A stress-free vacation for your skin / Miniel Skinlab review

21 August 2019

Hello kawans! It's finally time for some skincare talk! Today I will be sharing a review on some skincare products I tried from a new local brand in town called Miniel Skinlab. I noticed that I rarely use any products from local skincare brands, but these looked promising and because the ocean blue really caught my eyes, I decided to try these out.

As Miniel Skinlab is still very new, they currently only have 2 products - their Hydraque Boost Serum and Hydraque Gel Mask. The hydraque series is focused on fighting dehydrated skin and just so if you're wondering(because it is a local brand kan?), yes! both serum and gel mask are Halal Certified! I have been trying both of these products for about 3 weeks now so if you'd like to know more about these 2 products, do keep reading!

The whole un-boxing process was really fun so of course I gotta include that in this post.

I got to try these products through The Butterfly Project so while I'm aware that Miniel Skinlab will be sending me their products to try, I was not expecting such cute a parcel to show up at my doorstep! 

Here's what's hidden underneath the leaf.

Really appreciate Miniel Skinlab for spelling my name correctly. By now I have already lost track of the number of people(including PRs T.T) mis-spelling my name as Can-dance :')))

and they have their own wax seal???

Underneath my love letter, we have more goodies!! Okay la, it wasn't exactly a love letter, it's a promo code for you guys. You can find it at the end of this post :3

Some cute custom stickers!

and our main stars are inside this pretty pouch. The white rope thingy you see is actually a cute handbag perfect for the beach!

The products come in their individual boxes. Now let's reveal em.

On the left we have Miniel Skinlab's Hydraque Boost Serum(30ml/1oz) and on the right is their Hydraque Gel Mask(50gm/1.75oz). From the whole beach-holiday vibe going on, you could probably already guess that this duo is created to give those with dry and dehydrated skin the hydration it's lacking. These products are also said to be suitable for all skin types including those with sensitive skin. Now let's take a look at each product on it's own.

[ Good info pamphlet. ]
Btw both products also come with this handy little 'product info' pamphlet. Initially, I thought this was one of those mini product info pamphlets with 10 million words in like 30 different languages printed in tiny 2pt font size haha! I was about to toss this aside until I caught a glance of how read-able it is.

Their mini pamphlet is printed front-back and they pretty much have everything you need to know about the product on it, plus some cute illustrations too!

One side of the mini pamphlet covers most things like what does the product do, the benefits you'll get, how-to use the product, as well as the ingredients list. On the other side you'll find cute illustrations featuring the key ingredients along with a brief explanation on em.

[ Miniel Skinlab Hydraque Boost Serum ]
Let's first take a look at Miniel Skinlab's Hydraque Boost Serum. This retails for RM97 and you get 30ml or 1oz of product. Currently Miniel Skinlab is also running an introductory promotion so at the moment, you can get their Hydraque Boost Serum via their webstore for RM87.30. 

As the name suggests, this Hydraque Boost Serum is said to hydrate your skin and at the same time promote skin regeneration. It is formulated with key ingredients like Yeast extract and Hyaluronic acid. I'm no expert when it comes to breaking down ingredients but according to Miniel Skinlab, Yeast extract contains antioxidants, has a calming effect, ability to reduce redness, at the same time, it's hydrating & moisturizing. Sodium Hyaluronate(type of Hyaluronic acid) is a very popular ingredient known to be moisturizing and hydrating, but other benefits include retaining moisture, anti-aging, and reducing fine lines. For a full list of ingredients, you can find it on the product info page HERE.

[ The texture. ]

I actually really like the consistency. Not sure if you can tell but this serum has a pretty watery consistency to it. It kinda looks like it has a gel texture, but it's a very light and watery one.

Usually for my entire face I'll use just 1 pump of product.

It's very easy to spread, super light weight, and fast absorbing too. 

[ How to: Hydraque Boost Serum ]
This serum can be used daily, twice a day, once in the morning and once during the nightI personally use this serum only once a day in the morning. For night time I would prefer a richer-thicker serum, something with oils in it.

As I use this serum in my morning routine, I would usually first cleanse my face with just water, pat my face dry(because I don't like using this serum on wet/damped skin), once my face is dry, I'll apply one pump of the Hydraque Boost serum all over my face. After the serum is fully absorbed into my skin, I'll finish up with a light gel moisturizer. 

If I feel that my skin is in need of a little more TLC on certain days, before using the serum I would use an essence, give a minute for it to fully absorb into my skin, then only apply the serum. 

Here's a before and after. My skin hasn't been very dry lately so appearance wise, apart from a barely noticeable sheen, I didn't notice much of a difference. However upon touch, I can tell that my skin feels softer and more hydrated immediately once the serum is fully absorbed into my skin(which only takes under a minute).

[ Review on Hydraque Boost Serum ]
The pros: So far I've been liking this product as a morning serum🌞 for that extra hydration boost. As described earlier, this serum is very light-weight and it absorbs into the skin pretty fast without leaving a sticky/tacky finish. The best thing about this serum is that you can actually feel an immediate effect from before and after you apply the serum. While I did not notice much of a glow, I was able to notice that my skin felt more hydrated immediately after using it💧. 

With that said, I find this serum only hydrating enough for me to use it in the day time where I like to keep my face products as minimal as possible. During the night, I sleep right underneath an air cond so my skin tend to get pretty dry if I'm not layering enough moisturizing products. Because of that, I would need a thicker oil-based serum instead.

The cons: Not a huge deal but I'm just not a fan of applying this serum onto wet/damped skin. Whenever I use this serum on wet/damped skin(for example: before my toner/essence is fully absorbed into my skin), it lathers up into a soapy-consistency and I'm just not a fan of that😅. 

With that said, I'm still using the serum because I found a way to avoid that and basically the trick is to use the serum on dry skin, so what I do is I'll let my toner/essence fully absorb into my skin first, then only I'll apply this serum. Also, this is not the first time I encounter a serum that does this. I have this serum previously that does this too so I've been using the same trick and it works. Both serums had a very similar ingredients list(which explains a lot), since my face did not react badly to it, and I got the hydration I was promised, I kinda just rolled with it.

[ Miniel Skinlab Hydraque Gel Mask ]
The next and final one of our Hydraque-duo is Miniel Skinlab's Hydraque Gel Mask. It retails for RM67 and you get 50gm/1.75oz of product. The 10% off introductory promotion also applies to their gel mask so at the moment, their Hydraque gel mask is retailing on their webstore for RM60.30.

Somewhat similar to it's 'serum sister', this Hydraque Gel Mask is created to hydrate your skin while promoting skin healing properties. It is said to be suitable for all skin types and especially recommended for those with dry and dull skin. It's key ingredients include Kudzu extract, watermelon extract, apple extract, lentil extract, and sodium hyaluronate. Most of the key ingredients mentioned provide moisturizing/hydrating benefits. To read more on these ingredients as well as the full list of ingredients used to create this gel mask, check out the product info page HERE.

I think it's just me but I can't be the only one that enjoys a good heavy frosted glass packaging right?

Here's how the gel mask looks like.

Always love it when wash off masks come with a cute lil spatula. Anyways, this is the amount I use for the whole face.

To be 108% honest, THIS was why I wanted to review these 2 products LOL. It was very mesmerizing to see Tammy(mamasan@The Butterfly Project) do this on one of her IG posts but doing it myself was literally therapeutic HAHA.

Okay, to be fair, I only did this once when I'm filming this because I didn't wanna get too much air into the product and contaminate it or something la. But yes, still super therapeutic and satisfying lol.

[ The texture. ]
 Texture wise, it's a very thick clear-blue gel.

 Spreads out easily.

This Hydraque Gel mask is recommended to be used twice a week but since my skin hasn't been very dry lately, I only use this once a week(sometimes 2 if I'm not lazy)

[ How To: Hydraque Gel Mask ]
Step 1: After cleansing my face with a gentle cleanser, I'll apply an even layer all over my face.

Step 2: Spread everything out with fingers, including areas the spatula can't reach.

Step 3 & 4: Let it sit for 15-20minutes. This is the time where I'll go back to my final project/play some onmyoji lol. After 20 minutes has passed, I'll rinse it off.

[ Review on Hydraque Gel Mask ]
First things first, let's make this clear, this is a wash off mask, so yes, you are supposed to wash it off after 15-20 minutes, my preference is 20minutes. So far I've used this about 5-6 times, and here's what I personally think of this mask. 

The Pros: When I had the mask on, I can feel this very faint cooling sensation on my skin and if I'm sitting right under a fan or even better, when my air-cond is on, the 'cooling effect' amplifies thanks to the gel consistency. Apart from that, I also liked how my skin felt softer and a little more refreshed immediately after washing the mask off. Finally, stirring this with the spatula felt really therapeutic LOL.

The Cons: None :D Other than the part where I'm lazy to use wash off masks, I don't have anything bad to say about this gel mask. Though, for those new to wash off masks, do take note that after washing the mask off, it is still important for you to finish off with your usual skincare routine(serum +/at least a moisturizer) so you can seal that softness in. Otherwise, your 20 minutes with this mask is as good as a waste. This applies to all hydrating wash off masks!

[ Promo code? ]
If you're interested in purchasing these products you can find both the Hydraque Boost Serum and Gel Mask on Miniel Skinlab's website. They were also very nice to include this additional 5% off discount code for ya'll! Currently they're having an introductory 10% off discount on both products(ending in 10days, 31st August) so in total you're getting a 10% + 5% off discount. 

To use the promo code: after adding the product[s] to your cart, click 'check out', you'll then see a 'discount code' section on the right side of your screen, all you have to do is copy paste:
into the discount code box and your discount will be applied :) Fyi, no I don't earn any commission from this so if you don't wish to use the code, it's alright too but you'll be missing out on the additional 5% la 😂

That is all I have for today's review! I'm so happy to share something beauty related again with you guys and thank you Miniel Skinlab and The Butterfly Project for sending me these products to try! To those reading, I hope this review is helpful and if you have any questions, always feel free to leave a comment below or send me an instagram DM/email, whichever works haha! I am currently writing another beauty related post to share with you guys real soon so stay tuned for that! :D

Thank you for reading!

Until next time!


*products mentioned are sent to me for review but all opinions stated are 100% mine based on my own skin*

3D2N Sabah staycation trip ft. bestie

15 July 2019

Hello kawans! In my previous post I mentioned that my next post would be beauty related but I just really felt like writing this now so please bear with me😚! If this isn't your first time stumbling across my tiny little online journal, you probably already know how much I like writing about the places I've been to(no matter how long ago my trip was lol). These kind of posts kinda help me preserve my memory and I guess I try to keep em as informative as possible for anyone reading. Well, last September(not too long ago right😅?) my bestie and I went to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for a short super chill staycation and here's a short travelogue post on it! If you're interested to see how we spent our staycation, do keep reading! :D

4D3N in Melbourne City ft. lotsa food [major throwback]

12 July 2019

Hello it's been awhile(nothing new there haha) but hii, I'm finally writing up the finale post for my major major throwback Australia travelogue. Every day I don't finish writing this, I feel this sense of guilt and I don't even know why lol so let's get this done asap. My last blog post was a throwback to my 3days and 2nights spent at Uluru, Northern Territory Australia. For this post, I will mainly focus on the Melbourne CBD area so I will be sharing about where we stayed, what we kinda did, and mainly what I ate during my 4days and 3nights in Melbourne city.

This post is a continuation to my last post, if you have not read it, here's a quick link to it. For the other parts of my 'major throwback' Melbourne-Uluru-Melbourne travelogue, you can find a list to all the other parts at the end of this post :3

Mandatory heads up to those reading: this is a throwback to 2017, so please only take this blog post as a rough guide as you'll probably need to cost in the inflation for the prices mentioned and some of the food I mentioned might not be on the menu anymore etc.

3D2N visit to the world's largest rock: Uluru/Ayers Rock

3 June 2019

Hello kawans! My one week semester break is coming to an end and I told myself that I would update my blog with another one of my long-forgotten-major-throwback-travel-posts so here it is! Now, to stop me from getting sidetracked, here's part-I-lost-count of my Australia trip from N years ago(ok, 2years lol)! Rather than splitting this post accordingly to the number of days like my usual 'DayX at Australia/DayXX at Australia' style, this post is a compilation of what I did for 3Days and 2 Nights in Uluru/Ayers Rock, Northern Territory Australia.

If you have been somewhat 'following' my Australia travel posts and you're pretty much lost now(thanks to me and my super slow updates, I'm sorry!), here's a quick recap! I visited 2 places in Australia back in winter 2017 - Melbourne & Uluru/Ayers Rock and my trip went like this: Melbourne>Uluru/Ayers Rock>Melbourne. This post is gonna be all about how I got to Ayers Rock from Melbourne + where I stayed/ate/did in Uluru/Ayers Rock etc so I hope you guys enjoy reading!

By the way, as this post is outdated and I'm only writing this so I could look back and reminisce my trip in the future, any prices mentioned in this post is most likely outdated. If you're planning a visit, please do your own research because my post can only be served as a rough guide haha.

To read my latest 'Australia travelogue' post before this, here's a quick link to it. For the rest of the posts in proper order, just scroll all the way down! :D

Introducing A'Bloom - the latest addition to the Althea Exclusives fam bam

22 May 2019

Hello kawans! From the title you could already tell that the Althea Exclusives page has once again expanded, this time welcoming a new brand to the family called A'Bloom. For this launch, A'Bloom has released 3 different types of products - beauty puffs in 2 different sizes, 4 sheet masks, and last but not least, a blackhead care product(?) I was lucky enough to receive these from Althea couple weeks back so now that I've played around with em, I'm ready to share my review on these products with you guys!

HKTDC DG Studio Showcase @ 1Utama Shopping Centre

6 March 2019

Hi kawanss! It's been awhile since my last blog update and it's been an even longer while since the last time I attended any events. But hey, I've finally crawled out of my little cave (for a few hours) to check out DG Studio's showcase of fun and quirky lifestyle products from Hong Kong - courtesy of HKTDC a.k.a Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Their job is to bring in products and services from Hong Kong to all over the world! So yes, other than TVB dramas, Hong Kong also has a number of homegrown brands carrying fun and innovative lifestyle products that may even come in handy if you're in the midst of gift shopping!

I'm not gonna dilly-dally any further, so if you're interested, do read on to see some of the cute and interesting products that caught my eye!

12 Apostles attempt 2 and Brighton Beach in the winter - Day 3 in Victoria, Australia

7 February 2019

Hello 朋友们(friends)! Happy Chinese New Year!! I'm spending CNY in Hong Kong this year at my uncle's so since I'm having my short sembreak at the same time, I've decided to pick up my long forgotten Australia Travelogue! Without any further ado, here's what I did on my 3rd day at Victoria, Australia(last last september :'D).

By the way, this is part 2 of what I did during my Great Ocean Road-trip so if you have not read part 1, you can read it HERE. Rest of my posts related to this Aussie trip will also be listed at the bottom!

Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask Review / Favourite Althea product?

10 January 2019

Hii kawans!! How's your 2019 so far? For today I wanted to squeeze some time out to share with you guys a product I've been really loving over the past month and it's the Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask. I believe that this product has been out for a few months now but I did want to give myself some time to properly test it out before I write my review on it. If you're interested to find out more on Althea's Milk Peel Cream Mask, do keep reading(and I really hope you do because this product is one of my personal favourites from 2018)!

Random collective shopping haul part 2 ver. Althea Korea

3 January 2019

Hey kawans! Happy new year! I actually forgot all about the part 2 of this haul sharing until I went through my photos folder yesterday! If you're a little lost, a while back cough last year cough I did a 'random collective haul' post(you can read it here) and because that post was getting a little lengthy, I decided to separate it into 2 parts, dedicating a 'collective haul post' listing all my collective Althea hauls that have yet to be shared with everyone.

Now before I hop into my haul, a quick disclaimer seemed necessary. A portion of this haul was purchased using a 'birthday ang pao' Althea gave me during my birthday month(yes, I know I'm sharing this many moons late! Please forgive me m(_ _)m!!) However the products I chose to purchase with my birthday shopping credits were entirely up to me so without any further ado, here's a list of products I've hauled from Althea and can't wait to play with!

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