Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review and Discount Code: Blue Oak Valley's Felicity Range - (Part 1: Daily Face Care)

*****UPDATE 31/10/2013: Reader who purchases any 2 or more of BOV products will get a FRUIT MASK ORGANICS worth RM158 for FREE until 31st Dec 2013! (Yes, on top of the 25% or 15% discount!)


I'd reviewed Blue Oak Valley's Lilly Range (Personal Care) and Baby Kingdom (Baby Care) awhile ago. This time is the Blue Oak Valley - Felicity Skin Care range.
Yes, something  for me!

Like what I'd mentioned on both of the reviews, Blue Oak Valley is a Malaysian company that specialises in organic, cruelty-free and natural products. Entirely plant-based, it is eco-friendly and aims to reduce the use of packing material, source-sustainable ingredients and recycle waste.

You can read about BOV's commitment and philosophy again here and here.

Their slogan 'Organics For Life' says everything about them with their note to the customers "each time you use our products, you are helping to mantain a healthier and sustainable environment, home and lifestyle. One by one we can change the world and make it a better place." Some of the salient features of Baby Kingdom range:


No artificial colours or fragrances
No Petrochemicals
  Environmental friendly
No animal by-products
No Animal testing
SLS and SLES free

Alkaline free PH balanced

Only pure essential oils are used

100% biodegradable


It is not often that I'll agree to review a skin care range. Let me tell you why.
If you know me personally, you would notice that I don't have good skin. I have all the skin problems one can get.

I have got a very pimply face as a teenager, all the way throughout high school, and into my early adult life. It was not the usual few zits most teenagers have, but a full blown pimply face. Yes, it was that bad.
And it was not that I didn't cleanse my face. I did. Several times a day. But still my face was still very oily that one piece of facial blotter couldn't blot all the oil in my face away. I'd need several pieces. True story.

So I used many commercial skin care products you find in Guardian or Watson. The thing I looked for then was "For Oily Face". I used many brands but I was still a pimply girl.

And as I got older, my pimples became less (though I now have lots of pimple scars). People told me because my hormones were then not raging anymore! But no one told me that my skin profile would change from oily to less oily, and dry. And so I continued to use products meant for oily skin, like what I'd used for the last decade!

So what happened? When I realized this, it is rather too late. I was in my late twenties, and now at 31yo, I have very dry and dehydrated skin! So sad.
And as I age, not only I have pimple scars, freckles seemed to be freckling out (especially after my trip to Cape Town 2 yrs ago!). And so, my face is all so bad now.

I tried using a few different brands of skincare products to try to keep and maintain a healthier skin skin now. It is kinda working, but all the while I chose those skincare products that are not natural, because I thought for my bad skin, I would need some chemically proven products for them to do some "magic" to it. 
That is until I tried BOV's Felicity Skin Care Range.


They came in a brown kraft box with the BOV sticker at the centre of the box. The boxes are also made of recycled material I believe.

The individual boxes are sturdy and the designs very pleasant with clear, bold wordings of the product.

When opened, I was pleased to find that they came in classy glass bottles, which shows the quality of the products. Some came in a pump bottle, and some screw caps.

However, the bad thing when it comes to glass bottles is that they are not travel-friendly. I cannot imagine bringing glass bottles when I travel. They are after all the normal big-sized bottles meant for home use, and not meant for travel use. I hope they come in travel size plastic bottles as well.


On this Felicity Range, I will first talk about the Daily Face Care, namely the Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer on this post. The others will be reviewed in subsequent posts.

Ok, I admit, I am a noob when it comes to reviewing facial skin care products, but I will try my best to express myself, and how I feel when using it.

Like I mentioned, I never paid much attention to natural and organic products, because I thought that my face needed a much "stronger" dose to fix my problems.

But the use of harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, parabens, and sulfates in skincare products has pushed me to start reading labels. If possible, I would try to move away from products with chemicals, and choose to go more organic and natural. And so I gave BOV's Felicity range a try. 

Ingredientsaqua, safflower oil*, calendula palm oil*, herbal extract mixture from soy lecithin, quince*, coconut oil, xanthan gum*, tocopherol, grapefruit seed extract, pelargonium graveolens*, vegetable glycerin, aloe barbadensis*, citrus sinensus*, citrus bergamia  (*Certified Organic)
Net Wt.: 120ml

I have very dry skin, and so their cleanser really does its job to remove surface and inner impurities without drying out my skin. I hate cleansers which makes my skin so dry that I can't even smile without feeling the tightness of it.
Although I don't wear much make up, I also uses it to double cleanse every night to remove my sunscreen and bb cream that I apply during the day. Works well.

What I love about it is that I just need to pour a really small amount of cleanser onto my palm, and it lathers really well. So a bottle of 120ml goes a really long way. I've been using it for about 3 months now and I haven't finished using the whole bottle yet.

It is made of pure and fine botanical extracts micture, and you can expect this cleanser fragrance to smell something like that. It has a herbal smell to it, but please don't equate the herbal smell to those stinky chinese medicine smell. It is actually a refreshing herbal smell which smells really pleasant yet organic. Need some time to get used to by some, but totally hit my spot. I love the smell of my cleanser.

Aqua, quince extract* aloe barbadensis*, lactic acid, grapefruit seed extract, glycerin* glyceryl cocoate, pelargonium roseum wild*, rosa damascena*, citrus aurantium*, cimbopogon martini* (*CERTIFIED ORGANIC).
Net Wt.: 120ml

I used to think a toner's function is to further cleanse the dirt off. Sigh, told you I'm a noob. Anyway, now I know that a toner's function doesn't serve to cleanse, it is actually to tone and prep, and balance our skin. It normalizes surface oils for the skin to prep it for the next few steps.

It avtually feels like water. I call it the holy water. It kinda purifies my face. I find the toner really gentle. I said so because when I used it over a pimple my itchy hands pricked, it doesn't sting at all. I think it also kinda helped in the healing of that pimple too.

This pour-on facial toner is suitable for all skin types. I had no problem using it with my dry skin condition. This alcohol-free formula of exotic herbs not only hydrates and soothes my skin, but it also protects and tightens pores. How's that sound?

In terms of fragrance, I think it has a mild and pleasant flowery smell which remind me of jasmine, though I don't see this flower being listed in the ingredient list. I wonder where that smell comes from? I'm kinda hooked to the smell.

Aqua, calendula*, daisy, rosehips oil*, avocado oil*, tocopherol (Vit E), xanthan gum, quince*, evening primrose oil*, green tea*, lactic acid*, balsam peru, comfrey root extract*, neroli oil*, rose centifolia*, essential oil*
Net Wt.: 60g

I have dry and dehydrated skin so I know I need a really good moisturizer that moisturizes well but yet not too greasy.

One pump should be sufficient to spread my entire face, therefore this product goes a long way too. Initially, however when spreading it all over my face, I'd had a hard time for my skin to absorb it well. I needed to really massage it into my face for it to be absorbed well, if not it would be white all over my face.

However, after discussing it with the BOV people, I was advised that as time goes by, with more frequent scrubs, it would remove the trapped oil from clogged pores.
And after that, the moisturizer absorbs into my skin easily.
So yeah, it was my problem, and not the problem of the product. lol.

This moisturizer comes in a classy pump bottle as well. It has a raw, non-fragrant kinda smell. It smells almost similar to BOV's Body Lotion Organics from the Lilly range.

It is a very nourishing moisturizer which leaves my skin moisturized the whole day through. After application, my face feels soft and nurtured.
And most important of all, it feels non-greasy. I hate greasy moisturizers which I feel like I poured oil onto my face.

All in all, I feel glad I took the initiative to try out a natural and organic daily face care range. After using it for more than 3 months, I can safely vouch that a natural product doesn't mean it is not "strong" enough for people with problematic skin like me. It is just as good, and it does their "magic" as well! :)

Stay tuned for Part 2, 3 and 4 reviews with Giveaways as well!


More good news! Thanks to Blue Oak Valley, you get:

- 25% off STOREWIDE
at Blue Oak Valley website for 2 months (until 31 Dec 2013) using discount code 'SHUYIN25',
- and after that will be 15% off STOREWIDE  for a further 6 months (until 30 Jun 2014) using discount code 'SHUYIN15'.
- Only applicable for online sales.


If you wish to see and hold (and smell!) the products before you make a purchase, BOV products are also available in stores.
And here is the link to the list of retailers.

And special mention to the retailer Fabulous Mom which has nationwide stores, and Twins Baby as there is a Twins Baby store in Penang located in Jln Masjid Negeri (somewhere opposite Convent Green Lane). So for you Penang readers, you can drop by there!
(**pls take note that they may not have the full range of BOV products on display)

If you wish to know more on the addresses of these retailers, or if you have any other questions or enquiries, you can send an email to

For more info, you can also visit Blue Oak Valley website or their Facebook page.

* Disclosure: I received the Cleanser Organics (120ml), Tone Organics (120ml), Moisturizer Organics (60g) for review purpose, but no monetary incentive was received. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: OXO Tot's Sippy Cup Set

Most of you know that Khye had rejected milk bottles since he was a few months old. And I'd trouble starting Khye on solid. So when it comes to drinking liquid other than breastmilk, I'd wanted a good drinking/sippy cup that Khye like and would drink from.
It was good when I had a chance to try out the OXO Tot Sippy Cup Set.

OXO's mission is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. They have a range of products for Baby & Toddler called OXO Tot.

Looking at their website, I was immediately attracted to their many categories of baby and toddler products. Under the Feeding category, first thing that drawn to me was their Sippy Cup Set.



First things first, the packaging. I received the Sippy Cup Set together with the Divided Feeding Dish (which I will review this later).

It comes in a hard plastic like most utensils do, but the packaging was really very easy to open. There was no need for scissors to cut away the hard plastic. There was a perforated line surrounding the sippy cup. Simply pull the cupboard flap and it tore around the edge. Simply fantastic.
I hated cutting up hard plastic which ends up poking me reallybad most of the time. So I was really appreciative of the packaging.

The OXO Tot Sippy Cup Set grows with your child from age 6 months and up. I am such a big fan of things that last and grow with the kids. It makes purchasing something like this worth the money as it lasts more than a mere few weeks or months. So simply by this fact, I was sold. Hehehe.

This Sippy Cup Set is baby's ideal first cup.
This diagram below shows you how this Sippy Cup Set grows with your child.

a) Using It As a Training Cup

1. Firstly, use with the Sippy Cup Lid/Spout. The air valve releases pressure for smooth sipping.

It is also a no-spill spout. No spill even when you drop this on the floor. But this also means that Khye needs to suck hard for the water, that's the bad part of it. But I think all no-spill sippy cups are all difficult to suck. Yes, I've tried them all before I give them to my kids. ;)

2. Fix it with the non-slip handles, which are perfect for little hands. The handles are also angled, so babies don’t have to turn their wrists too far.

3. Handles are removable for when baby’s grasp develops.

b) Using It As a Sippy Cup

1. When baby is ready to transition from sippy to regular cup, remove the Sippy Cup lid/Spout and replace it with the OXO Tot Training Cup lid.

2. The Training Cup lid has a transparent insert with perforations around the perimeter to control the flow of liquid when the child tilts the Cup to drink.
The translucent lid also allows the child to see the liquid coming.

3. When ready, remove the perforated insert and the Training Cup converts to a regular Cup.

Besides all these, there are also many other good features of this Sippy Cup Set.

I like that the cup is transparent, so me as a mum could see the amount of liquid Khye drinks.

To give an even more better gauge, there are measurement in both OZ and ML and I love it.

When it converts to a training cup, I love the green patches in the middle of the cup which are non-slip and makes it much easier for my child to grasp.

Khye although not too fond of milk bottles, was able to hold on by himself the sippy cup handles and sipped it alright with one hand, while holding his snack on the other. Perfect handles for little hands.
2 September 2013

When he got bigger, he was able to know how to hold on to the sippy cup himself and put it into his mouth.

9 October 2013

It will be a matter of time before Khye is ready to ditch the sippy spout and handles and uses it as a training cup.

All in all, I think it is a brilliant product and perfect cup that will accompany Khye from baby until toddlerhood. Yes, until both him and I find the cup so boring because he uses it every single day for a few years. lol.


Please visit Bloom & Grow Asia for their list of retailers.
You can also visit their Facebook page for more info.

* Disclosure: I received a Sippy Cup Set 7oz  for review purpose, but no monetary incentive was received. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s).

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scrapbooking: Mini Album - Singapore 2013

I made this mini album inspired by my buddy Josie.

It was my first time doing a travel mini album, but I'd wanted to document our recent Singapore trip because we had such a great time!
It was also our first ever trip out of country as a Family of 4!

Anyway, here it is, my humble mini album. Photos speak a thousand words.

The pages.....

Front Cover and Back Cover

Hope you're inspired to start your own travel mini album, like I've been inspired by Josie.

Anyway, is a lovely addition to the current Project Life. ;)