Behind Trancended

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by.

My name is Bernice. I’m an undergrad student studying in Malaysia who’s just gotten into the groove of skin care and makeup (yes, yes, I’m a bit of a late bloomer). I LOVE testing out new products, reading and writing reviews and just finding out what works and (sometimes more importantly) what doesn’t. I spend a lot of time consuming information given by  beauty gurus on youtube and other online blogs.

Over the months of learning and trying different beauty products, I find that living in Malaysia has its challenges in regards to pursuing my love for cosmetics. First of all, a lot of the products that are featured online aren’t readily available to us. Secondly, we tend to pay a lot more for products here. Take, for example, a lippy from Wet and Wild. In the US, you could probably get one for USD2. Over here, the cheapest one I’ve found is RM12.90. That’s more than 6 times the value based on a dollar to dollar conversion! Our exchange rate between USD and RM usually ranges between 1:3.6 to 1:4.2, meaning cosmetics here are still considered expensive when forex is considered. Thirdly, the quality of drugstore cosmetics in Malaysia usually cannot be compared with that which is found in other countries. Sadly, it’s usually a case of getting exactly what you pay for here.

But that is not to say that there aren’t exceptions. It is the quest for these cosmetic gems that has led to the creation of this blog. I hope to document my finds, both the good and the bad while I sort through the flood of cosmetic products that is present in the Malaysian market and invite you, dear reader, to partake in the journey with me.

I will say this however:

  1. I do have combination skin and while I do break out from time to time, I don’t have overly sensitive skin. So what works for me may not work for you, especially when it comes to skin care. It’s important to get to know your own skin and what it can and cannot take.
  2. I am an engineering student. Hence, I am prone to “geek out” a bit when I write. Bear with me :p
  3. I am quite particular about my sources when I read and reference. However, in the realm of cosmetics (much like in healthcare), research is often funded by large corporations, and there’s a lot of conflicting material online. So, it’s always a good idea to cross-reference my materials and articles with others.
  4. I don’t get paid for this blog. I write to let my readers know exactly what I’ve learned about a product as well as to further my own knowledge about the products I write about.

I hope that this blog can help us as a community, to gain some insight beyond the beauty trends both within and without the borders of Malaysia and help us to make more informed decisions when pursuing our beauty goals desires.

As always, thanks for reading. Cheers, xoxo


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