Review: Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

As promised, I am trying to catch up with my blogging. I still have a couple of skincare products which I have yet reviewed. But don’t worry, I will be on track very soon. Ever since I finished my previous pot of Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream, I had been using this Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment very religiously.

As we “age”, it is mandatory to invest in a good pot of eye cream! I had been hearing raves about how good Origins eye creams are. At least, that was what Sister told me. Origins eye creams do a pretty good job for pre anti-aging. But I heard the best anti-aging eye creams are the ones from Lancome and Estee Lauder. I am not sure how good they are as I have never used them but Mom had been using the one from Estee Lauder.

Without further ado, let me start my skincare product review on Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment!

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Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

Sister got this for me few months ago in Johor before she flies back home for holiday. I think it would be cheaper to get skincare products from the duty free shop in Shanghai Pudong International Airport but she wasn’t flying out from that airport that time. Hence, she can only get this for me from Johor.

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The product packaging comes with a hygienic stopper, in which I find it to be bothersome hence trashed it when I started using the product. One thing which I realized when I opened the product box, I found out that the product doesn’t come with a spatula. Majority brands provide spatula for hygienic reason. The skin underneath our eyes is the most delicate part on our entire face and we wouldn’t want infection to go into our eyes in case there is hygiene issue.

It doesn’t seem to be of much problem to me that they did not provide a spatula as I am not used to scooping out the cream with a spatula anyways. I would usually scoop the desired portion with my ring finger. But I will definitely make sure that I had washed my hands before getting my hands into my skincare products.

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The texture of this eye cream is creamy, as expected for an eye cream. But it is not greasy on the touch. It leaves my skin underneath the eye areas soft and smooth after application. It does not have a strong fragrance, pretty subtle to me to be honest. Those who likes minimally scented skincare products may like this eye cream. I had tried two versions of this eye cream. One was this and the other one was a serum. I preferred this over the latter as I find the latter not to be absorbing well onto my skin compared to this.

You must be wondering if it works up to what it is supposed to achieve. Honestly speaking, I think it worked well enough. I could see that the fine lines underneath my eyes were reducing in appearance but they were not completely gone yet. Perhaps I need a few more pots of this to get rid of all those fine lines. Albeit it works quite well in reducing the appearance of fine lines, I still prefer Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream over this. Reason being, Artistry eye cream is a lot cheaper than this Origins eye cream and both have the same functions.

So, here is what I think of Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Minimally scented.
2. Creamy texture but not greasy.
3. Absorbs onto skin well enough, leaving it soft and smooth after application.
4. Fine lines were less visible.

Cons:
1. Expensive compared to Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream.
2. Origins is not available nearby but Kuching or Kota Kinabalu (KK).

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Price: RM190

Repurchase? Nope

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Review: Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Mulberry Ultra Foam Cleanser

I haven’t been consistent with blog updates over the past few weeks. I had been trying hard to update this blog on daily basis but I couldn’t seem to find the mood to do so albeit I have a few skincare products to review of. But I will try my best to update as often as possible. Hopefully, I will have more things to blog about soon. There have been a few new eateries in town lately but I haven’t got the chance to try most of them as their business hours do not suit my working hours. LOL!

Anyways, I have decided to do an overnight trip to Miri next month as I needed to get my prescription glasses changed. I had been getting mild headache recently and I couldn’t be sure if it has anything to do with the power of my eyes. Perhaps it is time to get a new pair of glasses? I will be baking my friends some muffins to bring down when I see them. So, I am still contemplating between chocolate chips or raisins muffins. But I think they might prefer chocolate chips more than raisins though.

Okay … Let’s get this business down the road before I stray further with more irrelevant topics. xD

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I bought this on my last day trip down to Miri last August. I was window shopping at Watsons when I found out that they are doing a promotion whereby you can get the second bottle of this at half price.

Before paying for them at the counter, I counter checked with the staff whether I could get a bottle of this and another bottle of the other “flavor” under the deal. She told me that she wasn’t certain whether it is applicable but I could always try at the counter. So, I decided to take my chance and took a bottle of this with Neutrogena Deep Clean Revitalizing Pink Grapefruit Ultra Foam Cleanser. And yes, I got the second piece at half price. Yay!

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The texture of the cleanser is in foamy type like Biore Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash. Albeit the same foamy texture, the foam from Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Mulberry Ultra Foam Cleanser is not as fine as the one from Biore. It was pretty bubbly at times though. You will need about three to four pumps in order to get the amount in the picture above whereby it will only requires two pumps for Biore to get the above amount.

Fragrance wise, it smelled very nice and refreshing at the same time. The scent isn’t overpowering at all but nice fruity scent, smelled like mulberry. The facial cleanser aims to brighten skin complexion. If you are expecting a few shades lighter skin tone out of this facial cleanser, it is not quite possible with just one bottle. Perhaps you might be able to achieve the desired shades after a few bottles.

On my first few trials with this facial cleanser, I find my skin to be a wee bit tighter compared to before washing. But it got better after a few more washes. It doesn’t leave my skin dry after rinsing but soft and smooth! And best of all, it doesn’t strip skin moisture and no skin breakout after using the facial cleanser.

So, here is what I think of Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Mulberry Ultra Foam Cleanser in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Smells nice, fruity.
2. Doesn’t strip skin moisture.
3. Leaving skin soft and smooth.

Cons:
1. Doesn’t give much brightening effect.
2. Not available in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Price: RM31.90

Repurchase? Maybe

Baking #44: Gula Melaka Banana Cupcakes with Walnuts

Decided to bake Gula Melaka Banana Cupcakes with Walnuts this afternoon after much hinting from one of my colleagues couple of days ago. She sponsored me some bananas last week but I hadn’t been in the mood to bake these cupcakes as the process is tedious compared to the other cupcakes/muffins which I usually bake. And I told myself that I will bake her these Gula Melaka Banana Cupcakes with Walnuts given that I can find ripe bananas. I found them at one of the vegetables/fruits stall nearby my house.

The original recipe calls for an 7″ square baking pan but you could always bake in cupcakes liners if you wish to share with friends. I personally find baking in cupcakes liners much more convenient for me to do sharing but the process might be a little bit of a hassle as I do not have a big ass oven at home. I needed to bake these cupcakes in three batches and my oven can only accommodate 6 cupcakes at a time.

My first attempt on this cake was baked in an 7″ square baking pan and it was considered successful but the whole cake just crumbled when I tried to unmould it. I should have followed the instruction about unmoulding the cake when it has completely cooled down.

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First batch …

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Second batch …

Without further ado, let’s get started with the ingredients and directions of making these Gula Melaka Banana Cupcakes with Walnuts! Original recipe was created by Cuisine Paradise and click here for the link to her original recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • 250g unsalted butter *Anchor*
  • 140g shaved Gula Melaka *120g Gula Melaka Paste from Indonesia*
  • 270g self-raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 240g ripe bananas, mashed
  • 60g walnuts, chopped
  • 30ml Kahlua *66ml*

Directions:

  1. Mix self-raising flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter, gula melaka and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time and mix well.
  4. Fold in half portion of the sifted flour mixture until well mixed.
  5. Add in the mashed bananas and stir until well combined.
  6. Fold in the remaining half portion of the sifted flour mixture and mix well.
  7. Add in Kahlua and chopped walnuts and mix well.
  8. Scoop mixtures evenly into cupcakes liners and bake in a preheated oven of 190 degree Celsius for approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

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So, this was how my Gula Melaka Banana Cupcakes with Walnuts looked like on the inside when sliced into halves. It looks more denser compared to my usual muffin bakes but rest assured that they were still soft and moist after some time. The cupcakes smelled extremely heavenly due to the gula melaka paste which I used. You could always use the large chunks of gula melaka and shave them if you couldn’t find gula melaka paste.

The walnuts did not have much effects on the cupcakes to be honest. I toasted them in the oven beforehand but I think Mom still finds them quite raw. LOL! Sweetness level is still okay but they are definitely greasy. Perhaps I should lower down the butter dosage next time? I did not notice that I overdosed on the Kahlua. I thought the recipe calls for 60ml but it turned out to be 30ml only! Only realized my mistake when I was typing away this blog entry.

If you happen to have all these ingredients in your kitchen, perhaps you might wanna give this recipe a shot? Happy trying!

PS: This recipe can yields about 13 to 14 muffin size cupcakes!

Baking #43: Apple Crumble Muffins

My obsession towards baking chiffon cake had died down a little after having experimented quite a lot of flavors and when my colleague told me that they are starting to get sick of chiffon cakes and would very much prefer denser cakes like butter cakes or muffins. After having found big fat juicy blueberries from one of the local supermarkets, I baked 12 pieces of Blueberry & Cream Cheese Muffins last Sunday and Dried Cranberries Muffins earlier this week.

My idea of Dried Cranberries Muffins came from DessertzHouse. It suddenly struck me that I can tweak the flavor based on my preference but following suit the basic ingredients of making muffins from her recipe. I am intending to try Chocolate Chips Muffins next time. So, stay tune if you are interested.

After having remembered that I still have an unopened bottle of cinnamon powder which I bought couple of months ago, I decided to bake a batch of Apple Crumble Muffins but without the “crumble”. If you are wondering what’s Apple Crumble Muffins without the “crumble”, they are basically apple muffins without the toppings. I wanted to try baking them with toppings but I find the process rather tedious and time consuming. And most importantly, my “patrons” do not like heavy buttery taste. LOL!

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Apple Crumble Muffins (adapted from DessertzHouse)

As my convection oven can only fit a batch of 6 pieces at a time, I had to bake my muffins in two batches. My kitchen smelled heavenly of cinnamon as these were baking in the oven. And the apple chunks were extremely soft when they were cooked!

Without further ado, let’s get started with the ingredients and direction of making these Apple Crumble Muffins!

Ingredients:

  • 340g cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon *cinnamon powder*
  • 2 small apples
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 180g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 260g natural plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. Peel, core and dice the apples. Put the diced apples into a bowl of salt water to prevent them from browning.
  2. Mix cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder together. Sift and set aside.
  3. Cream butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in eggs one at a time and beat until well combined.
  5. Add in butter mixture with natural plain yogurt into the flour mixture and fold well.
  6. Gently fold in the diced apples.
  7. Scoop mixture evenly between the paper cases and bake in a preheated oven of 190 degree Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of the muffins.

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I think I diced the apples into rather big chunks hence the diced apples took up the muffins more than the flour batter. LOL! All in all, I think both cinnamon powder and apples made a good pair. For those of you who doe not like cinnamon powder, you might find the taste a bit too overwhelming for your liking. But if you pair the muffins with a cup of black coffee, it will sort of neutralize the taste of cinnamon powder by a little.

The sweetness level of these Apple Crumble Muffins was perfect. It was neither too sweet nor too bland. It made use of brown sugar instead of the usual fine granulated white sugar that we usually use for baking. And most importantly, I love how soft the diced apples were after they were cooked!

If you love apple pies, perhaps this is something that you wanna try?

21102014 / Fuchow Restaurant

After having successfully baked my Dried Cranberries Muffin yesterday afternoon, I am very tempted to try other flavors of muffins. I used to bake too much of chiffon cakes to the extent that my colleagues were sick of them already. I had quite a lot of overripe bananas at home and I am intending to make them into muffins. But the only problem I have at the moment is which recipe that I should be using.

Anyways, I baked 12 Dried Cranberries Muffins yesterday afternoon and gave 6 pieces to our neighbors when they were just out from the oven, three for colleagues and remaining three for home consumption. The muffins were still soft this morning, may be a little bit tough on the top but still soft on the inside. My colleagues said the muffins were nice but the dried cranberries might have overwhelmed the taste of butter in the muffins. I personally preferred a less buttery taste though. But anyways, I will try to tweak a little bit with my future muffin bakes! So, stay tune if you are interested.

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Kaylie and I had lunch at the newly opened Fuchow Restaurant in Kiulap. I am not sure when was it exactly opened for business but all I knew was that it wasn’t long ago. I arrived at the said restaurant before the lunch crowd started rolling in and waited approximately 15 minutes for Kaylie to arrive. Fuchow Restaurant is located just next to R&T Electronics and on the block behind CF King.

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Lime Plum Juice | B$3.00

I got myself a glass of Lime Plum Juice yesterday as I was craving for something sour and cold. I requested for my drink to be of lesser ice albeit I wanted a cold drink. This was an extremely refreshing and addictive beverage. When they were preparing this beverage of mine, I can smell the lime from where I was seated and I am not being exaggerating. The drink was indeed sour when you took the first sip but it also tasted salty at the same time. The saltiness came from the plum.

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Minced Pork Fried Gong Pia | B$2.40

Gong Pia is one of the most common food of the Fuchow population. They can be eaten plain or with fillings. The Gong Pia served at Fuchow Restaurant came with the fillings of minced pork in soy sauce. They were nice but slightly salty for my liking. They are best eaten when hot as they tend to go tough when they turned cool.

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Special Tiger Bak Kut Teh Small | B$10.00

Were you like me who thought that the soup is brewed with a tiger? LOL! Well, I thought so though. But no, it was cooked with pork meat and innards. Both Kaylie and I had the same thing for lunch. But she requested hers to come with pork ribs only while mine came with pork innards. I like pork innards.

Some may find pork innards gross but I am okay with them. Majority of my friends don’t eat innards though. But the size of pork ribs served here at Fuchow Restaurant is big compared to the local restaurants serving Bak Kut Teh.

The broth tastes good but still lack in herbal taste though. All in all, it was good and it makes a good hearty bowl of soup on a cool and rainy day. I was already sweating when I was only halfway through with my Bak Kut Teh.

Fuchow Restaurant
No: 16 & 17,
Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Awang Matusin,
Kampung Kiulap,
Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2236789