ponikuta the sunday telegraph

I am so honoured to be interviewed by Katrina Lawrence (Beauty Journalist for The Sunday Telegraph) to cover the topic on Asian beauty. To read the full article on Asian beauty click here.


Every once in a while, our skin will look a little lackluster or will require some TLC after adhering to the same skincare routine for awhile. Combining poor diet, busy lifestyle and lack of sleep, my skin is exactly at that stage at the moment.

Hydro Peptide Anti Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel

So recently, I’ve discovered Hydro Peptide Anti Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel set. Personally, I love everything peptide as they are one of the very few skincare ingredient that are proven to be effective and are most potent when it comes to delivery to skin.

This set comes with two steps:

  1. First, polish any surface dead skincell with the microdermabrasion crystals on cleansed skin which preps the skin for better absorption. This peel also contains Vitamin C, Orange Peel Oil to also brighten tired skin without leaving skin looking raw or red. All you need is 1-2 minutes of circular motion massage all over face.
  2. Next, apply the step 2 peel on top of step 1 peel which is filled with various types of peptides to plump, relax, hydrate skin. This also include 5% lactic acid and bearberry to promote a smoother and more even skin finish. To counter balance any potential skin sensitivity, this peel contains a cocktail of green tea, cucumber, echinacea and chamomile to calm and sooth skin. Massage for a good 1-2 minutes and rinse off.

All of the products comes free of artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalate and sulfates. I love using this on a weekly basis as a intense treatment to keep my skin smoother, clearer and fresher looking on a weekly basis. Best of all, there is no down time and doesn’t leave my skin red, flaky and can also be used on other body parts to minimize scars like backne, aging hands, dry feet/elbow, other scars and even stretch marks!

Available to purchase online here


Dior J’adore Perfume – A walk down memory lane

This year marks the 16th anniversary of Dior J’adore perfume with it’s launch back in 1999; the classic J’adore perfume have branched out to hair mist, deodorant, soap, body oil, shower gel, bath milk and various variety of scent intensity.


Paying homage to Christian Dior’s passion for flowers, J’adore is the fragrance that symbolizes femininity, sophistication and glamour. The signature J’adore scent is incredibly popular and for that reason it has become a cult classic from its bottle shape to its sweet, floral scent that is filled with bursts of mandarin, jasmine, plum, orchid, rose, musk and blackberry.

The scent is no doubt clear and bright making it very refreshing and easy to pick up and it is definitely widely acceptable for the younger to mid age woman as a gift recipient.

If you haven’t experienced J’Adore’s scent, then you must run to your nearest counter to give it a go as for once I’d say this Dior scent no doubt trumps Chanel’s No.5.

Available in Dior counters now!


Happy Chinese New Year

chinese new yearHappy Chinese New Year lovelies!~ It is the year of goat and may everyone have a smashing great year ahead of them. Please excuse the lack of post this week as we are busy enjoying the break and shall resume to normal posting next week.

I hope everyone eat loads and receive heaps of red packets (ang pao) for this new year!





Fifty Shades of Grey OPI Nail Polish Collection

Ah, the most talked about erotic trilogy is finally coming to our silver screen this week with much anticipation from women across the globe. Whether if you like to admit it or not, 50 Shades of Grey is a guilty pleasure for many and I am too slightly excited with the movie release (not so much with the castings!) and will be watching it this Friday night with the girls.

Obviously heaps of fashion and beauty brands have tried jumping on board trying to bank in on some of this trend. OPI also launched their own Fifty Shades of Grey collection (six shades), you can view the entire collection here.


Today, I will be reviewing three nail polishes from this collection. From left: #Shine for Me, #Dark Side of the Mood & #Cement the Deal. 


They are all good to go on their own or mix and match with each other. My personal favourite is #Cement the Deal, I can totally see myself pulling this shade of grey out to apply over and over again.

opi-fifty-shades-of-grey-nail-polishWith the upcoming colder months, I can see how the greys and darker shade can play well into the winter months. If you are a fan of the novel and movie, then this collection is definitely worth collecting given OPI’s nail polish quality never disappoints.

RRP AUD$19.95 per shade, there’s also a 6 mini pack collection that only cost $29.95
Available on counters now 



Valentine’s Day Prep – From head to toe


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to prep for the big day, we need to ensure our appearance from head to toe are being looked after. Hence, I have hand picked a selection of body products that are great to start incorporating into your daily routine to ensure baby smooth and radiant skin.

To start off with, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle (RRP AUD$8.39 for 3 x ampoules) is my go-to for deep hair conditioning and quick rescue without breaking the bank. Do this twice a week leading up to Valentine’s Day to ensure silky and smooth hair.

Next, I highly recommend the Jan Marini Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub (from Erase Clinic) for a results driven body polish that works on trouble dry spots including rough calloused skin. It contains glycolic acid to help resurface skin and to also improve damaged skin over time.


A very frequently forgotten spot for most people is the neck area. It is never too late to start paying attention to it by extending skincare down to the neck area including sun screen and a proper neck cream to treat this area. My weapon of choice if the Jan Marini Juveneck Neck Cream (from Erase Clinic).

valentine's day prep

Here are also some products that are great to “share” with your partner on Valentine’s Day or great for prepping too. Whether if you’re into shower or bath, you’ll love the bliss Soapy Suds (so much suds!) RRP AUD$19.95 and the Dirty Works Bath Soak (bubbly and relaxing) RRP AUD$8.95.

Finish off with a good relaxing Cowshed Wild Cow Bath & Body Oil RRP AUD$41.95 bath/rub and a heavenly foot massage with Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream RRP AUD$36.

I hope everyone have a lovely Valentine’s Day and don’t forget that everyday should be Valentine’s Day not just February the 14th each year. xx




Invisalign Treatment – Week 28 Update

Back  in June 2014, I started my Invisalign treatment for a life changing journey to help aesthetically beautify my smile. I’ve previously blogged about the Invisalign review here and mid treatment update here.

Invisalign before and after

Before and after: In just 29 weeks, my teeth are way straighter and more importantly my bite is corrected and when I smile I am showing 16 teeth rather than the previously crowded 14 teeth only. 

In total, I had 29 aligners to wear and I managed to finish before Christmas 2014, all thanks to the daily use of Acceledent* to help speed up my treatment. During the Christmas – New Years break, I continued wearing my aligners before having another scan in the new year to see if I needed more aligners to further improve my bite/smile.


In progress: 29 weeks later. I am loving the results.

So for a brief three weeks of waiting for my new sets of refinement aligners, I was attachment free and aligner free (except for night time). Ah, the freedom of having nothing in my mouth was short lived but I knew it was well worth it for the long term investment in my future smile. During this same period, I also received heaps of compliments on my smile (perhaps I wasn’t as confident with smiling with my teeth in the past) and also how straight my teeth are (from those who knew I was wearing Invisalign).

invisalign progress

Before and after: Huge difference! 

Last Saturday, I received my first set of refining aligners (12 to go!) and I can’t wait to see the end results. For now, the attachments are back in and boy did I need some time to get use to those. So you’ll now see me 22 hours a day with Invisalign back on for now!

I will have another full review once my 12th refining aligner is all done. Stay tuned for my final update.


*AcceleDent is a FDA-cleared, Class II medical device designed for faster orthodontic treatment. Through the use of gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology®, bone remodelling is accelerated, allowing teeth to move up to 50% faster.

Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted this Invisalign® treatment for review but this did not, in any way, influence my opinion on the product, results or experience. AcceleDent was purchased from my own funds.


Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit

A while back,  Tatcha was heavily promoting their “The Ritual Discovery Kit” complete with a personal skin consultation to ensure the products are perfect for each individual. I was curious about this skincare brand and through why not give it a go since there were deluxe samples on offer for each order as well.

To my surprise, I was categorized in the sensitive skin bracket for my Discovery Kit with a detailed email in my inbox explaining which product and how they can assist with my skincare concerns. I thought that was pretty cool to be able to do all that online without having to go into a physical store and booking in skincare consultations in person.


My “The Ritual Discovery Kit” came with their infamous One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Rice Enzyme Powder (cleanser), Deep Brightening Serum and Moisture Rich Silk Cream. I also received some sample satchels of various skincare products which is great to trial and for travelling too.


The two products that I was really looking forward to trial was the Cleansing Oil and Rice Enzyme Powder. Out of the four key products, I instantly fell in love with the One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil; I now know why everyone raves about it. Everything about it is just right and is also a step up from my beloved Shu Uemura cleansing oils. From the packaging, texture, the foam and finish are just perfect for my combination skin. I like how it is less slippery than Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils and also has a more luxurious texture to the skin.

The gentle rice enzyme powder is pretty good too. However, since I have tested so many powder form cleanser, I really can’t see how any are better than each another as they are all quite similar. This however, is great for sensitive skin as it has a gentle formulation and is great for daily use.


As part of my kit, I also received a serum and a moisturiser cream. Both of which are quite rich in texture but once applied they do absorb into skin fairly quickly and leaves my skin a nice healthy sheen finish. I’ve been using this set for a good 3-4 weeks consistently now and I would definitely repurchase the cleansing oil once I finishes. Come winter, I don’t mind repurchasing the moisture rich silk cream too as I quite like the texture and finish that it leaves my skin with.

All in all, I quite like all the products and if it wasn’t for the exxy shipping fees from USA, I would seriously consider buying quite a few of their full size products to trial them out. Do sign up their newsletter though, as they do have regular sales and do stock up once they have sales to benefit from their promotions.


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