Friday, June 8, 2018

[REVIEW] VIAILA Cold Teeth Whitening Kit


What is the point of using high-end lipsticks, especially those in the shades of red or coral, when you have yellow teeth?

No high-end lipstick? No worries lol any lipstick will do

I have been told that I have yellow teeth several times. I live by the words saying "if one cannot fix the looks on their face under five seconds, don't say anything at all." I thought I shouldn't mind those remarks thrown to me because I can't expect everyone to think and live by the same way like I do. 

But it's a lie if I say I forget those remarks almost immediately.

How yellow are my teeth actually? Well, here are some photos captured some years back.

Mr Satan from Comic Fiesta 2015


My student in 2016


My exroommate for many semesters during our graduation


Yes, I was unhappy with the yellow teeth but I was born with them, it runs in the blood, and my family has even yellower teeth than I have. I was not sure if I can do anything to change this fact.

I sure was tempted to try the VIAILA Cold Teeth Whitening Kit when I saw the advertisements and testimonials on my Facebook.






These photos really do look convincing. If they were filtered using apps or software, we could easily tell. But..these photos look really convincing to me. So I decided to give VIAILA Cold Teeth Whitening Kit a try.

These are the things that come along in the kit. By the way, this photo belongs to the seller.




The power supply controller comes in four colours. I chose black.



But she sent me a pink one.
Bah.. as long as it works the same, I won't make a fuss about it.



I received the kit on 18th May, and started using on that very night. I do not have a closeup of the before photo, and only managed to get one after my third use, which is a Monday.

At first, I couldn't see any improvement and thought my money was kinda wasted, but on my second thought, it was too early to jump to conclusion. I took another photo after my tenth use, which is one week later.



What do you think?
I was happy just like that, and feel that I have more confidence now.
The Day 3 photo looked "warmer", perhaps due to the dark blue background. However, all my photos are not filtered or edited.

I did not just stop there, I continued using for another week. Below is after my seventeenth use.



I think VIAILA Cold Teeth Whitening Kit is pretty impressive.
If you doubt the outcome of this product, you can just judge my photos.

Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to send me mails. I am more than happy to help!






-vivian-


Monday, June 4, 2018

[REVIEW] Curel Sebum Care Line

On the 18th May 2018, I received a private message from the Curel Malaysia on Instagram, stating that I have been chosen as one of the three winners to try out the Curel Sebum Care Lotion and Moisturising Gel. Honestly, I did not expect to be so lucky because I joined the giveaway due to greed lol.

I received the product samples one week later, and started using them on the same day. Just for your information, I have super oily skin type, and no, I am not joking. Everyone says that they have oily skin too when in fact they are actually normal. Half of them can go out all day long and come back looking fine, and another half can go out for half a day then only start touching up. And then, there's me. I go out and forty minutes later, I will be needing my oil blotter. If I leave my face just as it is for two hours, I will look as if I fell into a pot of oil. 

That is how oily my skin is. I am always jealous of people who don't need to touch up as often as I am, and can use liquid or cream type of products on their face. Maybe I am just unfortunate hahah And I am not the kind of person who will buy a product just to regret it after one or two uses because it doesn't work on me. So I am actually glad that I can try the samples.

Today marks the tenth day of using the samples, and here is what I have to say.



On the second day of using;
If you are a follower of my private Twitter account, surely you read a tweet from me on the 25th May. I stated that "I am already seeing the result" because, before using them I have to blot my face two hours after putting on my makeup, but on this particular day, even it was past two hours, my face seemed in tact. In addition to that, my skin complexion looks glowy and brighter too.

One week after using;
Being the little scientist in me, I made sure that what I noticed on the second day was not a coincidence and kept track of my skin condition. As the pattern continues, I became sure that I don't need to blot my facial oil so often. Somehow, the sebum production has slowed down. With this being said, I became less self-conscious as I don't need to check my face on the mirror regularly. It is a good thing!

Yesterday (the tenth day) and this morning;
I checked my face this morning and I realised that my pores have shrunk. I am very pleased with what I see! 




Enlarged pores and oily skin are some kind of horror to me since I was a teenager, and I never want people to look at my nose when we communicate. My self-consciousness is as far as the I-will-check-if-you-have-enlarged-pores-on-your-face-too level. It's ironic, I know, but I can't help it. I am always grateful for the smart blur effect on smart phones because no one can see my orange-skin cheeks and strawberry-skin nose.

Having seen my pores shrunk, I feel that my confidence has been raised. With my less oily skin now, I feel really happy that I have one less thing to worry about when I go out. I truly think that Curel Sebum Care Lotion and Sebum Care Moisture Gel are my life-changing products. I do plan to purchase them, and probably will do so if I see them in Japan. 

I can't wait to bid my shiny forehead and nosetip a good bye soon!





-vivian-

Saturday, May 26, 2018

We Are All Victim of Sexual Desires

Yesterday, a news post went viral all over Malaysia. It all began when a politician who was holding a live FB post suddenly received a call from a viewer known as Azrul.


He first commented on her way of dressing since all viewers could see her upper torso as she swayed to her side. Logically, her headscarf would also move to the side due to the shift in the centre point. Go study science if you don't understand. However, that was not all. Azrul went on saying that "we can see your underwear, we can see your breasts." Please look at the image above and justify the quote said by him.

I will not go any further than this, but listen up.

 Look, the way a woman dresses is never a sign of invitation for anything sexual related. This politician and Azrul is a living proof that even if you are covered from the head to the toes, you will still be a victim of sexual desires or fantasies. No matter how decent you dress, you can't change the fact that people will stare at your body.

Rape victims from other countries were not given justice, and we never want anyone to fall victim to such cases. The most remarkable comment I remember from a court case (rape) was "She asked for it." Now, please know that there was no communication in whatsoever form involved.


 

 

How not to be victimised?


 
 While they are fighting for justice for things that have happened,
this one is right too,


However, I do not think that it is enough just to voice out.

I always agree on the thought of sending a child to a self-defense class. As I, too, attended self-defense classes when I was 9, I believe that having this skill is essential because you would not know when it will come in handy. It is never a waste of money if it benefits you. I stopped learning when I moved to secondary school because I did not like the new learning environment. I had a red belt and would have been a master today if I continued learning.

I am sure that you have also watched videos on where to hit if you are being strangled. Even if you remembered the steps and points, it will be different if you attempt to do it. You must try and practise it with somebody.

Prevention is better than cure.

By the way, I hate this stupid law where rape survivors are jailed for defending themselves against rapist because "they attack him". The fact that rapists walk free from the court shows how ugly the society is. Ugh.

Shut up and don't say "don't be a rape victim" because talk is cheap.



-vivian-

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

[REVIEW] Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence


There is no way we can avoid the sun in Malaysia. Even if we hide in a building, the UV ray can penetrate through the windows, and everywhere we go, there will always be UV ray. Yes, even at night

It is actually quite impossible to cure the earth and completely vanish the UV ray. Come to think of it, UV ray can cause premature skin aging. I know it sounds horrible, because..who on earth would like to look older than they are?

Being in Malaysia and the fact that this country lies near the Equator, we are more exposed to the sun compared to southern or northern countries. What I like to do is to apply my sunscreen to protect my skin. I mean, this is my must-have-in-my-bag item.

My students know me and tend to ask me, "Teacher, where is the blue tube? We want some too!" They all know how I love the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence.

The key point is "aqua rich watery essence". 


Throughout my school days, I had used brands like BB, S, and V (go figure out). I started using BB back in primary school days when I saw my friend using it (ugh...speaking of peer influence). If you've figured out what BB brand stands for, you will have to agree with me that the texture is creamy and thick. When it comes in contact with water, it feels slippery as if we left our shampoo on our skin dry. Once, I forgot that I had BB sunblock on and I rubbed my eyes. It was irritating as hell and someone I don't know actually asked me if I was okay because my eyes were red and tears kept running down my cheek. As for the S and V brands, the textures were more runny. Based on my experience, once it's absorbed into my skin, I don't really feel comfortable, as if my skin was sticky. I stopped buying after I finished one tube of each.

On the other hand, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is watery. The "aqua rich watery essence" is a feature I love about this sunscreen because it makes gliding on the skin so much easier, and comfortable. Also, it absorbs into the skin very quickly. It feels very lightweight on my skin as if I did not apply it. But, do not underestimate this as it is a SPF 50+ sunscreen with PA +++++. If this fact doesn't convince you enough, please be informed that this Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence won the Best Cosmetic Award by Cosme Japan.



Other than that, I also love this sunscreen because it makes my skin feels hydrated, smooth and soft after application. After all, it contains the royal jelly extract, so don't worry much because it helps to prevent age spots, loss of skin elasticity and dullness caused by sunburn. The mixed citrus essence in it also makes the sunscreen smells good

When I wash my hand after applying it, I can actually feel that the sunscreen is still there. With the new and improved formula, this Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence water-like sunscreen is so long-lasting yet durable. It is highly resistant to sweat and water.



You can get your hands on one of this from any drugstores near you. For me, I bought mine from WatsonsBiore has also released a limited edition which comes in a pink tube with gold lid (shown in the picture above) as it is rose-scented.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a Japanese friend of mine for recommending this to me a few years ago, and I have been using this since then. The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a necessity in my bag, and I hope it becomes your necessity, too. You will not regret this decision.



Disclaimer: I am not sponsored in terms of monetary gain or product gain for any mentions of any brands, products, artistes, YouTubers etc in my blogpost. Biore did sent me a small tube, however, all opinions are purely my own.






-vivian-

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Red Carpet


So, that was the theme came up by the chairperson of the Teachers & Staff Club of my school for the Teachers' Day celebration. When I first heard of the announcement of this theme, all I could imagine was sleeveless, bareback, dresses with slits. 

Not appropriate to dress that way in school
Yes, I know, of course. 

I searched for inspiration of modest dresses, vintage-y dresses etc on Pinterest. I did find some nice ones, but I kinda felt that those kinds which I like would cost a lot. Curse my expensive taste because I can never afford things I really like lol

Then, I went on searching on TaoBao, and actually found one I like. However, there was one problem.
The thumbnail shows a dust pink colour dress. I love pink. But the photos in customer reviews show brown dress.
No, I don't want brown.
And after looking properly at the photos provided by the buyers, I understood that the dress is actually brown, and would appear pink under the light. Or after filtering with apps lmao

I went on buying anyway, hoping I was wrong lol
But the dress really did turn out to be a brown one. I didn't like it, but since I bought it, I must wear it. The show must go on.

I was actually a tad disappointed because I couldn't wear whatever I like. I would totally wear something with Japanese feel. Anyway, I slew my dress with makeup. A pretty dress cannot be worn without a pretty makeup on the face.

By the way, there was really a red carpet and we had to walk the runway. I was glad about that red carpet because I thought that Red Carpet theme without an actual red carpet would be meaningless. I swear I looked up on the Internet about tips on how to pose. lmao

And I won the Best Dressed Award. I didn't know that there would be an award for best dressed male and female teachers. I also won other awards that I did not expect getting. lol



Me, as the Best Dressed (Female Teacher) and the Best Dressed (Male Teacher)



My student bought a cake and shared with a few others. I thought he was joking when he said that he would buy a cake.



Goodbye, diet.



This year's celebration is better than the years before since I started teaching. I had fun, and that's all that matters :)



-vivian-

Sunday, May 13, 2018

New era?

It feels like it has been a decade since I last blogged XD;;
The government has changed, and everyone hopes for better days ahead.

I am no exception.
I am patiently waiting for the term break.
I remember how nervous I was when I was to spend my term break in Japan alone. I do miss that place - the air, the environment, the people, the fashion, the mall, etc lol
I know someday I would make a visit to the land of the rising sun again.

So yeah. I am going to spend 3⁄4 of my term break this year in Japan. What is different than last year is that, I will be spending my time with my SO. His mother invited me over since January and I will be seeing her, as well as all my SO's family members next month.

I am counting down by waiting for my menstruation lmao When it's over, I will have to work for another few days, then I'm off to reunite with him.

I am very nervous to meet his family and have little to no idea of what I should bring as a meetup gift.




-vivian-

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mentality, Mindset Problem or What?


Sometimes, when I think about it again, I can feel the heat in my chest.
To start off, I would like to let you know that this entry is related to my workplace aka school.


First,
When I first started working, they were all asking me to handle activities on weekends. FFS, it's a damn weekend, and I live more than 30 KM away from where the school. Logically speaking, I wake up earlier than most of you, and when work is over, I arrive home later than you people. Come to think of it, the one who asked me to handle the activity lives next to school

The excuse given was,
"you are still single."

So does that mean I have plenty of time?
What kind of lousy excuse was that??
I supposed that means I can be taken advantage of.
pfftt


Second,
They asked me how I manage my money. Well, you know.. As a freshie, the wage can be sufficient (or not) depending on how we spend the money. So I told them that I have to pay a sum of money for my car's installment.

They proceeded to say
"you must be rich. you don't have a family yet."

I would like to declare that I feel so sorry for their parents. Or parent.
Your father and/or mother spent so much on your education, 
provided everything for you
making sure you get a good job. 
Then when you got married, 
and suddenly your father and/or mother 
is not your family anymore.

I mean, come on. My mother is my family. 
How could you say that I don't have a family yet.
You think I don't give money to my mother to spend for the household?
Not everyone is an ungrateful child.
And I have stray dogs outside my house to feed.
And my car? Of course I need to pay for the petrol too.
And health insurance.

Think a freshie is rich?
Just fucking think again.


Third,
Well this happened early this month. I figuratively had to stay back after the schooling session for
M - tuition
Tu - meeting
W - drama practice
Th - tuition
Yes, every day. By the time I was home, it was like 6:30 PM. 
I swear it was so exhausting.
Now, don't tell me to move to a house near my school because my school is in a sub-urban area, and there is nothing there. 
No entertainment, no mall. 
Even the petrol station looks dodgy lol
Of course, living far from school is solely my problem

The idea of this third is,
again
asking me to handle an activity on the Saturday of that same particular week.

I was all chill, I could do it but just not that Saturday, man.
I have had enough of being in school till so late.
And I slept on my desk every day when I didn't have classes
because it was, honestly, super tiring.

That's just the idea lol
The main idea is I was told
"why not? you have so much free time. you don't even go to the mosque."

I got so pissed off right there and I actually responded something like
Even if I don't go to the mosque, it does not mean I have nothing else to do.

Let me remind you; I wrote "something like" above.
Believe me, it was harsh, I think.
I don't remember what else I said,
but my colleague was like
don't piss her off 
lol they know how tired I was from the pimples showed up

On a side note, I thought
I could go to the Chinese temple, Indian temple and church if I would like to, and I could be the busiest person you will ever meet.


Fourth
This happened yesterday when my students surrounded me after they handed in their books (what good students they are). They were discussing with me about the T-shirt design which my class chose. There is a necktie design just below the collar and I said that it would not be visible once they've put on their tudung. One of them said that they could adjust the tudung to be above the chest level, to which I said that they have to tutup aurat and should not do that. Another one commented that my dress should be until ankle level to tutup aurat (my dress was at calf level, which is less than 6 inches from the ankles). So, I said that as long as I do not offend the clothing ethics, it is fine and besides, I am not a Muslimat.

Then this conversation took place;
A: Teacher, why don't you embrace Islam? It's nice.
B: Yes, teacher. Ustaz Syed* challenged us to make you embrace Islam. He said that if we did it, he would give away all his properties to us.
Me: He what?
A: Yes, teacher. He challenged us.


*not his real name
I was so surprised. Not because of the challenge.
This is my opinion;

Whether or not it is a joke,
one should never bribe anyone to convert into another religion.
Also, if it is really nice like you said,
surely others can see it and convert without being asked to.
And please don't ever beg anyone because it is pathetic.
Having an "ustaz" title and also a teacher, and educator in a school, yet you practise bribery among school students - It is so unworthy and embarrassing.
May your god show you the right way of doing things.






In my defense,
I don't think anyone should be made use of if he/she does not like it. Just because one is kind-hearted and perhaps pure, it never means that others should take advantage on that characteristic. 

If you ever find yourself in such position,
by all means, please decline.
Learn to refuse.
If the other party will be happy and free from doing task initially assigned to him/her, but you feel the opposite, you have to ask yourself this:
Who is going to take care of your feelings if you don't?
Because by the end of the day, you only have yourself.
So please do not sacrifice your happiness, time or energy if you know that at one point you will regret something.
You must first take care of yourself and your well-being. Others can wait.






-vivian-