Friday, 20 January 2012

L'OREAL Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel

Okay, let's face it. Oily and cracked skin on the face is utterly horrible! At times, my skin would crack around my nose and mouth. This usually happens when I don't drink enough water or when the weather gets too hot. And believe me, it ain't pretty. Did I mentioned that I dislike my shiny skin as well? Oil blotting papers have been a life-saver...

Over the past years, I have been searching for the perfect yet affordable moisturizer. Most didn't work for me. Some even broke me out :( So I was really thankful when I found the L'OREAL Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel.

The description of the product says:

"For the first time, L'OREAL Skincare Laboratories formulated Deep Marine Source Water naturally enriched in purifying minerals to clear your skin from shininess and durably supply it with hydration"

This product really did mattify my skin by absorbing the excessive sebum. It kept my skin matte for a good few hours. It also kept my skin hydrated and thus, prevented me from becoming crackzilla. The gel is rather light in texture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it refreshed and matte. It is also non-sticky which I love. Greasy and sticky creams are a big no-no for me!

What I also like about this product is that it gives a wonderful splash of freshness when applied on. It really has a cooling effect. The icy gel is also fragrant, which is a plus point. Its fragrance is light, not the heavy overwhelming kind which leaves your head spinning. 

I feel that this product is reasonably priced at RM24.90. Thanks to all its positive effects, this Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel is now my primary moisturizer ^^

Monday, 16 January 2012


I had just about ran out of TV series to watch when I stumbled upon Nikita. Honestly, I didn't know much about it. All I knew was that Maggie Q was the lead actress. But boy am I glad that I started watching. Nikita is an absolute delight to watch.

Basically, the series centers on a secret government-funded organization which is known as Division. Division recruits troubled youngsters and molds them into efficient spies and assassins. This organization, however, isn't all goody goody. Division has broken away from the government and now performs operations for their own gains. They ruthlessly eliminate and destroy people who stand in their way. 
Nikita (Maggie Q) is a Division agent who has gone rogue after her fiance was murdered by Division. Her ultimate mission is to bring Division down. She then trains a girl, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca), who becomes a recruit inside Division. Alex subsequently works as a mole for her mentor. And then there's Michael (Shane West), a Division operative who trained Nikita. He wants to capture Nikita but his feelings for her often leaves him torn in two.

Nikita is filled with action and nail-biting scenes. There are times where you think that Alex would be found out by Division. There are loads of gun fighting scenes as well. The weapons used in this series are pretty impressive. Maggie Q totally rocks when she is firing one of her countless cool guns. What's more, she looks hot in practically every scene. 

Tough as she is, Nikita occasionally shows her vulnerable side. This is especially so when it comes to her deceased fiance. Her protectiveness and concern for Alex is also touching. I think that her softer emotions actually humanizes her tough chick character.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that there's something going on with Nikita and Michael. They really do share a great chemistry. Shane West has this growly but utterly sexy voice. He frowns most of the time as Michael. However, that certainly doesn't stop him from looking handsome!

Lyndsy Fonseca effectively portrays Alex. I was gobsmacked when I realized that she played Ted's daughter in How I Met Your Mother. She seemed so different back then! 

In my opinion, Nikita is definitely a series worth watching. I can't wait to watch Season 2! :)