Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Running Journey: What's On - January 2015

Kick of the year of 2015, I joined my very first run in The Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd Run 2015 (MPIB) on 11/1/2015. This was my 3rd year joining the run. In 2013, I joined the 8km category and year 2014 I joined the 12km category.
This year, I joined the 12km category again. I was trying my best to enjoy this annual run as I just recovered from injury not too long ago. Furthermore, SCHKM is coming up in 2 weeks time.
That was me running towards the finishing line and finish strong in 65mins. :) Photos were taken from ET, RFF, Run&Explore and Victor. It was a good run except for the the long loo queues before the run. 
Well, it was an under-distance run as my Garmin Forerunner 210 showed 11.65km. Min. Elevation: 36m and Max. Elevation: 104km.
Not too bad as I managed to PB last year's timing and rank 13 in my category. I'll be back for 2016!


I only joined two races in January 2015, the major race was Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 (SCHKM) on 25/1/2015. This was my first full marathon for this year and it is also my first fm in oversea. Everyone was telling me that SCHKM is a PB marathon and it is easy to run there at cooling temperature. I was looking forward to this run and hope to finish this marathon with a good timing. 

 
Race kit collection at Victoria Park, HK.
The preparation before the big race...Top: LYN new pink-T and Uniqlo heattech, Shorts: 2XU Compression shorts, Shoe: Saucony Virrata 2 and of course my lucky cap.
The Marathon Run 1 category started at 6.40am (Yes, it was quite late for me to run a marathon at this hour) at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. My 1st 10km, 21km and 30km was awesome. However, I got the neck pain at KM32 which slow me down and the worst was "hit-the-wall" at KM37. :( I was walking in the last tunnel and wanted to give up. I was very moody and wanted to cry. But, I aksed myself, "Sharon, why are you here? What you want to achieve? Want to give up now? Want to walk all the way back? Want to regret after the race???" . My answers to myself was "NO! I don't want these!!!". Thank God, I managed to "stand-up" from the "hit-the-wall" condition and run towards the finishing line.
Finally I completed the SCHKM in 4hours 10mins (Not my PB marathon timing) at Victoria Park.
 Left: The map from Garmin Connect 
Right: Map from SCHKM website.
Well, I ran from:
Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near Hotel Mira) => Austin Road => Canton Road => Wui Cheung Road(E/b) => D1A(S) Road(S/b) => D1A Road => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Ngong Shuen Chau Viaduct(Kln/b) => Stonecutters Bridge(Kln/b) => East Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Nam Wan Tunnel(Kln/b) => West Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Tsing Ma Bridge(Kln/b) => Ting Kau Bridge(S/b) => Cheung Tsing Tunnel(Kln/b) => Tsing Kwai Highway(S/b) => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Western Harbour Crossing(S/b) => Connaught Road West Flyover(E/b) => Man Po Street => Man Yiu Street (S/b) => Lung Wo Road (E/b) => Fenwick Pier Street(E/b) => Convention Avenue(E/b) => Hung Hing Road => Marsh Road Flyover => Lockhart Road(E/b) => Percival Street => Hennessy Road(E/b) => Yee Wo Street(E/b) => Sugar Street => Victoria Park
Happily posing with my hard earn marathon medal! Maybe I'll be back for SCHKM 2016.
 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Maybelline New York Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 10 decades of Iconic Looks

The modern woman is not afraid to flaunt her creativity and individuality, not only in the way she acts and dresses, but also in the way she looks. Over the past 100 years, Maybelline New York has inspired generations of women to define beauty. The answer lies in their hands: a woman possesses the power to express herself however she wants.

 
Today, Maybelline New York is the #1 colour cosmetics in the world. It is available in over 129 countries worldwide, bringing New York City glamour to women’s fingertips no matter where they are. From the brand’s earliest eyelash and brow products, Maybelline New York has continued to break all rules and push limits to make makeup artistry accessible to all women.

This year, Maybelline New York celebrates its 100th anniversary! To commemorate the memorable event and to pay homage to the illustrative transition of makeup trends through the years, Maybelline New York makeup artists have created 10 iconic looks to represent each decade of the last century, starting from the 1920s. 

Let's take a look of the Maybelline New York: Celebrating 10 Decades with 10 Iconic Looks!

1.) 1920s - Fierce Flapper

2.) 1930s - Siren In Rouge

3.) 1940s - The Pin Up

4.) 1950s - Bombshell Glamour

5.) 1960s - Mod Rocker

6.) 1970s - Disco Diva

7.) 1980s - Electric Raver

8.) 1990s - Au Natural Wonder

9.) 2000s - The Socialite

And here is the future look...
10.) The Future - Fearless Femme

In addition to 10 decades of iconic looks, Maybelline New York also celebrated 100 years of innovation and success with 12 special edition makeup looks created by Maybelline's global makeup artist Charlotte Willer.

Ranging from retro glamour to futuristic beauty, her creations were photographed by Kenneth Willardt, who was inspired by "confident women, brave inventors and revolutionary innovations" that impacted the history of Maybelline New York.
 
One of the highlighted looks (the 1st picture in this blog post) created by Charlotte Willer featured dark eyeshadows and eyeliners, thin but strong eye brows and rich red lips inspired by Charleston makeup in the 20s. 

Follow Maybelline New York’s journey as it celebrates 100 years of beauty with the hashtag #Maybelline100 on Facebook and Instagram. You can also visit Maybelline Malaysia’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/maybellinenysimplyfab) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/maybellinemalaysia) for more information and updates.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Giveaway + Product Review: AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain

Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea or menstrual pains are periods in which a woman has crampy lower abdominal pain. I have been suffering the menstrual pains since my early teens, from slight discomfort to severe pain. :(
My menstrual pain normally lasts for about 24hours and the pain is usually at its worst on the first day of menstruation. This menstrual pain causes me absent from work, events , school (during school time) and other activities.
I have tried numerous remedies such:
  • eating dark chocolate
  • drinking warm water
  • reduce caffeine intake by not drinking my favourite coffee
  • increase calcium intake by drinking milk
and others. All these remedies didn't really help to reduce the pain. I even take pain killer to reduce the pain if the first day of menstruation during my school and uni exams.

Last month, I was introduced to a new product ~ AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain is a new product from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, one of the major pharmaceutical company in Japan established in 19th century running their business for over 120 years.
This new product is the right product for people who are suffering from menstrual pain but cannot find the appropriate remedy for it.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain comes in a box with 2 patches with a price of RM10.90. Each patch is packed individually. The product features are:
  • Reduce menstrual pain symptoms by non-medicinal heat therapy.
  • Ready to use. Stick directly on skin. It can be used during office working hours.
  • Provide stable and safe temperature (40°C) up to 8 hours
  • Odorless so that it can be used in any occasion

The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain comes in a small size with the measurement: 14cm x 7cm. It is odorless and I can use it during my work and attending events. 
The ingredients for the  AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain are Iron Powder, Water, Activated Carbon, vermiculite, salt, super absorbent polymer.

 How does this heat patch works?
Heat therapy targets pain at its root cause as it helps improve blood circulation. By warming the affected area, the volume of blood flow increases and it produces vasodilation, which increases the supply of oxygen and removal of metabolic waste, leading to better healing and reduced pain.

I have been using this product since February and it is effective to relieve my menstrual pain. This heat patch provides heat therapy which can improve blood circulation and reduce my menstrual pain symptoms. It has a safe temperature which is 40°C and warming effect last for 8 hours. Moreover, it is convenient, effective, safe and non-medicinal. :)
Direction for use:
1.) Before I apply the  AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain on my targeted area, I make sure the my skin is dry and clean. 
2.) I open the sachet to take out the heat patch.

 
3.) I gently peel away the protective film on the back of the heat patch.
4.) Apply adhesive side of the heat patch to the skin over the painful area.
5.) After use, slowly peel off the heat patch. Do not use the product for more than 8 hours in a day. Each patch is for single use.

During the application of the AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain, the painful area feeling warm and it helps to relieve my menstrual pain. I used in the morning before leaving my house to work. I also carry another pack of heat patch in my handbag during my menstruation. It is small, thin and odorless. Nobody notice I'm using the heat patch when I attending events. :) I'll recommend this product to my girl friends and my female reader. The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain  is currently sold at RM10.90 (for 2 pieces in a box) at nearest pharmacy such as Watsons,Guardian, Caring, other independent pharmacies.

Oh, I also try another product from Kobayashi Pharmaceutical!
Introduction of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain also used heat therapy to relieve the neck and shoulder pain.
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain comes in a box with 2 patches. Each patch is packed individually. 
The AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Neck & Shoulder Pain comes in a  size with the measurement: 13.9cm x 9.5cm. It is odorless and convenient to use. This product is currently sold at RM10.90 (for 2 pieces in a box) at nearest pharmacy.

I know you have been waiting for this......
Giveaway:
I have 5 boxes of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain
(worth RM10.90 each) to giveaway !

How to win this giveaway?

It’s very simple. 

All you need to do is answer 3 simple questions and leave your answers, Follower ID, and Email the comment box below.
1) What is the safe temperature of AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain and how long does it last? 
2) How does AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch help for Menstrual Pain? 
3) Share with us, why do you want to try AMMELTZ YOKO YOKO Heat Patch for Menstrual Pain? 


Example:
Follower ID: ZhengNorahs

Email: koollert@yahoo.com

Answers:
1.)
2.)
3.)
This giveway contest ends at 11.59pm, 31st March 2015.

*This giveaway is opened to Malaysian readers with valid Malaysia address only. 
*5 lucky readers that answer the questions correctly will be picked and contacted by email.

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Good luck!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Giveaway: BelleWave Skin Care Travel Set (Worth RM138 each)


Have you read my latest blogpost,  BelleWave ClearWave Range (Product Review) ? Would you like to try the BelleWave products? I have something for my dearest readers! 
It's giveaway time again!
All thanks to BelleWave Malaysia and I'm giving out  BelleWave Skin Care Travel Sets (worth RM138 each) to 5 winners!
How to join this giveaway?
All you need to is just  Share the below image & Tag JustNorahs FB page and BelleWave Malaysia FB page on your Facebook. 
Guys, remember to hashtag #BelleWaveMalaysia in your post and also set your posting to Public so that I can see it yah!  
Contest ends 31 March 2015.
*This giveaway is opened to Malaysian readers with valid Malaysia address only. 
Lastly, do spread my giveaway to your friends and invite them to join this giveaway! 
Good luck!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

BelleWave ClearWave Range (Product Review & Giveaway)

I wish I had clear and flawless skin but I don't. Enlarged pores, blackheads and pimples can be seen on my face. :( 
Few weeks ago, I have received the BelleWave ClearWave Range and a from BelleWave Malaysia for review purpose. I have been using this range of products for about three weeks and it's time for me to share with you my experience using them.
BelleWave has been in Malaysia for 15 years and they are salon exclusive products. BelleWave products is a Swiss made products free from mineral oil and its botanical based with NO animal testing.

The Bellewave’s ClearWave is a fine selection of problem-solving essentials targeted at banishing blemished complexions. Curb overactive sebaceous glands without drying out skin.
Powerful concentrates of rigorously selected ingredients help maintain the hydrolipidic mantel of skin while whisking away pore-clogging impurities, and reducing and controlling excessive shine. The result: Purified and tightened pores, and healthy skin that glows enviously.

The five products I was using for the past 3 weeks:
1.) BelleWave ClearWave Deep Cleansing Milk
2.) BelleWave ClearWave De-Bac Washing Foam
3.) BelleWave ClearWave De-Bac Astringent Lotion
4.)BelleWave ClearWave  Comedone Repair Activist
5.)BelleWave  Sunwave UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block

My daily beauty routine for day and night:
(eye care and night moisturizer were not shown in the below flowchart)
1.) ClearWave Deep Cleansing Milk (200ml, RM168)
 
My 1st beauty step is to remove make-up or sunblock by using this non-drying cleansing milk. This deep cleansing milk helps balance the hydrolipidic mantel of skin whilst removing pore-clogging impurities, oil and make-up. It also works to clear and prevent blemishes. Moisturizing and toning, it imparts freshness and comfort to the epidermis.It's suitable for combination & oily / blemish-prone skin.
This cleansing milk contains the following active ingredients:
Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract: Being an astringent, it enhances skin's tone and firmness greatly. Apart from its moisturizing activities, it also has a cutaneous pore-tightening effect, minimizing the visible appearance of skin suffering from excess sebum secretions.

Laminaria Saccharina Algae Extract: Normalizes the sebaceous secretion flow.

Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Has protective and moisturizing actions. It helps restore and maintain natural skin moisture, leaving skin feeling velvety and smooth.

Rosemary Essential Oil: With toning, anti-oxidizing, antiseptic and purifying virtues.

Peppermint Essential Oil: With refreshing and toning properties.
The ClearWave Deep Cleansing Milk comes in a pump bottle and it make the user easy to dispense the cleansing milk. The texture is smooth easy to massage on my face and neck to remove my make-up and impurities.
Every evening, I apply the ClearWave Deep Cleansing Milk on pre-moistened skin of face and neck. Lightly massage to remove make-up and impurities. Next, rinse with a soft sponge soaked with lukewarm water.



2.)  ClearWave De-Bac Washing Foam (200ml, RM168)
The ClearWave De-Bac Washing Foam is my 2nd step to clean my skin. This ultra-fresh washing foam gently cleanses and lifts away the pore-clogging impurities and oil of skin. It also helps normalize the sebaceous secretion flow, which assists in staving off the formation of blemish spots. It imparts clearness and freshness to the epidermis.
This washing foam contains the following active ingredients:
Sage Extract: With softening, toning and astringent properties.

Rosemary Essential Oil: With purifying, toning and anti-oxidizing virtues.
Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract: Has astringent, pore-tightening and moisturizing effects on the skin.
Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Has protective and moisturizing actions. It helps restore and maintain natural
skin moisture, leaving skin feeling velvety and smooth.
Peppermint Essential Oil: An aromacological fragrance with toning, refreshing and calming properties.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Germ Proteins: A skin-conditioning agent that moisturizes and helps bind water in the tissues.
This washing foam also comes in a pump bottle and it makes the user easy to dispense the right amount product during application.
It has a pleasant smell and does not foam much when used. It is refreshing and leaving my skin feeling smooth after used. Every morning and evening, I used two pumps of this washing foam on my pre-moistened skin of face and neck. Lightly massage to remove impurities. Rinse with lukewarm water. 

3.)  ClearWave De-Bac Astringent Lotion (200ml, RM168)
The 3rd step of my beauty step is toning, applying the ClearWave De-Bac Astringent Lotion. This lightly-textured antibacterial astringent lotion gently whisks away pore-clogging impurities and oil that can lead to imperfections. It reduces the formation of blackheads and blemish spots, tightens the pores, and soothes and moisturizes the epidermis. Skin is refreshed and clean, yet feels dewy and comfortable. BelleWave ClearWave promotes problem-free skin.
This astringent lotion contains the following active ingredients:
Anti-Bacterial Burdock Root Extract: Purifies skin, thus reducing the formation of blackheads and spots. It tightens pores and soothes the epidermis.
Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract: Has astringent, pore-tightening and moisturizing effects on the skin.
Witch Hazel Water: Witch Hazel is well known for its anti inflammatory, anti microbial and anti oxidant properties, due to the high amount of tannins that this herb has. It is an astringent herb and can reduce the body fluid discharge by constricting the skin and its pores.
Rosemary Essential Oil: With antiseptic, purifying, toning and anti-oxidizing virtues.
Peppermint Essential Oil: An aromacological fragrance with toning, refreshing and soothing features.
Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Promotes healing. Has protective and moisturizing actions. It helps restore and maintain natural skin moisture, leaving the skin feeling velvety and smooth.

Once again this astringent lotion comes in an user friendly pump. I really like this lotion. The ClearWave De-Bac Astringent Lotion helps to soothe and reduce my pimples inflammation. Every morning and evening, I soak a cotton pad with lotion and smoothen over cleansed skin of face. Pat dry and follow with day or night skin treatment.


4.) ClearWave  Comedone Repair Activist (12ml, RM168)
This is my favourite product in this range! The ClearWave  Comedone Repair Activist is a first-of-its-kind treatment for comedones, commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads —effortlessly dislodges blockages and impurities. An unsurpassed concoction developed from extensive research, it contains unique ingredients with an exclusive biological re-equilibrating agent that balances cutaneous disorders typical of oily and problem skins. Inculcated with pore-tightening astringent, tissue-repairing and calming properties to aid prevention of blemishes, its formula allows you to relish in clean and tight pores in the comfort of your home.
The ClearWave  Comedone Repair Activist contains the following active ingredients:
Salicylic Acid: An effective keratolitic agent that favors exfoliation and thus improves the appearance and feel of skin.
Calendula Extract: Contains calming, softening and moisturizing virtues.
Camomile Extract: Has calming, moisturizing and tissue repairing properties.
Burdock Root Extract: Purifies skin, thus reducing the formation of whiteheads, blackheads and spots. Tightens pores and calms the epidermis.
Biological Equilibrating Agent: Helps balance cutaneous disorders typical of oily and problem skins.
Tomato Juice: A special botanical juice prepared from carefully selected fresh tomatoes. It helps improve skin grain thanks to its astringent effect and provides good calming, refreshing and exfoliating properties.
This light treatment serum instantly reduced my enlarged pores and make them appear smaller. After using for about a week, the blackheads look less visible and my skin appear smoother. My skin become less oily and shiny. My pimples scars also become less visible.
How I apply this product?

Soak a cotton pad with lotion and smoothen over cleansed skin of face (especially on T-zone, targeted area such as nose, cheek and chin or acne area) every morning and evening. Pat dry. Follow with my usual day and night skin treatment.

5.) Sunwave UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block (35ml, RM168)
Sunblock, is a must beauty product for me during daytime. Applying sunblock is an important step as it helps to prevent premature aging & skin damage from free radicals generated by Nnxious UV rays & environmental pollutants. 
The Sunwave UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block contains the following active ingredients:
Dispersed Micronized Titanium Dioxide: Gives safe and effective broad-spectrum UV protection with optimum transparency.
"New Generation" Sun Filter Complex: Helps protect skin against sun radiation and delays erythema and premature aging due to noxious sunrays. Acts as an SPF booster and enables the achievement of an excellent protection by a synergistic effect while offering good tolerance.
Detoxilene: A purifying complex. Activates drainage, reduces tissue clogging and favors the purification of tissues. Is also shown to have skin restructuring properties.

Sodium Hyaluronate: Has strong moisturizing and film-forming properties. Helps preserve the most important characteristics of youthful, healthy skin, such as suppleness, elasticity and tone.
Caprylyl Glycol: Has exceptional moisturizing virtues as well as distinct, immediate and persistent calming effects.
Shea Butter: Has cell regenerative, softening, moisturizing and restructuring virtues and thus efficiently delays skin aging.
Olive Oil: Has moisturizing and regenerative properties, which in turn promotes and preserves youthful skin.
Vitamin E: Has an anti-oxidant action and skin moisturizing properties. Also plays an important role in preventing damage due to UV radiation.
Vitamin A: Helps maintain healthy skin by improving texture, firmness and smoothness. Also helps to contribute to the prevention of desquamation and dry skin.
Soothing Agent: Reduces the formation of diffused redness by reinforcing the capillary wall, and calms irritation and feelings of discomfort typical of sensitive skin. Also helps to diminish dark circles around the eyes.

The Sunwave UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block (WHITE) (SPF 45 / PA+++) comes in grey tube packaging. This is a non-greasy, ultra-light emulsion is the answer to complete protection from the sun’s noxious UV rays and other environmental pollutants. The spectacular blend of technological ingredients ensures tanning is effectively avoided, while providing full-spectrum shielding. Strengthened with Vitamins A and E, skin also enjoys an unsurpassed level of moisture and nourishment that helps keep it healthy. Skin feels velvety, smooth and light throughout the day!
This sunblock has a light texture. I use it as my last step of day beauty routine. It is moisturizing and I even use it without my day moisturizer.
After 3 weeks of using the BelleWave ClearWave Range and Sunwave UV Extra DNA De-Tox UV Block and my before & after photo.
Yellow circle area:
The pores and blackheads become less noticeable.  
My skin appear smoother.
Pink circle area:
Less sebum and pimples.
The scars becomes less visible.

Good News!
BelleWave is having a special promotion whereby 3 full sized products which consist of :
1.) Cleansing Milk
2.) Cleanser 
3.) Toner
(WhiteWave cleansing range OR ClearWave range)
is selling at only RM198 (worth RM504)!
Hurry, promotion while stocks last!

 Giveaway!
It's giveaway time again!
All thanks to BelleWave Malaysia and I'm giving out  BelleWave Skin Care Travel Sets (worth RM138 each) to 5 winners!
How to join this giveaway?
All you need to is just  Share the below image & Tag JustNorahs FB page and BelleWave Malaysia FB page on your Facebook. 
Guys, remember to hashtag #BelleWaveMalaysia in your post and also set your posting to Public so that I can see it yah!  
 
Contest ends 31 March 2015.
*This giveaway is opened to Malaysian readers with valid Malaysia address only.

For product/sale enquiry, kindly PM BelleWave Malaysia FB page to find out where is the nearest salon to buy the products.
Enquiry email: bellewave.ba01@gmail.com

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