Product Review - Pigeon Sakura Skincare

~ Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 8:22 AM ~

I have previously reviewed the MagMag Spout Cup by Pigeon company and is thrilled to be contacted again to review their latest range of skincare products, the Sakura Skincare Range. I am all for natural ingredients products and since this range of products offered for my review are free from harsh chemicals, does not contain paraben, sulphates and coloring agents and uses natural ingredients such as sakura flowers extract, I thought why not? It took me almost 2 months to try out all the products as I had to clear off other skincare products that I got for my reviews as well. Without further delay, read on for my review below:

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Pigeon Sakura Skincare

Description from the product page:
"PIGEON Sakura Baby Toiletries is the perfect solution to help protect your baby's skin against skin irritation and its associated problems. Free from harsh chemicals, it does not contain paraben, sulphates and coloring agents.  It uses natural ingredients such as our signature Sakura extract, renowned for its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.  So mild and gentle, it is proven safe on baby's sensitive skin."

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I received the following products for my review: Sakura Skincare Baby Wash 2-in-1, Sakura Skincare Baby Shampoo, Sakura Skincare Baby Milky Lotion, Sakura Skincare Baby Oil and Sakura Skincare Baby Powder.

The first product I tried on my 2 kiddos is the Sakura Skincare Baby Milky Lotion. It was such a coincident that my girl was having some rash on her tummy (reactions from taking certain Cheddar cheese products) and I thought why not give this lotion a try? So I dabbed on some of the lotion on my girl's tummy and gently rubbed it all over her tummy. The lotion smells flowery and I love it! The rash cleared by 2nd day. I think that's good as it normally takes my girl about 3 days at least for her rash to start clearing bit by bit. So to see it gone by 2nd day itself is really a good outcome!

Pigeon Sakura Skincare

The next products I tried on my 2 kiddos are the Sakura Skincare Baby Wash 2-in-1 and Sakura Skincare Baby Shampoo. The smell is same as the lotion itself. The transparent color liquid produces enough foam for me to generously rubbed it all over my kiddos body and I love that after using these products on them, their skin stays smooth and supple. I like the fact that I can use these product from head to toe! Yay!

Pigeon Sakura Skincare

The next product I tried on my 2 kiddos is the Sakura Skincare Baby Powder. I love that the bottle is handy and the powder that comes out is not too much and it is easy to just shake and pour out some powder for immediate application. There are some brands of powder I used before which is difficult to shake out the powder. Again, the Sakura Skincare Baby Powder smells just as flowery as the earlier products I tried on my 2 kiddos. I also like that the powder rubs off easily leaving my kiddos' skin smooth and fresh.

Pigeon Sakura Skincare

The last product I tried on my 2 kiddos is the Sakura Skincare Baby Oil. To be honest, the reason why this is the last product being tested is because I don't use baby oil that much on my 2 kiddos. Maybe it's because of my weird mindset that baby oil is greasy and yucky and messy. But anyway, I have to test it out and share my feedback with you guys, so I dabbed on some onto my palm and rubbed it around my girl's arms and legs and tummy. I'd like to share that the oil keeps my girl's skin smooth and supple and it does not feel as greasy as I thought it would be. Smell wise, same flowery scent. Not bad actually!

Pigeon Sakura Skincare

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You can find out more info at Pigeon's website.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Ikan Bilis (Anchovy) Powder

~ Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 7:34 AM ~

You know what's nice to belong in an awesome mummy group that helps each other and share their recipes? I am so happy to learn this recipe from the mummies in this SAHM group I joined in and decided to give this a try.

Now what you do is:

- Buy ikan bilis (aka anchovy) preferably those that are already cleaned and without heads and tail.

- Wash the ikan bilis to remove the excess salt and domoic acid (this is what I read from other website)

- Drain the ikan bilis and arrange them as a flat layer on a baking tray.

- Bake at 170C for about 10 – 15 minutes.

- Blend them into powder form.

- Store in airtight container and it's ready to use when you cook!

Ikan Bilis Anchovy Powder

Btw, just to share my initial reactions when I tried the ikan bilis powder (I made noodle soup) - it had some burnt after taste and upon finishing my bowl of noodle, I found the remnants of the ikan bilis powder at the bottom of my bowl. After checking with the mummies in my SAHM group, I was informed these observations are normal.

Burnt after taste might be due to over baking - so I need to either reduce the temperature or cut down the baking time. As for the remnants (also known as 'jah' in Cantonese) this are perfectly normal as the ikan bilis powder is not water soluble so it is alright to have remnants left. And now I ponder why the ikan bilis stock powder that we bought from the supermarket is easily dissolve in water... hmmmm...

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you give this a try too!

Product Review - Sunny Sleevez

~ Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM ~

This is an interesting product that I get to review for my children! The first time I saw this product, it reminded me of my friend's mother long long ago whom I saw wearing a similar looking sleeves while she was driving. Decades later, I see this similar looking products but for kids? And with UV protection features? Wow, I must review it! So here goes my feedback:

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Description from the product page:
"Sunny Sleevez  are the cool fashionable answer on high UV days. Our UV sun sleeves are perfect for babies, kids, tweens and beyond.
    FACT sunscreen takes 20 minutes to even START working
    FACT sunscreen MUST be reapplied EVERY 2 hours
    FACT 92%  of sunscreen don't give the protection they claim!
Slip them on in the Sun, Slide them off when you're done! Patent Pending, Chemical-Free Sun Protection You Never Have to Reapply!
"

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I had initially requested for the flames design (Kids size) in white color (so that it is easier to match with my boy's clothings) and classic with hand cover style. When the product arrived and I noticed it is blue instead of white, I was a tad confused and disappointed but then after a while, I realised blue is not bad either.

The sleeves are very light and smooth. I love that there are selections for children sizes though I think it's a little big too big for my 3.5 years old boy. He loves the flame design on the sleeves and can't wait to wear it!

During one of our family outing, he wore it for a few minutes before they started sliding off his hands. Should have requested for a smaller size sigh... but then again, an upside is I get to keep this and use it later on when he grows a wee bit chubbier hahaha... 

I think this is a useful product which you can carry along everywhere you go (because it is light and small in size) and gives you comfort in knowing that you can easily protect your child's hands when they are out and about under the bright sunlight.

A very good product I say!

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You can get this from http://www.sunnysleevez.com/

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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