CLARINS Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate - S$45
Building off the success of the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, CLARINS introducd an updated formulation that is enriched with line-repairing peptide, Dermaxyl.
The Acaica Micro-Pearls act like sponges and expand to fill in and smooth away lines, pores and imperfections; high concentration of Soft Focus Pigments reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores. With the addition of Dermaxyl, it helps to repair age-related damage.
The product comes in a twist pen with a silicone tip that dispenses the serum, making everything fuss-free. I apply mainly on problematic areas such as the lines underneath my eyes, nasal folds and around the sides of the nose. While it did nothing on deep lines, the silicone texture does settles into the imperfections and smooths out my skin. The hydrating formula prevents any flaking occurance; it allows my concealer and foundation to stay on longer.
I also use it on non-makeup days as a treatment product, but my laugh lines and the deeper ones under my eyes remain pronounced. On the whole, it works better as an optical diffuser thanks to the Soft Focus Pigments and prevents my imperfections from looking obvious. It does improve my complexion as a cosmetic filler but for the repairing aspect, I do not see much of an improvement.
I was complimented that my skin looked Photoshopped while at a CLARINS luncheon earlier this afternoon. Besides using the Extra-Firming Foundation which will be reviewed soon, I gotta give props to this nifty product. I strongly believe it made my skin looked air-brushed. A PhotoShop savior! Unfortunately I have been under the weather for the past few days thus no photos...
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- Mar 08 Tue 2011 09:06
- Mar 03 Thu 2011 16:41
I love consuming Bird's Nest soup. This Chinese delicacy is available readily at supermarkets and restaurants at various prices, depending on the superiority and where they were harvested.
Please do not check up the trees, looking for bird's nests to snitch. God bless those poor birds. This delicacy derives from the saliva of male swiftlets during the breeding, and takes the shape of a sallow cup that are stuck to the walls of caves.
The nutritional benefits are aplenty - they are an excellent source of calcium and protein that improves the quality of regenerated and cells and strengthens our body immune system. Most importantly, frequent consumption nourishes the skin, making it soft, supple and elastic.
WATSONS Bird's Nest Essence + Rice Bran Whitening Facials
I have been a fan of this particular product but delegated to use in times of skin crisis. During the agonizing PMS period, my skin would get awfully dry - that got me in a hissing fit just yesterday. Imagine having a good diet and skin care routine yet your body choose to betray you every month, as if my face is a getaway resort for hormonal bumps to reside. (TωT)
I have since finished the previous batch which is in an all-white packaging, and slightly bulky. The new ones you see here look absolutely luxurious and contains more punch this time round. No idea if the product's been re-formulated either.
This time round, it comes in a set of 4 facial masks partnered with equal vials of Rice Bran serum. You are instructed to use them together to achieve that whitening boost.
Each vial of Rice Bran serum contains a generous amount of product that can be evenly divided for your face and neck. Take some time to massage it in, before placing the facial sheet over your face. The cloth sheet is made up of 12,000 knitted micro fibres that fits my facial contours very well, with none of that messy dripping all over your clothes.
No thanks to my recent Detox Program that cuts me off from using any whitening products, my skin tone had been looking dull but there is a subtle brightening effect after usage. There is no difference in the fine lines being smoothed out though. Also there was no flakiness of any sort, like what I'd experienced with other brightening masks which is a big plus.
There is no need to add on moisturizer afterwards since the two products hydrate the skin just the way I like it. But if you need a product to lock in the beneficial ingredients, opt for AQUALABEL Skin Enhancer.
I can't remember how much it cost... around S$20? There was a promotion spotted just yesterday that reduced me a mere S$15 poorer. But I'm sorry to announce that it ended on the same day. Anyway, check back with Watsons from time to time since they hold promotions all year round. They also have their in-house Green Tea masks but I'm no fan.
- Feb 17 Thu 2011 18:29
I have mentioned on several occasions about a bad breakout after the use of a particular product, which I shall touch on soon! The healing process has been awfully slow and I decided to do some damage control by seeking professional help. When it comes to facials, I'm apprehensive to have strangers touching me unless I have absolute trust in them. Dismissing my very first taken place many years ago which left me scars and invisible heart dents that took very long to heal, so far the ones I have visited have been assuring.
Last week I made a trip down to the SK-II BOUTIQUE SPA for some damage control. This establishment is a unique collaboration with Senze Salus, a leading luxury spa specialist, using prestigious skin care products from the Japanese brand. Currently there are 3 outlets - Scotts Road, Triple One Somerset and the one I visited was located at Raffles City Shopping Center.
As I wasn't on official blogging business(lol), pictures were taken at my own discretion. I managed to snap a quick shot of the lovely waiting area, decked out in pastel white that calms down my nerves. After filling out a profile card with details of my regular skin care regimen,
I had my heart set on the Purifying Facial that focuses on deep cleansing, exfoliation and extraction. Alas! My congested concerns were deemed unfounded with an anlysis revealing that my skin was in great condition - firm and boosting with active collagen *boink boink* No problem with blackheads either. My skin was slightly dehydrated with uneven pigmentation. The bumps on my skin are merely "hardened, old" whiteheads that can be aided with softeners and exfoliation. Other than that, I have "great skin" as quoted by the beauty therapist. o(^o^)o
She recommended me the Intense Radiance Facial which employs the use of machinery and products from their Cellumination range that will result in a vibrant and luminous complexion.
The Senzational Bed is boasted as the most luxurious bed imaginable. Boy, were they right! The bed is truly a promise of comfort and indulgence with a duvet to boot that keeps me warm during the 80mins of serenity. My body didn't come off stiff, nor did my neck ache: I couldn't catch a nap either since I was chatting with the therapist throughout the duration.
After cleansing, she used a shaver-like apparatus to remove dead skin cells on one side of my face. I saw the obvious difference as the "after-shaved" side is smoother, brighter and my pores were even less visible. After which, a humidifier was positioned to open up my pores and softens the skin for the extraction process.
She was really concerned but after some assurance of my high threshold for pain, she proceeded to poke and squeeze and promises that they won't leave any marks. This may seem like an ordeal for many women, but this process was over and done in about 10mins. This crucial procedure is best to be placed in someone you can trust.
Relaxtion took command towards the end of the session: she used some sort of paper -describing it as transparent edible wrappers in those White Rabbit candies - coupled with the Cellumination essence, and utilizes an ultrasound gadget to melt the "paper" and massaged the products into the skin. Luxurious facial and eye masks were placed to calm down the redness caused from the extraction process.
I came out of the room looking radiant. While I was satisfied with the entire facial experience, everything seemed different afterwards. Being led to another waiting area whereby the therapist attempted to push facial packages but I was adamant about not wanting to deal with any, since I seek professional opinions only when I'm at my most desperate.
After making payments, I was given samples of the Facial Clear Solution, and recommended me the Skin Refining Treatment. Apparently the boutique had run out of samples and suggested that I obtain some from the counter located downstairs. When I eventually made it down, the BA said that their samples had not been replenished for more than 3 months. Wasteful trip, no?
Although there were no pushing of products, I had the feeling of being snubbed after insisting on not purchasing any packages nor products. She walked away and never came back like she said she would. I was left alone to touch up my face. Just as I was ready to leave when another staff came and asked if she could direct me to their vanity area. Why can't I be referred there after completing my session? I had my doubts while being led to the waiting area because it was so exposed and had invited stares while applying concealer and the like.
I tend to stress a lot on Customer Service because I used to be on the front line. Treat others the way you want to be treated is a mantra I stand by constantly. Even when your customer leaves empty-handed, he/she should be treated without any prejudice.
This Pitera Essence Set(worth $S146) was purchased earlier that week at a promotional rate of S$99. It includes:
- Facial Treatment Essence 75ml
- Facial Treatment Mask 1 Pc
- Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 40ml
- Cotton 30 pc
As you can see, no cotton pad was included. The SA made no mention of it either. Has SK-ll ran out of cotton pads, or what? I am the sort of person who looks past minor stuff like this, but don't like to be misinformed of any sort. How hard is it to tell a customer that they are unable to fulfill the contents depicted in the promotion? Or even better, why not substitute with another item?
Facial Treatment Essence - [REVIEW]
Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
Equivalent to a softener; it contains AHA that effectively removes dirt and dead skin cells to allow skin nourishment. I use this on makeup days and love how it leaves my skin squeaky clean.
Facial Treatment Mask
An intensive moisture-boosting mask enriched with Pitera that leaves the skin soft and crystal clear. It is like the FTE minus the cloth. I have yet to use it though. No idea when, but that day will eventually come(lol)
Facial Clear Solution
A water-based emulsion containing Pitera and a rare marine Vitamin complex that regulates sebum production at its source, deep within the pores. I use this mainly on my T-Zone area.
Lastly, my SK-ll Crystal Club lifetime membership. It is not a card; merely a sticker pasted over a glossy surface that has my membership number, name written with ink and expiry date. Come on, SK-ll, you can afford better quality than this!
This can be used to accumulate points upon purchasing any products, facials and packages. The downside is that points are earned upon purchase ONLY in Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok. Furthermore, rewards can only be deemed within your home base.
- Feb 09 Wed 2011 20:08
TONY MOLY Shiny Foot Peeling Liquid
On the morning on the first day of Chinese New Year, I decided to pamper my feet before doing the inaugural rounds of dreadful house-visiting. There's virtually no instructions in English but the illustrations on the back are enough to demonstrate how the product should be used.
The product comes with 2 sachets of liquid and a pair of over-sized foot masks. Place yourself at a comfortable position as you will be bound for a good 30 minutes, and best to keep pets at bay. You don't want them to snif at the strong alcohol smell. Rinse off after your DIY spa experience.
I did not observe any immediate difference afterwards, though there was a lot of flaking on my toes and soles. This signals the shedding of dead skin cells to reveal soft and smooth feet. The one thing that irks me is that the dryness during this time period; my feet looked terrible despite applying more amount of moisturizer than usual.
7 days later, peeling has stopped but the area around my ankles are still dry. There was nothing of that brightening effect either. I rather invest in a good foot scrub to exfoliate my walkers.
- Jan 24 Mon 2011 21:02
CLARINS White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched range is effective in counteracting hyperpigmentation, reduce inflammation of skin cells and delivers micro-circulation to boost complexion radiance and restore youthfulness with very powerful brightening effectiveness. Using Sea Lily Extract as the active ingredient, is has the capacity to block the melanin tunnel, therefore the skin is better protected against any threatening development of dark pigmentation.
White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched
Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
This whitening product minimizes dark spots while refining the skin texture, thanks to the presence of oat sugars, and also prevents any reappearance of dark pigmentation. This serum also firms facial features, smoothes away fine lines, and restores the skin's transparent rosy glow.
White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched
Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion SPF20
This milky solution has a fine, melting texture that instantly brightens, moisturizes and protects the skin against UV rays with SPF20 PA++. This smooth Day Lotion also preps the skin to enhance and prolong makeup all day.
I have been using mostly the White Glove Extreme whitening skin care range by ELIZABETH ARDEN last year, and still have quite a few unopened products begging to be used in my stash. Hence I don't have a major problem with uneven pigmentation problems and can't give you an unbiased account when it comes to the brightening effect in reviewing these Clarins products.
However, I can vouch that they do maintain the skin's illuminancity. Having switched to another skin care routine for another round of product reviewing, my skin tone has gotten sallow in time.
During the period of test-driving the WhitePlus products which I had been using rigorously, I had undergone 2 separate skin analysis within a 2-month span. In spite of a visible breakout -bad reaction from another product I was testing at the time-, the epidermal layer of my skin was evidently hydrated, with a drastic improvement shown in the 2nd analysis.
Interestingly, the scan had also shown that I don't have much of a melanin problem. According to Dr Lionel de Benetti, head of Clarins research and development, each stubborn spot is created differently, thus we need an effective product that is able to lighten all spots, in all the the different melanin processes.
Forget about whitening facial masks that boost instantaneous but temporal results. The bleaching agent that gives you that shortcut brightening effect not only flakes, they do little to nourish your skin. Instead, invest in a skin care range that not only improves your skin condition on the outside, but most importantly encourages the elimination of dead cells within the deeper layers as well.
The serum and moisturizer do not flake on me, and absorbs well into my skin. The only downside is that my face starts to shine fairly quickly around the 2-hour mark, even on days when I chose to work from home. Thus, I have tried to pair up the products with other brands, in a bid to test out different combinations in terms of shine control but other moisturizers don't seem to play nice with the smoothing serum and causing a flaking situation.
Some of my friends felt the scent of be a tad too overwhelming, but I personally enjoyed the fragrance although it didn't linger on for too long. For those who share the same sentiments as my friends, you'll be glad to know that the 3 new additions to the WhitePlus family leave a really mild trail compared to their older siblings:
White Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel (S$65)
White Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator (S$60)
White Plus HP Whitening Repairing Night Cream (SS110)
I will introduce and review these products in a future entry. In the meantime, head down to your nearest Clarins counter and check these new products!
There is a current promotion to purchase the WhitePlus set consisting of the serum and day moisturizer at S$220. For extra savings, head down to the Perfumes and Cosmetics shop located at T2, Changi Airport which is going for S$198(or is it $168; I can't remember though. I was lemming for the Lancome Genifique set which retails at S$198, that explains why I have these digits carved in my head)
- Jan 07 Fri 2011 17:49
Facial masks come in handy just before an important occasion should you seek an instant boost. That being said, there are those that specifically brightens up your complexion albeit a temporal effect. This is the factor that keeps me from not purchasing because most of the ones I've tried tends to flake whenever I applied on moisturizer afterwards to lock in the essence from the product.
Hence I made sure to be mentally prepared the night I tried on KRACIE Deep Whitening mask sent to me for consideration. Fortunately the serum did not cause me any grief and I was able to do about my routine facial massage.
HADABISEI Deep Moisture Mask WE (Deep Whitening)
This Kracie product from Japan contains the Vitamin C derivative that suppress melanin production and prevents unwelcoming pigmentation and freckles to occur. The aid of Lemon Extract helps to soften the protective layer of your skin so as to allow the beneficial ingredients to penetrate efficiently.
The facial sheet fits my around facial contours nicely and doesn't slip during the 15-20mins treatment process. The cloth soaked up most of the essence thus there aren't much left in the pack - I love to use the excess around my neck and decollete region, and my long pins. With that being said, there are no signs of essence dripping on my clothes either.
Unfortunately, the whitening effect was mediocre but it differs with different skin tones. I failed to notice any brightening difference. However, I found the serum to be immensely moisturizing upon massaging into my skin. There was no flaking, and left my skin supple and dewy. It also allowed foundation to glide on smoothly.
There is a wide variety of the Hadabisei Moisture Mask series available now at all Watsons stores islandwide.
- Dec 23 Thu 2010 12:07
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.
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.
- Dec 06 Mon 2010 21:27
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 "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.
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)
- Nov 27 Sat 2010 10:23
CLARINS Instant Light Brush-On Perfector (S$45)
The formulation contains the Light Optimizing+ Complex -a new innovation from Clarins Laboratories- that is great for highlighting purposes. Apply on light-catching areas such as the forehead, brow bone, cheekbones, cupid's bow, chin area and on your nose bridge. The light-reflecting pigments act as an optical distraction that blurs out any appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector also contains oat sugars which are natural skin-firming agents that gently smooth your facial features. Further enhancing the product is a high performance hyaluronic acid that forms a protective film to seal in moisture within the skin.
A "radiance pen" that banishes dark circles and perk up tired eyes by bringing light and radiance to the skin. The texture is very creamy and blends easily although I strongly recommend applying eye cream first. Trust me, this will help to prevent subsequent products from creeping into the crevices on your undereye area.
The formula comes in a pen, and to push up the product, you just twist it until the highlighter oozes onto a brush. I find it hard to control the dispensability which piles more-than-needed product on the tip of the brush, thus increasing the inflexibility to use apply it directly on areas that needed to be brightened. On top of that, the brush doesn't allow easy blending and I prefer to use a foundation brush. Using my finger is out of the question and the heat generated tends to dry up the formula and causes the product to cake. The product is not to be mistaken for a concealer - the sheer coverage falls short on concealing scars nor existing acne. Some concealers tend to turn ashy due to oxidation resulting in a fatigue look, thus this luminizing pen comes in handy to give my eyes that instant boost of radiance. E.L.F. Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter makes a budget-friendly alternative.
If your dark circles are severe, use a corrector and/or concealer
beforehand. These past few months I have been rigid in massaging my face; not only does this routine improves my
overall complexion, my eye bags have significantly reduced and shadowy areas
under my eyes are gradually diminishing.
That being said, the Perfector isn't just another highlighter, like the raving Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, it can also be used as a corrector depending on your skin tone. While I use 00 Light Beige primarily to illuminate areas that catches light, 01 Pink Beige works surprisingly well in neutralizing redness especially the area round my nose and other blemishes. Since my eye areas aren't as problematic as before, I use 02 Medium Beige to conceal any obvious signs of fatigue.
The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector retails at S$45 each and can be conveniently purchased at all Clarins counters. There are 4 shades available, but I believe it differs in different regions.
Using solely the Perfector in 02 Medium Beige which suits my skin tone the most, notice the brightening effect albeit the grey cast peeking through.
- Nov 25 Thu 2010 19:32
SKIN79 Perfect Cover BB Concealer
Boosting of a hot-pink packaging that makes every girl swoon, SKIN79's glamourous Diamond Collection contains superior ingredients such as Diamond Power and Jewel Complex Powder of ruby, amethyst, coral and tourmalin and pearl to create a flawless finish.
Leading the pack with their best-selling BB Creams, the Korean brand now introduces its BB Concealer made with micro-soft powder particles. The product comes in a sturdy metal case with dual shades in the palette.
The Light Beige is meant to be applied on the under-eye area; the coverage manages to brighten up my eyes but turns ashy soon afterwards. Even with its emollient texture, it still seeps into the crevices that made my fine lines all the more obvious. The coverage fall short with the darker shade aptly named Natural Beige. It comes in handy to even out my skin tone but doesn't do a good job on veiling my flaws.
In the midst of reviewing, I had to go the extra mile of using another concealer to cover up exisiting scars and zits before blending with the darker color to even out the pigmentation. Overall, the lack of color choice is critical - both Light and Natural Beige proved to be a tad too light and does not blend well with some of my other foundations.
This product will work well for those with minimal skin discoloration.
- Nov 23 Tue 2010 16:13
This tube has been bruised and battered due to frequent usage. I apologized for the unsightly capture but I'm quickly 'hitting pan' so a review is timely to share why this product has been part of my recent(miserable) lifestyle. This was purchased couple of months ago.
HADA LABO Tamagohada AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face Wash
This gentle cleanser contains a combination of AHA(Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA(Salicylic Acid) - AHA acts as an exfoliant with minute molecules to penetrate into the dermis layer. That being said, it works by dissolving dead skin cells, sloughs off dull and rough skin on the skin and increase cell turnover all at the same time.
Another exfoliant present in the product is BHA better known as Salicylic Acid, is commonly used for treating acne. It also has a salubrious effect on pigment disturbances and sun-damaged skin.
So what exactly is the difference between both exfoliants?
According to Paula Begoun, AHA is ideal for sun-damaged and dry skin whereas BHA should be opted for those with acne-prone oily skin, and can easily penetrate through the oil-clogging pores therefore makes a good treatment for acne-causing blackheads and white bumps.
The exfoliating range from Hada Labo contains another Foamy Wash which I have not tried yet, nonetheless a small dollop of product produces a decent foam with this Face Wash. Free of fragrances, alcohol and mineral oil, also absent is any form of scrubbing beads. Despite that, my skin feels squeaky clean and smooth like a shelled egg(↑).
When your skin isn't in its best condition, it gradually gets dull. Given my recent bad breakout, this cleanser comes in handy to exfoliate my skin without aggravating existing red bumps and I do see minimal clarity after each wash. Because both AHA and BHA can increase the sun sensitivity of the skin, hence I always make sure to compensate by using sunscreen with UVA and UVB protections.
- Nov 22 Mon 2010 16:32
I suffer from insomnia in times of stress, depression and my biggest nightmare - writer's block. My form of relaxation is a good book and enjoyable music, but when I've ran out of resorts, I turn to aromatherapy. While I had previously gushed over the Satsuma scent, Lavender is another one of my favourite.
ELIZABETH ARDEN Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream
Aptly named, this luxurious night cream from Elizabeth Arden contains the aromatic lavender to enhance relaxation and calmness. Most of us tend to have mood swings from the irritability derived from not catching enough shut-eye, hence this light, flowery scent is ideal to help unwind your mind and body.
Another prominent ingredient is Honeysuckle with its antibiotic properties. Often used for medical purposes, this herbal inclusion helps to treat skin irritation such as rashes and outbreaks. Other components in the concoction include Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Panax Ginseng Root Extract.
The product comes in the form of a jar, so I used a spatula for hygiene's sake. Although I don't see fine lines and wrinkles diminished according to the product's description, but the pleasure of waking up to my skin feeling like a baby's bottom puts me on cloud nine every morning! The cream is incredibly rich, so a pea-sized amount is sufficient per application. Extra effort to massage in the formula is strongly advisable - not only does this facial exercise promotes blood circulation, it enables the beneficial ingredients to absorb into the skin properly. Fortunately, I did not experience any breakouts pertaining to the lavender embodiment. My skin feels significantly softer, firmer and more resilient with each usage. There are no signs of any softening in my fine lines and wrinkles, according to the product description.
Many important body functions occur when we are sleeping such as tissue regeneration, regulations of insulin and blood sugar etc. By contrast, chronic sleep deprivation accelerates tissue degeneration and aging of the brain. So if you are an insomniac or crave for something aromatic to be integrated into your skincare regime, this product is worth a try. To a certain extent, it does help me slip into dream mode faster and minimizes my nightly battle of tossing and turning.
- Nov 14 Sun 2010 22:18
BODY WELLNESS has been one of the leading spas since 1997. With its own in-house research and development team, this local establishment offers to consumers the most unique and innovative treaments that incorporates the latest technology and spa techniques.
I was recently invited down to enjoy a complimentary session at Winsland House. Upon consultation, the Ginger Renewal Massage was rendered too "mature" for me, thus a Ginseng Thermal Treatment was recommended instead.
Such therapeutic massages help to provide relief for chronic health issues such as headaches, back aches and menstruation discomfort. Due to the nature of my work, I am constantly by the computer which explains why my BFFs stress-pimples would visit me every so often.
After voicing my concerns and filling in a consulation form to state down any existing medical conditions, I was given a warm Ginger tea to calm down my nerves in the morning, followed by a tour of the Winsland House establishment. With the capacity of 30 rooms to cater the busy schedules of today's modern women, there leaves little worry about not being able to secure an appointment.
Each private spa room are named after a favourite place visited by the owner; most are European cities whereas the massage techniques employed by the masseuses lean more to the Oriental side of Balinese and Javanese. An occupied room is indicated by an aromatic bag hanging on the door knob.
Upon entering the room, there is a single trolley that carries disinfectant, box of gloves and bottle pump. The Ginseng Thermal Treatment involves using a Ginseng cream imported from Korea, manufactured exclusively for Body Wellness. The product acts as a relaxant that soothes the skin but I felt it was too rich for my skin as the greasy feeling stuck with me throughout the day. One can be subjective when it comes to fragrances; whilst the Ginseng smell wasn't too empowering to begin with but it lingers on like an aura, even Milo refuses to greet me at the door.
Therapeutic massages provide relief for chronic health issues such as headaches, back aches, menstruation discomfort etc. The massage therapist was communicative and had a great touch applying adequate pressure at approriate areas. My nature of work requires me to sit by the computer, hence my shoulders are relatively stiff. The therapist really worked through my kinks, making my experience pleasurable.
A heat mat was then placed over my body to allow the Ginseng cream to be absorbed into my skin and keeps me warm at the same time. No thanks to Milo who has finally learnt to knock the door and had been disruptive the entire night, which explained my fatigueness that morning. I was about to doze off but was thwarted by the loud laughter from the staff along the corridor. Overall, my visit had been pleasant, and I did notice a slight glow on my face after the session. Afterall, this theraputic massage is meant to stimulate and improve the lymphatic system that removes toxins from the body.
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- Nov 09 Tue 2010 18:53
KATE Cosmetics Lasting Color Eyes - BR-1
It is apparent that the eyeshadow colors that I wear correlates with my mood - in times of stress or just plain restless, experimenting with colors are out of the question. So, neutrals are my safest bet and they match with any occasion too.
This brown shade stick has red undertones, and has a slim hand that makes it easy for steady control. The creamy texture is comparable with NXY Jumbo Pencils; it glides on effortless without a need to tug the lids.
What I really like about this particular shade is that it is perfect for makeup novices or for those on the go. The color can be used on its own(provided you use a primer to prevent creasing), and the nimble formula is blendable and buildable.
1 - A swipe to demonstrate how pigmented the crayon is
2 - Emollient texture makes it easy to blend to create a simple smokey effect
3 - Swatch of Guerlain's L'Instant Fume using the shade stick as base
I had previously purchased BK-1 from the same range - black with subtle shimmer to it. These work efficiently as a base, compared to many kohl pencils in the market, which has a generally drier formula.
- Nov 07 Sun 2010 22:28
The Fall 2010 Rouge Prodige Collection comprises of 29 new shades. Referred to a "high performance formula," it is designed to be long-wearing, but moisturizing and comfortable to wear.
CLARINS uses a new patented-polymer, High Fidelity Pearl for intense color with ensured durability. In addition, the shades are whipped up wtih ceramides and waxes for comfort and prevents dehydration.
Each lipstick comes in a luxurious gold, mirror-like packaging with beveled edges. The slanted tube is embossed with the brand's logo, and the lid stamped with a stylized Clarins leaf, eliegantly marked with its inital "C."
When applied, the formula falls between sheer and medium coverage; creamy gloss with a satin finish. It's not drying on the lips, but doesn't give much hydration either. It glides on smoothly but proves to be a challenge on chapped lips, thus I strongly advise to exfoliate and apply lip balm prior - the product accentuates and seeps into the lines of my lips.
For those concerned with color migration, the pigment-rich lipstick promises a true hold color which lasts up to 4 hours. I often find it a hassle to touch-up when I'm outdoors, prerferring to apply once and forget about it. So this product is good news to thy lips! On the downside, it leaves a gentle stain that takes a mild effort to remove, so put on a thin layer of clear gloss before application.
The Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine lipsticks are now available at all Clarins counters, retailing for S$35 each.
I have been alternating these shades ever so often that sometimes I wish for more than a pair of smackers (lol)
- Nov 05 Fri 2010 00:44
My friend was on an Asian Tour recently - he called me during one of his stopovers to ask if I needed anything since there was an attractive sale going on at some of the high-end department stores in Hong Kong. I was hoping to get either the Prevage Night Cream or the Serum(tried a sample and loved it!) but unfortunately both were sold out. There were only limited quantities of the Day Moisturizer left, so I gave him the green light. The local retail price is S$239 but after discount and currency conversion, I forked out around S$150. Excellent bargain, no?
PREVAGE Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer
This daytime product contains the revolutionary Idebenone, which is a clinically proven antioxidant. With the the highest protective capability of all the other antioxidants in the market, this key ingredient addresses the effects of oxidation on the skin, which is a primary cause of visible signs of aging. PREVAGE Day also contains Thiotaine, another antioxidant that complements Idebenone in protecting the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental assaults.
Currently on my second bottle, the first was gifted from ELIZABETH ARDEN Singapore, easily used up within 3-4 months. To be honest, I tend to slack in my skincare regime especially when I'm stressed, depressed or fatigued. On nights when I use a sleeping mask, there is no need to wash my face because my skin is still soft and supple in the morning. If the weather turns unbearably hot, I will slap on sunscreen. Note: This does not happen often and only on some days when I do not need to leave the house. Please don't call me a lazy bum (lol)
Despite all that and overlooking frequent hormonal breakouts, multiple analysis still show my skin is in tip-top condition. I'm still surprised every time the consultant shows me the result. It goes to show that even though you might not see evidential changes on the surface, but results are apparent over the long term in the dermal layer. Suffice to say, it is essential to find products suitable for your skin type and meet any necessary skincare concern such as whitening, anti-aging etc.
The potent Idebenone is a fine orange powder, which explains the unique color in the products from this anti-aging range. Fortunately the cream does not add any coloration on the skin however without a proper massage, residue can be seen on the tissue after blotting.
PREVAGE Day has a heavier consistency compared with other daytime moisturizers that I own, and has a broad spectrum of SPF 30 protection. In my initial usages I had difficulty getting the product to sink into my skin, and ended up looking like a grease ball. Take heed if you fall under the combination/oily skin type category - the texture isn't greasy to begin with, but it needs a lot of work to be absorbed. Especially living under Singapore's humid climate, you really need to get in there and massage, Massage, MASSAGE!
Out of many I have tried, the SHISEIDO Facial Massage works best because not only does this method promotes blood circulation, it also allows the skin to better drink in the beneficial ingredients. Given the nature of this massage, just dab a little on the T-Zone and emphasize on your cheeks. Previously, I had to blot almost immediately to remove any excess prior to trying this massage method. Ever since I implemented this facial workout into my routine, blotting comes into action around the two-hour mark.
Although PREVAGE Day is marketed as an anti-aging product, it must not be mistaken as a filler. There is no hocus pocus to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear but I do notice my laugh lines visibly reduced albeit rather slowly. Pixel by pixel. My skin is firmer, more supple and better hydrated; my skin tone is more even now, especially along my jaw line. This is the only product that has managed to even out my skin tone thoroughly. Whitening products only give a temporal brightening effect so I rather invest in something that gives me results in the long run.
Finding The Perfect Pair
I alternate a few moisturizers to accommodate the tropical weather, just like serums catering to different skin concerns. For the sake of reviewing, I had to stick with PREVAGE and along the process, I'd experienced some grief while doing a trial and test run with different serums. The following are just observations based on 2 recent serums that I am currently using:
CLARINS White Plus Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
I really love the scent of the Sea Lily extract. Refreshing and Feminine. This plant extract acts like a lock to control melanin production. I have been using it for almost a month together with the Day Moisturizer; the whitening properties aren't visible but clearly shows its effectiveness through a skin analysis.
This serum works well with the Day Emulsion; it penetrates into my skin quickly without leaving any residue. However when paired up with PREVAGE Day, the incompatibility starts to show as the moisturizer flakes while performing the SHISEIDO Facial Massage. Any theories?
SHISEIDO Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum
Another product that addresses the signs of aging. Beside the perfect pairing of their lush packaging, their formulations go well together that my initial concerns were shot down almost immediately. After experiencing flaking issues with the White Plus Serum, I had expected the same reactions but to my surprise, there was no shedding at all.
This Corrective Serum has a wax-like gel texture that mattifies the skin upon application, allowing the rich consistency of PREVAGE Day to be spread more uniformly. It curb the richness of PREVAGE Day really well, and drastically limits the number of times to blot my face.
It's quite a lengthy read, isn't it? I hope you had fun and thanks for reading!!
- Oct 24 Sun 2010 23:44
SKIN79 Oriental Lifting Eye Controller (S$26.90)
The product contains Caviar which feeds the skin with proteins and vitamins, prompting dormant skin cells to regenerate that aids in reversing the skin aging process. The inclusion of Jojoba Oil helps to reduce epidermal moisture loss that keeps the skin supple, useful in preventing or treating any existing wrinkles. Another essential ingredient is Adenosine with its beneficial in cellular stimulation - it boosts the skin's natural production of collagen, heals and reduces the damage of wrinkling, dryness, sallowness and pigmentation.
Additionally, the blend of White Tea, Green Tea and Black Tea keeps the skin around the eye area bright and glossy.
The handy packaging comes with an applicator top that dispenses the product conveniently and can be applied on the delicate eye area hygienically.
I have been using the eye cream consistently since receiving the product last June, but it failed to "work miracles" albeit equipped with rich, beneficial ingredients.
The texture is a tad sticky; whilst smell can be subjective, the prominent scent of the tea ingredients is pleasant and lingers on even after the product is absorbed into the skin.
The eye cream sinks into the skin quickly, leaving no time to massage in the product properly. With that being said, it leaves the skin around the eye area firm but at the same time, the dryness bothers me and massaging is a problem. Despite with a gentle approach, it still requires me to tug at my skin to properly circulate my undereyes. Overtime, more wrinkles will form. For a product that's formulated to improve the skin elasticity, I'm disappointed. To add to my woes, the dry formula flakes when I apply on another eye product to compensate for the dehydration.
I also use it on my nasolabial folds, but also with no significant difference nor improvement. Despite the disappointment, it hydrates my lips surprisingly well. Especially on days when the weather is stuffy and dry, leaving my lips chappy and cracked. However, given that the bitter taste of the eye cream and a tendency to lick my lips, I highly recommend applying lip balm over it.
Also, it seems to promote blood circulation - I experience slight tingling with my first use and notice a healthy color on my pouts after application similar to applying blush. It sounds weird but you have to try it to get what I mean. My other eye products do not produce the same result. If you must know, the tingling sensation is absent with subsequent usage.
- Oct 19 Tue 2010 18:39
This is a follow-up on the Tony Moly products purchased a month ago. It is advisable to use the facial masks on a regular basis to see results, and I am only providing my 10cents upon usage of each product, with the exception of the TomaTox Mask.
I had my heart set on the TomaTox Brightening Mask after a mini demonstration at the recent Media Preview. The creamy texture does not dry entirely, and sticks onto the skin so it takes a decent effort to wash off the filmsy feeling.
As much as I had fun dissolving the red granules into my skin, they are not scrubbing mechanisms and do not slough off dead skin. I prefer to use this before makeup application as a glow booster albeit a temporary one and thus, I see no need to pile on foundation/concealer to even out my skintone. Leaving the mask on for an extended duration is superfluous because not only will you miss the initial brightening effect, the product might dry out the skin.
This will not be on my re-purchase list; if you desire a products that gives a lasting effect, invest in a whitening/brightening with a more concentrated formula.
These Tony Moly masks are saturated in essence and remained so after the 15-20min mark on my face. My skin felt revitalized, comfortable and firm after removing the mask. The essence is light but not sticky; and absorbs into my skin after massaging the residue in.
While the Vitamin and Tea Tree masks have fainting scents of Citrus and Tea Tree respectively, the strawberry pack smells heavily like the fruit itself. I kept resisting the impulse to lick my face during the whole duration. The juicy fragrance lingers only until I pat in the essence. The material of the cloths are of decent quality and doesn't tear easily; they contour my face properly and doesn't slip.
As mentioned, I've only used these facial masks only once to give my initial thoughts. The Vitamin mask contains Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, which is actually Licorice Root Extract in simple terms. This ingredient is often used to treat hyperpigmentation, and is a natural compound that acts as a brightener. There wasn't any difference in my skin tone, and given that the Licrorice Extract has anti-inflammatory properties, it did nothing to reduce the redness nor swelling of existing blemishes.
I will re-purchase these masks again, and try out the other ones from the Korean brand. Apart from the claimed beneficial effects that I have yet to experience from the said products, I love the hydrating factor and the non-sticky consistancy.
- Oct 13 Wed 2010 20:04
Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact
HilariousFunny story behind this foundation - When first received from a workshop earlier this year, Natural Fair Ivory was matched with my skin tone. I thought it looked orange, so I went to the counter and bought a shade lighter(in Natural Light Ivory). One fine day I was in a hurry to head out and used the 'orange' one by mistake. My friend commented my skin looked absurdly natural, in a good way. Thus, I decided to give away the purchased one and kept the original one (lol)
I rarely use powder foundations because they often turn out cakey and causes my laugh lines to be even more visible *cringes* And because I like the feather-like texture of this product, I've tried many ways to 'make it work.' Wet sponges give me a headache and attracts more bacteria during application so after some trials and errors, this is the best method that works for me.
Instead of dampening the entire sponge, I like to spritz on some Thermal water with each application. Start out from the T-Zone and work your way out, moistening your tool as you go along. I don't know how many does this or maybe I am just plain cuckoo, this method gives me control of how much foundation I used. The result is a more even and natural skin tone; while the coverage is "light as a feather," like a light veil over the skin. It covers up redness decently, but you need a good concealer to conceal inflamed/blackened scars.
This method has also been tested on ZA Cosmetics 2-Way Foundation but having used the Shiseido compact, I won't be returning to the once beloved product which everyone I know here seemed to have owned at some point. Myself had hit pan with 2 when I'd first dabbling with makeup. The main reason is that ZA's has a drier formula and tends to leave stains on my tops whereas Shiseido's is softer and easier to blend, and the oil-control is superb for my easily oiled-up skin type. A matte-finish face never goes out of style, my friends.
I am about to try this technique with Clarins Hydra-Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation, so stay tuned for my report.
PS You don't really need Thermal Water; any ordinary tap water will do *wink*
- Oct 12 Tue 2010 22:48
Neutrogrena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening Mask
I love such facial masks as they provide intensive nourishment conveniently - I usually use one every 2-3 days and then continue with my writing until the designated 15-20mins are up. They also act as instant perks-me-up, I like to slap it on prior makeup when my skin craves for that much needed hyrdation and glow before going out for important dates and events.
The upgraded HealthyWhite Complex helps to brighten up skin tone; the whitening essence lightens the melanin beneath the skin layersto give lasting translucent.
This whitening mask has a new forumla that features a new 3D Push-Infabric that fits (nearly)perfectly against my facial contours. Thecloth is slightly thicker compared with the others I have tried, andthe stretchable design means that more essence can be pushed deeplybeneath the skin layers.
I am also a fan of the brand's Deep Hydrating Mask, but prefers this one more because of the said fabric material. Additionally, the hydrating factor is top-notch: the essence is absorbed quickly and mattifies my skin. Cool, huh? It softens my skin which allows the nutrients from my night cream for better absorption.
With gradual use, I do notice my skin tone is slightly even, and there is a nice healthy -but not to be mistaken oil-shine- glow. As for the whitening part, you might want to use it for a prolong duration to achieve that desired effect.
- Oct 11 Mon 2010 22:39
Etude House Magic Bubble Peeling
I got this back in June and only started using it on-and-off two months ago. You see, when I buy stuff they tend to be in a bag and tucked away somewhere in a corner, just waiting to be noticed and re-discovered... eventually (lol)
The packaging is of an aerosol can that dispenses the product in an airy mousse form. A decent pressure on the nozzle will produce an amount enough for the whole face but I prefer to exfoliate section by section.
When I demonstrated the exfoliation on the back of my hand, there wasn't much tugging involved, but that's not the case when used on the face. It actually requires more aggressive action for the enzymes to dissolve the layer of dead skin cells, which will lead to premature wrinkles.
Each usage reveals an amazing amount of dirt and dead skin. Once washed off, my skin is soft and briefly brightened, thanks to the soy milk and cellulose powder among its ingredients.
Because of the tugging involved, I use this once every two weeks for intensive exfoliation. But it is a handy tool to remove stubborn areas around my ankles which tend to be dry and where it accumulates the most amount of dirt, especially after walking Milo at the field near my place.
The peeling substance has a fainting chemical smell which doesn't bother me. I wouldn't recommend this for those with sensitive skin or if you are going through a breakout as the excessive tugging might worsen the situation.
- Oct 04 Mon 2010 19:53
A concealer is a must-have, but finding that perfect one is a never ending mission. I have tried many throughout the years but it cracks my brain when I try to recall the first concealer I've ever purchased. Regardless, the following are the ones I use frequently; each performing its own little magic due to their different formulations and coverage. Remember: just because a product doesn't work according to its description doesn't mean it is useless.
ZA Cosmetics Concealer Perfection
I have been using this for the longest time! Its creamy texture is super concentrated and efficient in covering imperfections such as dark circles, acne scars and existing zits. Unfortunately, the major flaw is that the formula is too dry and accentuates the fine lines under my eyes. It can get cakey when applied with a heavy hand or with multiple layers. Even using a hydrating eye cream doesn't help. I used to own Shade 1 which is still MIA (assuming it's mocking at me in the Land of the Rising Sun) and it appeared ashy overtime. Shade 2 is more of a peachy shade that fits me to a T. Even my friend commented that I "looked awake" when we hung out yesterday. It may come in a small tube (and affordable price tag!) but a little goes a long way.
BOURJOIS Paris Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer
Another one of my go-to with almost the same attributes as ZA's - creamier consistency and hydrates eye area with a fruity smell to boot. It contains Apricot Extract for radiance and Raspberry which acts as a micro-circulation activator. I think there's only 2 shades available at local counters, 51 and 52. The latter is of medium radiance but it's still too light, and leaves an ashy-white cast that made my eyes look puffy. It doesn't settle into fine lines and does an adequate job in concealing blemishes and redness. It is about the same price range and quantity as ZA's, a good alternative if either one isn't available in your area.
Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer
This product doesn't cover blemishes, not one bit! But what keeps me coming back is its ability to even out my skin tone. Stick foundations and concealers are generally on the drier side, but this one glides on the skin smoothly and blendable. Always blend with a foundation brush and heat from your fingers might cake up the formula. I tend to use this when my skin is in excellent condition with minimal need for concealing and set with mineral foundation for a natural finish. It also works well on my dark circles but do use a hydrating eye cream in advance.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Concealer
I generally love the Ceramide Plump Perfect skincare range, specifically the Exfoliator and daytime Moisturizer. In terms of makeup, the Lash Extending Treatment Mascara and Lipstick (Perfect Currant) impressed me in their own respective domains. The mascara doesn't clumps with multiple coatings and is va-va volumizing. Although the lipstick doesn't gives me that Angelina Jolie pout, it wins in terms of conditioning and "tames" dry skin flakes.
The concealer comes with a sponge-tip applicator that minimizes wastage unlike the ones that come in tubes. It contains advanced Ceramide anti-aging benefits but fails to deliver the desired coverage for my dark circles. It could be due to the light shade which I got in Fair (2) which makes it impossible to blend in with my skin tone. The formulation is slightly drier than ZA's; fine lines are easily seen with 2 or more layers. Although I'm not impressed with the coverage, it is my go-to for touch-ups especially living under the humid weather when your makeup tends to smudge or sweat off. Creamy concealers take a longer time to blend and combine that with powder, you get an an uneven, cakey mess with the generated heat from your fingers. The EA concealer has the right consistency that literally melts into existing powder and blends without leaving any obvious signs of a touch-up.
E.L.F. Studio Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter
Another one in cream form; this product is more hydrating than the ZA & BOURJOIS concealers combined. Easy to blend but takes a while for the formulation to set. It comes with sponge applicators and I only use this to brighten up my eye area; mixing in the pigments before application and blends well over powder. I don't notice any lifting effect and the brightening doesn't last. Sometimes I find it borthersome to bring out so many products with me, so I use white eyeliner as an alternative to make my eyes look more awake. In this case, get a creamy eye pencil (I use Sephora Kohl Expert). If I need to be outdoors for more than 5 hours, I use another method which will be elaborated in a future post.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex Foundation
Yes, this is a foundation but you can't deny the excellent coverage. I skip concealer altogther since this product can do double-duty. But on days when I need to be outdoors for many hours and yet prefer to wear minimal makeup, I would reach for this long-lasting product to cover any flaws without any worries of smudging and smearing. Needless to say, you need a good makeup remover and patience for this stubborn stay-on.
Just like eyeshadows, don't be afraid to play around with your concealers and foundations etc. Mix and match to find that perfect combination. At the end of the day, you want a flawless complexion.
- Oct 01 Fri 2010 19:34
We all face dilemma when it comes to choose the suitable hair products: do I have normal hair or damaged hair? Is my scalp oily or sensitive? Do I want volume or better management for my hair? So many products promise one thing or another but very few provide that very thing they promise. Essentials Damage Care is one of the products that live up to its claims.
The Essential Damage Care is available in two different variants - NUANCE AIRY and RICH PREMIER. Both ranges contain natural ingredients with great capability to deeply repair and strength hair damaged by coloring, perming, rebonding, styling and excessive blow-drying. With the aid of High Purity Honey and Milk Protein, Essential restores lusture and radiance to your hair, making it more versatile and easy styling that nails the 'sassy kawaii' look.
What's special about Essential Damage Care is that it provides deep nourishment to the last 15cm of hair which is more prone to dryness, frizziness, tangles and split ends. The hair ends are the 'oldest' part of your hair that have gone through double the duration of chemical process, twice as more than the hair on your crown. As a result, they are the most difficult to manage.
Essential Damage Care RICH PREMIER
This highly moisturizing range contains Sunflower Essential Oil which provides a protective layer to keep hair soft and puffy in shape. Apart from the aforementioned High Purity Honey and Milk Protein that deeply repair and strengthen damaged hair, Rich Premier also contains Ultra Shine Essence to give hair a healthy shine.
Essential Damage Care NUANCY AIRY
Catering for those with flat and limp hair, the Nuancy Airy range provides a light and bouncy feel with a three-dimensional finish. Wild Rose Essence creates a protective layer to prolong the softness of the hair from further styling and blow-drying.
Rich Premier and Nuancy Airy hair care range each contain a set of shampoo, condition, hair treatment and intensive repairing hair mask. A new addition - the intensive leave-on treatment was introduced in June 2010.
RICH PREMIER Nourishing Care Lotion
NUANCE AIRY Anti-Frizz Serum
These leave-on treatment products contain the same essential moisturizing elements like its respective family but further protect the hair from other external aggression such as harmful UV rays. Easily absorbed with non-greasy feel, they also repair from root to tips, especially the vital last 15cm of the hair.
Since my last rebonding session done 3 years ago, the damaged done to my tresses has been significant. Not one to actually splurge on myself,I'm always on the continuous search for suitable products in a bid to achieve that sleek, vava-voom hair like Angelina Jolie.
BEFORE: Tresses as frustrated as I am, they turned into untamable straws
I've been using the shampoo on-and-off when KAO Singapore launched the Japanese brand in 2009. The inconsistent results weren't able to convince me for a re-purchase. Eventually when I changed my mind, I decided to switch up the products to get the best results. The combination of RP shampoo and treatment, and NA conditioner works well for me after some trials and errors.
NA Anti-frizz serum managed to tame my locks effectively and lasted up to 3 days without washing my hair. On the other hand, RP Nourishing Care Lotion provided the necessary hydration to the hair tips but I felt it worked like any other products. One plus point for these products: they absorbed into hair ends swiftly without leaving any greasy residue nor smell on my pillow.
- Sep 28 Tue 2010 19:56
Whenever I have noodles at the coffee shops, seeing those fishballs remind me of my round face. Whenever I was younger, my relatives love to pinch my cheeks. Even the then-bestie commented that she "loves your fat cheeks." I know many will disagree but I really do have a round face! o(>_<)o
When Clarins (sg.clarins.com) asked if I was interested to try out their new serum that slims, lift and will better define my facial contours, I took up the challenge in a bid to expel those excess fluids that's been plaguing me for ages.
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum
I love the distinctive floral smell from many Clarins products (except the White Plus range which smells heavily of Sea Lily) but during my visit to Institut Clarins, they declined to reveal that secret ingredient. Boo! Sad to say, the scent doesn't linger long enough as it seems to sink into my skin as quickly as the serum.
Although I have mentioned that any serums can be used while performing the Auto-Lifting Method but the effectiveness is better enhanced when accompanied with the Shaping Facial Lift serum. For pronounced firming, I stored the serum in the refrigerator as instructed to achieve that stabilizing effect.
Don't expect extreme results because only invasive cosmetic procedures such as Orthognathic surgery could achieve that desired facial shape. The combination of the Shaping Facial Lift serum + Auto-Lifting Method work more like an Instant Face Lift. The massaging techniques which involves the pressing of 6 key points on the face, increases the serum's lymphatic circulation benefits by 20%.
Although my features aren't as "V" as what I would have liked after 1 month of consistent usage, the fat pockets by the jaw line are obviously firmer and tighter, with a sharper chin. The contours of my face havegone from an "O" to a more defined "U." We shall just blame it on genetics.
The Shaping Facial Lift is meant to be used after toning and before any other serums. Serving to slim and sculpt facial contours, it also toxifies the skin to help absorb nutrients from any serums that come after and moisturizers better.
While I have experienced flaking issues with many serums - some that can't be totally absorbed into the skin or are just downright dry - the Shaping Facial Lift has a more moisturizing formula, given its lightweight texture that melts into the skin like ice cream. Note that I used the Auto-Lifting Method with the 'problematic' serums, and it's got nothing to do with the massage technique.
The hassle-free pump doesn't give me much of a problem, and is firm enough that allows me to have complete control to dispense the amount of product desired.
The Shaping Facial Lift is available at all Clarins counters and retails at S$98. Check out this upcoming promotion available only at Takashimaya.
Picture a Victoria Beckham-esque chipmunk. Can she rock a bob cut?
I NEED OPINIONS!!! It's my birthday tomorrow and a change is in order. My tresses are seriously starting to wear me down and so is my life. Thanks in advance!
- Sep 26 Sun 2010 00:05
Lancôme 100% Natural Origin Juicy Tubes
Since its launch in 2000, ladies from all around the world have been scooping up these iconic luscious glosses, which have since garnered several beauty awards for their irresistible shine and tasty flavors. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Lancôme launched a limited edition version last April.
The formula, flavors and pigments are 100% natural and preservation free. Using Hungarian honey as the main ingredient, naturally-derived hydrators like royal jelly extract, beeswax and shea butter were also used. Sweet concoction of vanilla, apricot and raspberry flavored the glosses while annatto
and carmine pigments add coloring.
Rose Pretty is a sheer reddish pink and smells like watermelon when I first got it. The other day I thought it had a whiff of berries. The packaging allows for simple application with its whistle tip and you don't even need a mirror until you are not familiar with the shape of your lips.
The gloss isn't exactly pigmented; it is super opaque for the most part, but gives the lips a very subtle kiss of red when layered. Beware that this is an extremely sticky product, and may I kindly suggest, do not wear it before kissing your beau unless you want to UHU-ed him to thy lips!
It makes a good conditioning agent for chapped lips but I just can't get over the stickiness with only a thin layer on. The thought of making multiple re-applications and to discover a fly stuck to your lips when looking in the mirror shudders me sometimes!
The fruity-esque scent is mild and stays on for as long as two hours. Occasionally I use this as a balm and if you own lipsticks that have a dry formula which accentuates chapped lips, use Juicy Tubes glosses as a base and to smooth out dry lines.
- Sep 21 Tue 2010 23:37
Nature Republic Pinetree Urban Detox Essence
All products from this Korean brand contain a unique blend of purified water collected from renowed sources around the world. It includes various medicinal plants extracts, and natural prescriptions from ancient times.
Evidently I don't speak nor read Korean, thus I can't explain the benefits and state the ingredients due to the lack of English explanations on the packaging. This is a major shortcoming on most of the products I came across at the store.
I ventured into the store sometime around 11am back in July, and was the only customer at that time. The sales assistant was busy on the phone while I browsed around for something to buy. This essence caught my attention and I had to alert the SA to understand the product better. She seemed a tad confused and gave me an explanation with her eyes on the standee nearby with its description. Bleh!
The lotion contains natural sea pine extracts which is a powerful antioxidant and is effective in decreasing inflammation and eliminating free radicals better than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The lightweight texture absorbs quickly and can be used alone or with a moisturizer if your skin is more on the dry side. I find it very suitable for my combination skin, leaving my skin decently hydrated, without leaving any greasy residue on my hands and face.
In fact it keeps shine at bay and I noticed lesser breakouts, sans the hormonal ones. It also has a pleasant mild teatree-like scent. I will re-purchase this again since it works well for me.
- Sep 17 Fri 2010 23:50
Clarins Palette Prodige Face & Blush Powder (S$65)
Housed with 4 universal shades that can complement any skin tone, this elegant gold compact comes with a red velvety pouch to protect it from getting scratched. Unfortunately the sleek surface is a magnet for fingerprints.
A multi-functional product that comes with a matte Natural Beige translucent powder, Sun-Kissed Beige bronzer, Sparking Coral blush and a Pale Pink highlighter. The blush has a higher color payoff out of the 4.
The transparent pigments are of high quality with feather-light textures made for easy blending. There are no chunks of glitter and looks great everywhere - down the bridge of the nose, cheeks and brow bones. One swirl of the palette imparts a candlelight glow on my face, and a second layer on my cheeks for more intensity.
Even with a light hand, my camera still managed to capture the glow on my cheeks and the overall radiance!
- Sep 14 Tue 2010 11:59
SANA Natural Resource Essence Lotion
One perk of being a beauty blogger is that I get to try out different products, but the downside is the risk of experiencing breakouts for the sake of writing a review. It took about 2 weeks of trial and error to catch the culprit that has been giving me major grief in the last 2 months.
The skin layer around the nose and cheeks tend to be thinner, thus it can get dry easily due to over exfoliation. I was advised that this essence is recommended to be used on days when the skin feels exceptionally dehydrated. Guess what? I developed serious red bumps overnight, and in the long run my cheeks have become even more drier. My pores have gotten bigger and visible!
I noticed that each product within the skincare range has a significant different scent. The essence has a sharp and exceptionally strong tinge of rosewood and geranium, which leads me to believe that the different levels of fragrance materials used are the cause of my breakout! This is a total nightmare - my skin flared up with red bumps without any forewarning of any white heads.
SANA Natural Resource Milk Lotion
This lightweight moisturizer has a runny texture that sinks well into my skin within seconds. Fortunately, the mild scent of geranium within the product didn't cause any breakouts. It kept my combination skin fairly moist but accentuates the pores and dryness around my cheek area.It failed to keep my face matte, my T-Zone area starts to shine within an hour which is a letdown.
SANA Natural Resource Cream
The cream has a slightly heavier consistency that provides decent hydration but fails to penetrate into my skin totally. The aromatic lavender scent makes a return but fails to calm my mind as I had to constantly blot with tissue paper to get rid of the excess cream, and yet leaves that sticky residue. This is an okay night cream, but it shudders me that the excess moisturizer transfers to my pillow which is a potential hazard for breakouts.
- Sep 09 Thu 2010 14:45
Back in July, I was given a range of products from SANA Natural Resource to review. 2 months later, my irritated skin and I are ready to voice my opinions.
The Japanese have a firm belief that with a relaxed mindset, in this case, aromatherapy, it helps to calm your mind with these products that contains natural ingredients such as geranium, lavender, rosewood, bergamote etc.
SANA Natural Resource Cleansing Oil
To be honest, besides the inclusion of the aforementioned natural ingredients, I find nothing special about this product, except that the strong aromatic lavender scent sets me at ease. It works like the other cleansing oils that I own - removes all traces of makeup, excluding mascara, effectively while moisturizing my skin at the same time. It does clean my face well, leaving it feeling fresh minus that tightening feel without any sticky residue.
SANA Natural Resource Foamed Wash
I don't wear makeup everyday, hence there is no need to use concentrated cleansers to wash my face all the time. What's good about foamed wash is that you save time without building up a lather, and it penetrates easily to remove dirt and excess sebum trapped within the pores. This product comes in a liquid form until you pump it out of the bottle as a light, airy foamy solution. The lavender scent is much milder, compared with the cleansing oil. It cleanses nicely and doesn't dry out my skin. This isn't recommended if you are going to depend on it to remove makeup, as this doesn't deep-cleanse enough to remove any oil residue should you use an oil cleanser beforehand.
SANA Natural Resource Skin Lotion
This is a toner or skin softener that replenish lost moisture from excessful cleansing. Japanese women invest a lot of their time in their beauty regime, and applying softeners is a routine that requires strict discipline. Pour the lotion on a cotton pad, and depending on your age(multiply your age by 3) and pat it on your face gently. For those who tend to slack, pat your face until you feel a slight cooling sensation and that is fair enough. Geranium dominates the smell, instead of the lavender this time round. It has a sharp, heavenly scent but doesn't overwhelm the overall product.
I like that this toner makes my skin feeling hydrated and supple, not taunt and dry. It absorbs into my skin really well without leaving a sticky feel. Many feels that toners aren't necessary but they preps the skin for other products such as your serum and moisturizer.
- Sep 06 Mon 2010 14:20
Ceramide Plump Perfect Gentle Line Smoothing Exfoliator
Enriched with CPT technology, vitamins and botanicals, this product claimed to provide a gentle deep cleansing and to leave the skin smoother and revitalized. It is the blend of Snap-8(a new peptide) and a collagen-supporting naturally-derived that creates a double dimension plumping effect on skin's appearance.
This weekly treatment uses polyethylene as its main exfoliating agent. Often found in facial and body scrubs, some might find the finely-ground granules to be harsh and tears up the skin. What I often do, especially when skin is irritated, is to blend in cleansing milk to make it less gritty and doesn't overly-exfoliate your face.
I love the smell of the rich and creamy consistency and distributes on the face very smoothly, thanks to the coconut oil and shea butter listed as the top ingredients. Fortunately, both occlusive emollients worked well for my oily skin, without any breakouts and I don't have difficulty rinsing nor have that dreaded, filmsy feel on my face.
The exfoliator comes in a tube that allows for steady control, dispensing as much or as little product as I want. The creamy texture compliments the scrub beads without overwhelming the latter. Without stripping off the natural moisture, this scrub does leave my skin polished and conditioned, but I don't feel that plumping effect nor do I see the surface lines reduced. Adding to the cons list, my blackheads were left untouched.
Overall, this weekly deep-cleansing treatment reads scrumptious and gentle, and promises a soft, smooth and radiant glow. However, don't expect Botox-resembling results. For best results, follow up with the CPP Ultra Lift And Firm Moisture Lotion SPF 30, one of my favorite moisturizers that works really well for my skin.
- Aug 29 Sun 2010 20:55
NUXE Aux 3 Roses Floral Toning Lotion
Alcohol-free, this toner containing natural ingredients such as witch hazel, rose and camomile, is said to help reduce fatigueness. Suitable for all skin types, this is meant to soothe, refresh and remove any last traces of makeup after cleansing.
I had purchased this back in March, and the floral scent is somewhat subjective as I tend to find it overwhelming at times. It is generously sized, at a reasonable price. Aux 3 Roses is supposed to vitalise and leave and leave the skin perfectly spotless, but um... it's just a toner.
It preps the face just fine before applying serum and moisture but what irritates me is the high content of glycol and glycerin among the ingredients. The toner takes a while to absorb, and given the stickiness from those two top ingredients, it can be annoying. I tend to get caught up with my typing and would lose track so by the time the product sets in, it would cause my combination skin to be extra greasy together with the excess sebum.
Clearly this is more suitable for those with dry skin but due to the sticky nature, it works as an excellent adhesive. I have always used toners in place of water, to mix in with powder-form masks. While water tends to make the solution runny, toners generally contain glycerin, hence they are able to stay on your face without dripping excess liquid all over your clothes.
Given the 200ml amount, this toner can last a pretty long time. Thankfully, I did not experience any breakouts nor redness, but I will not re-purchase again.
So I wasn't feeling well yesterday, look what Milo did to cheer me up...
"Sista, no ears!"
- Aug 23 Mon 2010 23:39
MAC FIX+ Skin Refresher/Finishing Mist
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!
After much consideration, I'd decided to purchase after reading many raves for its various methods of usage and moisturizing properties. Unfortunately I wasn't given any advice upon the usage of the product from the BAs while at the store. Thankfully for the endless tips laid out via the Web, there is no need to be under scrutiny of the BAs with their condescending attitudes. Can we vote to have robots stationed at the service line?
There are many uses for FIX+ - Some spritz it on their faces to soften the skin and allows the emulsion to sink in faster. I only do this when my skin needs the extra hydration from Glycerin, a substance that preserves the moisture or water content of the skin. Most skincare products contain glycerin for moisturizing purposes, but some people might experience break outs, so take heed.
It is recommended to spray at arm's length with slight pressure on the nozzle, for a refreshing feel on the skin. Overdoing it will result in a sticky face due to excess glycerin. Often used as a finishing mist to set your makeup and achieve that dewy finish, it fails to do so and cakes up my face instead! I spritz it on my makeup sponge instead of water, or brushes before dipping in liquid foundation/BB cream for easier blending although I don't find the results any different nor better.
Now what I really like about FIX+ is its excellent function as a mixing medium. While I've read many users spray on their brushes beforehand, the best way for a vibrant turnout is by applying eyeshadow first, followed by a light spray on the brush and pat in with the same color. This method is known as foiling, and prevents my eye makeup from creasing!
Sealed at the source high in the French Alps, the water spray is propelled by naturally safe nitrogen (80% of the air we breathe is nitrogen) and the canister is recyclable.
A cheaper alternative to MAC FIX+, the ingredient is pure natural Evian mineral water from the French Alps. Suitable for all skin types due to its balanced mineral composition and neutral pH, it boosts your skin hydration level by 14% which keeps your makeup fresh and replenishes moisture loss from perspiration.
The Evian Spray can be used as a toner, and I love to spray sparingly to set my liquid foundation before finishing off with loose powder. The weather in Singapore can get ridiculously hot at times, so this comes in handy when your face needs a refreshing perk-me-up.
I like that it is unscented, unlike FIX+ and doesn't irritates the skin. As such, I find it safe to "Evianize" Milo, who seems to enjoy the teasing ALOT. He tends to get really excited and I ended up getting scratched... What irks me is the nozzle which tends to leak and the same thing happened to my last 3 canisters.
Unfortunately, Evian isn't up to par with FIX+ when it comes to "enhancement". It took two extra coats to get the pigment to POP and creases in less than two hours.
I have been using FIX+ for three months now with numerous trials and errors. Overall I am satisfied with the product, mainly for its ability to vibrant up my eyeshadows and keeping it last for approximately 5-6 hours. Evian on the other hand is relatively cheaper and feels more refreshing on the skin. And with the non-existence of glycerin, I am able to spritz as much as I want without looking like a grease ball.
- Aug 18 Wed 2010 23:38
I'm sure many beauty junkies have heard of the legendary Crème de la Mer that has gathered a cult following around the world. The Rolls-Royce of moisturizers and the Secret lies in the Miracle Broth, which is a nutrient-rich blend of sea kelp with an array of vitamins and minerals. Formulated by NASA scientist Dr Max Huber to clear up burns he suffered in a laboratory explosion, Crème de la Mer was born after some 12 years and thousands of experiments later.
The creme itself is thick with a pleasant scent that isn't overpowering. Start off with a small amount and rub it between your palms or fingers. The heat generated from the rubbing will liquidfy the product which activates the Broth and releases its key ingredients.
Earlier this year I headed to the LA MER counter, hoping to find out more about the product. One jar cost about $250++ and I'm not prepared to splash out that sum of money without any proper sampling. I was promptly served by a BA and enquired about the original Crème and Gel de la Mer, an alternative for those with oily skin.
The BA applied the Crème on the back of my hand and no doubt it is moisturizing, I told myself not to be impulsive as more consideration has to be taken account. The gel version on the other hand was a temptation altogether - it is light and refreshing compared to the creme and sinks in faster. As this absorbs into the skin faster, you can save the hassle and omit the "Broth Brewing" step.
Here comes the rant - Some may know I'm apprehensive when asking for samples unless I am really interested in purchasing. At that time I really couldn't decide between the two products and decided to ask for samples. The BA quickly changed her attitude to a slightly hostile tone and told me that she had ran out of samples as they come in "limited stocks." I was told the next shipment will arrive the week after and promised to contact me after jotting down my particulars.
2 weeks came and went like tumbleweeds. I decided to ring up the same counter and was told there was no record of me on the waiting list and that prompted me to write an email with no reply. By the time I wrote a second one -this time a complaint-, it was a month after the counter visit and my patience was running thin. Guess what? They replied the next day and even offered me a pathetic sachet of the Creme. Although they have a dedicated base of consumers, but what about new and sincerely- interested customers? How do you expect them to fork out $200++ without trying it first, especially in this current economy?! Tsk!
Nonetheless, I was sickened by their poor customer service and decided to PURCHASE the sample over the Net. It cost me around S$35 for a minature version that is the size of Milo's paw! (TωT) But thankfully, it can last up to 2 months.
One thing that irks me is not the time-consuming "brewing" process, but how much of this expensive product can go to waste. When the creme eventually liquidfies, there is plenty of the product still sticking to my palm after application. I personally felt CDLM is more suitable for those with dry skin, for it leaves a filmsy feel no matter how long I've tried to pat the product into my face. Looking at the top 4 ingredients - Seaweed extract, mineral oil, petrolatum and glycerin, mineral oil and petrolatum are what make the formula extremely sticky.
There have been numerous concerns with the inclusion of mineral oil in CDLM. The truth is it merely acts as a barrier on the skin that prevents moisture loss. Joseph DiNardo did a study that was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, he found out that the cosmetic grade of mineral oil used in beauty products is not comedogenic aka it does not cause acne.
However for a creme this expensive and doesn't have consistent reviews, I do not recommend for those who have acne-prone or sensitive skin. There's no clearing up of acne nor do I feel my pores tightened and diminishing of fine lines. Also, the theory of Dr Huber using the creme to clear up his burn scars didn't apply the same results to mine caused by acne. Not even the slightest.
To combat with the stickiness, I tried using MAC Fix+ to soften the skin and allow for better product penetration. Yes I know glycerin exists in both products but using it externally does help but doesn't solve the problem. These days I use the AQUALABEL Aqua Enhancer to infuse the rich properties into the deep layers of the skin with the help of its Aqua Synergy ability. Lastly to absorb the last bit of that sticky feeling, I use SANA Skincare Powder which does a good job of keeping my skin matte.
Being in an air-conditioned room dries out the skin, and as mentioned that the creme is suitable with such skin type, I used this logic by applying at night but the stubborn product refused to budge! I probably will not purchase this in full jar size, but am considering the gel version instead... Yay or Nay?
There are constant comparisons between the Rolls-Royce and the German Nivea Creme because their formulas are nearly identical. Both have that same light floral scent, and are thick and rich in consistency. But Nivea is slightly stickier, and doesn't melt between your palms let alone on your face. It leaves you looking like a grease ball so I tend to use an amount the size of my pinkie to apply on my face.
Appearance-wise, CDLM has a matte look whereas Nivea resemblances whipped oil cream which isn't appealing at all. The latter is a cheaper alternative, costing at a mere S$2(price defers so don't quote me on that). Despite the oiliness, it hydrates my body really well without feeling like you've just stepped out of a busy Chinese kitchen.
This has been a long-winded entry, 3 days in the making. Hope you had fun reading.
- Jul 28 Wed 2010 23:25
Please note: I have already reviewed the Maybelline AngelFit PoreZeroBase primer; this is merely a comparison with SANA Natural Resource Treatment Base.
SANA Natural Resource Treatment Base UV SPF 18 PA++
As mentioned previously, SANA's range of Natural Resource products are formulated for sensitive skin. Even so, they are suitable for all skin types.
Killing two birds with one stone, this base primes your makeup and treats discoloration problems using the gentle treatment effect.
The gentle treatment effects refers to the Rose Water present in this makeup base. Often used in aromatherapy, Rose Water is used to treat acne and skin irritation. The rose water is distilled and extracted from flowers which are reputed to have the sweetest aromal.
While Maybelline's primer has a runny texture and can be easily blended, Natural Resource's product is more of a drier formula, and proved to be a challenge trying to get it absorbed into my skin. It leaves a sticky residue both on my face and fingers, and takes quite a while for the feeling to go away. This is not an ideal situation to pile on more products - foundation, concealer etc.
The former has an iridescent, creamy light pink color and is relatively fragrance-less, NR's base is of a candy pink, similar with its packaging and has a mild rose scent. Angelfit provides decent oil control and gives my skin a dewy finish, NR on the other hand is less than ideal unfortunately. The sticky situation has already proven a handful, doesn't blend in properly and doesn't do a good job either with its oil control. Barely an hour and I've already started blotting my T-zone. BOO!
As if on a winning streak, Angelfit trumps NR with SPF 25 over the latter's SPF18.
My friend commented that Milo has a protruding 'target board' nose which probably explains why he's NOSY ALL THE TIME. Let me know what you think (lol)
- Jul 12 Mon 2010 11:17
Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++
The Elizabeth Arden mineral foundation comes in a compact with a mirror, powder puff and built-in grinder. The foundation itself is a pressed powder. With each use, you just simply turn the grinder to release the amount needed. No waste, no mess.
I like that the compact is sturdy and handy, which makes it very convenient to bring it everywhere with you without spilling the content all over the place. However, the lid doesn't fasten at all, and keeps popping up after I tried to close it in place. Bummer!
02 is the second lightest shade and is a nice match for my fairly light skin tone.
The powder is finely-milled, with a silky smooth and lightweight texture. It feels moisturizing and comfortable on the skin. The foundation also has a blendable and buildable formula that gives a sheer to medium coverage, hence it does not cover my imperfections completely. In my understanding, mineral foundations are better known for providing a natural-looking with a light finish
Here, I am wearing only concealer(with eye makeup, sans bronzer) and the mineral foundation actually gives a soft focus that makes me looking glowy! That picture was not touched up in any way, OK! As the powder settles in my skin, there is this matte luminosity without any use of a highlighter whatsoever. On top of that, it doesn't settle into fine/laugh lines!
The oil control is generally fine though it requires a few touch-ups during the day in this humid climate, for my combination skin type. Another thing to note is that when more layers are applied, you won't get that cakey, powdery look.
Face Powder Brush with Folding Mini Face Brush
The brushes come in a set and are sold separately from the mineral foundation. I have to emphasized that because of the many emails received asking about it lol)
The bristles are made from synthetic hair, and are meant to provide even coverage with its slanted angle design that follows the contours of our face.
The mini face brush unfolds to perfectly fit into the mineral compact, for on-the-go touch ups.
At first I find it a chore to hold the OMG-SO-BIG handle of the brush, but upon mulitiple usage, I was able to get a firm grip over it. These brushes are amazing and doesn't shed a single strand of hair at all! The bristles are so soft and dense enough to pick up just the right amount for each application.
How I wish my own hair is as silky, minus the thickness (lol)
One more camwhore picture for your viewing(don't puke) pleasure☆
- Jul 09 Fri 2010 18:03
As you can see from the wrinkly tube, I have been using the Vitacreme B12 VERY VERY OFTEN (lol) I had gotten this back in February and given my review in April.
I tend to alternate my nighttime routine with the Swiss product with the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream and White Glove Extreme Capsules.
As the lotion is pretty lightweight and doesn't feel greasy, I have started using it as a makeup base too! What I discovered is that it acts excellently as a "filler" on my oh-my-god-they-are-starting-to-form laugh lines and wrinkles around my left eye. What you get is a smooth canvass and the oil control is pretty commendable too!
The product absorbs into your skin almost immediately and you won't even need to blob excess even when used during the day. Judging from what I have left, it can last me for another a month and a half. A small amount goes a long way.
For those who are interested, head over here to place your order~.
How fast time flies, it has been over a month since I've announced the GIVEAWAY. For those who still have not submitted your entry, you have until this coming Sunday to do so!
- Jun 23 Wed 2010 14:48
Benefit's Firmology - Toning & Smoothing Serum
A toning & smoothing serum for face & neck, it leaves skin radiant and silky to the touch. Rated "S" for sexy, firmology is clinically proven to firm, tone, smooth and revitalize your complexion for a more youthful glow. Lightweight & oil-free, with a luminous light-reflecting pigment...this serum is so sexy you'll be tempted to call it "complexion lingerie."
Firmlogy contains hydrolyzed soy flour to "boost" collagen fibers & tone tired skin, Vitamins A & E to improve skin's elasticity & protect against free radicals.
A sample of the product was in the goodie bag, which was given to me at the Benefit bloggers' party I'd attended earlier this month. It was really obvious that there had been some skin tightening on my neck upon my first trial. However, it proved to be a tad oily for my combination skin. Subsequently, I used it as a "mixing medium" as it also has brightening properties, and I could feel my skin tightened as I include the serum into my liquid foundation.
I really like the instant tightening effect, like Botox - not that I ever had the procedure but you get the idea. The serum also helps create a smooth surface, to allow a better makeup application.
- Jun 09 Wed 2010 17:08
Last month I'd attended the opening of TOUCHE™ Elite, and was invited back last week for a facial. After the Clinical Derma-Scopic Skin Diagnosis, I was told that I had good skin though areas around my nose & chin areas are fairly dry. Also, I had a slight uneven pigmentation problem but was assured that it wasn't serious. （＾▽＾；）
Before we go any further, I was greeted warmly by the staff, particularly the manager
Melissa Han, who doubled-duty as the photographer that day. And I would like to convey my gratitude to therapist , for making this facial experience very soothing & relaxing for me. Both ladies made a point to explain every minute details throughout the 2hr++ session☆
ELITE 24k NanoGold & Pearl Skin Regenerating Treatment from Japan
The meticulous treatment starts with an aroma press massage, followed by deep cleansing procedures.
Thereafter, I had my virgin go at Skin MicroDermabrasion Therapy (lol) It exfoliates your skin by using multi-degree diamond tipped wand through continuous scrubbing and vaccuming the top-most layer of the skin. It helps to improve uneven skin coloring and aging spots, superficial acne scars, sun-damaged sking and aging fine lines, dry rough skin and large pores.
Next came the dreadful Extraction process, which to my surprise, doesn't really hurt that much at all! My therapist tackleed every spot of congested zits, including those unseen ones but her super eyes can spot them and she expertly pops them gently.
While she applied a solution to treat the bane of my life aka pimples, at the same time, I had my brows trimmed! So random right? After which, I had a too-vigorated-for-me massage, I thought my fragile chest would concave from all the pressure (lol)
My therapist then placed 24K nano-gold leaves on my skin. Dubbed as the ultimate path to anti-aging from Japan, this Nano Techonology uses luxurious 99.99% 24K esthetic gold to allow skin cells to regenerate and naturally heal for a younger, healthier and fairer skin with a TOUCHE of blush.
This 24K Yellow Gold Leaf of 99.99% purity is made possible by unique research and development over the years. Silver, copper, and other fungi-containing impurities are removed to the greatest extent to produce pure gold leaves that are kind and highly effective for the skin.
Pure gold has the magical power of identifying and rejuvenating weakened parts of the skin.
Instead of using hot steam which could result in broken capillaries, cool air was ultilised instead which was the most enjoyable part of this facial experience. I had mentioned earlier that I have a minor sinus problem and Huiting was considerate enough to place a cotton pad to cover my nose. Maybe I could paste one on my nose from now on, that way I can sleep with the Air Conditioner on without getting my nose runny in the morning.
See how the cool air breaks down the gold particles? My therapist then proceeded to massage the gold leaves into my skin and they miraculously dissolved and disappeared into my skin. I have GOLD IN MY SKIN!! σ(^。^;
I was further treated to a supreme Nano-Gold Mask Therapy and was told this is one of the most expensive around~ Σ(ﾟー^*)
It contains Pearl(that blocks out UV Rays), Placenta Extract(eliminates oxygen radicals), Ginseng, Vitamins A, C & E, and extracts of Green Tea, Algae & Gingko.
This treatment activates the skin metabolism, repairs damnage cells, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and improve blood circulation. It also stimulates collagen and brightens the skin, resulting in enhanced radiance and suppleness.
At the end of the session, I felt rejuvenated and slightly light-headed due to the massage(my fault, too vigorated for my own good). The entire session was revitalizing, but I would like it more with better played music. The background was too soft and I actually relax better with my favourite songs in my ears. Overall, I was in excellent hands, and there was no any hardselling tactics that I have seen with many other salons.
Exclusive to my readers, you are welcome to try this ELITE 24K NanoGold & PearL Skin Regenerating Treatment from Japan @ S$68 (UP S$588) which includes:
- Clinical Derma-Scopic Skin Diagnosis
- 24K Esthetic Gold NanoPLUS Skin Treatment
- Anti-Fatigue Brightening Eye Therapy
- Precious Pearl Optimizing Skin Therapy
Available exclusively at TOUCHE Elite 6221 6612
402 Orchard Rd #01-13 Orchard Hotel Shopping Centre Singapore (opposite Hilton Hotel)
Terms and Conditions
- Valid for first-time customers aged 21 years and above only.
- Strictly for residents of Singapore only.
- Quote - "JoyceSeptember" upon appointment
- Advance booking is required
- Please present I/C for verification purposes.
- Not valid with other offers, services and promotions.
- Treatment(s) to be done on a single visit
- The management reserves the right to change the above conditions without prior notice.
- This offer is valid till 31st August 2010.
- Jun 06 Sun 2010 16:20
Earlier this week I was sent some Lip Smackers, check out the pretty♥package!!
It's so personalized that it really put a smile on my face, even though it's just a simple sticker with your name on it. Little things like this really brightens up my day =)
Rolly Lip Smacker - Coca-Cola Vanilla (S$7.90)
I'm loving the metal rollerball silhouette, which dispenses just the right amount of the product on my lips. Plus I love the nice cooling effect too. The formula is non-sticky nor too oily; leaves this soft subtle shine on my lips. This Smacker smells exactly like the drink although it doesn't lingers on your lips for too long. The taste is moderately sweet so I tend to lick my lips more often than usual. You know, the more you lick your lips, it tends to get dry? This doesn't dry out your lips; its moisturizing but I can't help but feel its slightly oily at the same time.
Lip Smacker in Coca-Cola (S$4.90)
The Classic CoCa-Cola flavor that smells and tastes just like the beverage. But the taste isn't overpowering; think of it as Coca-Cola but without the fizz. It is just as moisturizing as the Rolly Smacker, but I don't like the oily feel on my lips. The Cola shade doesn't show on your lips, but when you wipe it off with tissue, you can see a slight tinge of brown.
I tend to finish my can of Coca-Cola fresh, with the drink still fizzy with those soda bubbles popping. Why, because I can't stand the stale smell, which happens when it runs out of fizz. The same thing happens with the lip balm, when I finally resist the urge to lick my lips. When I scrunch up my lips to smell it 20 minutes later, it reminds me of that stale, leftover Coke. =(
Liquid Lip Smacker in Coca-Cola (S$6.90)
I call this the Coca-Cola lipgloss, which is my favourite out of the trio. It is such a small tube, like half the amount of liquid, when compared with the Rolly Smacker. It has the same moisturizing properties, but somehow it has the right consistency for me. When the taste eventually evaporates, it leaves my lips soft and smooth.
I've been using these Lip Smackers for a few days and now my lips smell like Coca-Cola that I don't even need to drink the beverage anymore. This is good news if you are trying to cut down on sugar. Also, they do a wonderful job at hydrating your lips so that they look good even after the product is long gone.
The Coca Cola range will be launched exclusively at all Guardian stores from 10th June 2010. I can't wait to pick up the Orange flavor☆
- May 19 Wed 2010 18:13
I guess most of you already know my obsession with Satsuma-flavored products~ Other than shampoos, conditioners & perfumes, I own citrus-scented body scrub & lotions. Since I go around smelling like a giant orange, I have earned the nickname Walking Satsuma!
The Body Shop - Born Lippy™Satsuma Lip Balm
A glossy and moisturising lip balm with a citrus flavour and added shimmer, that leaves lips looking and feeling soft, smooth and shimmering.
I admit I was abit slow to find out The Body Shop sells Satsuma-flavored lipbalm... nonetheless, I got so excited that I headed straight to one of the outlets before having my lunch (lol)
Honestly, I almost left the store without getting it, because I could not smell anything from the tester! My friend said there's a faint citrus smell so either my nose is blocked or the tester has been exposed for too long! Anyway, I decided to get it anyway, just to satisfy the inner Satsuma monster!
Thank God I decided to get it, because I was in Satsuma Heaven when I got home~~
The balm is of a rich color, but turns sheer and transparent on the lips, with a subtle glitter twist. With 2 layers, it adds a fresh burst of color yet keeps a natural look on your lips, even if you decide to skip lipstick & gloss altogether. Texture-wise, it's luxurious but not sticky.
The citrus smell ~OH MY SATSUMA ~ It smells good enough to eat!! Due to my poor appetite, my lips have gone really dry and I think Vaseline worsened the situation. In comes my hero balm to the rescue~
I would gladly give it a full star rating, but the balm comes in a pot and its extremely unhygenic to dip your finger in.
- May 13 Thu 2010 18:52
Olay White Radiance Intensive Brightening Serum
Formulated with the power to penetrate deep 15 layers of skin cells within the epidermis, this serum brings out your skin’s naturally lightest hue – what Olay scientists have determined to be CelLucentTM Fairness. CelLucent™ whitening technology doesn’t focus primarily on the skin surface to create a temporary fairness that can be lost once skin cells are sloughed off; working at the cell level creates fairness that lasts.
Another product which I had gotten some months back but keep holding back on the review... I actually bought this during the first week of January! So overdue, right? AHAHA! I actually got the Whitening and Soothing Mask together with it, and even reviewed it that same week...my bad! (￣‥￣)
Anyway, I love the pinkish, gel-like texture. When I'd first used it, I really see that radiant glow the next morning, pinkie swear!!! Plus, it works very well for old acne scars and evens out your skintone. This non-greasy serum also effectively lightens my Mum's freckles, and is extremely affordable!
- May 08 Sat 2010 09:29
Maybelline Angel Fit Pore Zero Make Up Base
New Angel Fit Pore Zero Base from Maybelline New York enhances your makeup, keeping it flawless and healthy-looking all day. Other than minimizing the appearance of your pores, it also comes with SPF25/PA++, thus providing you with essential sun protection at the same time!
Formulated specially for the Asian market, the pinkish iridescent makeup base and primer has a runny texture which makes for easy blending. The minute it goes on my skin, I notice the instant illuminating effect and my pores are diminished! It comes with SPF 25, yet doesn't give that greasy feeling as most products containing SPF do.
No thanks to the sweltering heat, I tend to blot my day constantly, but this primer managed to keep me from doing so for 6 whole hours! There was no shine, just a dewy finish. And it allows my makeup to last longer that I don't even need to touch up.
The package is simple, and squeezing out of a tube is so convenient and easy to control! Ladies, this product is perfect when you're going to be out on a date, because this product gives you that much needed added radiance. Plus the affordable price doesn't burn a hole in your pocket.
- May 05 Wed 2010 09:48
Skinfood Rice Mask(Wash off)
Rice not only gives plenty of moisture but also brightens your skin. This exfoliating wash off scrub mask with minerals, vitamins and gamma oryzanol, feeling as real rice lifts off any excess dirt and oil leaving skin smooth and clear.
Directions for use:
Apply evenly after cleansing. Avoid eye and mouth area. Gently scrub and wash off with lukewarm water after 10 - 15 minutes.
As I recalled, I bought this on June 1st, 2009 (lol)
I know it took me forever to review the products that I'd bought, and my procrastination has caused things to pile up. What really prompt me to finally post this up, all thanks to the PMS bitch! Ahahaha!!
These couple of days, I had a bad breakout as my hormones took over, thus my skin has turned dull. Thank heavens, most of the zits on my chin are starting to dry out, though there's a few stubborn ones that refuse to budge! But that can be easily dealt with.
With all the "Aww..." going on about my skin condition, naturally my skintone has turned dull. So yesterday afternoon I decided to use this rice mask, in a bid to finish it all once and for all! Usually I apply on the mask and use the tiny rice beads to exfoliate, and then leave it on for 10-15mins.
And you know what, it actually works as an instant perk-me-up! True enough, when I washed it off 15mins later, I looked RADIANT in the bathroom... no less☆ I love the creamy texture and the sweet, distinctive smell.
Revlon Nail Enamel in Tropical Temptation
This is another one that I had bought... around the same time too (lol)
I have been looking for that perfect neon pink shade but having searched high and low, I CANNOT FIND MY IDEAL COLOR!!
Now, I'm a little bit confused. When I got this, it looked somewhat of a neon pink, so I settled for this polish. Then for a time, it suddenly looked coral to me. Even the official description states that it is a coral color, perfect for the (last)summer. So when I applied this last night, it looked HOT PINK! I'm making this sound like a mood-changing polish, aren't I?
Nonetheless, I really really love the color, be it pink or coral! The problem is, its extremely tricky when it comes to application. Normally I apply 2 coats with other nail polish, but this one... I have to settle for 1 thick coat and then carefully 'spread' them out. Actually, 1 coating is enough, see how vibrant it looks?
- Apr 14 Wed 2010 16:15
What is Rohto Hadalabo?
Rohto Hadalabo is a skin care range that uses only the purest ingredients for whitening and hydrating. Rohto Hadalabo aims at improving and maintaining the condition of your skin to create young, dewy and healthy look.
A joint collaboration between Mentholatum Co. in US and Rohto Phamaceutical Co. in Japan, Rohto Hadalabo creates several skin care series for dull and uneven skin tone, dry and dehydrated skin and oily, acne prone skin.
Rohto Hadalabo Japan Goku Jyun Hyaluronic Lotion Light
This refreshing toner has a lightweight texture, suitable for oily and acne prone skin. The lotion helps to refine rough skin texture to create a matte and silky finish.
Containing Supahiaruron Acid and Hyaluronic Acid for intensive hydrating benefits, this toner is able to penetrate into the skin for effective moisturizing result without leaving a greasy layer on the skin.
Doesn't contain fragrance, mineral oil, coloring. Interestingly, this product is labelled "hypoallergenic" which means it is less likely to cause allergic reactions.
It leaves a sticky feel and takes at least 10mins to sink into my skin. However I do feel that my face is more hydrated.
Rohto Hadalabo Japan Goku Jyun Hyaluronic Mask
Containing similar properties, this facial mask contains Supahiaruron Acid and HyaluronicAcid with re-hydrating, softening and moisturizing benefits. Theintensive hydrating ingredients can also prevent the evaporation ofskin's natural moisture to improve skin's softness and healthiness.
The essence felt 'heavier' than the toner, even when I tried to blot the excess solution, the stickiness refused to budge even when I wake up the next morning.
Disclosure: The products were given to me for review purposes.
- Apr 07 Wed 2010 11:07
The birth of a new eye color palette that creates amazingly intense eyes with gradation; rich, wearable hues created through a quartet of silky pigments.
- Eye color that creates amazingly intense eyes through the combination of two light and two shade colors.
- A light, weightless texture that stays fresh all day.
- Highlights the shimmer of pearl using highly translucent powder.
- Includes large and small specialized tips at either end of brush.
Fasio's Spring 2010 collection presents Shadow Trick Eyes eyeshadow quads that comes in 5 different shades, each containing 4 powder colors from light to dark in typical Japanese graduated color scheme.
The 4 shades each consisted of a slightly different texture: the 'highlight' shade is smooth with a soft pearl glimmer while the 'light' color has a more shimmery and sheer finish. The 'shadow' shade is semi-metallic and the 'shadow line' is matte.
Although the swatches don't look too pigmented, but the colors are buildable. I got this in blue, the 'shadow' shade has a strong purple tone☆ Comparing with the ZA Dramatic Eye palatte reviewed previously, this one wins hands down for its blendable and smooth textures. Plus, even without using an eye primer, the colors lasted for 6 hours before showing signs of creasing.
Disclosure: I paid for this product and in no way was my review influenced by the distributor/manufacturer.
- Apr 03 Sat 2010 10:48
I ordered mine in February and really took my time in testing out the Vitacreme B12. The obvious results didn't show up overnight and this cream has slowly turned into something that I would use on a long-term basis.
I have been using this as my night treatment consistently and in 2 weeks, I noticed fine lines diminishing, improvement in elasticity and my skin felt really smooth and supple. As if I had understood Botox! The pink cream is light, smooth and absorbs quickly. It works best when you patiently massage the product into the skin.
The best part is - I wake up with my skin looking dewy and fresh, and it didn't break me out at all. However, it didn't do much in shrinking my pores nor reduce blackheads.
Disclosure: I paid for this product and in no way was my review influenced by the distributor/manufacturer.
- Mar 20 Sat 2010 15:31
This is a spur of the moment review. I was looking at NARS Orgasm Illumintor this morning and realizes that I own a similar product.
(Please ignore the Shiseido products; they are there to hold the bottle in place lol)
Red Earth Secret Potion in Thriller
The key to gorgeous and radiant skin. Light yet luxurious, it contains super-fine, pearly Mica particles that instantly imparts an image of radiance and perfection. Water-based with a moisturising hydrating complex, Secret Potion contains anti-aging Vitamins A and E and soothing Balm Mint Extract to care for your skin whilst you glow.
I got this a few years ago at the Red Earth counter, under the recommendation of the promoter. It comes in 3 selections: Original (opal), Thriller(rose) and Magician(bronze).
You can either mix in this non-greasy formula with your moisturizer to achieve that radiant look or blend in with your liquid foundation. Try not to use it on its own as I find that it can accentuate the fine lines on your face!
A little goes a long way, or else you'll end up looking like a disco ball!
Disclosure: The product mentioned in this entry bought with my own money. In no way was this review influenced by the company, nor did I accept any form of payment.
- Mar 10 Wed 2010 21:35
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect
Ultra Lift And Firm Moisture Lotion Spf 30
Experience next level ceramide plumping benefits with CPT technology (cellular plumping technology) and SNAP-8, a new peptide, and collagen-supporting naturally-derived extract which acts as a double dimension skin plumper. With continued use, you’ll notice your skin will appear smoother, firmer, visibly relaxed and revitalised. With broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 it also helps protect from the ageing effects of the sun.
Before I begin to rave how much I love this moisturizer, let me explain why many popular anti-aging products contains Ceramides.
Like the mortar that holds bricks together, Ceramides are essential lipids that strengthen skin's resistance to the influences of the environment and natural aging that causes loss of moisture, roughness, fine lines and wrinkles.
This product caters for mature skin. Although I'm still relatively young, prevention is key! Initially I meant to pass this to my mother but she declined so it's up to me try out this firming lotion.
After a disappointing trial with the Pore Refining Gel from the brand's White Glove Extreme Skincare, I was worried this lotion will not go well with my skin, but surprisingly, it fitted my skin type perfectly!
It takes a while to adjust to the slight greasy feel of the product as it takes around 8-10 minutes to completely sink into my skin. Once fully absorbed, it leaves my face very well-hydrated and feels like baby skin - very smooth and supple. I absolutely didn't feel like I had used any moisturizer at all! Despite the hot weather lately, my face didn't show any sign of oiliness until the 7th hour.
I could walk my dog in the afternoon doesn't scare me one bit as the broad spectrum of SPF 30 helps protect from the aging effects of the scorching sun.
On the days when I opt to use powder foundations, I noticed the area between my cheeks and mouth would crack(!!) when I smile. So I tend to emphasize on the particular area, sure enough I notice the surface lines diminishing after 2 weeks of usage!!
- Mar 02 Tue 2010 10:41
Brightening Eye Moisture Cream
This eye cream targets the look of dark circles and gives the eyes a brighter look. The gentle formula smoothes the delicate eye area to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also calms and hydrates while giving the skin around the eyes a firmer, brighter look.
Having used this eye cream for 2 weeks diligently, I couldn't see any improvement in my dark circles. However in my 3rd week, insomnia struck and I was awake for almost 48 hours! My eye bags were so obvious, I must have looked like a panda!! 3 days later after a double dosage of the eye cream, my dark circles were back to their original state. No brightening effect, unfortunately but the formula really does help to calm my eye area in under a short time.
Skin Brightening Day Essence
This silky, intensive product effectively targets and minimizes the appearance of existing dark spots and discolorations. As a special daytime treatment, it penetrates deeply within skin's surface to visibly to improve the look of skin's texture, tone and clarity.
The essence absorbs into my skin almost immediately, without leaving a sticky feeling on my face nor on my hands. Unlike the other serum I've been using(different brand for another review), this not only brightens up my skintone, but helps maintain its glow. I also noticed that pimple scars have been lightened to a great extent!
For night time treatment, I highly recommend the Skin Brightening Overnight Capsules!!
So that concludes my reviews of the Elizabeth Arden White Glove Extreme skincare range. The products will be available from 18th March 2010.
* White Glove Extreme Introduction
* Review Part 1
* Review Part 2
* Review Part 3
Disclosure:The products mentioned in this entry were sponsored by Elizabeth Arden Singapore. In no way was this review influenced by the company, nor accepting any form of payment.
- Feb 28 Sun 2010 16:40
Brightening Pore Refining Gel
This light gel emulsion helps to minimize the appearance of existing dark spots and discoloration. Containing powerful ingredients such as the Emblica C Complex that have strong collagen supporting benefits, they simultaneously firm the skin, leaving it looking brighter and truly radiant.
This oil-free moisturizer provides the skin with the daily vital moisture it needs, and refines visible pores. Effective and gentle, this is suitable for those with sensitive skin.
I tend to opt for gel moisturizers because it is more suitable for my combination skin. However I'm abit disappointed with this product because it leaves my skin feeling greasy almost immediately after application! It just refused to absorb into my skin. Furthermore, I've been using powder foundations and this moisturizer causes my makeup to cake up.
My pores aren't too visible to begin with, unless you stare right at my face. However when I use liquid foundations, I like to mix in a tiny amount of the product and apply over my cheeks and it leaves my skin looking really smooth.
Daily Moisture Brightening Cream
This luxurious, hydrating cream softens and brightens skin's appearance. With continued use, it helps to control future pigmentation irregularities while nourishing skin so it appears radiant, luminous and firmer.
In contrast with the refining gel, this brightening cream has a slightly thicker but watery texture. It sinks right into my skin upon application, making me a happy woman especially when I'm living in a humid climate. There's hardly any need to blot my skin either, even after 4 hours until the hot sun.
Unfortunately, it doesn't contain SPF properties otherwise it will be perfect!
Stay tuned for Part 4 of the EA White Glove Extreme Reviews
Disclosure:The products mentioned in this entry were sponsored by Elizabeth Arden Singapore. In no way was this review influenced by the company, nor accepting any form of payment.