• beauty,  quickies

    Nivea Pop Ball Grapefruit & Maracuja Lipbalm

    Isn’t this Nivea Pop Ball Lipbalm the cutest?

    They remind me of EOS lipbalms, the folks who made the spherical lipbalm packaging popular, but I didn’t enjoy their formula and I’ve tried a bunch of flavours before. I do however, like Nivea lipbalms and use the normal stick tube type quite regularly. So of course I had to grab a cute round one when I saw it at Watsons. This comes in 3 different flavours and mine is in Grapefruit & Maracuja. There’s also Pink Watermelon & Pomegranate and Raspberry & Red Apple.

    These balms are colourless and just leaves a slight gloss on the lips. The formula feels similar to their regular stick balm and is comfortable enough on me. It is not super moisturising but does help keep my lips soft. Mine has a light grapefruit scent that is not offensive and dissipates fairly quick.

    Overall, a pretty decent lipbalm in cute packaging. And I am a sucker for cute and anything coral or pink!

    Each retails for RM19.90 at Watsons Pharmacy Malaysia but I got mine on sale at RM16.90.

    Have you seen or tried these? Which one did you pick up?

  • beauty,  favorites

    Muji Sensitive Skincare Loves

    I like using Muji’s sensitive skincare range at times when I feel like scaling back to basics. I like that the ingredients list is fairly minimal. I have sensitive skin and mild rosacea, so I have trouble using too much skincare at one go. My skin also can’t tolerate too much active ingredients and most essential oils (very sad).

    Here are a few tried and true faves from Muji (I’ve used a bunch of others but they didn’t work too well on me):

    ♥ Light Toning Water (High Moisture) – This is a basic hydrating toner. Can be used with cotton pads if you prefer. I just pour a few drops on my palms and pat on my face. It feels moisturising but it takes a while to sink in and it’s for this reason that I prefer Korean toners. I think some people use this for the “7-skins method” but I just pat this on one or two times and it’s good enough.

    ♥ Moisturising Cream – I prefer the cream to the milk version. The cream feels more soothing and sinks in much quicker than the milk. This is a pretty basic, no-fuss moisturiser.

    ♥ Cream Cleansing – I love this cream cleanser and is probably my favourite of the bunch. This is my 3rd tube. I use this in place of a foam cleanser in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings when I only have sunscreen and light makeup to remove. I follow up with a gentle foam cleanser in the evenings as part of a double-cleanse routine. This is the most comfortable and soothing cream cleanser I’ve tried, and trust me, I’ve tried a lot.

    ♥ Oil Cleansing – This is a thick, oily cleanser and is pretty good for taking off eye makeup. It does cloud my vision slightly after rinsing off but I don’t mind it much. I follow up with a gentle foam cleanser. I like taking this travel size with me whenever I travel and haven’t experienced any spillage so far.

    ♥ Body Milk – Quite possibly my favourite body moisturiser after the L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, which is a body cream. It soothes and hydrates my skin and absorbs fairly quickly. I am prone to eczema on my legs and haven’t had any reaction to this.

    Overall, I have been quite impressed by Muji’s sensitive skincare line and love it for its basic simplicity. And I like that this range is scentless so it’s suitable for those who are sensitive to fragrance. It’s also affordable and most of the sensitive skincare range have been formulated with special spring water in Japan.

    Are you a fan of Muji skincare too and do you have any faves?