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Thursday, March 29, 2018

THREE launches New Holistic Care Line


This was my Japanese inspired OOTD when I attended the launch of THREE Cosmetics' latest Holistic Care Line with an introduction of the Ultimate Defense range at Isetan Lot 10 a few days ago. Speaking at the launch was Miss Narumi Okazaki, Three's International Beauty Trainer from Japan. 

 THREE Cosmetics introduced their latest skincare range consisting of 5 fantastic products, their first skincare line that focuses on skin’s defence mechanism. 

Deeply instilling THREE’s spirit of holistic care, the new line focuses on the defence mechanism of the skin. Transcending the boundaries of gender, generation and skin type, this new line is great for those living in these stressful times, regulating the balance that has been disrupted by modern-day living. This range is infused with essential oil that is oh so heavenly and I actually enjoy the scent and texture very much. Bringing relaxation to the mind, body and skin, the blend empowers the skin enabling it to defend against the modern environment.

THREE's Ultimate Defense Range uses a holistic skincare approach with the power of essential oils


THREE’S EXCLUSIVE OIL BLEND
Laurel leaf oil x Frankincense oil
With these two key essential oils as the base, a few additional essential oils are added to enhance the feature of each skincare item. The slightly sweet, refreshing and distinctly spicy scent relieves any stress and tension. 

THREE has taken particular note of the powers of essential oils and other plant-based ingredients.
THREE Fundamentals:
1. Does not use parabens.
2. Does not conduct animal testing.
3. Uses certified organic ingredients as much as possible.

The power of nature is proven. Nothing can beat the gift from Mother Nature.

THREE's Fantastic 5 Ultimate Defense Range



Pollutants are on the rise, threatening the wellbeing of our skin. It’s time to protect it from within
Beautiful skin is a reflection of physical and emotional health. A smooth and refined texture, a healthy rosy complexion and natural radiance are only possible if the intrinsic homeostatic mechanism is functioning normally.

A DELICATE BALANCE
Our bodies are equipped with a homeostatic mechanism, and this mechanism protects us against the entry of foreign materials. It’s the skin that plays the important role in homeostasis. Covering the whole body and being in direct contact with the outside world, the skin acts as an initial gateway that provides defence. It’s also the most important protective organ.

However, we live in a time when both our lives and the environment are filled with stressors. These stress-inducing factors affect the skin’s homeostatic function, making it difficult to maintain a healthy balance. Due to weakened defence mechanisms caused by a stressful lifestyle, there are more and more people with “fragile skin” that cannot adequately perform its natural function. Sensitive skin that is prone to redness, roughness, breakouts and other problems is on the rise, as it is easily affected by factors such as UV rays, dryness and pollen – this is exactly the symptom of fragile skin with a weak defence capacity.

THE POWER OF SELF-DEFENSE
Our skincare has been consistently developed based on the concept of holistic care, which comprehensively treats the self by taking into account the environment and the lifestyle which maintains the healthy radiance we were born with. With increasing concerns over pollution, pollen and particulate matter floating in the air such as PM2.5, we have a new holistic care line to introduce to address the impact of such environmental stressors.
With full confidence in the power of essential oils, we have carefully selected the best of plant-based ingredients. 

THREE Cosmetics  hails from Japan. I love its fuss free,  minimalist look in terms of packaging. Let me introduce to you the core 5 products in THREE's latest Ultimate Defense Line.





Spreading smoothly to relieve sensitive skin, this cleansing oil purifies the skin by sweeping away the impurities that trigger skin problems.
It liberates the skin by lifting away makeup, excess keratin and air impurities that adhere to the skin after a long day.
It brings back the natural glow and clarity to the skin, rinsing off effortlessly with water to reveal purified skin.










(With 98% naturally derived ingredients)


Its key actions are:-
Cleansing: Removes impurities by melting away foundation, UV care products and air pollutants
Pore-refining: Removes impurities such as waste products deep within the pores, excess sebum and blackheads
Exfoliating: Loosens and removes excess keratin that builds up on the skin surface
It contains the following moisturizing and emollient agents:-
Essential oil: Laurel leaf oil, Frankincense oil, Lavender oil, Orange peel oil, and Wintergreen oil
Botanical oil/fat: Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Crambe abyssinica seed oil, Tea seed oil, Meadowfoam oil, Rosehip oil, and Sapote butter
Extract: Alpine rose extract
How to use:
1. Dispense about 2 to 3 pumps into your hands, and warm it up in your palms.
2. Apply to the entire face, starting from the bottom to the top and from the centre to the sides. Using your fingertips, massage in small circular motions to blend well.
3. Rinse thoroughly with water or lukewarm water while moving both hands in a heart-shaped motion from the tip of your chin to your forehead.





Cleanses thoroughly for a purified, trouble-free skin.
This face wash is mild enough to be used on even the most sensitive skin which suffers from red marks even after just a gentle rub.
The fluffy and rich fine lather envelops and washes away the impurities that cause skin problems, restores the skin’s healthy pH balance and leaves the skin impeccably clean.
Washes off for a soft and supple appearance without creating any feelings of tightness even in areas that are prone to dryness.







(With 97% naturally derived ingredients)

Its key actions are:-
Cleansing: Washes away waste products, dust and pollen that could cause skin problems pH balancing. Resets the skin’s pH to slightly acidic which makes the condition less problematic
Skin regulating: Keeps the skin clean with its mild purifying ingredients to maintain a healthy skin environment.
It contains the following moisturizing and emollient agents:-
Essential oils: Laurel leaf oil, Frankincense oil, Lavender oil, Tea tree oil, Petitgrain oil
Botanical oil/fats: Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Crambe abyssinica seed oil, Tea seed oil
Extracts: Alpine rose extract, Tephrosia purpurea seed extract, Yeast extract, Soap nut extract
Botanical water & mineral water: Hot spring water, Lavender water, Lemon fruit water
Cleansing agent: Coral powder
How to use:
1. Rinse the face with water or lukewarm water.
2. Dispense an adequate amount (about 1 cm) onto your wet hands and work into a lather.
3. Apply the foam to your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead. Starting from the lower part of the face, work your way up in large circular motions. Use a gentle touch as if you are rolling the foam over your face to clean the skin.
4. Rinse thoroughly with water or lukewarm water while moving both hands in a heart-shaped motion from the tip of your chin to your forehead.






This lotion gently seeps into dry or rough skin without any irritation to leave skin supple and firm with multi-functional moisture.
The slightly thick, smooth texture quickly penetrates the horny layer to relieve any skin damage.
With its double action of softening and toning, it balances the skin and replenishes the protective layer.
Comfortably tightens and softens the skin while filling it with moisture and a fresh, clean scent.











(With 97% naturally derived ingredients)

Its key actions are:-
Softening: Prepares dehydrated skin for a softer and smoother texture so it readily soaks up the moisture
Toning: Tightens the skin to defend against external stressors
Retaining resilience: Maintains firmness by guarding against dryness and other damage caused by UV rays
It contains the following moisturizing and emollient agents:-
Essential oil: Laurel leaf oil, Frankincense oil, Rosemary oil, and Marjoram oil
Extract: Alpine rose extract, Tephrosia purpurea seed extract, Yeast extract, Prickly pear extract, Watermelon fruit extract, and Solanum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract
Botanical water & mineral water: Hot spring water, Lavender water, and White rose flower water
How to use:
1. Dispense 3 pumps onto a cotton pad.
2. Starting from the centre, moving toward the outer contours of the face, gently wipe the face while moving the cotton square in a rolling motion. This process becomes more effective if you use two cotton squares moistened with the lotion and apply them on each side of the face simultaneously (see picture A). Helpful tip: Start from the top part of the face (forehead) in the morning and the bottom part of the face (tip of the chin) in the evening.
3. Cover the face with both hands and gently press the skin to allow the lotion to penetrate while breathing slowly and steadily.






Thoroughly replenishing the horny layer with moisture to strengthen and smoothen the skin, this fresh emulsion soothes the weakened skin and helps it unwind.
Gently enveloping the skin in a relaxing sensation, it fully replenishes moisture in the horny layer and supports the barrier function by restoring a healthy balance of moisture and sebum.
Packs the skin with hydration and guards against the entry of any trouble-causing factors.
Even rough, scaly skin becomes so smooth that it becomes irresistible.






(With 99% naturally derived ingredients)

Its key actions are:-
Barrier-forming: Hydrates the horny layer with moisture and sebum to support the skin’s barrier function
Sebum-balancing: Prevents skin problems caused by sebum imbalance to leave the skin moisturized and smooth
Homeostasis support: Restores the balance of mind, body and skin to guard against stressors
It contains the following moisturizing and emollient agents:-
Essential oils: Laurel leaf oil, Frankincense oil, Rosemary oil, and Bergamot fruit oil
Botanical oil/fat: Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Crambe abyssinica seed oil, Tea seed oil, Meadowfoam oil, Watermelon seed oil, and Argan oil
Extract: Alpine rose extract, Tephrosia purpurea seed extract, Yeast extract, Prickly pear extract, and Citrus sphaerocarpa (kabosu) extract
Botanical water & mineral water: Hot spring water, Lavender water, and White rose flower water
How to use:
1. Dispense 2 pumps into your palms or onto a cotton square.
2. Spread from the centre moving toward the outer contours of the face. This process becomes more effective if applied to both sides of the face simultaneously and symmetrically (see picture A). Helpful tip: Start from the top part of the face (forehead) in the morning and the bottom part of the face (tip of the chin) in the evening.
3. Cover the face with both hands and gently press the skin to allow the emulsion to penetrate while breathing slowly and steadily.



This cream boosts the skin’s defence mechanism by bringing out its inherent strength to defend.
It spreads effortlessly, locking in well-replenished moisture while guarding against particulate matter floating in the air, leaving the skin silky smooth.
Rich moisture permeates throughout the skin, invigorating the defence mechanism and reinforcing the strength to ward off triggering factors.




(With 99% naturally derived ingredients)

Its key actions are:-
Protective layer formation: Covers the skin with a supple and sheer protective layer to guard against external stressors
Nourishing: Multiple active ingredients provide a boost for fragile skin which is prone to signs of aging
Homeostasis support: Restores the balance of mind, body and skin to guard against stressors
It contains the following moisturizing and emollient agents:-
Essential oil: Laurel leaf oil, Frankincense oil, Rosemary oil, and Geranium oil
Botanical oil/fat: Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Crambe abyssinica seed oil, Tea seed oil, Meadowfoam oil, Watermelon seed oil, Argan oil, and Beeswax
Extract: Alpine rose extract, Tephrosia purpurea seed extract, Yeast extract, Prickly pear extract, and Rosa rugosa fruit extract
Botanical water & mineral water: Hot spring water, Lavender water, and White rose flower water
How to use:
1. Using a spatula, take 2 large pearl-sized scoops into your palms.
2. Place on 5 spots along the centre line (see picture A).
3. Gently apply to the entire face by moving both hands in a heart-shaped motion, from the bottom (tip of the chin) to the top and from the centre to the sides. Massage from the outer parts along the contours of the face, and work your way down to the neck (see picture B). Helpful tip: Reapply to areas that are prone to dryness.
4. Cover the face with both hands and gently press the skin to allow the cream to penetrate while breathing slowly and steadily.




 THREE line focuses on the defense mechanism of the skin.

More than 96% of naturally derived materials contain various kinds of botanical ingredients such as essential oils. I love the scent!
 We had a hands on session and I was able to try the full range. I love how well the cleanser foams up easily with really delicate and fine foams.

I also love the texture of the treatment cream that leaves my skin skin silky smooth and keeping it moisturized with its smooth texture.


At the launch event was Miss Narumi Okazaki, THREE's International Beauty Trainer shared the product's efficacies and how to use the products from this range.



Careena Yeoh of THREE COSMETICS MALAYSIA, addressing the media with a warm welcoming note.


Miss Narumi Okazaki applying the full range of product with a demo on a model's face.



If you are interested to get your hands on THREE's latest skincare range, you can hop on over to these few places to locate them.

THREE PAVILION: 03-21101199
THREE GARDENS: 03-22022199
THREE ISETAN JAPAN STORE:03-21104999


This is at  Isetan Lot 10 



For more information log on to www.threecosmetics.com


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About THREE
Made in Japan, THREE products are based on achieving balance of the mind, body and skin. It actively supports the skin by boosting its natural mechanism to enhance the skin to become what it was born to be. Under the lead of its makeup Creative Director, Rie Omoto, who is a New York-based makeup artist, the brand boasts a complete, beautiful skincare and makeup line – acting as secondary skincare to enhance beauty while nourishing your skin – with finest ingredients, texture and quality.




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Swag-a-licious Steamboat

Tried & Tested: SWAG SHABU, One City USJ 25
(Not Halal)

Last week, I had a swag-a-licious steamboat meal at SWAG SHABU . You can find them easily. Located just next to Starbucks at One City, The Place USJ25 this is a new swag place you you can check out. 

Swag in Urban Dictionary terms means cool or groovy and this new place I discovered is more than coooooool! Their interior speaks volumes with its trendy design. Imagine dining here with some really cool wall designs that is oh! so instagrammable! 




You may also notice a sushi-like conveyor belt that circles around the restaurant, only there is no sushi on it! This conveyor belt holds add ons like fu chook, ingredients for soup...etc for your steamboat meal with an easy pick-me-up fuss free mode. You can just reach out easily for additional enhancements to your hot pot of shabu.

Each plate comes with a different price tag, depending on the colour.


The food presentation is also very unique. I must say their food presentation is the tops! I call this steamboat berasap! They put dry ice below and the effect came out like this! 
Super nice!!!



We ordered the Mix Seafood Set (RM120) Suitable for 2-3 pax.
The bottom platter are filled with the standard stuff. So if you order a beef set for example, the top basket will be all beef.
 Next, we chose our soup base. I chose the white Tom Yam and Herbal Soup.
The Herbal Soup came up real nice after all the items were in. The soup was sweet.  Initially I was curious when I saw the other soup base so white and there were some chilli floating on the soup. Later I only realized this is White Tom Yam Soup. As for the White Tom Yam, it is quite unique but I find it a bit too sourish to my liking. I was hoping to try their coconut chicken soup but it was not ready or launched yet. Netherless we had no regrets for the Herbal soup base. Dad liked it.
 Mom liked their fish slices which she says is very fresh. I had a bite and indeed it was good stuff. The Mix Seafood platter also consist of some scallops, prawns, oyster, lala.

A look at the bottom basket which consist of enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, udon mee, some tofu, egg....etc



It didn't take long for the shabu to be ready. While waiting we did our own sauce mix.
There were countless types of sauces available to go with your steamboat. They were all labelled clearly.
This is the Chef's Special Sauce which was highly recommended to me.
 Take your pick! here's a look at my curated sauce mix.
 There was also mayonnaise in different colours (edible) that you could play with
 to create your work of art
 This rainbow 🌈 is my favourite! 
You could possibly entertain your kids and encourage them to draw with the colourful mayonnaise and cultivate their drawing talent.

The steamboat comes with free flow of ice cream too! The ice cream was kept frozen a bit too long and it was hard. I had to wait while before I could dig in.

Not only the food looks interesting.The drinks here looks interesting too. I have heard they have some special cocktail that also comes with some smoke effect and this interesting blue latte which I did not get to try yet.

Operation Hours

Don't you think this is a coooooooool place? They even have their own cocktail bar. Imagine makan steamboat and drinking cocktail at the same time. A great place to chill!


I just love the interior.
Nitrogen tanks for some smokey effect on some of their food. Even their popcorn has this smokey effect. How interesting.

I hope you have a swag-a-licious meal here too!


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