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Of creams and serums

I spent last weekend in Seremban — most of my time was spent in Seremban Parade to be exact — covering a two-day corporate social responsibility spelling contest that my company jointly organises with a banking group.

During the lunch break on Saturday, I popped by the pharmacy because I needed supplies to welcome “Aunt Flow’s surprise visit”. This drugstore with a blue and orange-coloured logo was having a sale that looked pretty good, so I decided to go there.

As I was queuing up at the cashier, I saw these ladies in work/office attire in front of me raving about a stack of so-called anti-ageing kit — a box of three specially-packed Olay products — that was going for less than RM30 each.

The price of the kit impressed one of the girls so much that she called her mom — I gathered this from the few Chinese words that I know — to tell her if she’d like her to buy one.

That got me interested, too. I mean who wouldn’t be excited? Each package had a Total Effects 7 Cleansing Benefits in 1 Foaming Cleanser (50g), Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cream Normal SPF15 (50g) and Regenerist Serum Regenerating Serum (10ml).

The anti-ageing cream alone costs over RM30, so all these for under RM30 makes it a VERY good deal indeed. So I decided to pick one up although I only needed two of the three products (I’m not using the cleanser because I’ve tried Olay cleansers before and — this could be just me — they give me acne. But I am perfectly happy with its range of moisturisers).

I was particularly excited to see how the regenerating serum works because I’ve heard good things about this range. But its price has deterred me from picking up the products.

But the way the serum is easily absorbed by my skin had persuaded me to go to the drugstore again the next day. But since I had spent more than RM100 on products the previous day, I wasn’t about to spend RM59 on just one product. I can’t really afford to splurge on beauty buys right now, so I decided to put off buying it for now.

But reading reviews on the serum and face sculpting cream — which costs approximately RM80 — by regular people made me really interested to pick them up one day — when I have some cash to spare.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with you guys. If you’ve been meaning to try out Total Effects cream — which I have been a user of since approximately three years ago — I would definitely urge you to give it a try. It’s the most budget-friendly yet effective anti-ageing cream that I know and people, including me, swear by it.

I don’t think it’s too early for you to start on this moisturiser if you’re in your 20s. If you’re in your 30s, it’s the perfect time to start on an anti-ageing routine. If you’re a guy, there are lots of products specifically made for men. I happen to think men’s oil control products are excellent for women too.

I hope the serum lasts me a while so I don’t have to “replenish” so soon. If you’re interested, I can update you on how it works. Later!



Suziemclean is a Piscean who can't swim. She is 40 and married to a wonderful (younger) man who makes her laugh, and finds her corny sense of humour "endearing". She lives with her husband, family and cat in Shah Alam.

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