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Review – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

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Recently, I was delighted to receive a surprise complimentary hydrating mask from Kiehl’s Singapore. It is the new Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and is the latest addition to its Ultra Facial line.

kiehl's ultra facial overnight hydrating masque

Ultra Facial collection, offers a range of hydrating products, was first introduced in the early 1970s with iconic Ultra Facial Moisturizer that was loved by celebrities and fans all over the world.

I have dehydrated skin that easily turns oily in the midday under a hot sun. Hence the foundation doesn’t stay well on my skin. My dehydrated skin is the result of the lack of moisture in the skin. Skin actually turns oily when it lacks moisture, as oil production is increased to lubricate the skin.

I’m very excited to test this product as I have never tried any Kiehl’s mask before and I have always wanted to try an overnight hydrating mask for the longest time too.

Alike other sleeping mask, Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, retailing at S$55 for 125ml, is designed to help boost skin’s ability to absorb and hold moisture while you asleep, resulting in long-lasting hydration and a healthier, youthful appearance.

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Review – Hada Labo Whitening Lotion (New Nano Formula)

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Recently, I was invited to review the new Hada Labo Whitening Lotion with Nano formulation. I accepted it without much hesitation as I personally adore this drugstore brand pretty much. Many thanks to Elfaine from EK Media for extending this invitation to me.

I have already tested a couple of the Super HA Hydrating range products including the Hydrating Lotion which I find relatively good. That is why I’m really excited to try out this new whitening lotion as to see if it’s able to boost hydration and brighten up my skin at the same time.

Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion, so well loved by Japanese women that it was the ‘Number 1″ in sales for whitening products in Japan. It is claimed to combat and prevent dark spots caused by UV exposure for a smooth and clear skin.

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One Drop Reveals Natural Fairness

Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening range consists of four products that include Whitening Lotion, Whitening Essence, Whitening Milk and Whitening Mask. This Arbutin Whitening line is claimed to provide three benefits in just one step.

Formulated with Arbutin, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, skin gets fairer, more hydrated and brighter.

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Review – Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Essence

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Recently I was invited to review a latest serum from Olay – the Regenerist Night Resurfacing Essence - over the course of 7 days. It is specially designed to resurface skin while we sleep.

Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Essence, launched on 1st October 2012 in Singapore, is the latest addition to its award-winning Regenerist line. An innovative night repair serum, inspired by the field of Chronopharmacology which works together with their nocturnal body clock to tackle fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.

The new Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Essence, the first daily leave-on night time serum containing glycolic acid, is designed to work with our skin’s natural nightly changes to hydrate, smoothen, and renew skin in just 7 days. Giving the term beauty sleep, a whole new meaning. Imagine waking up to fresher, smoother and tighter skin each day.

For this review, I am required to track my skin transformation journey through a 3 beauty diary during Day 1, Day 4 and Day 7.

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Review – Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

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Many months ago, I’ve received an invitation to review Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 and I readily agreed after finding out that it is a fragrance-free day moisturizer formulated with sufficient UVA protection.

I’ve received it in a nice baby blue bag.

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Product Claim

Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is specially formulated to be effective, light and silky-smooth – ideal for facial use. In addition to providing gentle moisturization for all skin types, Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 gives you moderate protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays that are responsible for premature lines and wrinkles. This skin moisturizer is lightweight, fragrance-free and suitable for use under makeup or after shaving.

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator

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A couple of weeks back, I’ve reviewed 2 of my latest favorite anti-aging skincare products from Paula’s Choice and they are nevertheless one of the best anti-aging products I’ve tested so far! 5 stars for both and highly recommended! And now I’m continuing to review the 3rd Resist product – NEW Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

Click here to read my review on Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

Click here to read my review on Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

New Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is a moisturizer that is formulated for normal, oily, combination or blemish-prone skin. It is recommended to be used on the face and around the eyes too.

This super lightweight moisturizer is designed not only to control oily and acne-prone skin, it also helps to address wrinkles, sun damage and fade red marks from past breakouts with a couple of potent ingredients.

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NEW Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

Product Profile

RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator contains an exclusive complex of proven antiwrinkle and skin-clearing ingredients that renew and restore your skin, making it look younger, even-toned, and fresh. Powerful antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients stimulate healthy collagen production, repair sun damage, and fade red marks and discolorations from past breakouts. Lactoperoxidase helps eliminate breakout-causing bacteria, while soothing agents calm skin and enhance its natural repair process.

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Ingredients

RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is formulated with a handful of beneficial ingredients that include antioxidants, cell-communicating and skin repairing ingredients.

It is FREE of fragrance, color and harmful skin irritants, and it never tested on animals.

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Review

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is formulated for normal, oily, combination or blemish-prone skin.

To me, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is more than just a moisturizer. It not only helps to provide moisture to the skin, it also helps to superficially stimulate healthy collagen production, repair sun damage and reduce discolorations, and thanks to the antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients in it.

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Review – DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil & DHC Pore Essence

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Just a while ago, I was delighted to receive a hand delivery from Watsons Singapore and it contains a couple of beauty products that I’m actually quite curious to try out.

Here’s a peek of what I have received – DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil, DHC Pore Essence, SuperDrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum, Watsons Bamboo Vinegar & Milk Exfoliating Foot Mask, Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are exclusively available at selected Watsons stores in Singapore. (read below for store locators)

So let me start with the ones that interest me most, the newly launched DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil and DHC Pore Essence.

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DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil – S$37.50 / 150ml

Due to the popular demand of the bestselling botanical DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, DHC has specially created a milder version DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil that helps to effectively remove dirt and impurities while maintaining skin’s moisture levels.

It is formulated with natural Lavender Essential Oil, Plural Amino Acid and Moringa Seed.

It is believed that skin problems such as clogged pores and skin irritation can occur if makeup and impurities are not properly removed, which I fully agree with it! DHC Deep Cleansing Oil solves this problem without stripping off your natural moisture.

This new mild cleansing oil actually contains 2 types of cleansing contents – regular cleansing ingredients and gemini amphiphilic cleansing ingredients. While regular cleansing ingredients contain water and oil dissolvable contents, gemini cleansing ingredients are oil in water emulsions. This helps the latter fulfill both “powerful cleansing” and moisture effect” simultaneously by enabling both oil and water contents to merge together.

In addition, this revolutionary formula disperses oil into ultra fine emulsion, causing makeup and impurities to rise to the surface while preventing re-absorption.

Hence, it is claimed that even the thickest makeup can be removed easily. I decided to do a test to see if the claim is true. Yes, this mild cleansing oil actually removes the permanent makeup effortlessly.

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Review – NEW SK-II Wrinkle Specialist

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Two months ago in early July 2011, while I was attending an exclusive event at Changi Airport transit areas, I accidentally chanced upon 2 newest SK-II anti-aging products – SKII Wrinkle Specialist and Signature Eye Cream.

An exclusive media launch was held on the same afternoon at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 and I believe it was attended by media and VIP customers.

In fact, Changi Airport is proud to be the first in the world to launch these 2 newest anti-aging products. Even Japan has not even launched these 2 anti-aging products during the time. Since I couldn’t wait for the products to be available at department stores, I decided to buy the SK-II Wrinkle Specialist at Perfumes & Cosmetics store @ Changi Airport Terminal 3 at S$168 for testing and review. <grinning> I’m glad to be one of the first to try this anti-aging product. Anyway, both products have recently been officially launched and are now available at all SK-II counters @ department stores, retailing at S$180.

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SK-II Anti-Aging Marketing Profile

Your skin has the natural ability to renew itself, an ability we call Skin Power. But like the sands of time, it slips away with age. SK-II’s latest anti-aging solutions are formulated especially to restore your Skin Power. use them daily as part of your skin care regimen and in years to come, you’ll discover that your biggest secret is no longer your age – it’s how you preserve your youthful-looking skin.

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SK-II Wrinkle Specialist

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Product Profile

Reduces the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin. Your skin softens from the first time you apply it. Your wrinkles begin to disappear after just 14 days.

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Ingredients

At first, after a quick glance at the ingredients, I was actually shocked to discover that this SK-II Wrinkle Specialist contains 4 alcohol ingredients (stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol).

But only to realize that behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are either used as an emollient and/or thickener. My bad!! <grin>

But benzyl alcohol (an irritating ingredient) on the other hand if it’s used in a high concentration, can cause problem for skin. It is known to increase free radicals, dry up the skin and cause skin irritation.

Pitera, the key ingredient for all SK-II products, can be found in SK-II Wrinkle Specialist that is claimed to be rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids and other natural ingredients beneficial to the skin.

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist also contains beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin B3, Carnosine and Tocopheryl Acetate.

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Review

Well, my first impression on SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is “Alright, since Kiehl’s, RoC, Boots, Tri-Aktiline and Babor have already created wrinkle fillers, so now you SK-II also wants a slice of the pie too? This is so predictable!”

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is claimed to reduce the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin and the wrinkles will begin to disappear after just 14 days! Begin to disappear in 14 days? Another by-default wrinkle claim again!

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Review – Rapellez Nano Power Cell Revival

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I have recently indulged on a rejuvenating treatment at Rapellez Beauty Spa. I was very honored to be able to experience one of their most expensive treatments - Nano Power Cell Revival.

In order to meet consumer needs, Rapellez Beauty Spa has extended their operating hours till 10pm unlike most beauty spas which usually close for business between 8 to 9pm. This is definitely beneficial for working women who knock off late after 7pm. I reckon Rapellez is the only beauty spa that operates till so late. Their business hours are : 11am to 10pm on weekdays, 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

I actually like the chic and serene Victorian styled atmosphere at Rapellez. I feel extremely relaxed and calm at this huge waiting room which is decorated with a nice chandelier and a big screen TV mounted on the wall.

A cozy dressing table and lockers on the left.

A deluxe hot bath room.

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About Rapellez Beauty Spa

Rapellez Beauty Spa is a beauty spa who has been around for 9 years now. The quintessence of Rapellez is echoed by the chic and serene Victorian styled atmosphere which takes pride in promoting the essential and delightful quietude, away from the bustling city. Each large embroidery-printed curtain at the outlets leads to several private havens of prolific grandeur. Blended with serenity and healing assets, Rapellez uses the finest quality of products from France and aims to provide optimum service for all who make that choice to patronize the products and services.

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About Nano Power Cell Revival

The Nano Power Cell Revival is a 3 in 1 combination of bio light therapy, electroporation and nano technology. The benefits of each of these are as follows:

  1. The Bio Light Therapy promotes cell renewal, stimulates mitochondria to increase Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP or cell energy) and aids in increasing collagen production.
  2. The Electroporation releases special electric impulses that act on the cell membranes which increases the permeability of the skin. In addition to this, this part of the treatment also prolongs the absorption time frame.
  3. The Nano Technology is able to split molecules in a ratio of 1:1000 to provide the best absorption for the skin cells. This technology is able to raise the absorption level by up to 80% and it passes through the epidermal barrier, soaking into the cell membranes of the skin which ultimately aids in synthesizing the skin cells.

The Nano Power Cell Revival facial is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, acne and pigmented skins. This treatment is however NOT recommended for those who are pregnant. In summary, this facial is good for continuous rejuvenation and reflects radiance and clarity of the skin.

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Review

Before the actual facial treatment began, I was given a soothing back, shoulder and neck massage. In fact, this short back massage is included on all Rapellez treatments.

Nano Power Cell Revival treatment began with an aroma scent inhaling & exhaling process and follow with a gentle cleansing. The treatment also includes a gentle aromatic scrubbing, eye brow tweeting and pores extraction.

And the next step is my most favorite procedure which is the lymphatic massage. Prior to the massage, the therapist prepped my skin with toner to help soothe the skin.

With a few drops of lemongrass on her palms, she gently pressed my skin in a circular motion and this “dry” lymphatic massage is slow but calm. Although the technique seems pretty simple but to my surprise it is super super rejuvenating! I really enjoyed it so much that I get this goose bumps sensation on my arms and my whole body felt super relaxed. It was heaven to me! Oh please don’t don’t…………STOP!! I really love this lymphatic massage and the lemongrass scent a lot!

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Review – Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Whitening Night Cream, Renewing Gentle Exfoliator & Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel

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You probably have read my earlier post on the launch of three new additions to Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Series which are Whitening Night Cream, Renewing Gentle Exfoliator and Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel.

Click here to read my previous introduction post on White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched.

And after a month of usage, I’m now ready for a full review. Do read on to find out if these products work for me.

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Do you know pigmentation does not stop at night?

The interesting thing I have learned during the preview event is that pigmentation does not actually stop at night. It was really an eye opening. I didn’t realize it until I was explained on the cause and how pigmentation is developed.

Do you know that melanocytes (melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis) will continue producing more melanin even while you sleep? So can we do anything to prevent it? Well, I guess we can, do read on to find the answer.

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Other Major Cause For Hyperpigmentation

Clarins believe that sun is not the only major cause for hyperpigmentation.

In fact, the other major cause for pigmentation is due to stress factors. Yes, I totally agree with Clarins. Whenever I’m under extreme stress, pigmentation will seem to appear darker and more obvious. And worst, more new pigment spots will start to surface out of nowhere. To make things worst :

stress >> more pigmentation >> more stress >> even more pigmentation! ArHHH!!

So in order to keep pigmentation at bay, I guess I need to manage my stress level and be happy as much as possible. Of course, not forgetting the Clarins White Plus HP skin care range too.

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White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched – Brightening Powers Of Two White Flowers

For these three latest additions, Clarins Research has incorporated two innovative high performance brightening ingredients into its White Plus HP skin care range. These white flowers, Sea Lily Extract and Daisy Extract, provide dual action to combat against the direct and indirect causes of skin hyperpigmentation.

Sea Lily Extract

Sea Lily extract, an exceptional brightening plant active ingredient, has been used for the first time in White Plus HP skin care range. Clarins Research has demonstrated the capacity of Sea Lily extract to control the extension of melanocyte dendrites, the “arms” of melanocytes which deliver melanin to cells in the epidermis.

While direct pigmentation is linked to daytime UV rays, the production of melanin it triggers during the day will continue at night. Sea Lily extract has the capacity to help control the extension of melanocytes dendrites for producing more melanin.

Daisy Extract

As mentioned earlier, stress factors are the indirect cause of pigmentation. Stress will cause skin to weaken and thereby speed up melanin synthesis. Daisy extract, an anti-stress ingredient, helps to calm and soothe the skin, to leave it soft, fresh and bright again in the morning.

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Review

Whitening Repairing Night Cream – S$110

This essential anti-dark spots night cream has became my must-have night product. It is the first night cream with white flower extracts which controls hyperpigmentation due to daytime UV rays, and also stress accumulated from morning to night.

I especially like the soft lightweight creamy texture and the flowery scent. It absorbs onto the skin pretty well.

Whitening Repairing Night Cream contains pretty good ingredients except minuscule amount of fragrance which thankfully doesn’t cause any skin irritation on my skin.

All-in-all, I’m pretty pleased with this Whitening Repairing Night Cream. It has became my night regimen must-have skin care product. As I sleep an average of 6 hours in an air-conditioning room daily, I definitely need a slightly more richer cream for the night. Therefore this creamy yet lightweight texture is definitely ideal for my slightly dehydrated skin.

As you know that the direct pigmentation that is linked by UV rays has triggered more production of melanin during the day and unfortunately does not STOP at night! Therefore Whitening Repairing Night Cream is definitely a perfect night product to help control further production of melanin while I sleep. All thanks to the powerful brightening white flower, Sea lily extract.

And also due to the numerous daytime stress factors, more melanin production are triggered too. And again thanks to the presence of soothing, anti-stress ingredient Daisy extract that helps to calm, soothe my skin and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed in the morning. And most importantly, the pigmentation is under control too.

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Review – Est©e Lauder CyberWhite Ex Extra Intensive Purifying Treatment

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I have to confess! I’m a super fan of Nu Ren Wo Zui Da 女人我最大, a popular Taiwanese Beauty Variety Show. Many months back, it has featured a new whitening collection by Est©e Lauder – Est©e Lauder CyberWhite Ex. Lao Niu Da Ke ç‰›çˆ¾è€å¸«, the Taiwan’s most famous beauty advisor demonstrated the usage of these products on a model. I was surprised to see amazing results and therefore decided to make a trip down to one of the Est©e Lauder outlet to check out the products.

After some product testings at the counter, I immediately fall in love with the CyberWhite Ex Extra Intensive Purifying Treatment. This interesting foaming whitening mask is considered one of the best innovative breakthrough by Est©e Lauder.

I was delighted to receive a complimentary Est©e Lauder CyberWhite Ex Extra Intensive Purifying Treatment after a request to the office.

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Est©e Lauder CyberWhite Ex

This New CyberWhite Ex Whitening Collection, specifically created for and tested on Asian skin in Asia, is designed to give your skin the comprehensive care it needs to look virtually spotless, brighter and beautifully even-toned – immediately and year after year.

Building on over 20 years of proven brightening expertise and on the knowledge that not all dark spots are created equal. Est©e Lauder Asia Research advances the most comprehensive brightening system ever with four highly targeted, breakthrough technologies. Correcting and helping prevent four different kinds of dark spots responsible for clouding the complexion. Stubborn Age Spots, Small Surface Spots, Those Barely Visible Spots just below skin’s surface and now persistent Recurring Spots.

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Product Profile

Est©e Lauder CyberWhite Ex Extra Intensive Purifying Treatment. Fast-acting, micro-purifying treatment transforms into a refreshing, skin-brightening foam to target Small Surface Spots. Instantly, helps clarify the most hard-to-reach pores of melanin-darkened skin cells with concentrated levels of N Acetyl Glucosamine and nature’s most powerful skin brighteners.

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