EQUITANCE Skincare From Japan

 

A few months back, I was being introduced to an online Japanese skincare brand named EQUITANCE, a whitening skincare collection infused with Linoleic acid.

“EQUITANCE” conveys the meaning of “Equity” and “Existance”, is managed by Sunstar.

Japanese women are known for their youthful looking skin and they understand the importance of the connection between the body (health) and skin to keep their skin beautiful.

With this beauty philosophy, for outer beauty, EQUITANCE created the Brightening Toning Lotion, Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector and Hydrating Brightening Cream. And Vitology Premium Rich Collagen EX for inner beauty, which I will share more below.

The EQUITANCE brightening collection actually took about 18 years to develop. After spending a long time examining and comparing the whitening effect of hundreds of different kinds of ingredients, EQUITANCE finally succeeded in developing their own whitening component called “linoleic acid”.

So what’s the difference between Linoleic acid as compared to the other whitening ingredients, such as 4MSK and Arbutin, used by major Japanese skincare brands? It is claimed that instead of inhibit the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase and melanin production, EQUITANCE’s key ingredient Linoleic acid, on the other hand, helps promotes the breakdown of the enzyme and increase cell turnover of our skin. When skin turnover functions normally, melanin is discharged to skin surface hence dark spots cannot be seen. Tyrosinase is key factor in producing Melanin from Tyrosine.

Thanks to its “Nano-Transfer Capsule” technology (a multi-layered microcapsule containing several layers of linoleic acid), the linoleic acid can reach the melanocytes effectively and establish its effects, resulting in a sustained whitening effect.

The linoleic acid used in EQUITANCE products is extracted from the safflower seed oil and further purified.

In addition to Linoleic acid, Equitance skincare products also contains Cherry Blossom (possesses great moisturizing effect), Shell Ginger (intense moisturizing properties), Du Zhong (Eucommia) Leaves (shown above pic, rich in minerals) and Korean Ginseng (natural energy booster).

The Brightening Toning Lotion, priced at S$69.50 for 150ml, helps clarifies and softens skin to maximize absorption of moisturizer and brightening effect.

I’m not really comfortable with this lotion as it contains alcohol.

The Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector, priced at S$133.70 for 30g, targets dark spots and uneven skin tone to improve complexion using their blend of brightening ingredients delivered through their patented technology.

In addition to whitening ingredients, this Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector also contains squalane, shell ginger extract, cherry blossom leaf extract and soluble collagen that keep our skin hydrated and moistened. The brightening ingredients consists of linoleic acid and vitamin C derivative.

The Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector has a lightweight texture that penetrates into the skin easily. It can be applied every morning and night after EQUITANCE Brightening Toning Lotion.

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[REVIEW] SK-II R.N.A. POWER Eye Cream

 

Do you know that you could actually look older than you really are if you neglect the delicate skin around your eyes?

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most fragile on our entire face and is the first area to show signs of aging – such as sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.

After 15 years of research, SK-II scientists were able to prove that our eyes can get 20% smaller on average over 15 years, starting from our 20s – due to the lack of lengthwise and crosswise firmness around the eyes.

When lengthwise firmness (less wrinkles and fine lines) and crosswise firmness (less visible pores) are achieved, skin around the eyes is firmer and eyes look bigger, younger and brighter.

The third and latest product in the award-winning R.N.A. Power Radical New Age anti-aging skincare series, the new R.N.A. Power Eye Cream promises to keep your peepers looking bigger as you age (by as much as 11% with just 6 weeks of continuous usage), by targeting the lengthwise and crosswise firmness in every corner of the eyes.

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New Clarins Boosters To Charge Up Your Skincare

 

Changes in your current lifestyle, late nights, changes in climate, sunburn, excess partying or even over-indulging on CNY goodies over the Chinese New Year holidays (who’s guilty?!) can take a toll on your skin. Or have you ever been trapped in a skincare situation where you started to notice your current skincare products just don’t seem to be working, despite applying your skincare products religiously? Well, what your skin probably needs is a “boost”, and Clarins may just have the answer to your woes.

Introducing all new CLARINS BOOSTERS which come in 3 variants to cater to your occasional beauty needs linked to your lifestyle and environment –

Energy (orange), Repair (Blue) and Detox (Green).
 

 

It took Clarins 10 years of research to come out with these skincare Boosters. These Boosters come in nifty size bottles but each packs a highly-concentrated formula specially designed to target damaged skin.

Simply add any one of these Boosters to your moisturiser / face cream, cream mask or even your foundation to boost up your skin. Use it for a day, a week, or even a month, to provide immediate response to your skin’s specific or occasional needs. Sounds like customised skincare to me, no?

Which BOOSTER is for you?

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[Review] Thermage Total Tip Treatment – Collagen Booster

 

Skin sagging is often considered an inevitable part of aging.  Although aging may be inevitable but I believe the rate of aging is certainly not. With this in mind, I’m constantly taking steps to delay my aging process as much as I can.

Well, I’m not a fan of cosmetics surgery, not even botox or fillers too. I prefer to age gracefully and to maintain my youthful looking skin naturally without going under the knife.

Do you know the biggest cause of aging skin is the decrease in the production of collagen and elastin? Collagen production in the skin tends to decline with age, as much as by 1% per year after the age of 18, which ultimately leads to aging skin.

I definitely can’t boost my collagen production with surgery, not even collagen cream as the molecule is too big to even penetrate the surface of my skin. Due to decreased collagen production, my skin appears thinner and less firmer.

Hence in order to upkeep my youthful skin and boost collagen production, my ultimate beauty solution is the non-invasive Thermage CPT Total Tip treatment!

The FDA-approved Thermage procedure uses radiofrequency energy to create a uniform heating effect in the deep dermis. This gentle heating tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. It reduces wrinkles and achieves brow lifting, cheek lifting, and jaw line lifting.

thermage total tip

This latest Thermage treatment is no longer painful unlike the older generations. And this Total Tip is the latest generation.

Thermage Total Tip 3.0

Thermage Total Tip 3.0

For safety precaution, do ensure your practitioner is using the genuine Thermage treatment tip, designed for one-time use.

A month ago, I had Thermage treatment done on my face by Dr. Tyng Tan at Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, located at 391B Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City Tower B, #08-04, Singapore 238873 (Tel: +65 6235 0010). With mild to moderate sagging on my face, I find Thermage is the best choice for me.

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Albion Elegance Paris Face Powder

 

Many months back, I got to receive the Elegance Paris La Poudre Haute Nuance Face Powder by Albion Japan. Elegance Paris is a luxury makeup collection designed for unrivalled beauty marked by elegance and sophistication.

Elégance La Poudre, the face powder series that first introduced in 1989, has steadily gained loyal fans around the world.

Elegance paris la poudre haute face powder

Isn’t it beautiful? I actually love it at first sight! Above : Color [VI]

Back by popular demand, ALBION Elegance Face Powder is handcrafted to deliver absolute clarity and brightness to our skin. It instantly covers pores and has superior resistance to water and oil, making it extremely long-lasting.

Elegance Paris Face Powder

Elegance paris la poudre haute face powder

Love its light compact in luxurious gold packaging and logo engraved with beautiful crystals.

albion elegance paris face powder

ALBION Elegance Face Powder available in various shades to suit different skin tones.

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition & Festive 2016 Coffrets

 

Just 2 weeks ago, SK-II hosted an intimate SK-II #changedestiny Festive Party at VivoCity to unveil the Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition Designs with Singapore Celebrity Ambassador Rebecca Lim.

Oh my, time really flies! Christmas is just around the corner!

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition 2016

This festive season, SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence now dressed in a beautifully crafted design inspired by traditional Japanese marbling, Suminagashi, also known as “floating ink” in Japanese.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition 2016

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition 2016

Facial Treatment Essence Limited Edition design available in gorgeous hues of red, blue, and green.

The art of Suminagashi was chosen for its powerful philosophy which states that there is no wrong drop, each dot and swirl come together to create a unique art piece. It also serves as a powerful reminder that anyone can paint their own path in the same way that simple ink and water can be transformed into a masterpiece, one drop at a time.

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[REVIEW] Enlighten + PicoSure = Two Is Better Than One

Earlier this year, I was invited to try out the PicoSure laser at Dr Joseph Yang’s Aesthetics and Medical Clinic in Wisma Atria. If you had read my earlier review on PicoSure laser, you would have known by now that it is one of the latest generation of aesthetic laser which administers laser pulses in picosecond (trillionth of a second!).

Unlike the previous generation of nanosecond technology lasers which utilise photothermal (heat) energy, picosecond lasers use photomechanical impact (light pulses) to directly target skin concerns without causing thermal damage to surrounding tissue. They are much more powerful and safer with very little or almost zero downtime. And for that reason, they are gaining popularity among the aesthetic doctors in Singapore.

Dr Yang was the FIRST doctor in Singapore to own a PicoSure Laser, and his PicoSure Laser treatment has recently won him the ‘Style: Best Beauty Treats 2016’ award by Style Magazine.

Constantly seeking betterment of his practice of an aesthetic doctor, Dr Yang is always on the lookout for aesthetic medical equipment for his patients. When he saw that there is another high-performance Picolaser (known as Enlighten) that is tunable and highly customisable to treat different skin concerns, he knew he had to get it. So now, he did it once again by being the FIRST and ONLY doctor in Singapore to own BOTH the PicoSure laser and Enlighten laser.

Dr Yang was very kind to invite me for another round of laser treatments.

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Review of my ZOEVA Haul at Sephora

 

We were thrilled when Sephora Singapore approached Womenlovebeauty to blog about the awesome makeup products available on their online store.

We knew we had to say yes because we have been wanting to try out this highly raved German makeup brand called ZOEVA for the longest time. ZOEVA do not have any retail counter yet, so the only place to get is at Sephora!

Being a beauty junkie, I was like an excited little girl entering a candy store when I browsed through the wide variety of products (makeup/skincare/makeup accessories etc) from an extensive list of brands. LOL! The products are systemically sorted based on brands/categories/prices etc and the filter function proves to be a very useful tool for their consumers to search for a specific product from a specific brand. Make online shopping a breeze!

The package came when I was away holidaying in Seoul and I had to re-schedule my delivery by Ninja Van. It proved to be an easy task as well, and soon the package arrived the next morning after I got back home.


Yay! My Sephora haul has safely arrived at my doorstep! And in perfect condition!


Say hello to my eyeshadow palette, eyeshadow primer, blush palette, and 3 makeup brushes from ZOEVA. Oh yes, not forgetting to mention a pair of falsies but not from ZOEVA though.


Check out the TRIPLE bubble-wrapping! Love how meticulous they are when it comes to making sure breakage-prone makeup items are well wrapped and protected before sending the package out.


The mandatory flatlay shot of my Sephora haul :D Notice there is an additional item which I did not mention earlier? It’s the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream which I picked as my free gift during check out. Gonna try out that product too! Continue reading →

[REVIEW] My 6HD Eyebrow Embroidery Treatment by Paramedic Aesthetics

 

If eyes are the windows to our souls, then eyebrows are the frames!

Not sure if you know, but eyebrows are deemed as the most important facial feature on our face. A pair of well-groomed and shaped eyebrows not only accentuate our eyes but also have the power to transform a face.

I didn’t know that until when I started plucking and drawing my eyebrows at the age of 17. My granny scolded me when saw my disastrous and pathetic (over-plucked) brows. LOL! She was my eyebrow master, someone who taught me how and what a pair of good eyebrows should look like (and needless to say, she had a pair of beautifully-shaped brows).

I guess it was from then that I started to get really particular about my eyebrows. And because I do not have naturally thick and beautiful eyebrows to begin with, I would spend 1/3 of my makeup time just to make sure my brows are well drawn in perfect symmetry.

Fast forward many years and one day I realised there’s this thing called “eyebrow embroidery” which was gaining popularity at that time and I decided to give it a try. Unlike tattoo, eyebrow embroidery is semi-permanent and tends to fade over time. After I went for my first, which I wasn’t too satisfied and it eventually faded off, I went for a second embroidery session a few years later. Again, I was sorely disappointed at the result as I felt it was done in a slipshod manner and throughout the embroidery session, I was wincing in pain. There was no numbing cream whatsoever, all I had was some antiseptic/anti-inflammation cream applied over my brows prior to the embroidery session.

Presently, I’m back to square one where I had to go through the tedious motion of drawing my brows every time I needed to step out of the house.

Just when I was feeling sick and tired of drawing my eyebrows, I was invited for a “6HD eyebrow embroidery” treatment at Paramedic Aesthetics. Naturally I was a little hesitant after the disappointing experience I suffered from both the abovementioned eyebrow embroidery sessions.

So I googled for more information on Paramedic Aesthetics and here’s what I gathered online:

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First-In-The-World Launch of SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream At The Shilla Duty Free In Changi Airport

Last month, SK-II unveiled its new addition to its multiple award-winning R.N.A. POWER Series – the R.N.A. POWER Eye Cream.

SK-II has chosen Singapore as the first country in the world for its global launch of new R.N.A. POWER Eye Cream due to its strong tripartite partnership with Changi Airport and The Shilla Duty Free.

Held at the SK-II Pitera™ Lounge at Changi Airport, the global premiere event was attended by SK-II Celebrity Ambassador Rebecca Lim and Chinese Celebrity make-up artist, Wu Miao, as well as SK-II’s top retail partners, valued customers and Singapore beauty media.

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