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Definitely at an age now where some sort of firming product is a must in my routine. Loss of volume is real and that's where anti-ageing or products that help firm and lifts the skin comes in. I have tried quite a few firming products with varying degrees of efficacy. Some may not be as desirable as others, for example a suspended cheeks episode I had with this one product which changed the look of face, a story for another day. Perhaps my face wasn't ready yet for such an outcome. So currently what I look for is something that works, with natural results.

I've been trying out The Body Shop Roots of Strength Firming Shaping Serum over the past month and a half, and I like what I see. It's a new range targeted at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, plumping and firming. The outcome is meant to make your face contour appear as if 're-shaped'. This serum is infused with three root extracts, including ginger from Madagascar, ginseng from China and ruscus from Europe and Community Trade soy oil from Brazil.

I love the lightweight gel-like texture that not only absorbs easily but also gives extra hydration to the skin. Hydration is always important in any anti-ageing routine. It has subtle earthy scent which doesn't linger. I did actually start noticing promising results after two weeks. Six weeks on, my face is looking firm, a bit more plump when I first started and my laugh lines are less visible. The noticeability of my lines is usually how I gauge whether firming product is actually working, because they can get really obvious. With regards to the serum giving that 're-shaping' effect, I would say that it gives my face a natural lift, giving it that youthful look. Instead of a, "My face is looking kind of different" look, never what I go for. I only use one pump of this, spread it evenly and do a quick lifting massage. More of often than not I only use this serum as night only as I prefer minimal products during the day, but it is recommended to be used twice a day.

So if you are looking around for a firming product at an affordable price, I recommend you try this out, I'm loving the results. There is also a Firming Shaping Essence Lotion and Firming Shaping Day Cream from the Roots of Strength if you want to compliment the serum better. Best things about this serum - it's 100% vegan, 99% of ingredients are of natural origin, dermatologically tested and formulated without mineral oil, paraffin and silicone.

The Body Shop Roots of Strength Firming Shaping Serum is priced at RM168.87 (30ml) and is available at all stores and online.

*Product has been provided for review. Opinion is entirely my own.

Well, it has been too long. All I can say is damn I miss writing! I figured I would start with a simple post and it's about hair. I have generally been sticking to the usual products because I have difficult hair that seems to know what it likes. When it comes to styling I haven't strayed much from the hair oils and wax. Although it has been challenging to say the least when it comes to looking for wax that works for my hair. I recently decided to try out some Ouai products after hearing all the hype. I got a set of minis because there is no better way to try new things just in case it doesn't work out. So I picked up the Smooth Spray, Texturizing Hair Spray and Dry Shampoo.

The Smooth Spray is a pre-style product meant to act as a hydrating leave-in conditioner, detangler and heat protectant in one. It is enriched with amino acids, vitamin E and strengthening proteins. The texture is light, really easy to work it into the hair. It did a good job at detangling my hair and help smooth out frizz when styling but.. yes there is a but. My curls did come back as it naturally would after I blow dried or after a quick run through with an iron. It was just really smooth without the curly bounce. A good option if you are going for a straighter smooth look but. Unfortunately I didn't fancy that type of look very much.

The Texturizing Hair Spray is halfway between hairspray and dry shampoo. Formulated with volcanic primers and flexible polymers to amplify 'oomph' and create 'grip' for styling. I feel this is a good introduction to a texturizing spray. It gives a light hold and offers enough grit to give the hair a soft texture, nothing crazy. It leaves no residue. I like using this when my hair is feeling a bit meh to give it some life.

Now, dry shampoo for me is life especially since I don't wash my hair everyday. The Dry Shampoo not only absorbs excess oil but is also a great option to extend the longevity of your blow dry. The super-fine formula doesn't weigh down my hair and it doesn't leave behind any residue. Does a good good job at absorbing oil in between washes. Due to the light texture, I find that there's minimal build up which is great. The scent also helps with getting rid of any smells. Although I liked using this, I wasn't particularly blown away. Maybe because I already have my favourites.

As a whole the packaging is simple and aesthetically pleasing. And all three products smell really nice. However I probably wouldn't purchase the full size to these unless I really needed a texturizing spray. I got these at Sephora in case anyone wants to have a look.

Well hello there 2017! It has been about a month since my last post and I figured I would start with a 'Dear 2016'. So here goes...

Nars never disappoints when it comes to their Holiday collection. This year Nars has collaborated with Sarah Moon, the iconic French photographer, for a 22 piece collection. It is inspired by the 1927 science fiction film Metropolis. The collection hit stores a little over 2 weeks ago so drop by and check it out.

It's a different type of Christmas at The Body Shop this year. It was all kinds of wild!

Completing the Olay Regenerist Miracle Duo is the latest Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence. It is meant to complement the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. The Miracle Duo is targeted at boosting cell renewal for youthful skin. I attended the launch of the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence in Singapore some time late September and got to learn first hand the science behind the essence. Thanks loads Olay Malaysia for taking me along and Olay Singapore for having me!

Base products get luxurious with La Mer. Skincolour De La Mer is the first full range of color cosmetics from the luxury skin-care brand. Unlike your usual  base products the latest La Mer Skincolour De La Mer range is infused with its potent legendary Miracle Broth - made from nutrient rich kelp and other natural ingredients which renews and helps to restore skin. Which basically means it's a skincare makeup. According to La Mer, "it (referring to the foundation) works like a skin-care product and even after someone takes it off at night, it’s still making their skin better. The more you use it, the better results you see." I am already a huge fan of the La Mer Moisturising Soft Lotion (review here), so I was well excited to try the Skincolour range.