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Reviews – Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, Touche Eclat Radiant Touch & Semi-Loose Powder

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The recent opening of Yves Saint Laurent boutique store at ION Orchard #B2-34 is one of the greatest news to makeup junkies like me! I have to say Yves Saint Laurent offers some of the best and award-winning makeup products in town.

A few weeks ago, I decided to head down to the new store to pick up my complimentary Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation and a matching Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Highlighter Pen. :D

A lady sales assistant who attended to me, helped to select the ideal shade to match my skin tone. For my yellow undertone, she recommended shade B 30 Beige (left) for the foundation and shade 3.5 (right) for the Radiant Touch Highlighter Pen.

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Reviews!

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Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighter Pen – S$55

Created in 1992, TOUCHE ÉCLAT, the best-selling and award-winning highlighter, is a MUST-HAVE Yves Saint Laurent product I long to own!

This cult classic beauty product is no doubt the best beauty secret of the world’s top makeup artists and models! Loved by celebrities, editors and VIPs too! Even Taiwanese celebrity makeup artist Kevin from Queens (女人我最大) swears by it too!

One TOUCHE ÉCLAT is sold every 10 seconds around the world. WOW!

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum

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If you’re into anti-aging skin care, then you would have came across this proven anti-aging ingredient called Retinol. Well Retinol, commonly known as non-prescription and mildest form of Vitamin A, is one of the first antioxidants used in over-the-counter wrinkle cream.

Vitamin A can help improve skin cells renewal, stimulate collagen production, improve photo-damaged skin, reduce the look of uneven skin tone, wrinkles and fine lines. Since Retinol is the mildest strength of Vitamin A, it is therefore suitable for most skin type and depending on the product formulation, it may be suitable for sensitive skin too.

A couple of months back, I was delighted to receive a compliment Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum from Paula’s Choice Singapore. I was extremely excited about this new Retinol serum and I couldn’t wait to try it out upon receiving it.

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Product Profile

  • Supercharged blend of retinol and potent antioxidants help skin of any age look and act younger
  • Repairs wrinkles and sun damage
  • Builds skin-firming collagen
  • Reduces dark spots
  • Anti-irritants reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin
  • Helps fade red marks from past breakouts.
  • Fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

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Review – Dr. CiLabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage

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During my recent trip to Japan in April this year, I happened to come across a lifting cleansing product by Dr CiLabo that comes with an unique texture.

I believe most of you may not have heard of Dr CiLabo. Surprisingly it is pretty popular in Japan as I can find it at almost all the beauty stores I have patronized. Fortunately, Dr CiLabo is now available in Singapore and you can find it at Isetan Orchard, Parco Marina Bay and Centrepoint the Robinsons.

Dr CiLabo, a leading medical cosmetic brand in Japan, was founded by Yoshinori Shirono who is one of the few doctors in Japan specializing in dermatological laser surgery with over 50,000 cases under his name.

Its signature product Aqua Collagen Gel, is FREE of surfactants, mineral oils, artificial colorings or fragrances, has sold more than 10 millions jars so far.

Dr. CiLabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage, price at S$53.00 for a 110g, is one of the few amazing Dr CiLabo products I’ve tested. It is the love at first use! It is probably one of the best makeup cleansers I’ve use so far. Continue reading to find out more….

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment With 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

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A few weeks ago, I have gladly received 4 complimentary anti-aging products from Paula’s Choice Singapore and I’ve actually done a review on the first product – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. And now as promised, I’m here to review the second product Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, a powerful weekly anti-aging treatment product.

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

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Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Both Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment are a 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system. Formulated with 10% and 5% glycolic acid respectively that help to resurface your skin for significantly improved tone and texture. They are claimed to stimulate healthy collagen production, reduce wrinkles and signs of sun damage, even up skin tone and improve skin texture.

Usage Frequency :

Apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment daily after cleansing and toning (a non-AHA/BHA toner preferred).

Apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment only at night once to three times per week after cleansing and toning (a non-AHA/BHA toner preferred).

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NEW Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

Product Profile

  • Reveals dramatically younger skin
  • Increases firmness and repairs damage
  • Brightens dull, uneven skin tone
  • Unique delivery system for impressive results without irritation
  • Antioxidants and glycolic acid repair damage and stimulate collagen production
  • Liquid, toner-like consistency is easy to apply
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is quite similar to Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid but with a higher percentage of AHA (10%). Hence you will only need to use either one on each regimen. Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is considered as one of the few high potency AHA products in the market.

Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, suitable for all skin types except probably darker-skinned (black skin) tone, is formulated to help reveal radiant and youthful looking skin. It is claimed in less than two weeks your skin will experience improved texture, color, tone, and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin becomes firmer and is better able to further resist the signs of aging.

This excellent high-potency resurfacing treatment contains age-fighting antioxidants with 10% AHA (glycolic acid) that are proven to stimulate healthy collagen production, combat free radicals and reduce wrinkles.

It is also formulated with a couple of soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients that help provide impressive results without irritation at all.

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Review

WOW! I have been using this Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid for a month now and I have to admit that this high-potency AHA treatment is truly one of the most effective anti-aging products I have tested so far. And what makes this product so amazing is that its strong formulation (with high percentage of AHA) actually shows significant visible results without causing redness and irritation on my sensitive skin at all!

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

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In the recent years, so many anti-aging products have been introduced in the market and to find the best anti-aging products that actually work for you is like looking for a needle in a haystack! Many products have somewhat similar and promising claims – Formulated with latest and greatest ingredients that can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines in 14 days!

Unfortunately, some of these so-called breakthrough ingredients are mostly antioxidants that can only effectively help to delay or prevent aging but they may not be able to reverse aging or make the wrinkles and fine lines disappear.

So what makes an anti-aging product ticks? Well, continue reading to find out more……

A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely delighted to receive a set of new Paula’s Choice anti-aging products for testing and review. Many thanks to Paula’s Choice Singapore for extending this review invitation to me. ;-)

The parcel contains Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer (w/ SPF 25 & Antioxidants).

To be true, I’m actually a big fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products and have consistently been using their products for the past 2 years. Two of my favorite Paula’s Choice products are :

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate (an improved version of Super Antioxidant Concentrate)

Since the 4 products I’ve received are under Paula’s Choice Resist System – a collection of products that is especially designed for those who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, so I’m here to give you a brief introduction on the Paula’s Choice Resist Resurfacing & Smoothing System before I proceed with my full review on the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

Do continue reading to discover what’s interesting about this product. ;-)

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Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Product Profile

  • 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system is what your wrinkles fear most!
  • Resurfaces your skin with 5% and 10% glycolic acid for significantly improved tone and texture
  • See fewer wrinkles, signs of sun damage, and discolorations
  • Stimulates healthy collagen production so you have smoother, firmer skin
  • Dramatically improves skin texture and uneven skin tone while delivering proven anti-aging ingredients
  • Brings back a youthful, radiant appearance within days
  • Over time, your skin will look younger and maintain a healthy glow
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System, for all skin types, comprises of Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment which contains 10% glycolic acid (to be used once a week at night) and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment that contains 5% glycolic acid (to be used daily except the day when using Weekly Resurfacing Treatment).

Glycolic acid, also known as AHA, is a leave-on exfoliant that is proven to exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together.

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NEW Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment

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Product Profile

  • Reduces multiple signs of aging
  • Builds skin-firming collagen
  • Corrects uneven skint one
  • Silky lotion calms skin with anti-irritants and antioxidants
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), suitable for all skin type, is claimed as a must-have product for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It is claimed to help prevent and reduce the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven tone and wrinkles.

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Review – Angelface Oxygenating Skin Therapy

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Do you know when skin is lack of oxygen, skin will appear dull-looking and loss of radiance? Just like body, skin needs oxygen too. Other than genetic, sun exposure, pollutions, diet, stress and unhealthy lifestyle habits, low oxygen level in the skin is also one of the factors for skin aging.

Do read on to find out on why oxygen is important to our skin.

Recently, I have received an invitation for a complimentary Oxygenating Skin Therapy Treatment from AngelFace. At first I was a little hesitating if I should take up the offer reason because I was of late extremely busy with my day work and I have been practically working OT for the past couple of weeks. In addition, there are several beauty events that are all happening at the same time. I’m also afraid that I would not be able to review this treatment soonest as there are piles of backlog posts to be completed. But fortunately, I have made the right choice of accepting it and it turned out to be one of the most rejuvenating skin treatments I’ve ever experienced so far!

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About AngelFace

Established since 2000, Angelface runs an exclusive group of salons with a complete therapy of professional consultation for any requirement. Located conveniently in CBD areas such as Tanjong Pager and The Adelphi, it is perfect for busy working professionals who need to pop in for a treatment anytime.

Whether it is going with your girlfriends or sharing the pampering experience with your boyfriend, Angelface has both single and couple rooms to accommodate all.

With a wide range of programs where you can choose to suit your budget and time, from one hour skin renewal facial to a three hour rejuvenating face and body regime, Angelface is the women’s choice for lasting beauty.

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About Oxygenating Skin Therapy

Oxygenating Skin Therapy uses a revolutionary new technology to dedicate to an ultimate nourishment of the skin. An alternative to injection, it is a needle-free Mesotherapy treatment.

Pressure Injection Technology is a cutting edge biotechnology that delivers natural, safe and effective treatment to activate skin cells at the cellular level.

Oxygen is the medium and active ingredient of Oxygenating Skin Therapy which is responsible for the energy of all body and skin cells, cell regeneration, healthy skin appearance and stimulator of the cell immune system.

It rejuvenates and improves the blood circulation of the face, revealing a brilliant and healthier skin after the treatment session.

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Review on Oxygenating Skin Therapy

Due to recent late nights and stress, my skin has appeared dull-looking and loss of radiance. It was really bad and even with twice weekly exfoliation with hydrating mask do not really help at all. Coincidentally, this complimentary Oxygenating Skin Therapy came at the right time, I can now re-energize my tired skin right away!

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Review – NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum

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A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a complimentary NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum (S$98) and thanks to Jasmine from Clarins Singapore.

For decades, Clarins has been renowned for their reshaping and toning body products. Clarins has successfully built a remarkable reputation around the world with the efficacy from their body products. No advertisement is even required and the products will just sell themselves.

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Product Profile

In 1998, Clarins has launched its first Shaping Facial Lift. It is designed to address a major beauty concern of Asian women: to refine the face. It is developed with a unique treatment thanks to the comments of Asian women who share their major beauty concern “a more refined facial contour” with Clarins beauty therapists during treatments at Institut Clarins in Paris.

In 2010, Clarins developed the NEW Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum (S$98) that is exclusively designed for Asian women and tested by them. The NEW Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum has been enriched and reformulated with the most recent discoveries from Clarins Research. This advanced beauty essential for the face, protected by two international patents, to be used before any other product to ensure a perfectly refined facial silhouette.

So when Clarins recently launched their NEW Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum in Singapore in July 2010, I was in fact very curious to know if this product will be as promising as their body counterparts.

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion

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When I was younger, I love the sun. I will go sun bathing and water skiing almost every weekend. And the best thing is that, I do not believe in sun protection. I do not wear sunscreen (I hate the oiliness) until much later in my 30s. Sadly, these stupid habits have caused serious problems in my later life – photo aging.

So as early as in my late 20s, I began to notice pigmentations below the eye areas and on the cheek areas. The pigmentation is especially obvious on my right cheek area and these sun spots are size of 4 rice grains. In order to treat these aging spots, on top of my whitening products, I have tried various non-invasive treatments like IPL, Pigment Laser and Pixel. There is no visible result from IPL and Pixel at all. Although Pigment Laser is able to help remove the sun spots (on my right cheek) initially but after months later the spots reappeared again and bigger than what they were before. I almost give up on finding ways to remove them until I came across Paula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion.

Before I have used this product, I never believe in skin lightening / whitening skincare products and their efficacies. Well after trying numerous whitening products, most of them can only help to create a fairer skin but not able to lighten the pigmentation. So far only Paula’s Choice Resist Remarkable Skin Lightening Lotion can do that little magic!

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Review – Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate, My Anti-Aging Preventer

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Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate is another ‘must-have’ product for my daily skin care regimen. In fact, I’m having my third serum tube now.

What is antioxidant?

As you should know the importance on combating free radicals with antioxidants by now. If you don’t, I shall give you a brief description on this potent ingredient. Studies have shown that antioxidants have the ability to reduce or prevent some amount of the oxidative damage that destroys and depletes the skin’s function and structure, while also preventing some amount of the degeneration of skin and its support structure caused by sunlight.

In fact, if you realize there are many cosmetic companies emphasis a lot on antioxidants when marketing their anti-aging skin care products. Usually, they will try to incorporate the antioxidants as the key ingredients and claim them as the ‘innovative breakthrough’ ingredients to reverse signs of aging. But the true fact is the key ingredients present in minuscule quantities which most of the time do nothing good to the skin at all. So not to be surprised, even you finish that whole miracle jar, you will probably may not be able to see any results at all.

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Review – I Use Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C To Brighten Up My Skin

 

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C is the first Sisley product I have tested and also one of my favourite product that I’m still consistently using.

Although, there are many highly concentrated form of vitamin C serums available in the market but to source for a good one is not that easy after all when topical preparations of vitamin C is greatly important. 

The truly good vitamin C serum must comprise of :

  • The correct percentage and type of vitamin C used and the pH of the product.
  • Highly concentrated, pure and stable vitamin C product that people can easily use at home. 

Vitamin C and its stability

Vitamin C is actually quite delicate and it is water soluble, but when mixed with water and exposed to oxygen it isn’t able to maintain its antioxidant activity. In addition, vitamin C rapidly disintegrates when exposed to light. 

Although, there are many cosmetic companies have painstaking researched and developed a highly concentrated form of vitamin C in a water-free lotion or cream. But Sisley has successfully created a ‘mix and use’ products that involve mixing vitamin C into a base and applying it immediately while the vitamn C is still active and Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C is the one. I think this way of topical preparations of vitamin C is quite effective, especially for higher concentrations of vitamin C. The irritation potential of such high concentrations of vitamin C is eliminated by including skin soothers and an emollient in the formula.

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C

Like all other products from the Sisley line, Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence is the result of Sisley’s world-renowned scientific and technological expertise. Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence contains maximum concentration of ingredients, well known for their clearing effects. The formula is based on Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), works to lighten the complexion for a visibly improved radiant complexion. Extracts of white mulberry and scutellaria, both known for their extremely effective clearing properties, are combined with extracts of Licorice which help soothe and soften skin. Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence works very evenly and uniformly on the skin to clarify without dehydrating the skin.

Product claims

Bring luminosity and a unique glow to dull skin. After approximately 28 days, the skin begins to lighten significantly. Each vial contains applications for 7 days.

Method of use

Remove the protective film and twist the upper part (the cap) to break the seal. Press firmly on the cap to pierce the reservoir and release the vitamin C. Shake well for 20 seconds to mix the powder and gel, then tap on the cap to empty out the mixture. Remove the cap. Replace with the dropper. Once the vial is opened, start using it the same day and use for a maximum of 7 consecutive days. Keep in a cool place, away from light.

One application every night. Each vial contains the exact amount needed for 7 applications – one week’s supply. Each box of 8 vials represents 2 months of treatment.

It is designed to keep the vitamin C pure and stable. 

Ingredients

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C contains 5% of ascorbic acid which is a good form of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties.

Morus alba root extract, as known as mulberry extract, some studies have shown that it can help to prevent melanin production. Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, a herbal extract, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for skin. 

Review

Firstly, I will have to give a thumb up on the packaging for Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C. Well done Sisley! It has effectively helped to maintain the high concentrated vitamin C in a stable and pure form. It is so stable even my sensitive skin doesn’t get irritated at all.

Another plus plus point is that Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C contains enough anti-inflammatory agents which can reduce and control inflammation, since inflammation creates free radicals.

As each box of 8 vials represents 2 months of treatment, I will make it a point to use 3 boxes per year. 

The result is brilliant. Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C has effectively brightened up my skin and skin becomes more radiant then before. It has also softened the fine lines and wrinkles significantly. It has also helped to boost up the collagen production and leaves a smooth, clear and luminous complexion.

Although it is expensive, but I believe it’s definitely worth it. Nevertheless, I vote Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C as my favourite product of all time, a fantastic product indeed!

Rating

  Love it so much!

Will I buy it again? Definitely YES YES YES!!!

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