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Very soon we will bid adieu to another decade and usher in a new beginning. The year 2000 started out smooth but soon came to a halt with time passing by while I stood stationary at some vacuum, helpless. Thankfully this past year managed to salvage whatever positivity there is left in the form of new-found friends(you know who you are!), various opportunities and companionship of my furry BFF.
There's also the witnessing of Milo's growth over the last 12 months, he's getting to be a handful being hyper and all. I wanted to document his adventures around the neighborhood but it would have me screaming like a banshee with only a hand on the leash... This was our first walk together back in January!

You want commitment, take a look into these eyes
They burn with a fire until the end of time~.

These days the ASSBUTT constantly claws at my door -his way of knocking- and it can be annoying especially when I need utmost concentration. Initially when he learned this trick, he kept me up 3 nights in a row! Nonetheless, Milo is able to get away with almost anything when he melts your heart with those hypnotizing eyes. It will be his second time counting down to the New Year, we've got nothing planned as usual. The pooch starts to get sluggish around 10pm anyway and I want to start the first second of the new decade by being productive. Haha!

I hate junk food, especially potato chips of any kind. They break me out the very next day! And it certainly doesn't help that my mother likes to stock up on tidbits every now and then. Thus to keep my skin looking this ↑ I hereby swear off any zits-inducing snacks! (^-^)v

Milo & I wish everyone a blessed new year, and Happy 2011!! o(^-^)o

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After recounting my favourite skin care products yesterday, we shall move on to MAKEUP! This is an extremely lengthy post so bear with me.

I have not found my HG face primer yet, though there are a few that have stood out such as SMASHBOX Photofinish and SEPHORA Smoothing and Mattifying primers. They are not featured here because I'm using the samples and are running out, which I will purchase eventually. Both have that waxy texture which I like; Photofinish gives a matte finish whereas Sephora's formula is slightly runny that will make your face dewy. I shall do an extensive write-up next year.

L'OREAL Base Magique
Due to my dry cheeks resulting in visible pores, this acts like a poly-filler that also smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines. The velvet texture spreads easily and mattifies my skin effectively. The oil control, on the other hand, is a total mess.

TOO FACED Shadow Insurance
I had purchase this after the base of my brand new URBAN DECAY Primer Potion cracked, boy this thing is a challenge. It is silicon-based mixed with oil thus the product has to be shaked well, otherwise the latter will ozze out first. Sometimes the formula dries up so fast it cakes up my eye product, that I have yet to configure out why. The staying power is good with its ability to keep the vibrancy for six whole hours.

These days I rarely use liquid foundations nor a frequent patron of BB creams, opting to skip heavy assurance for special occasions. My term of  lightweight coverage is using base products to a minimum and only concentrate on concealing my flaws. Since the afflicting areas are mostly my cheeks and chin, thus there is no need to mask the entire face.

ZA COSMETICS Concealer Perfection
BOURJOIS Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer
ZA's has been a longtime companion for its superb coverage on existing blemishes and scars; BOURJOIS is a nice alternative but slightly more hydrating, especially around the eye areas.

CLARINS Instant Light Brush-On Perfector
This product is meant to add luminosity to your features but they function well as a corrector too. I have been heavily dependent because it gives me an almost airbrushed finish. I use each of its 3 shades for different purposes - highlight, neutralize redness and eye brightener.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
The soft focus finish compensates for its sheer coverage. The lightweight texture feels like a veil on the skin, as opposed to liquid foundation and BB Creams.

MUJI Loose Power
I've been using this for more than a year, and have recommended to many friends. My advise is to get the refill pack and purchase an empty jar to get your money worthwhile. The pearl powder-esque consistency gives a soft shimmer that doesn't make one look like a glitter ball. However excess of the product may produce chalky results, so use it sparingly!

For a time I'd rotated pencils and powders to fill in my brows but the finished look always looked iffy, and simply unnatural. This kit made my life so much easier, and my brows(using wax and lighter shade) have never looked any better!

The rest consisted of a mini eyeliner pencil which isn't water-resistant, mini tweezers, dual brush, eye brightener and brow highlighter powder. I particularly adored the last item for its subtly, fairly different from using shimmers or even matte white pigments. The finely-milled texture is easy to blend naturally into my skin tone with its shell pink pigment. Unfortunately, I was told that this product has since been discontinued when I'd visited the Takashimaya counter last week...

N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder
REVLON ColorStay Mineral Bronzer

Contouring is a technique that I'd picked up this year, which not only lightens up the burden of having a "fishball face" but also sharpens the features. NYC's is a matte bronzer that not only compliments my skin tone well, the texture is sheer and extremely buildable. REVLON's Deep Bronze allows me to forgo blush and highlighter on the whole, giving me that sunkissed, natural radiant glow.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Sunlit Bronze Beauty Kit
This past year I have dabbled with a number of colors and combos: black, silver, grey, green, blue, pink, orange, purple but neutrals remain my safest option. It doesn't take too much time and I won't need to crack my brains figuring  if this shade will agree with the other; just go from the lightest to the darkest shade of brown. This is especially helpful when I'm in a rush, which seems to be a common occurance these days...

Besides this palette, I also rotate with KATE's eye crayons and also eye products from NATURE REPUBLIC which I shall share in a later entry.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Cheekcolor
Formulated with aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile, the aptly named Rosy Glow is a delicate pink with light gold undertone. On days when I seek a heavier coverage, I would layer this moisturizing blush with MAC's Dirty Plum.

SHISEIDO Luminizing Satin Face Color
High Beam White bears a reminisince to BENEFIT's Brow Highlighting powder, but more multi-functional. Not only does it brightens the eye areas(brow bone, inner corners), I also sweep a layer over my dark circles and on the bridge of my nose.

Tip: apply highlights on your Nasal-labial Lines, which acts as an optical diversion.

L'OREAL Color Riche Made for Me in Burning Rose
In contrast to my being conservative with eye colors, I dared to make a bold statement with RED LIPS, having worn it full-blow to several occasions this year. Unfortunately I couldn't make it work with Fuchsia colors but am determined to make it work so stay tuned for an update (lol)

ELIZABETH ARDEN Color Intrigue Effects in Guava Pearl
This is another glossy pink with gold undertones that blends well into my natural lip color. This pairs well with the Rosy Glow blush mentioned above.

NYX in Indian Pink
It appeared to be extremely peachy when worn alone, but if you blot the pigment and apply a layer of clear gloss, this product becomes a light coral shade. This range is really moisturizing and tames chapped lips too. A couple of shades that I've got my eyes on are often either sold-out or hard to get.

Lancôme L'Absolu Crème De Brillance in Rose Mythique
Cherry red with tinges of golden shimmer, I use this on top of Burning Rose sometimes to give my lips more dimension. These days I apply a layer, blot and finish with clear gloss to give a tint of color. There are times when I would forget to apply blush(!!) and this moisturizing formula spreads easily over my cheeks, and smells delicious too!

SHISEIDO Luminizing Lip Gloss in Pop Life(PK406)
This is my favourite gloss today. Creamy, non-sticky and fragrance-free. While I prefer to wear it alone, on days when I need to wear my makeup from day to night, I would apply it on top of a matte lip color to add dimension.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Gloss in Star Pink
Part of the Blue Dahlia Pure Color Collection, this shimmery light lilac shade smells like beer/champagne for reasons unknown. I really love the non-sticky formula, it is a pale gloss with light shimmer and is long-lasting. Muack!

Next Up: The End of a TrainWreck Decade.

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Hello everyone! We have come to the last week of 2010, the end of another decade. I am glad that this year has turned out to be extremely meaningful, compared to the last 9 years. On the whole, it had turned me into a train-wreck of sorts and I am determined to make a 360 turn in the coming decades. Before we usher in the new year, let's do a (lengthy)recollection of the my favorite products!

Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion

My cheeks have gotten drier these days, resulting in visible pores. This helps to soften and moisturizers my skin, and allows serums to penetrate better. I have been test-running some serums with really dry and sticky formula, and this product helps to curb the uncomfortable experience.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisturizer SPF30
Undoubtedly one of the best products in my stash - it keeps my face matte throughout the day despite the humid weather with minimal blotting needed. A very concentrated anti-aging product that will remain in my life for many years to come. I am in preventive mode here (lol)

Facial Treatment Essence
A late 2010 entry but deserves a honorable mention because the results have been really impressive! It manages to clear up my skin sans blemishes, even my friends whom I've met up recently noticed a visible difference. This healthy glow is totally different from the results obtained from whitening products, I totally agree with their "amazing radiance will glow from within" claims.

White Glove Extreme Brightening Capsules
The past year have seen me trying endless whitening products. Previously, I don't give them much thoughts because of the common misconception that too much whitening will bleach your skin overtime. Haha! Although the formula is a tad dry and flakes when I exercise my facial contours, it is effective in evening out my skin tone. The scent resembling potato chips keeps my actual cravings at bay.


I can never finish this product, in fact I've been using it every day and night so that I could start 'dating' its cousin Gentle Brightening Lotion. The light texture compliments my combination skin during the day, and I use it as an extra whitening treatment underneath my night moisturizer.

White Plus HP Smoothing Serum

The White Plus range is another line of whitening products that is not only effective, but also moisturizes the deep layer beneath your skin, as evident in a recent skin analysis I'd taken recently. The French brand pioneers in discovering Sea Lily extracts, and they not only brightens the skin but also have a lingering fragrance that captivates your senses. There will be three additions to the White Plus family coming next month, and Singapore is the first Asian country to launch these products. Expect an extensive review soon.

These are the beauty products that have stood out, and considered regulars in my regimen. I meant to feature my go-to facial masks but most of them have either discontinued or no longer distributed in the local market...

Next up: My favourite makeup products in 2010.

Once again, Milo the red-nosed terror wishes all a very Merry Christmas~.

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Milo does this low, quiet growl whenever anyone ventures near his territory aka Home Sweet Home. But in response to a perceived territorial intrusion, it escalates into something of a howling bark. Few days ago, he did his signature ferocious woof... at Santa courier. Oh the irony! The despatch had the word 恨(hate) tattooed across his throat, I wonder what happened to this young man to ink himself with such negativity! (´・ヘ・`)

It was a pleasant surprise to receive Christmas gifts from CLARINS Singapore. They sure know how to make one feel special. Muchas Gracias!! \(^∇^)/

CLARINS Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
This is a creamy lotion that goes on the skin easily and leaves a slight oily film behind. It is heavily scented with Peach and Orange Blossom, though I'm not sure how the smell of the latter stands on its own. The overall smell is lovely but can get overwhelming overtime, due to the combination with the secretion of the body's natural oil. That's what I felt after wearing it yesterday, 2 hours in.

CLARINS Gentle Refiner
This is my favorite out of the bunch - it is a cream-based exfoliator with dual microbeads that refines the skin at the same time. Besides tightening the pores, it boosts the skin's vitality by lifting impurities and dead skin cells.

CLARINS Shaping Facial Lift Wrap
This product is supposed to be used in compliance(optional) with the Shaping Facial Lift and Defining Eye Lift. I have not tried it yet but according to the description, the cream-mousse texture helps to curb puffiness in the morning and relieves the heaviness in the cheeks, smoothes out and redefines facial features.

The usage method is interesting too - apply the product on the bottom half of the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Contains Chinese Barley, Gingko Biloba and White Clay from France.

This year will be Milo's 2nd Christmas with the family. We have nothing planned but he's got a new ball in the courts which have gone mute barely 2 days later. We wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and have a fruitful year ahead~.

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Tinted moisturizers are ideal for women seeking a hassle-free routine; it's basically a 2-in-1 product that combines the benefits of skincare with  a hint of color that can be used in place of a foundation. Alternatively, you may customized your own by mixing in moisturizer and liquid foundation. This is a makeup product afterall, so always use an oil-based cleanser followed by your favourite cleanser to remove all traces of makeup on your face.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
Infused with Mineral Mica pigments that acts as an optical diffuser to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the formula also contains antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E, Squalane and Sodium Hyaluronate for moisture, and Jojoba estera for moisture retention.

Upon receiving the product in April, it had undergone numerous trials and errors because of the incompatibility with my skin tone. There is a limited selection of shades available, with 01 Fair being the lightest and the darkest at 04 Deep which is not available in the local market.

I have a habit of taking 5-minute intervals in between applying serum and moisturizer so as to allow the beneficial ingredients to sink into my skin. But this product chooses to work only if I comply to its rules - while the consistency is soft and easy to distribute, it doesn't spread well on dry skin thus I had to act quick before my skin absorbs the moisture from the toner and any product I might choose to use at the moment.

While most tinted moisturizers have a sheer tinted coverage, Elizabeth Arden's formula is slightly heavy like that of Revlon's ColorStay foundation but less runny with a more bronzey veil of color.

Test Run #1
01 Fair
has a heavy orange undertone, and I had come off looking like a bad tanning job upon my first trial. I practically looked like Garfield(!!) minus the whiskers and that infamous smirk... I'd slathered it on like any regular foundation and the results turned out to be disastrous!

Test Run #9
I had an Eureka moment one day and decided to give the product one more go - this time with a wet sponge. My intention was to make use of the dampness to somehow "dilute" or "absorb the excess orange-y pigments. The outcome was more or less the same. Subsequently I used the stippling method but... Sigh!

Test Run #lost-count
Despite my determination to review this product, we had to undergo a cooling-off period because things just couldn't work out. Every time I open my drawer, the filmsy package would stare back at me, begging me to take him back. Since it's supposed to give me a bronzey glow, I decided to apply like a bronzer. Sure it defeated the purpose for what it was intended for, but I wasn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. The contrast was too obvious and I looked like a beach prank gone wrong. I'm not sure if you have seen that particular Archie comic whereby Reggie placed a plastic lobster on Archie's face in the middle of a tanning session and he came off with this red imprint afterwards. I sounded exaggerated but you get the gist.

Final Drive
After much revision, I went back to basics by making use of the warmth from my fingers. This time, I opted to use the size of a tear drop and start from the center then slowly spread it out evenly on my face. No subsequent re-application and... *DRUM ROLL*  look at the photo above! Why, oh why didn't I think of it sooner?

I have been trying multiple whitening products which sort of gave me this slight ghastly reflection, so the TM added some warm illuminous touches to my features. I wasn't that self-conscious as I picked up the courage to parade down Orchard Road that very day. Subsequently, I had to constant remind myself to always use a lighter-than-ever hand with this trickster, with a Garfied coin bank staring at me across the room.

The oil control is decent but requires touch-up every now and then because the formula ran off every time I blot the excess sebum. It doesn't oxidize on me either. I have since come to terms that the shade doesn't befit my skin tone, albeit the lightest available. Hence I recommend for those with fair skin to head to your nearest EA counter to try out the various shades. The Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer retails at S$52; 50ml.

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After settling Christmas presents for friends and family, I finally have the time to sit down and decide what to get for myself! Not everyone gets to receive, you know what I mean *inserts grumble* Anyway, while browsing the Web to do some potential research, my mind drifted back to Lancôme Génifique which supposedly activates the youth proteins in your genes.

With claims to see "visibly younger skin in just seven days," I had previously tried a week's supply but did not notice any difference to write a first-impression review. It felt like any regular serum, and to be fair, I did not expect drastic results *cues Michelle Pfeiffer's magical rejuvenation*

I was itching to purchase the product to write a proper review but was appalled upon stumbling this "review" on MakeUpAlley: (click for larger resolution)

Lancôme and L'Oreal share the same corporate owner, L'Oreal Group but operates independently. Besides the distinctness in product pricing, the obvious difference is one being a prestige brand, while the other is mass-marketed. Since they are under the aforementioned parent company, there's bound to be some overlapping of ingredients used in their various products.

Lancôme Génifique claims to reactivate your genes whereas L'Oreal's latest anti-aging gene-inspiring skincare range Youth Code is supposed to induce the gene's ability to produce proteins. To put this blatantly across, both products function in a similar manner - by reactivating aging cells to prompt the skin to produce more youth-enhancing collagen yada yada.

Comparsions of Ingredients
Lancôme Génifique
Aqua/Water/Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Amonium, Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Amonium, Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xathan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodcanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance.

L'Oreal Youth Code Concentrate
Aqua/Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimenthicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquisterate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Adenosine, Ammonium, Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Parfum.

It doesn't take a dermatologist to point out the number of identical ingredients; keep in mind this is a quick glance at the components thus I am not going in-depth on the scientifics. I made the trip down to the nearest drugstore to check out Youth Code Concentrate - the texture is rather creamy, as compared with the runny consistency from Lancôme. In regards to the pricing, it cost merely S$45.90 whereas Génifique sets one back at a staggering S$170.

Naturally as a consumer, it's logical to choose the product that would save dollars. In this cost, a whole lot. But I urge you to do more research on the various un-highlighted ingredients to get a better understanding, and will help gauge the justification in getting Génifique.

On the makeup spectrum, I had a moment of epiphany upon setting eyes on the eyeshadow quad from Lancôme's L'Wren Scott Holiday Collection a while back. The colors resemble L'Oreal Open Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Stellar! I have been prowling everywhere and kicking myself at the same time, because the product is nowhere in sight... (つд⊂)

I should also mention that L'Oreal Group owns Maybelline, which explains why their latest Open Eyes Pro eyeshadow palette in Black spots the almost-too similar monochromatic shades. While I cannot comment on the texture, but this is another prime example of, for lack of a better term, product recycling.

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Having introduced CLARINS festive collection for the Face and Decollete, let's move on to the windows to our soul. My favourite out of the 4 limited products - the colors are extremely flexible to make an easy transition from Day to Night.

Barocco Eye Color Trio (S$64)
As you can create different looks for both day and night, a large mirror is embedded for convenience, along with a double-tipped foam applicator for impeccable eye makeup.

Comprising of matte black, captivating bronze and radiant pearly gold, the texture of this sumptuous trio is finely milled, not chalky and easy to blend, giving uniformed results even with multiple layers. The actual product does not create much of a fall out mess, despite the illustrations above.

If you are the sort that finds colors bothersome to mix and match on a daily basis, or you just want a hassle-free everyday neutral look, I highly recommend this palette. Using merely a wash of the bronze, the warmth of the earth-tone color creates a depth around the eyes while the subtle gold manages to capture light that accentuates your contours. Add a touch of pearlized gold to the inner corners for an instant perk-me-up.

For a smoulder effect, use the matte black to accentuate your contours by lining the bases of your lashes, and blend out to the sides with upward strokes. To create a glamorous look, apply the same pigment to deepen the crease and outer V. Lastly, apply the precious gold on the brow bone to enhance your overall makeup.

Rouge Prodige in No. 130 Barocco (S$35)
Having established the pros and cons of the Rouge Prodige formula, another shade has been created specially for this 2010 winter collection. Barocco is a vibrant, intense black tulip color. Fuschia doesn't go well for my skin tone, thus I make use of the cherry-red pigment of L'Absolu Crème De Brillance in Rose Mythique from Lancôme to counteract the problem. The tinges of gold shimmer from the gloss compliments the overall rich gold theme of the Baroque spirit.

When you head out to your nearest Clarins outlet to get your hands on the Barocco collection, check out the various Christmas Coffret Sets that have been customized for yourself and other loved ones.

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A Hypothetical Scenario
With sheer dumb luck, some hot stud winks at you as he passes by. Rooted to the ground, daydreaming obliviously away towards the day he bends on one knee, the day both of you exchanging vows... HOLD ON A SECOND! Why is he shaking with laughter on the other stretch of the pathway? You hurriedly retreated to the washroom and...a panda reflection staring back in the mirror? That is entirely hypothetical, of course. Pinkie swear!

Anyway I have this annoying tendency to yawn more often than usual in air-conditioned places, like the malls here blasting the AC on full-mode as if the depleting Ozone layer don't mean a thing!! Sometimes even the most durable mascara or eyeliner will start to head south. There's also the case of tucking your lips in unconsciously immediately after applying your lipstick, resulting in color stains on my teeth.

Human errors are unavoidable -be it intentional or otherwise- thus no matter what expensive primer that you may be using, even living under this tropical weather makes boo-boos all the more difficult to stay away.

It is understandable if these embarrassing blunders go unnoticed when you're out on your own, but what if you are with company? When you spy such boo-boos on your friend, would you let her know in the most tactful way possible, or fake ignorance because she might take it the wrong way?

To my chagrin I have fallen victim to such situations albeit nothing too humiliating. I would prefer to have it pointed out in a subtle way; pull me aside to let me know and save myself from any necessary embarassment. Unfortunately, some friends I know would just keep quiet for ulterior reasons, that I would leave it to one's imagination.

Everyone have their ways to deal with such situations. If however you choose to stay mum for whatever reasons, please put yourself in the shoes of your friend and think, would I want to walk around town looking like a panda?

Here's some bloopers shots while preparing for this entry, it would be a pity to not share them with you. Milo camwhoring at his very best~.

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Sometime ago I was made aware of a Mega Beauty Sale in Hong Kong and my dear friend who was touring Asia at that time asked what I was interested to get. He threw out a couple of brands and my ears ringed when I heard SK-II. This luxury brand is not cheap; a bottle of lotion can cost you around 20 meals. Also numerous mixed reviews kept me at bay from making rash decisions.

Anyway, I opted to get the highly-raved Facial Treatment Essence - a 75ml bottle cost S$99 at local counters whereas the discount+conversion will come to around S$50. Sad to say there were limited stocks available, and my friend managed to snag 2 sample bottles, 30ml each. ヾ(^▽^)ノ FREE! He proceeded to get me whatever is available on my To-Buy list which is the PREVAGE Day moisturizer and also samples from SANSIM, a Korean brand using Wild Ginseng Extract which is supposedly has a superior efficacy to Ginseng and is known to have skin restoration and anti-aging properties. I shall elaborate in a later entry.

The Brand
The "SK" in SK-II stands for Secret Key, with Pitera being the secret key to clear skin. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, the Facial Treatment Essence(FTE for short) formula have never been changed, given the reason that customers seem to be happy with the crystal clear results. At the time of writing, more than 20 million bottles have been sold, and a bottle is said to be sold every 22 seconds.

Miracle Find
Unlike those used to make bread and beer, Pitera is a byproduct obtained from a refined, purified strain of yeast during the fermentation process. Patented by the Japanese brand, this key ingredient is a source of proteins, minerals, peptides, amino and organic acids etc that mimics the structure and function of healthy skin, and prevent surface irritation from penetrating deeper into the skin. This miracle find enhances the skin's natural cell renewal cycle, resulting in crystal clear skin.
Facial Treatment Essence
Touted as the Miracle Water, the FTE contains more than 90% Piteria, the highest concentration in SK-II's product range. Apart from allowing the skin's natural renewal cycle to function at its prime, FTE helps to achieve a good balance of sebum and pH levels, so oily and dry areas are properly moisturized. 

Many have the misconception that the FTE is a toner when in fact this product is a serum albeit in liquid form. The bottle does not come with a pump but the opening is small thus minimizes wastage. The fermented scent grow stronger upon gradual contact with surrounding air, so it is best to replace the cap promptly.

While sebum secretion remains the same *inserts major groan*, my skin has visibly brightened up. The illuminating effect is far from the same as compared with other whitening products; the sorbic acids clarify and remove dead skin cells but does not dry out the skin. It leaves my face soft and smooth with that gleaming glow, as if a subtle bulb has been lit and directs light onto my skin. This spells good news for those with slightly blemished skin - although you don't see immediate improvement, the brightening does help to create a veil, very much like using the "light" effect with Photoshop.

Besides using it twice daily, morning and night, the recommended application is to use a FTE-soaked cotton pad and gently pat on the face and neck. For a product that can buy you at least 20 meals, such a method is too extravagant. What I do is have my bottle at the ready and cap unscrewed but still in its place, rub my palms together to heat it up and pour in an amount that's of a quarter size and gently pat on my face. DO NOT RUB! Pat the product until it has been completely absorbed by the skin and then continue with my moisturizer.

Alternatively, you may pour some of the product into a spritz bottle, spray some on your face and pat it in after heating your palms. This method helps to delay the fermenting smell and further reducing wastage of this Miracle Water.

Christmas is around the corner -9 days to be exact- and there are many in-store promotions. I am able to finish my second bottle and deliberating the various promotions but can't pick one. You know, if the FTE can give me such an illuminous complexion, I can't begin to think of what my skin's hidden aura looks like should I use the Cellumination Essence (lol)

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This festive season, CLARINS draws inspiration from the Baroque style, and brings a collection of sensual, mysterious makeup that celebrates every woman and her uniqueness. Originating from Italy, Baroque is a form of art distinguished by dramatic -rich and deep- colors, and strong contracts of light and dark shadows.

The rich golds, exuberant forms, striking musical harmonies and black scrolls on the gold background attributes festivity to the Barocco Makeup Collection; emblems that transcends classic design and perfect beauty. With their subtle gold and intense black, this approach has led to the creation of four limited editions that fully embodies the baroque charactistics - dramatic, daring and sensual.

Barocco Face Palette (S$64)
My heart literally skipped during the unboxing process - the substantial weight can knock out Milo if he tries to pounce on me again when I'm irritated. Okay I was joking but in all seriousness, the weight of this compact is tantamount to a quarter of the pooch's mass. Portability is a huge problem here.

Presented with a gold-plated lid and decorative scrolls, this exquisite stunner encased a basic translucent powder with a combination of sandy-beige and the same scroll motif in shimmery pink-peach color. The golden warmth of the beige adds a subtle sheen and mattifies my complexion, whereas the peachy shade gives a soft illuminating effect.

In comparison with Palette Prodige, the Barocco palette's black casing doubles in height and so is the capacity, which spells longer usage even when the festivities have come and gone. The former multi-functions as a bronzer and blush, and adds precise, illuminous touches to my complexion. Barocco solely works as a light pressed compact and gives a slight rosy glow with credits to the peachy shade.

Barocco Shimmering Gold Powder for Face and Decollete (S$70)
This black and gold powder box houses tiny golden nuggets dusted with golden pearl. Take extra caution when handling it because upon removing the lid and taking out the powder puff, be ready to embrace pixel dust all over your clothes, and on the floor! It's just like being placed under a magical spell, which explains Milo's constant loitering whenever I take the box out. Fortunately the shimmers won't stain your skin and clothes or else Mum will be throwing major fits!

The golden nuggets are soft to the touch and almost creamy; I even nicked one that broke into even more 'dust powder', just to see how delicate they are. It would be a good idea to include a sieve because the puff gathers a ton of shimmery flakes and creates a mess. Nevertheless, the puff spreads an even layer of the fine, light texture that resembles sparkling reflections. 

To avoid looking like a disco ball, and opting to use highlighters instead, I will save this gold powder for my neck, chest and arms. This product is better reserved for parties and events held in the evening, so as to avoid looking over-the-top during the day. The shimmers aren't noticeable in flash photography, and I find it better to mix the powder in with my body lotion before heading out, because it doesn't adhere on the skin for a long time.

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So I seldom talk about food, something that I find not of much importance to splurge on personally. They end up in the same place anyway so why spend so much more when you can fill your tummy with, say bread and instant noodles. In other words, I only pamper myself in the rarest of occasion.

I was having a moment yesterday and decided to treat myself something sumptuous other than the usual duck noodles(yum yum) and the like. Having been utterly disgusted by KFC's oil-drenched chicken and PizzaHut that gave me an extremely salty pizza on my birthday, I switched attention to Pastamania!

This time I'd wanted to try out the Spicy Crayfish  Pasta but couldn't find any reviews and stuck to my usual order - Chicken Bolognese. To appease the repeated hounding by my hormones for something chocolaty, I had my virgin taste of the highlight for today - Banana Dessert Pizza
  Pardon for a lonesome picture, for I was anxious to dig in to care about anything else. A sweet banana dessert pizza served with chocolate shaving, the description hardly gave it any justice. What I received was simply heaven; in my head I was dancing to "Bananas in Pajamas" jingle while savoring this delightful discovery.

   "Of course I like him. I like pizzas too, but I'm not gonna marry one."

This dessert has to be eaten piping hot, for the sole reason that its thin crust hardens when cold. Suffice to say, I tried to finish my main course as quick as possible but one could not race against time. Nonetheless, the sweet slightly-baked bananas with a generous topping of chocolate shavings got me craving for more~~! For those who enjoy any kind of banana treats such as Goreng Pisang, this dish is something not to be missed! For the next time, I shall get my pizza served directly from the outlet itself.

Greedy Milo started drooling the minute I opened the box, revealing the warm smell of the tropical fruits. He sat couple of feet away and stared at me with a look that makes one think of PUSS-IN-BOOTS, minus the cavalier-style hat and boots.

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