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Friday, December 8, 2017

Cleansing with Hada Nature

This skincare junkie has got some news to share! I've recently started using a new cleanser unlike what I've tried personally before. 

Was introduced to the Hada Nature Rich Moist Cleansing which is popularly known to naturally brighten and whiten skin! As such, Hada Nature has achieved 3 crowns and high rankings at Japan's famous mail order sites such as @cosme, Yahoo and Rakuten, and highly rated by world famous magazines, media and celebrities!

Here's a little info about this amazing cleanser:

Hada Nature is a carbonated cleanser that promotes metabolism with carbonic acid, which helps our skin regain its self-regeneration function (anti-acing), removes dullness of the skin, spots, minimises the visibility of pores on our skin which in turn brightens and whitens the skin! ✨

For someone who is always wearing makeup, I find my skin to look dull after a long day of makeup. Which is why using the right skincare and being disciplined enough to follow a skincare routine is vital! Especially one that fits the needs of your skin. For me, my struggle is always my dry and dull skin at the end of the day.

Cleansing with carbonated water may not be very common in Malaysia yet, but it's a popular practice in Japan, which has spread to Korea and Europe as well! Aside from being a cleanser, it also works s a makeup remover!

Due to its carbonic acid content, it has the ability to thoroughly remove makeup from the skin gently with minimal rubbing. The bubbling action from the cleanser deep cleanses pores, removes dead skin and firms up the skin while removing makeup. It can be used with both dry or wet hands, and also on waterproof makeup (which I always wear!). It also contains a special absorption type of hyaluronic acid, which leaves a moist and hydrated feeling even after cleansing! 

Look at it go! This collage is to show you how the cleanser looks like after it is being pumped out from the bottle, and how it gradually deflates into serum in a matter of seconds! This is to show you what happens when I apply the cleanser straight to my face right after pumping it out, where I would be able to feel the bubbling sensation on my skin which gradually lessens while removing dead skin cells, and I would be left with what feels like a regular cleansing serum to massage my skin further!

How it looks like after the cleanser deflates from bubbles to serum! In fact, the serum after cleansing can be used as an essence for the skin, which makes it an all-in-one cleanser that saves us time, steps and shelf space! After cleansing and washing, just pump some more onto your palm and massage onto your skin just like your regular serum!

So what I usually do is that I'll remove the makeup on my face first- cheeks, chin, forehead, then slowly move to my eyes to remove my eye makeup, and then massage the rest of my face again to thoroughly remove all makeup and dirt!

This makeup remover + cleanser + serum is pretty amazing in a sense that it is gentle on the skin, yet powerful enough to remove makeup and blemishes from the skin! Only a few gentle rubs on my eyes to get my eye makeup removed nicely!

After washing off the cleanser, my skin feels clean without the need for a double cleansing. My skin feels brighter, fairer and smoother after using it. This is really convenient especially for travelling when you don't really want to bring along too many products!

The cleanser contains 53 different natural beauty ingredients from all over Japan, and can be used for sensitive skin as well! It is paraben free, contains no mineral oil, no synthetic fragrance or colouring added. True to its name, it is as au natural as it can be.

I can't help but to think of oranges and grapefruits whenever I wash my face, cos the scent of the cleanser is very much citrusy due to its acidic nature! It's a very refreshing scent and I love it!

If you're looking for a cleanser that acts as a makeup remover, cleanser, serum and essence at the same time, try out Hada Nature

You can find out more on their official website at Hada Nature Malaysia! They are running a Buy 2 Get 1 Free launch special now :)

'Til then!

Love, Careen.
This post in filed under Fashion and BeautyAdvertorials.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Repelling Mozzies with Tiger Balm!

It's Autumn vibes in most parts of the world right now! Sometimes I really wish we have 4 seasons in Malaysia too. Wouldn't it be nice if we get to layer up in nice winter clothing every year? ๐Ÿ˜Œ

This reminds me of a sad joke that I read online somewhere, that we have 4 seasons in Malaysia too!

The hot season, rainy season, haze season and mosquito season ๐Ÿ˜‚ For some reason I feel that Malaysia is always mosquito season though!

Tyler and I belong to the mosquito-magnet category where we would always be the preferred choice for mosquitoes to bite! No matter where we are, indoors or outdoors, we will somehow land ourselves some mosquito bites.

The location of our condo unit doesn't help also, cos we're located right above the garden so mozzies are literally our neighbours ๐Ÿ˜ญ We didn't realise how this would affect us until we moved in and my mozzie bite count increased significantly! It got so bad to a point I bugged Boon to install mosquito netting on all our glass doors and windows! Now it's much better but somehow mozzies will still end up flying into our home whenever we open the main door ๐Ÿ˜Œ

So anything that can potentially help with repelling mosquitoes, we will go for it! And one of our personal favourite methods would be this!

Taddaaaaaaa! The mozzie patch!
So far it's been working well! Whenever Tyler has got a mozzie patch on his clothes, he won't get bitten ๐Ÿ™

So these days whenever I can see mozzies flying around at home, I'll just stick a mozzie patch on his clothes (usually on his back so he won't see and peel it off!).

This mozzie patch was by Tiger Balm! I was so pleasantly surprised when I came to know that Tiger Balm released mosquito repellent sprays and patches!

Sharing some photos that I took the other evening when I brought Tyler to his grandparents' neighbourhood park!

Adam, Tyler's cousin joined us too! These boys wait all day for 6pm to go to the field! Which I truly encourage cos kids these days are so glued to screens and gadgets, that they don't find the fun and thrill in playing outdoors anymore. Which is why Boon and I want to encourage Tyler to play outdoors as much as possible, so that he develops a love for the outdoors all the way into his adulthood!

The sunset was perfectly captured in the frames :')

As usual, whenever it's field time, mosquito patches will be out to play too! As much as we encourage Tyler to play outdoors, we also know that the risk of getting bitten by an Aedes or Zika mozzie is higher than when he plays indoors. So these days whenever he plays outdoors, we'll make sure that we spray on mosquito repellent and put on mozzie patches!

When I took out the mozzie patch to stick onto Tyler's clothes, my mother in-law was like, "Ehhh I bought the same brand for Tyler and Adam also!" Looks like Tiger Balm is really popular for mosquito patches!

So far liking the mozzie patches a lot cos I found that the smell is stronger than other mozzie patches that we've used before. Each patch is individually packed, which helps to retain the smell! Literally when the packet is opened, the smell fills the air (which I find very aromatic actually ahaha I like the smell a lot ๐Ÿ˜‚).

Outdoor essentials! Tiger Balm's mosquito repellent range comes in the form of patches, aerosol and spray! 

We usually use the patch on Tyler (and sometimes for ourselves too heh), and the aerosol and spray for clothing when we go outdoors, and sometimes to spray onto certain darker parts of our bedroom to repel mozzies! I really like the aerosol cos it's in a misty form which is light and wouldn't feel wet on our clothes or skin at all! Will usually use the spray in the evening or before bedtime!

As a working mom who leaves her child with her grandparents frequently, it gives me a peace of mind knowing that he's well taken care of all the time, including feeding and napping well, and even playing well! It gives me so much joy whenever I get Whatsapp updates that the boys are eating, napping and playing together in the field :')

I used to be worried whenever they go outdoors cos one of my greatest fears (apart from Tyler falling and being severely injured) is Tyler getting dengue. Seeing how mosquito bite-prone he is, it seriously worries me if that one bite was by an Aedes mosquito ๐Ÿ˜ญ So knowing that Tyler's caregivers are making sure that he wears a mozzie patch each time he's outdoors gives me a peace of mind when I'm not around to care for him.

You can find out more about Tiger Balm's mosquito repellent range at, and purchase them at majority of the pharmacies or shopping malls near you!

Love, Careen.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's the little things

Yesterday was just like any other weekday. Boon and I will be texting and updating each other throughout the day while he's at work and me occupied with Tyler and TWA.

He was updating me about having this really good Kelantanese food with his colleagues and said he would like to bring me there cos he thinks I'll love it too. I was busy at that point so after reading I just left the message unresponded first.

Then came another message.


Boon: Tonight can baby pick me up from Inside Scoop at 930?

Me: Okies. Wah so nice ah go Inside Scoop for bible study. Hehe 
(he has his weekly Bible Study with our cell group member, Elie once every week)

Boon: No la.. date baby there today. We going USJ1 Chili Pan Mee.

Me: Awww so nice. Enjoy your Chili Pan Mee hehe

Boon: And then I enjoy Inside Scoop with baby

Me: So is Elie joining us for Inside Scoop?

Boon: Nope just us. Date baby loh. How to date baby with Elie with us leh? ๐Ÿ˜

Me: Awwww. So sweet one suddenly plan date ๐Ÿค”

Boon: Hahahah muax! Love ya


That short exchange of texts left me beaming. I don't know why but I was just so smitten. Touched that he thought about me in the middle of his day. That he deliberately planned and made time for us. That he is putting in the effort to date me, even after all these years.

It's our thing now to try to go on a dinner/movie date once every two weeks if possible. We'll put Tyler with either side of the family and we'll just go out for a few hours and spend some uninterrupted time together. For those dates, I'm usually the one who plans for them cos my schedule is fuller than Boon's hahaha, and I'm very used to scheduling things ahead so it's just been very normal that I'm the one who initiates for our dates, which I have absolutely no problem with.

So yesterday was pretty unusual for me. It reminded me of how he used to ask me out when we were just teenagers. And to come to think of it, I really have forgotten how it feels like to be asked out on a date this way.

Because let's face it, after 13 years of dating, we have become very chill and not expecting the sweep-me-off-my-feet romantic moments. We have grown to a stage where we're really okay just spending time at home, watching netflix and chill (like, really the chill, chill. hahaha). And there's really nothing wrong or sad about it, because we enjoy it!

But what happened yesterday just brought me back to the days when we first started dating, the feelings of being smitten.

Though in the end we decided to head home earlier cos Tyler skipped his nap and so didn't manage to Inside Scoop at all, my heart was still full. In fact, I felt like my love tank was full. And he didn't even do much! Just sincerely planning a short and simple date with me was all it took.

I guess it truly isn't the big things that keep a relationship alive, but the little things.

Love, Careen.
This post is filed under PersonalMarriage

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bath Time Bliss with Cetaphil Baby

One of my favourite parts of the day would no doubt have to be bath time for Tyler! Ever since he was a newborn, his favourite thing to do would be to take a bath- from the days when he was pretty immobile as an infant, to the time he just learned to sit and play in the bath tub, and now, sometimes walking around the bathroom while we chase him down to shower him- bath time has always been a very fun activity for Tyler!

Throwback to a year ago when he was barely one. Wrapped in his favourite bear towel! 

Fast forward a year later...

Still has a baby face but he has grown and matured so much! So much taller, so much smarter, so much bigger. Seriously how time flies ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Many things have changed in this one year. His choices of TV shows have changed from just that same few episodes of Barney and Friends to Hi-5, Super Simple Songs, and now- Dave and Ava and all the educational and repetitive ABC videos ๐Ÿ˜…

His choices of food...okay sadly didn't change that much. He's still a picky eater and still likes his porridge (only). But over that one year he has learned to accept fruits with his favourites being apples, bananas and grapes, and he loves biscuits. Erm sadly the list ends here ๐Ÿ˜…

But one thing remains, and that is his love for bath time. He can seriously can take multiple baths a day if we let him!

Bath time is of course accompanied by his favourite towel, bath toys and my favourite bath wash and lotion! Since Tyler was little, he has been having rather sensitive skin. At one point he had a streak of diarrhoea and it damaged the skin around his butt really badly to a point that it was all red and moist, and the flesh was showing ๐Ÿ˜ญ We tried many different types of nappy creams but they didn't really help, until a few mommy friends recommended using Cetaphil. My mother in-law had bought a bottle of Catephil Baby Daily Lotion for Tyler and I thought, it shouldn't help since it wasn't a specific rash cream or nappy cream, but only the Daily Lotion. But guess what, his skin healed within a matter of days and I was just amazed. It was only the Daily Lotion and it worked so well compared to many other nappy creams that we tried! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Since then we've been keeping a bottle of Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion at home for Tyler, and recently I've introduced the Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath and Wash during Tyler's bath time and he's been loving it!

Stalking my son in his happiest mode- bath time mode! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฆ 

Been using the Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash for a while now and personally, I love it I found it to be more moisturising than some of the brands that I've tried on Tyler previously. It's a lot richer, smoother to lather and it's easy to rinse off too!

Love it that it contains 0% colorant, mineral oil and paraben, and it's paediatrician recommended with a total of 200 dermatologists and paediatricians in Germany surveyed online from Feb to May 2015! In fact, Cetaphil was also one of the brands that Tyler's paed recommended when he had the severe butt rash!

Tyler loves the little bubbles formed and he would always stop whatever he was playing with earlier and try to burst the little bubbles in the water! Bath time may seem like another play time for the babies, but I believe it is also a multi sensory experience and "classroom" where they're able to touch and feel different things! Like these days, Tyler loves putting his palm on the water surface and feel the sensation on his palms as the "waves" move back and forth. Little things like that during bath time helps them be more aware of their senses!

After bath, we would always put him in his towel and stand in front of the mirror to let him see how cute he looks hahahaha. Usually he would be pleased and amused with what he sees #vainbaby hahahah.

And to keep him laying down properly while I dry him, apply his lotion, wear his diaper and clothes, I would hand him a toy (or non-toy which is also what he usually prefers ahem), and sing his favourite nursery rhymes to keep him distracted from wanting to move about. So bath time is more than just a time of cleansing but also a time where I get to bond with him as well. Which is why as much as Tyler loves bath time, I love it too cos I get to bond with him and experience this cheery side of him ♥

This is the Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion that I mentioned earlier! It contains Shea Butter and Almond Oil, which honestly smells amazing. Apart from the smell, it's rich yet non-sticky which I love! I can easily glide and lather the lotion on Tyler's skin without making him feel uncomfortable. 

These days he prefers to DIY cos you know, he is like a two-anger (like, teenager you know?) soon ๐Ÿ˜ He's been trying to do a lot of things independently like taking off his shoes and placing them nicely before entering the home, and also things like applying lotion onto his own skin #vainbaby again hahaha.

So pleased with himself! Hahahahaha.

These days with The White Atelier, I'm undoubtedly much busier than before and spending way lesser time with Tyler now compared to when I was a stay-at-home-mom. So when I'm home with him during the day before I head over to the studio, it is my most treasured time, and bath time is always the highlight cos it allows us both to bond and have fun. It's easy to rush though everything including feeding and bathing the baby cos we're all so busy, but I'm learning to slow down, put my work aside first and spend a bit more time lingering in the moment, and enjoying this little one who is not so little anymore as the days go by ๐Ÿ˜”

Okay I don't mean to get all emotional now, but my point is- let's remember to have fun with our little ones, whether it's bath time, meal time or sleeping time even! Cos they're all really growing so fast!

Til' the next post! In the meantime, enjoy the little moments ♥

Love, Careen.
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