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Avon Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Firming Skin Care - Wrinkle / Fine Lines

Review: Plastic Surgery No More! Avon ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment A-F33 is Indeed the Miracle Wrinkle Cream

Avon launches a miracle wrinkle cream that has taken the beauty world by storm thanks to all the buzz from U.S. It is reported that the cream sold out within 6 hours on the launch day itself in the UK and 62,000 are said to have already signed up for it on waiting lists. So what is so special about this £20 wrinkle cream from Avon? This highly raved and deemed as the industry first powerful molecule is said to stop women from going under the knife.

I was lucky enough to be one of the owner for the 100 bottles that was available before the product is out in the market. After a quick skin analysis by Avon during the launch I found out that I don’t really have fine lines or wrinkle so my mum tested out the product for me. It has been a month since Mummy Loh started on A-F33. Now that she had finished the bottle, it’s time for a review.

The bottle is in shiny silver, simple but with moderate size that fits on the palm nicely. And of course this type of reflective surface will attract fingerprint on the bottle. The bottle is opaque to preserve the cream and all the goodness from deteriorating.

The pump system works wonderfully. Mum had no problem pumping out sufficient amount for daily use.

Clarins Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Firming

Review: Clarins Shaping Facial Lift

It’s weird thinking how much I heart Clarins skincare but I haven’t done a second product review after Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tinted Version review. So. Bit by bit I’ll do a product review but now let’s restart with my first ever product and purchase from Clarins which is Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum!


Why do I need it?
Good question. All my life I never had any problem with my face or face pocket. But everything changed in 2008 when I was diagnosed with a serious case of Hyperthyroidism. So serious that my doctor was so shocked that you can see his eyes popping out and looked at me in shock. Before I found out I had it, I had migrain all the time, my heart beat rate was so high I couldn’t breath if I talk too fast or if I walk more. Don’t mention about going up and down the stairs. I could faint. I remembered I couldn’t write properly as my hands were shivering too much. I ate 5 meals in a day and I still feel hungry. And of course what goes in will need to come out. Toilet break was a lot too and I was having diarrhea all the time. My menstrual schedule was so messy that I was menstruating every fortnightly for more than a week longer than the usual 3 days. And there was a lot more symptoms. The only good thing is I notice something was wrong and went immediately for a check-up. So the diagnose came on early stage. Even it was early stage of Hyperthyroidism, my level was too high. I was put on 6 Propyl tablets per day and 2 medication for the heart. In a week time I put on weight. Apparently the medication slow down my metabolism to normal rate and as my body was so used to high metabolism rate, my body need some time to adjust to the new slower rate so I gained weight and I felt tired most of the time due to the adjustment.

Since then I have face pocket and water retention on my face. Now it’s already my 3rd year on medication and I’m only on 1 tablet of Propyl now. With lesser medication I can see the baby fat on my face shrunk a little so is the water retention. However I feel that I need to do something about it so I turned to Clarins.

What does Shaping Facial Lift do?
The essential refining and draining skin care to use before any serum, to release fluid from the face, remove excess fats and restore refined and youthful facial contours.

This smooth, refreshing serum instantly lightens the face to reveal more refined facial contours. It firms the features, to “lift” and rejuvenate. The face is refined and protected from dark spots while the complexion is brighter and radiant.

Active Ingredients
Caffeine with increased bioavailability and baccharis extract: refine the face by encouraging the elimination of excess fats.
Caffeine and escin from horse chestnut: activate drainage and microcirculation.
Oat sugars: lift and firm features.
Alchemilla extract and a vitamin C derivative: help to control hyperpigmentation.

When & how to apply this?
Apply morning and evening, after make-up removal / cleansing and before your regular skin care. Its action will be enhanced by following Clarins Manual Auto-Lifting Method explained in the leaflet with the product.

Clarins strongly urge their users to use Manual Auto-Lifting Method instead of normal applying with all the pulling. Only 3 minutes and I can have firmer, lifted and fresher face! Sometimes when I’m too tired at night but I wouldn’t want to miss this, I just applied with light “tapping” from inner to outer of the face until fully absorbed. Here’s the picture chart on the applying method.


What is my thought after using it for 4 months?
Although I was told that the result will be visible in 2 weeks time, however sadly that wasn’t my case. I tried calming myself that my result will be slower than others due to the long term medication. I cannot expect what’s accumulated for the past 3 years would be gone in 2 weeks. I lost hope in the first month thinking it doesn’t work although some of Clarins BA said I look better now. Not wanting to waste the serum, I continued using it. Finally one day in front of my office mirror, I notice that water retention on my face has reduced! When I makeup in the morning I notice as well my forehead line and fine lines around my eyes had reduced tremendously. This could only mean the serum plus Manual Auto-Lifting Method works!!

By 2nd to 3rd month I can see my cheek line is now defined and lifted. I tried eating more healthily to prevent water retention in the morning. Day by day the water retention on my face is getting lesser.

On my 3rd to 4th month I notice the face pocket on my face is smaller and look more defined. No more double chin as well. The Counter Manager at Metrojaya Mid Valley even commented that my jaw is now more visible! But the face pocket is still there. I’m still determined to lose the baby fat on my face.

Now. . . here’s the before and after pictures! Hope you’re more convinced with this than the long story above LOL.


After using for 1 month

After using for 1 1/2 months

After using for about 4 months


I’m on my third bottle now and it’s finishing soon. I had just stocked up another two bottles from the recent promotion 😉

1) Smells good, not sticky, absorb quickly.
2) The product really works but works more efficiently with Manual Auto-Lifting Method.
3) Reduces water retention, fine lines on areas that are applied and face pocket.

1) Quite pricey for a 50ml (RM225) if you buy this alone. If you get this on their promotion duration then it’s very worthy!
2) Opaque casing so you couldn’t see if the product is finishing soon. So you need to take a wild guess by hand weight and stocked up an extra at home 🙂

So if you are keen on trying this but don’t wanna put a hole in your wallet, why not get it now as Clarins is having a Perfect Shape & Lift Best Buy Set from July until August 2011.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.


La Belle Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Firming Skin Care - Wrinkle / Fine Lines

Review: La Belle Gold Essense

I have been using La Belle Gold Essense for a few weeks now and I think it’s safe for me to do a short review of the product at this point of time.

I bought 2 boxes of this and each box contains 10 vials. Each vial content is 3.5ml and you are suppose to finish a bottle in 3 days. That sounds a little you say? I have the same thought at first too but after I started to use my first vial, I was so wrong.

Here’s the review.

LA BELLE Gold Essence use 24K Pure gold leaf helps to slow collagen depletion and prevent sagging skin. It also assists in protecti on against pollution effects & damaging UV rays. Gold speeds up cellular processes and active regeneration to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and reduce fine line & wrinkle.

All skin type, especially for open pore, less toned, age, aging & dark spot.

Tips from seller website:-
La Belle Gold Essence can use as apply under eye area to reduce fine lines & firm up eye area.

Apply La Belle Gold Essence on your whole face area, massage upward until absorbed. Do apply some under eye area & smiley line with massage upward until essence is fully absorbed.

To achieve best results, you should continuously use the same type of ampoule for 10-15 days. It can be used day and night.

A bottle of ampoule essence can be use for 3 days. Do not leave if for more than 3 days because ingredients are made of natural source, and the nutrients will volatile.

My first order is 3 boxes. 2 boxes is mine and the 3rd box is Monica’s.

The vials are securely stored in the box. What is also included is a “pump head” (I don’t know what to call that *lol*) which you can see in the middle of the box.

La Belle Gold Essense view up-close. You can see generous amount of gold leafs in each vial and how secured is the vial stored in the box.

Seller is kind enough to include a free gifts for me.

The free gifts includes 2X vials of Caviar Essence and 2X empty refill bottle. I gave 1 each to Monica.

So you take a vial from the box. The next following steps is fun! *pls ignore my skin peeling on my fingers*

This is what we are suppose to remove. The white transparent cap.

As you take off the white transparent cap, the aluminum protective cap underneath will also be torn-off as it’s sort of connected. Don’t worry about that as the cap is necessary to be removed.

After you removed all the cap, you’d see a dark grey rubber cap.

Remove the rubber cap off. I don’t throw away the cap just in case.

Take the “pump head” from the box. It’s the thing in the middle of the box.

Connect the pump head to the vial opening. The pump head is made of rubber so don’t worry if you’d break it.

Take off the lil white cap on the tip of the pump head. Tilt the bottle upside down till the essense is all at the pump head and start pumping the essense out to your palm!

This is all you need for a whole face.

My Personal Review:-
Many people commented that the vial is so small and the content is so little. But little did they know. The essense is not watery at all. It is quite rich.
On day time I’d use just enough for my whole face including the eye area. If I use too much, my whole face will become very oily in less than 2 hours. As for controlling sebum…it works but not very much on T-zone area like forehead, nose, jaw and inner cheek. My makeup stays longer, silky smooth finish and makes my face brighter too.
On night time usage, I’d apply more and I practically soaked my whole face in this wonderful essense. If I don’t do this, it’s quite impossible to finish a bottle in 3 days.
After just less than 3 days, I can see the fine lines around my eye area is gone. What’s left is the deeper line on the inner corner of my eyes. I believe this will also be gone after long usage. The least expected effect from this is that my eyebags are gone too! Not a single eyebag now when I smile! I never see that coming.

What I Think?
I wish the vial is smaller though. It’s very hard for me to use up a vial in 3 days. BUT. I will repurchase this product when I finished up my stocks. It’s cheap and it works. It’s really time saving and hassle free as I only need to use this for everything! How good is that? 🙂

The Price
Retail Price – 1 box RM90
Current Promo – RM70 a box at Christmas & New Year Sales promo
Additional Discount – 30% discount for purchase of RM150 and above & extra 3% discount for being their FB fan!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.