Thursday, August 22, 2019

Im Induced For Labour | Foley Bulb Induction or Oxytocin Injection?

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So, on the 21st of August, I had my usual medical check-up at UMSC thinking that I'll be having more frequent weekly check up's since im already at my 37th week of pregnancy. As usual, we followed the standard procedure of checking urine, blood pressure which all were fine, but when we went for the ultrasound, the sonographer noticed something a little odd which was my Amniotic Fluid Index. The average normal measurement of it should be around 8cm, but mine was going below 5cm which was a concern. Thinking that this was the only time I had a downside to my check-up, we were then brought to the doctor for a follow-up check-up.

After an hour of waiting, finally, it was my turn to meet my doctor who was Dr. Shuhaina Binti Shuib to have a look at the baby. Again, as usual, she asked about my condition and I told her I felt pretty fine other than the Brixton hicks (practice contractions) that were ocassionally on and off. She saw my ultrasound report and noticed that my Amniotic Fluid was on a lower side and asked if my water broke. Being the awkward person I am, I said no, I don't think my water broke in my case cause I wasn't experiencing any leaking. So, she went to see a specialist for some consultation while we waited in the room for what to expect next.

Dr. Shuhaina then came back to the room and told us that she has discussed with the specialist and I was advised to be induced immediately. Legit, I and my husband's jaws were dropping since we were only expecting the baby in the next 3 weeks. Since the Amniotic Fluid was low, and baby is already at 37 weeks, this means baby is already at a full-term age with a 2.8kg weight and practically having no reason to stay in any longer as she advised that its always better to get the baby out before the baby starts to choke on the inside of my belly.

Being mentally shocked, we kinda had to suck it up and take the Doctors advise for whats best for the baby. Lucky enough she was nice to give us some time by asking us if we want to be induced tomorrow (22nd of August 2019) or the day after (23rd of August 2019), and we decided to go for 23rd of August since we needed just a little more time to prep for the baby at home. OMG, THE FEELING IS REALLY SO SURREAL THAT WE WERE FREAKING OUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY. But gotta keep cool either way cause the baby is coming sooner than ever.

Foley Bulb or Oxytocin Injection? 

The part of being induced is basically not waiting for the natural signs of giving birth and going for medical options to speed up the giving birth progress to prevent any complications with the baby through either Foley Bulb or Syntocinon Injection which questioned me on which option is better?

The Foley Bulb (Photo credits: FirstCry Parenting)
The Foley Bulb induction is basically something the doctor insets through the cervix and the end of the catheter has a deflated like balloon. Once it's in, the doctor then inflates the balloon with saline solution to put pressure on your cervix to eencouragedilation. Once your cervix deliates to 3cm, it will naturally fall out and starts to stimulate labor without medication. From what i was told, the insertion of the Foley may be a bit uncomfortable, but the pain subsides once the catheter is in place. When induction takes place, the contraction then takes place naturally.

Oxytocin Injection (Photo Credits:
Syntocinon injection on the other hand is like giving oxytocin hormones to stimulate contrations. They will usually give it in small doses and increase it until the labor is progressing well. Once its administered, both the baby and uterus will be closely monitored. The oxytocin basically causes the muscle of the uterus to contract during labour so that the baby can be pushed out. So consider it as an option to force your body to start contractions when your body isnt experiencing it when it should.

The Decision

How the Foley Bulb works (Basically encouraging opening)
After doing of research and thinking through these two options, im having my gut set on the Foley bulb induction because its more natural in triggering the contractions. From my other friends who has gone through the process, they claim that the injection is more painful as its like boosting you with hormones that your body isnt naturally ready for and that scares me when you can expect it to hurt the minute the hormones are injected. The foley bulb on the other hand may be a little uncomfortable since its slightly invasive, but either ways, the baby goes out one way if youre going for natural birth. In and out, same thing. Might as well if you know what i mean. Well, i hope this helps other moms in making decision about the two options. But thats what it is and i'll be induced tomorrow. So, wish me luck!

Signing off, Mommy to be

Monday, August 19, 2019

[REVIEW] Miniel Skinlab Boost Serum & Gel Mask

Hey guys! We all love holidays done we? And in my case, I love being on the beach. But I'll be honest that with all the skincare, sunblock and beach hair after your dip in the sea, coming home from a holiday takes some serious damage repairs that need to be taken into consideration. So in today's post, I'll be sharing about a new skincare range I discovered called Miniel which has been carefully formulated with skin-loving ingredients to create the best skincare recipe that affordable for everyone. My main interest over Miniel is because it claims to be effective, affordable, and gentle making it suitable for even sensitive skin to use.

Currently, Miniel Skinlab features 2 products namely the Hydraque Boost Serum and the Hydraque Gel Mask. Both these products are suitable for all skin types and its suitable to be used for day and night usage. After browsing through the site for some research, I would have to say that these products are exclusively formulated to hydrate even the dryest skin making it an ultimate must-have for me cause I love skincare that hydrates the skin. Did you know if you hydrate your skin well enough, you'll naturally gain naturally glowy skin too? YES! Let's jump into the review.

Hydraque Boost Serum

The Miniel Skinlab Hydraque Boost Serum has been designed to be the ultimate hydration booster. On a first impression of the packaging, it comes in a box that has been wrapped in double layer plastic and when you take the product out, it comes in a frosted pump bottle that contains 30ml of serum goodness! The function of this serum is to provide your skin with supple and hydrated skin. With key ingredients such as yeast extract and hyaluronic acid, there's no doubt that it would hydrate and promote skin regeneration.

To use this serum, I would usually apply this after cleansing and toner. It comes in a transparent gel-like form and I was really impressed with the texture! Its like waterbased gel which eventually absorbs really well on the skin and not to forget that it feels super duper lightweight too! I also noticed that it leaves a cooling effect on the skin and it's really soothing and calming. All you need is one pump and I personally would suggest to lock the serum in with a good moisturizer of your choice.

With yeast extract and hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient, this makes the product antioxidant, helps to reduce redness, its calming on the skin, hydrating, moisturizing, it retains moisture, reduces fine lines and promotes anti-aging too. What more can you really ask for from a serum? I just love the fact that it feels very natural on the skin and my skin does look brighter and supple after application too. Priced at RM97 a bottle, I would say that the quality of the product is really impressive!

Hydraque Gel Mask

Next would be the Hydraque Gel Mask which I believe has a higher concentration of hydration for the skin. Like if your skin is extremely thirsty for hydration, this would be what you need. The purpose of this gel mask is to provide hydration and promote skin healing which contains key ingredients such as kudzu root extract and fruits extract. It's suitable for all skin types and its especially beneficial for dry and dull skin. It comes in a frosted jar of 50ml and I truly appreciate the fact that the box also had a spatula in it to retain its freshness instead of the chances of contamination when using your fingers to scoop the gel out.

Since the hydration concentration of this product is higher, it's advisable to use this twice a week. In my case, since I don't have serious dryness on my skin, I use this once a week and its good enough to give my skin an extra boost of hydration. In terms of texture, it is very similar to the serum where its transparent in color, but I do feel that the thickness of it is thicker and when you leave it on the skin, the gel really stays on like a gel mask. I usually apply this over the weekend after cleansing and leave it on for about 15 minutes then rinse it off. You'd be amazed at how cooling it is for the skin too! Perfect for those who have concerns such as open pores.

After about a week of using this, I would have to say that it does soothe and calm inflammation skin, brightens the skin, promotes cell regeneration and also increases skin elasticity too! Formulated with Kudzu Extract, Watermelon Extract, Apple Extract, Lentil Extract, and Sodial Hyaluronate, it calms and reduces the skin from redness, it cleanses and gently exfoliates, moisturizes, improves oily skin, deeply hydrates, reduces fine lines, provides anti-aging benefits and retains moisture as well. Enough said I am hooked onto this as my weekly mask on a hot sunny day. Priced at RM67.00, I would have to say that its a pretty sweet deal.

As a verdict on both these products, I would say that the range focuses a lot on hydration as an overall. In terms of quality, I am in love! It's both waterbased, making it feel really comfortable and cooling on the skin while providing skin benefits to keep your skin looking supple and refreshed. Each time I apply the mask or serum, it really never fails to leave my skin feeling cool. In terms of the price, serums may be on the higher side, but since it contains hyaluronic acid, the price suits the benefits that you'll get. On the other hand, the gel mask seems to be a pretty good deal if you ask me and its good enough to last you for about 3 months if youre using it weekly.

Would I repurchase? I honestly say that I would! If I had to choose either to purchase the Miniel Skinlab Boost Serum or the Miniel Skinlab Gel Mask, I'd go for the Miniel Skinlab Gel Mask cause I love the fact that it really gives your skin an instant boost in hydration effortlessly. The price for both products are reasonable and to be honest, I really hope they come up with more products soon cause I am genuinely impressed by the range. Well, that's all for now and I hope this review gave you the insights that you may need. Please feel free to leave me a comment below if you may have any questions unanswered. Also, thanks to the butterfly project community for introducing Miniel Skinlab to me. Now I officially have a favorite gel mask to use every now and then.

Miniel Skinlab

Expires: 30th August 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

#KamiCaring Run 2019 | 17 November 2019

Its never to late to keep up with your new years resolution for the year by ending the year with a healthy run with CARiNG Pharmacy. We all know CARiNG Pharmacy to always be there when we need them to be, and this year making its first official running event, CARiNG promotes "Healthy Life. Happy Life" by bringing you #KamiCaring Run 2019 which will be held at Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur on 17th November 2019.

CARiNG Pharmacy is dedicated to provide cost-effective solutions to the community and also believes that whatever your age, physique, or body shape is, its never too soon or too late to start living healthily. I couldnt agree more! I may have stopped personally since im pregnant, but im forever ready to get back on track cause i too believe that a healthy lify is a happy life. Other than reducing health problems, practicing a healhy life a natural way to invest in your health and life to the fullest! 

This being their first running event, the #KamiCaring Run 2019 comprises 5KM Fun Run for beginners and 12KM for Competitive Runners. The 5KM Fun Run is open for adults 13 years and above and children between the age of 3 and 12. The 12KM run on the other hand is open for adults 15 years and above, where participants below 18 years old may need to obtain parental/guardian consent to compete.

For some of you who are medal collectors, well good news! All particants will be entitled to a race-shirt, finishers medal and a goody bag. So to ensure that you dont miss out on all the fun, be sure to register before 9th October 2019. There will also be awards being presented to winning particiants for those who compete in the 12KM Competitive Run where there will be cash prizes up fo grabs for the top 10 winners under category ( Mens Open / Veteran/ Womens Open / Veteran) inclusive of consolation prizes.

If youre not here to win it, then you may also get your lucky star out of your pocket and be a prt of their Lucky Draw contest which will be held during the event. Prizes for the lucky draw will be annouced on the day of the run. The #KamiCaring Run 2019 is organised by CARiNG Pharmacy sponsored by Abbott, VitaHealth, Herbs of Gold, Hello March, Fisol, Salonpas, Flexijoint, L'Oreal, Sunsenses, Betadine, Cap Kelapa Laut afrika, Kao, FitNesse, Milo, Oreo and Atria Shopping Gallery.

The official sponsors of the #KamiCaring Run 2019 (Image Credit: CARiNG FB)
Act quick and block your dates if youre planning for a healthy run with #KamiCaring Run 2019. For participants, they will also offer an RM5 discount for participants and attendees to and from the event location making it a plus point for those who would prefer to avoid the hassle of looking for parking. The discount will be limited, so be sure to plan your day ahead for the event day.

#KamiCaring Run 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

REALME C2 Menjadi Pilihan Sewaktu Jualan Shopee Brands Festival

Untuk meraikan bulan Merdeka, realme Malaysia bersama Shopee Malaysia menawarkan jualan telefon pintar eksklusif pada Hari realme atau ‘realme Day’ semalam. Jualan realme Malaysia telah mencapai keputusan terbaik di mana 1000 unit realm C2 telah dijual semalam di mana 500 unit dijual dalam masa 30 minit sahaja.

"Kami di realme Malaysia sangat berterima kasih kepada rakyat Malaysia di mana senantiasa menyokong produk kami. Rakyat Malaysia tidak sabar-sabar untuk membeli dan mendapatkan telefon pintar dengan harga berpatutan. Kami yakin bahawa realme Malaysia akan terus melangkah ke hadapan dengan mengeluarkan pelbagai jenis telefon pintar.. Kami juga gembira dapat bekerja dengan Shopee atas peluang ini untuk rakyat Malaysia” -kata ​Tiffany Teh, Brand Manager, realme Malaysia.

realm C2

Rakyat Malaysia dapat membeli telefon pintar realm C2 (2 + 16GB) pada harga yang berpatutan iaitu RM349. Lima puluh pelanggan pertama juga bakal menerima kad SD dan barang ‘merchandise’ realme.

"Pembeli hari ini membeli telefon bimbit dalam talian(online) kerana mereka dapat memilih dari pelbagai model yang sesuai dengan keperluan dan keinginan mereka dari keselesaan rumah mereka. Keyakinan mereka untuk membeli telefon pintar di Shopee adalah bukti bahawa platform kami adalah dipercayai dan selamat. Yang menggembirakan lagi apabila pembelian dibuat tiada caj penghantaran.

Ianya di hantar secara percuma. Kami gembira dapat menawarkan pelbagai promosi di platform kami untuk pengguna Shopee, yang pada masa ini berjumlah kira-kira 20 juta,sambil menganjurkan kempen seperti Hari realme atau ‘realme Day’. Kami ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada realm mengenai jualan yang mengagumkan dan menantikan lebih banyak kerjasama dengan mereka, " -kata ​Marianne Chuo, Marketing Lead, Shopee Malaysia.

Sesuatu yang membanggakan buat realme di mana hari ini berjaya mencatat penjualan sebanyak 500 unit realme C2 yang dijual dalam 30 minit dengan harga RM349. Sungguh memberangsangkan !!!

realme Day

Hari realme atau lebih dikenali dengan ‘realme Day’ adalah sempena dengan ​Shopee Brands Festival.​Ianya berlangsung dari sekarang hingga 18 Ogos di mana pengguna yang berbelanja di Shopee Mall bakal menerima tawaran dan promosi menarik .

Anda bakal menikmati tawaran dari serendah RM1 setiap hari untuk jenama kegemaran anda semasa ‘Shocking Sale’. Dapatkan baucar Surprise Hour 50% diskaun dan hadiah apabila membeli produk terpilih. Pembelian melalui Shopee Mall hadir dengan pulangan percuma selama 15 hari, jaminan keaslian 100%, dan penghantaran percuma. Tertakluk kepada terma dan syarat.

Untuk mengetahui promosi dan maklumat lanjut layari ​​.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Shokubutsu Mochi Face & Body Range | 2 in 1 Face and Body Wash

OH hey! Shokubutsu presents Face & Body wash for quick showers
Being a loyal fan to Shokubutsu, im happy to announce that they have launched the Shokubutsu Mochi Face & Body range here in Malaysia! Yay! If youre wondering why i love Shokubutsu products, its genuinely because it carries values derived from Japanese inspired philopsophy and now to take it up a notch, Shokubutsu presents the new revolutionary Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body Shower series which allows you to cleanse and moisturise both your face and body at the same time as you shower. Talk about saving time when youre showering right? Hehe

Because this variant was the apple of my eye, its like gold! hehe
Present during the launch was none other that Natalie Tong as the official brand ambassador
To celebrate the exciting launch, i was one of the lucky few to witness their official brand ambassador, Hong Kong actress, Natalie Tong making her apperance at Sunway Pyramid over the weekend. Thank god for translators, she shared that she loves the new range as it complimented her busy lifestyle while keeping her face and skin moisturised despite always being on-the-go with her career. I had a huge eye-opener while i was there as i realized that we always care a lot for our face when it comes to moisturizing, but the mistakes that we should realize by now would be that the skin needs equivalent attention too, to match the facial skin dont think you think so?

Having three is always better than 2 right? 
The Face and Body Shower Lotion series | Glow Radiance & Ultra Moisture
Has a creamy texture for those who like it creamy
With that in mind, the all new Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body Shower Serier makes it easier than ever before to effectively cleanse and moisturise the skin on both our face and body in one simple step while youre showering. With this new innovation, i realize that i need to love my skin more to also gain mochi soft skin all over after every shower from today onwards. I mean for reals, who wouldnt want their body to look as young as their face? Right? Right!

Unboxing my haul from the launch, couldnt resist but to get all three!
Being currently 8 months pregnant now, (I KNOW, TIMES FLIES!), im in love with Shokubutsu because they use safe and natural ingredients in their products and to make this new product more exciting, the secret to the Shokubutsu Mochi Hada's efficacy lies in the benefits of Tsubaki oil, an essential Japanese beauty ritual of ancient Geisha that contains Rice Bran oil and Rice Ferment Extract that helps to maintain the skins hydration, texture, resilience and overall supple healthy appearance. Currently there are 3 types of wash within the range, namely Shower Oil Nourishing & Softening, Shower Lotion Glow Radiance, and Shower Lotion Ultra Moisture.

Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body Shower Oil
Transparent in colour, but foams up pretty well when in contact with water
Another plus point on Shokubutsu Mochi Hada would be that the series has also been dermatologically tested and its found to be non-comedogenic, which also means it does not cause any irritation to the skin and its safe to use on your face as it would not clog pores or blocked pores on the skin. I've tried and tested the product and im happy to say that after about a week of showering with it, my skin feels so much smoother and softer. I feel like a mochi because my skin feels amazing! If you see me around, feel free to touch my mochi soft skin and you'd be surprised too! Hehe.

#LoveYourFaceLoveYourBody Campaign

If think you you're always lucky, well, good news! To celebrate this exciting launch,  Shokubutsu Mochi Hada has launched a #LoveYourFaceLoveYourBody campaign where you are invited to share a creative emochi picture of a smiley face using different parts of your body on social media using the hashtag #LoveYourFaceLoveYourBody during August and September where you'll stand a chance to win a Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Shower Kit offered every Tuesday! Its also a great way to spread the awareness that all of us should love our body more.

Lathers pretty well with water despite it being oil based
Currently my fav Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body variant. (Smells refreshing too!)
The price for each bottle starts from RM19.00, and all three variants of the Shokubutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body Shower Serier is available exclusively at Watsons Stores and Online Stores. They can also be found in other major retail supermarkets and e-commerce stores as well. Currently using the Shower Oil variant and i am loving it! I didnt think i would enjoy the shower oil, but let me clear your concerns by saying that its not at all greasy nor oily, and among the three variants, i find this variant carrying the best fragrance. Hehe. Well, thats all for now. Till my next post peeps!

Shokubutsu Malaysia