Monday, 1 January 2018

Goodbye, My Only Child..

2 years ago, I wrote a blog on having just one child here. Back then, S and I were very firm with our decision. We wanted just Liv and only Liv, she was the best gift of our lives.

About 9 months ago, I felt unwell. The same sick feeling I had when I was pregnant with Liv. The positive result on the pregnancy test kit caught us by surprise (because we practise "caution" :x ) We visited the OB, that was when we heard Baby E's heart beating steadily and saw her tiny forming body for the first time. Waves of emotions overwhelmed me, I was overjoyed (it was love at first sight all over again) and at the same time, I couldn't help but felt lost. 

What about my firstborn?
Will I have time for her like I used to? 
Can she or rather all of us adapt to the changes?

I couldn't remember the times I teared up as I looked on at my fast asleep firstborn. We have such intimate mother-child bonding and the thought of not just she and I in the future, ever again, breaks my heart. After all, I was certain we would stop at one child. 

But then again, as my pregnancy progresses, so are our excitement to meet Baby E.  

At 39weeks pregnant, we (including Liv) are looking forward to welcome Baby E and dealing with what I call a "temporary separation anxiety".. we are indeed becoming more emotional..

Dear Firstborn, 
Ever since we broke the news to you that you are going to be a big sister, 
you have been extremely loving. 
You call yourself "big sister", 
kisses my tummy, 
and "talks" to your unborn baby sister. 
You have been asking on a regular basis, "when will I meet my baby sister?".

We can see how excited you are to meet her.
But at the same time, 
we can sense your anxiety too...

Those days when you were reluctant to sleep in your own room,
insisting on snuggling in our bed.
Those days when we were right beside you and
you would still tell us "Daddy, Mommy, I want you". 
Those days when you simply cried, 
wanting to be carried
and did not want to let go.
Those days when you looked at us 
and said "I love you"...

Don't be afraid, our firstborn. We love you as much as we did from the beginning. 
You first made us parents,
you taught us how to care for you first and so we can care for baby sister too.
You made us fall in love with you first and so we knew what is love to our children.
You're our bundle of joy just like your baby sister will be. 
We will always hold you both dearly, for as long as you and baby sister need us...

Love, Mommy & Daddy

Before Mommy goes into labor, let me hold you close once more, a little while longer.. 
Just you and me..
Photo inspired by Photographer Laura Paulescu

Our family dynamics might have changed, but our love for one another stays strong and constant.
S and I will try our best to be the best of parents to our beautiful children
and we are sure, 
Liv and Baby E will be the best of sisters. 

Goodbye, only child. And Hello, children. (:

We give thanks to God for blessing us always..

Thursday, 12 October 2017

One Step To Youthful Skin: Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane

More than a year ago, I was given the opportunity to review the Brightening Moisturizing Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins from The Moisturizers Co.™. And last month, I was invited once again to try out their new product; Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane for younger-looking skin. The Brightening Moisturizing Cream was such a fabulous product, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the NEW Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane to find out the skin wonder this new product can do!

The Moisturizers Co.™ is local brand which is committed to create high efficacy moisturizers by a dedicated team of moisturizer experts, namely, the skin chemists. They believe that quality skincare can be effective and at the same time convenient for busy people like you and I. Products are manufactured under strict GMP-certified conditions, free from parabens, with zero animal testing too! (I feel safe to use by just reading this! :p)

So the package arrived..  Like previous time, the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane came in beautiful packaging. To top it off, there was a hand written note by the people from The Moisturizers Co.! How sweet of them!

Without further ado, lets reveal what's in the packaging! 

Environmental friendly yet classy packaging.
The goodness in this serum- infused Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane??

Black Mulberry Extracts (Morus Nigra Leaf Extract)

Mulberries contain Resveratrol which protects the skin from harmful UV rays. And the antioxidants provided in mulberries prevent the occurrence of blemishes on the skin, regulating melanin synthesis in the skin which in turn give a clearer and brighter younger-looking skin. Because mulberries are rich in Vitamins A and E, it aids to soothe irritated and dehydrated delicate skin.

Squalane - plant derived nutrients 
Another great source of antioxidant which not only prevent UV damages, it promotes cell growth and encourages collagen production. Squalane is so capable of complete and rapid absorption into the skin that the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream retains moisture in skin effortlessly!

Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)
As we age, the fibers that keep our skin firm (known as collagen and elastin) gradually deteriorate. The decline of the natural production of CoQ10 weaken the effectiveness of the fibers, reducing skin's firmness and elasticity (in another word, cause skin sagging!). Use of CoQ10 reduces the breakdown of collagen, therefore decelerate the rate of skin sagging. Furthermore, The antioxidant effects of Ubiquinone protects the skin against both intrinsic and extrinsic aging. 
Intrinsic Aging: caused by genetic
Extrinsic: caused by environmental factors


Consumers (I'm one of them) have tried cream moisturizers that claim to be lightweight or absorbs into skin quickly. But many a time, they are still a tad too overwhelming for the skin, they feel thick and oily on the skin and sometimes causing breakouts too. That is totally the opposite for the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane from The Moisturizers Co.

Looking at the texture of the gel cream.. It's extremely lightweight and excellent absorption. The back of my hand where I tried on the gel cream moisturizer was instantly moisturized with less fine lines as compared to the other hand which was without.

Not only does the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane gives a lightweight yet moisturising effect, the scent of it was soothing, improving my sleep quality* significantly.
As I approach the end of my 20s, this definitely comes in handy. With repeatedly unintended negligence to my skin and hormonal changes while pregnant and after giving birth, my skin is so in need of some T.LC!

Cool texture, instantly refreshed!
Before using the Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane..

No makeup. Dry and blotchy skin.

Skin was dry with fine lines and with reduced elasticity. I definitely look a couple of years older than my actual age! ):

After application.. It leaves a healthy glow without the slightest bit of stickiness I would normally get from cream moisturizers!

But after just 3 weeks of using Cell Regenerate Gel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane..

 The condition of my skin improved significantly. It is well moisturized all day round, no more dry skin even after a night of sleeping in the air-conditioned room! Makeup blends well with my skin, leaving no trace of patchy and cakey finishing. Best of all, I can have the choice of leaving home with or without makeup because my skin looks well rested and blemishes appear to be lighter in appearance! My skin feels taut and supple now!

As the old saying goes, "time and tide waits for no man". 
Experience the Cell Regenerate Cel Cream with Mulberry and Squalane for younger-looking skin today!

Visit the links below for more information on The Moisturizers Co.
Remember to quote "FAITH10" for 10% off The Cell Regenerate Gel Cream at cart checkout!

Did you know?
The Moisturizers Co.are against animal testing and they donate/spomsor food & necessities at the equivalent of S$1 to the Cat Welfare Society Singapore (CWS) or Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary (MCDS) for every sale they made. 

Youthful skin and contributing a little help to protect the lovely felines is just a click away! (:

*Please note that improved sleep quality due to scent of the moisturizer is a personal finding, may or may not apply to all individuals.