Sponsored Review: Klarity Lasertox™ V-Line Slim Up Mask

Good afternoon! It’s Friday and another 8 more hours away to weekend. Anyways, here comes my product review for Klarity LasertoxTM V-Line Slim Up Mask as promised. I had recently reviewed on Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion. Click here if you wish to understand more about the product.

I had taken a few pictures of myself for illustration purpose but I am not sure if the pictures were obvious enough to show the results. Without further ado, let’s get moving on with what I intended to do for today.

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Klarity LasertoxTM V-Line Slim Up Mask

Before we start, allow me to introduce to you what this product is and what it aims to achieve.

Klarity LasertoxTM V-Line Slim Up Mask is the solution for those with busy lifestyle and yet cares for the maintenance of their physique. Combining CellActive® and marjoram leaf extract to achieve and maintain a beautiful V-contour. The unique CellActive® from Switzerland is an active ingredient with Essential Cell Boost-Factor to activate fat breakdown and reinforce skin firmness.

This is a 2 steps quick fix treatment pack designed to lift and firm your check and chin without hassle. The self-heating LasertoxTM V-Line Slim Up Mask Firming Cream is enriched with Adenosine which accelerates the skin lifting and firming result. The hydrogel patch seals the firming cream on target area to focus on the slimming and contouring. Face contour is toned, firmer and more refined with regular usage. The treatment is paraben free and works while you sleep.

So, how do you use the product one may ask?

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As mentioned above, this product is a two steps quick fix treatment pack. It comes with a small pack of cream and a piece of hydrogel patch. First thing to do is to squeeze the cream out from Step1 pack and gently massage the cream in circular motion over your cheek and chin. The cream was pleasantly floral scented. The texture of the cream was light, smooth and non-greasy. And therefore, it made the application a breeze!

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Secondly, take out the hydrogel patch from Step2 and peel off the plastic liner before hooking the hydrogel patch over the ears. Press the hydrogel patch to fit on the cheek and chin and leave the patch on for approximately 30 to 40 minutes before removing. Pat the remaining essence to be absorbed after removing the hydrogel patch.

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Before

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After

Based on the pictures comparison above, it seems like I have a sharper chin in the “Before” picture compared to the “After” picture. It was probably the angle problem. To be honest, I don’t find the product to be effective with just one usage as it was recommended to use the lift patch everyday for the first two weeks and at least one or twice per week continuously for optimum result.

So, here’s what I think of Klarity LasertoxTM V-Line Slim Up Mask in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. Easy to use.
2. Paraben free.
3. Halal certified for Muslim users.
4. Doesn’t break out on my skin.

Cons:
1. Result is not obvious after one usage.
2. No Klarity counter in Brunei.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

Price: S$12 / piece

Repurchase? No

Beauty Tip: This product is best used when exercising as your pores will enlarge at the time, hence absorbing the ingredients better which will increase the efficiency of V-Line Slim Up Mask. *shared by Cyndi from Klarity Singapore*

Product was sent to me by Klarity Singapore in return for an honest and unbiased blog write up. All reviews above were purely based on my own personal experience.

20112015 / Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe

This was my second visit to Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe this month. Kaylie had been wanting to try Rack & Brew since she heard about the said cafe. We decided to meet up yesterday evening as it had been quite some time since we last meet up.

We decided to go Rack & Brew as I wanted to try their Purple Carrot Cake. But unfortunately, it was sold out. So, I settled with their Victoria Sponge Cake. It was good but the fillings were overly sweet for me though.

Anyways, let’s get started with the food pictures!

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Orange Carrot | B$6

Now that I am more diet conscious, I would go for healthy juices or just plain water when dining outside. But I still do cave in once in a while and order coffee sometimes. LOL! This juice comes with a slight sweetness from both orange and carrot. It tasted rather raw at first sip but got better gradually.

I still prefer their Orange, Pineapple & Passionfruit but this one is good enough if you are looking for something cooling and refreshing. Kaylie mentioned that she liked the hourglass shaped glass. xD They were using mason jars previously but I guess they changed to this hourglass shaped bottles now.

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Cafe Latte | B$5

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out who ordered this. LOL! There are two types of coffee bean which you could choose from – smoke or intense. Smoke is the mild version coffee beans while intense is the stronger one. And of course, Miss Kaylie here went for the intense one.

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Sundried Tomato Pesto Chicken | B$8

Instead of using normal sandwich bread, they used Turkish bread toasted with sundried tomato pesto chicken and cheese. The sandwich came with fries. Love the sandwich filling as it was generous but I think they went slightly out of hand with the salt and black pepper. Fries were good, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

My colleague was craving for fries the other day and we went Peppermint Cafe. Should have brought her here and I am sure she will love the fries but maybe not the price though.

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Char Siu Kolo Mee | B$5

Red sauce Kolo Mee with chicken Char Siu, minced chicken and deep fried chicken skin. I tried a bit of the Kolo Mee and find it average only. I had eaten better than this and it didn’t even cost this much. Kaylie complained that they went out of hand with the seasoning as the noodles tasted extremely salty when she was almost finishing.

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Victoria Sponge Cake | B$5

Decided to give this a try as per the recommendation of a reader (Matsu) since their Purple Carrot Cake was sold out.  Victoria Sponge Cake is basically layers of sponge cakes with whipped cream and strawberries sandwiched in between layers. Or at least, that was what I came to know from YouTube.

Instead of using fresh strawberries, this Victoria Sponge Cake from R&B came with strawberry preserve. It was sweet and yet slightly sour at the same time. The sponge cake was good though, not overly sweet. Both Kaylie and I ended up eating the sponge cakes only.

Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe
Unit 9, Block H,
1st & 2nd Floor,
Abdul Razak Complex,
Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2457886

18102015 / Ximply Chriz Cafe

This is a way overdue food blog entry. San Diann, Clara and I met up for a gathering on one of the Sundays in October. We had lunch at Pho Hoa Restaurant in Kiulap before settling in at Ximply Chriz Cafe for dessert. We were spoiled for choices for cafes around Regent Square area recently. There are Nerdee Cafe, The Library Cafe and De’Olde Cottage but we decided to go Ximply Chriz Cafe as they have more choices for desserts.

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Belgium Hot Chocolate | B$4.50

San Diann’s choice of beverage and it came with a piece of marshmallow. He specifically requested for low sugar but it was still tad bit sweet for his liking. But all in all, he was pretty satisfied with his order.

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Vanilla Latte | B$4.50

I can’t remember what Clara ordered for herself but I think this was Vanilla Latte. Should not have procrastinated in the first place. LOL!

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Melbourne Latte | B$3.00

Wondered what’s the difference between Melbourne Latte and the usual Cafe Latte? According to the waitress, the former contained less milk content compared to the latter. Hence, I chose Melbourne Latte over Cafe Latte. Taste wise, good but bitter. But it was okay as I am used to bitter coffee.

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Baked Green Tea Cheesecake | B$5.00

This was my second time having this and it was still good as I remembered. Not at all sweet and it comes with a slight salty taste. Green tea taste was moderate hence doesn’t make the cheesecake taste all bitter. If you are a green tea and cheesecake lover, do try this. I am sure you will like it as much as I do.

Ximply Chriz Cafe
Unit 8, Block B,
Regent Square,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2234918

Sponsored Review: Klarity Lasertox™ CC Miracle White Lotion

Do you notice anything different of my today’s blog entry title? If you had, thank you for being an observant. For those who have not, let me just tell you that this is a sponsored post by Klarity Singapore.

Cyndi from Klarity Singapore sent me a parcel containing three of Klarity’s skincare products in return for an honest blog review write up. What came in the parcel were Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion, Klarity LasertoxTM Slim Up Mask and Klarity LasertoxTM V-Line Shape Up Treatment. I had been using Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion coming to three weeks now and it is about time for me to share my personal experience with you.

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Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion

I am pretty sure that most of you in Brunei had never heard of Klarity and I am not any different compared to you until Cyndi contacted me if I am willing to do sponsored reviews for Klarity.

For your information, Klarity is a Halal skincare brand, which is safe for Muslim users if you are concerned of what ingredients were used to make their skincare products. Most importantly, their products were paraben free and not tested on animals.

You must be wondering what LasertoxTM is and what is so special about it?

LasertoxTM is a functional treatment methodology that brings you targeted treatment to improve on specific concerns, by adopting laser technology which reinforces efficient penetration of the natural beauty essences into skin’s dermis layer.

Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion is a 11 in 1 face and body cream which comes with SPF30 PA++ and also provides whitening, purifying, repairing, firming, smoothening, soothing, hydrating, toning, anti-aging effects and it also comes with waterproof feature.

The product is floral scented and not too overpowering. I am someone who doesn’t like strongly scented skincare products. This scent was okay for me but it would be nicer if the scent is slightly more subtle than it is now.

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The consistency of the CC Cream is smooth and creamy. The cream is not tinted but white in color. Albeit white colored, it doesn’t leave your skin with a white casting after application. You know how some sunscreens leave a white casting after application?

If you are someone who are used to using tinted sunscreens to conceal dark spots, acne scars, blemishes and so on, you might want to find something else as this product doesn’t come tinted hence it doesn’t work well when it comes to covering up spots.

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Picture may not do any justice but the right side of my hand was indeed fairer compared to the other side after gently massaged the cream onto the skin.

It smooths out skin tone evenly almost immediately after application. It makes your skin looking all soft and velvety. And importantly, it doesn’t dry out skin as compared to some other BB Cream which I had tried and tested before.

So, here’s what I think of Klarity LasertoxTM CC Miracle White Lotion in a nutshell:

Pros:
1. 11 in 1 multi functions face and body cream with SPF coverage
2. Smooth and creamy consistency
3. Floral scented
4. Doesn’t dry skin out as compared to some BB Cream
5. Doesn’t leave white casting on skin after application
6. Smooths out skin tone almost immediately after application

Cons:
1. Fragrant is tad bit strong for me
2. Doesn’t do much on covering spots as the cream is not tinted
3. No Klarity counter in Brunei

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Price: SGD$39 (30ml) & SGD$59 (100ml)

Repurchase? Yes

For more information of Klarity’s range of skincare products, click here. For those of you who wish to purchase Klarity’s products but staying outside Singapore, you could always order from Luxola but shipping charges apply if minimum purchase requirement is not met.

Baking #86: Sour Cream Banana Cupcakes

I had baked this cake quite some time ago but didn’t really get to taste a lot of it as I baked it for Mom to bring it back to Kuching for my youngest aunt. So, I decided to tweak this recipe a little this time round by baking them in cupcake sizes and added crumble toppings. Cupcakes/muffins always taste nicer with crumble toppings. Don’t you agree?

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Sour Cream Banana Cupcakes (adapted from Minty’s Kitchen)

Ingredients:
240g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
170g unsalted butter, softened
120g fine granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs, 180g without shell
zest of one large orange
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mashed bananas

Crumble topping
90g unsalted butter, melted
125g all purpose flour
125g packed light brown sugar

I could not remember how much sugar I reduced in the recipe but it was somewhere in between 20 to 30g. But I do remember that I did not use the zest of one large orange, only about 1/2 tsp. LOL!

Directions:
To make crumble topping, rub in melted butter with all purpose flour and sugar together. Set aside while you make your muffin batter.
In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients – self raising flour, baking soda and salt together. Sift and set aside.
Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at the time and mix well.
Add mashed bananas and orange zest, stir well.
Gently fold in sifted flour mixture, alternating with sour cream and ending with flour mixture.
Scoop batter evenly between cupcake liners, topped with some crumb mixture and bake in a preheated oven of 190 degree Celsius for approximately 30 minutes or until an inserted cake tester comes out clean in the centre of a cupcake.
Leave cupcakes to cool in the muffin tray for about 10 minutes before removing them to cool on a cooling rack.

If you are wondering how many cupcakes this recipe can yield, it can yield about 16 large size cupcakes. And therefore, I was able to share 6 with Jennifer and another 6 with Jia, which left me with 4 pieces for home consumption.