shot
7. HDR
8. HS Anti Shake
9. Blurred Background
10. All-In-Focus Macro
11. Slide Panorama
12. Wide Shot
13. Scenery
14. Portrait with Scenery
15. Children
16. Sports
17. Candlelight Portrait
18. Party
19. Pet
20. Flower
21. Natural Green
22. Autumn Leaves
23. Soft Flowing Water
24. Splashing Water
25. RAW+
26. Fireworks
27. Food
28. Text
29. RAW Image
30. Prerecord (Movie)
31. HDMI TV Output
32. Custom Shot (Register User Scene)

A 25mm lens
which spells wider lens, as compared to 28mm lens on the ZR1000 and ZR1500.
You can capture more details with a wider lens, of course

~ Sample Pics Taken with the
Casio ZR3500 (unedited) ~

Selfie shots
Selfie - Front & Side Profile, taken indoors

Selfie, taken indoor, bare faced, Skin +6, Makeup 0
(zoom in to see the pores!)

Selfie, taken outdoor, Skin +6, Makeup +6

Selfie, taken outdoor while travel, Skin +6, Makeup +6

Selfie, taken outdoor while travel, Skin +6, Makeup +6

OOTD / Scenery Shots

Group Shots

Rest assured every single one will look flawless in group selfie mode!

Time Lapse *NEW*

You can now shoot videos with Time Lapse feature. Be sure to mount your camera on a tripod for a smooth, stable video!

Objects / Macro


Night Scene

Program mode (night indoor), with flash

Program mode (night outdoor), without flash

A Quick Comparison between
Casio ZR1000 vs ZR1500 vs ZR3500 vs iPhone 6s+

Bare faced taken with Casio ZR3500.
I literally don't need to wear makeup to be confident enough just to snap some selfies!

All sample pics are non-edited, if you're curious.

So far, I really think the Casio ZR3500 is HANDS DOWN THE BEST SELFIE CAMERA to date. I basically CAN take a selfie without using makeup, anywhere anytime!

The only flaw I find on this camera is that its wide lens may sometimes distort the proportions of my face if taking too near the edges of the lens (ala fish eye effect).

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