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NEW Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask & Medieu Sensitive Sun Cream

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A few weeks ago, I was pleased to receive a parcel with newly launched Leaders Clinic products from Serenity Allure. There are 4 packs of Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Masks, a Leaders Clinic Medieu Sensitive Sun Cream and a large passport case.

Are you familiar with this Korean brand Leaders Clinic? It is a leading clinical skincare brand that is developed by the top clinical experts in Korea. Their mask is one of the hottest selling clinical masks in Korea and it sells over 500,000 pieces in Korea each month. Their skincare line is also well-received by many Korean celebrities too.

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Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask – S$75 / a box (10 pieces)

Available at Sephora ION & Sephora MBS

Upon opening the parcel, what first caught my attention is the product name of the Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask. Wow! Snail, collagen, filler, 2-step mask? The product name sounds tempting!

In the recent years, beauty products that are formulated with snail properties have been increasingly popular in Korea. It is claimed to have anti-aging benefits. To me, collagen and filler have the same benefits as they are usually made up of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to help plump up fine lines and wrinkles. This is solely based on my own assumption anyway as there isn’t any ingredient list printed in English at the back of the packaging to identify on what are the ingredients that actually contain in it.

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More Korean Beauty Products At Watsons Singapore

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Calling out all fans of Korean beauty products, here’s something for you. Korean Wave fever has came alive at Watsons Singapore again.

To keep up with beauty trends and consumers’ needs, Watsons has brought in more Korean Beauty Brands in the recent months. Giving you a quick overview on some of the beauty products from Korea that are available at Watsons Singapore.

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Baviphat Miracle Snail Cure Hydro Gel Mask

Snails skincare products, the latest beauty craze, have been very popular in Korea in the recent years. Products made of snail slime, anti-aging properties, are claimed to moisturize, repair, renew and rejuvenate the skin. Baviphat Miracle Snail Cure Hydro Gel Mask, contains the snail slime leached substances in 45%, helps recovers the stability of the unbalanced troubled skin due to stress. This moisturizing hydro gel mask that is in gel texture, gets thinner while using and enables the potent ingredients to penetrate into the skin effectively.

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Luke Charcoal Nose Cleansing Strips

Luke Charcoal Nose Cleansing Strips, comes in a pack of 10, contains natural charcoal that helps remove dirt, sebum, pore clogging debris and lift away blackheads on the nose. This nose cleansing patch, also contains extract of Aloe, Green Tea and Licorice that help soothe and moisturize skin. It has to be used on a wet skin and refrain from using on acne blemishes or swollen, sunburned or excessively dry skin.

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NEW Hada Labo Cleansing Oil with High Purity Olive Oil

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Hada Labo, one of the popular skincare brands in Japan, has recently launched their latest makeup remover product in Singapore and it is the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil with High Purity Olive Oil.

This new cleansing oil is formulated with 2 key ingredients – high purity Olive Oil and Super Hyaluronic Acid. The ultra pure Olive Oil gently remove dirt, oil and heavy makeup effortlessly and it is a 1-step makeup remover that can also remove tough, waterproof mascara and eye liner. Super Hyaluronic Acid gives 2X more moisture than normal hyaluronic acid, where 1g can retain litres of water, giving you refreshing smoothness after cleansing.

Committing to Hada Labo’s ‘PERFECT X SIMPLE’ philosophy, it does not contain mineral oil which is harmful to the skin and clogs pores, unlike other Cleansing Oils in the market. It is FREE of fragrance, color, mineral oil and alcohol.

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Japan Trip Diary (Part 5) – Beauty Stores & Skincare Products In Japan

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It has been 5 months since my recent trip to Japan in April 2011. I have earlier shared about food, shopping, scenery, hot spring ……………. and now I’m here to share something I love most – Cosmetics in Japan!

I decided to split into 2 posts as there are too many products to feature. In this post, I will be focusing on skincare products.

Shopping for cosmetics in Japan is a JOY! The selections are humongous! Look at the plentiful products, how could you not spoil for choices rite! Well, what I’m showing here are only part of the whole shop. Some beauty stores (shown above) are huge and the size of the whole shop is almost double the size of Watsons stores at Ngee Ann City.

There are so many of such beauty stores everywhere. The interesting thing is that I always manage to find something new and interesting at every shops. I love browsing through the enormous selection of makeup and skincare products. I can spend at least 2 hours in each shop. Thankfully my hubby was quite patient with me, if not I could have spent a day in just one shop alone.

In the recent years, many cosmetics shops such as this at Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade have been hiring shop assistants from China to help serve a large numbers of mandarin-speaking customers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Before the shop assistant from China attended to me, I actually have a hard time communicating with one of the Japanese shop assistant. He then brought out a detailed Handy Guide Book by Shiseido (see Shiseido’s logo in white circle) to see if I could find my answer from this guide book. I was just amazed that how much beauty information is covered in this book.

Aqualabel, which launched its first 3 skincare series Whitening, Hydrating and Acne in Singapore in 2010, carry other range of skincare products which are not available in Singapore yet, such as the pictures above.

I believe the “Royal Rich” (in light yellow packaging) products are under the anti-aging series. These different series are actually found at different stores. Although Aqualabel skincare products can be found at most beauty stores but different stores actually carry different ranges to Aqualabel.

Hada Labo also comes in other ranges which are not available in Singapore too. I have actually bought a Skin Conditioner Lotion out of curiosity although I have no idea what is it for hee hee………. I will try to figure it out before I use it. I hope to start using it before end of this year hee hee……….

Found this Hada Labo Collagen Drink from another store.

I have actually bought this new Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion during this Japan trip, thinking it was not available in Singapore yet. But coincidentally it was actually launched in Singapore a few days after I’ve arrived back. Hmmm…… Anyway, I’ve been using this product for a while, click here to read my review on this new anti-aging product.

SK-II, one of the most popular and prestige cosmetic brands, is easily available everywhere in Japan. Be it at the small beauty stores or the upscale department stores. Surprisingly, although the beauty stores offer massive discounts on SKII products but after converting the discounted price to Sing dollars, it doesn’t seem to be any cheaper to buy in Japan anyway. I feel that the best deal for SK-II products is at Perfumes & Cosmetics outlets @ Changi Airport Transit Areas.

Shiseido Haku Melanofocus, an award winning whitening essence, is formulated with 4MSK and m-Tranexemic acid that is patented by Shiseido.

On its first one and a half years, it has achieved a record with more than 2 million products sold. Lao Niu (牛尔老师) from Nu Ren Wo Zui Da (女人我最大) has ever recommended this whitening product on the popular Taiwanese variety show å¥³äººæˆ‘最大 before.

Since this product is only sold in Japan, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity and bought a bundle set that comes with a whitening mask at 30% discount @ 7350yen (UP 10500yen) which is equivalent to S$116. Quite expensive though. I’m currently using it, do stay tuned for my review.

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Review – NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash

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To me proper cleansing is one of the most important basic regimen for my healthy-looking skin. My cleansing process comprises of two steps. Step 1 : using a makeup cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and pollution; and step 2 using a facial wash to cleanse away the residue on my face.

Facial wash is usually available in different texture such as gel, cream, foam or scrub; and I preferably like the gel (no soap) and the foamy texture.

As Japanese women believe that pulling and putting pressure on the skin while washing will lead to loss of firmness on the skin, hence the foam-based texture facial wash is especially popular among the Japanese women.

Recently, I have received a complimentary NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash to test and review. Kao Bior©, a popular drugstore brand from Japan, offers a selection of products that include facial wash, makeup remover, sunblock, pore pack and body powder.

The collagen enriched (moisturising benefit) and ultra fine fluffy foam (effective cleansing) are the 2 key selling points of this recently launched NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash.

This ultra fine, soft and dense foamy texture acts as a cushion to your skin that is gentle and prevent cleansing pressure on the skin. So I believe that is why this facial wash is called “Marshmallow Whip” because of the texture similarity – bouncy, soft and cushion feel.

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NEW Beauty Clinic Masks & Blackhead Nose Pack

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A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a package from Serenity Allure and it contains 5 pieces of Vita Whitebeam Essential Masks, 5 pieces of N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Masks and a box of Pore Stamping Serum (Blackhead Nose Pack).

The Pore Stamping Serum (nose pack) is retailing at S$17.95 and the Clinie Masks are retailing at $4.95 per piece. All products are now available at selected Guardian outlets. Sephora outlets will be selling the masks (only) from this month August too.

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About Beauty Clinic

Clinie, also known as Beauty Clinic, is a leading clinical skincare brand that is developed by the top clinical experts in Korea. Their Clinie mask is one of the hottest selling clinical masks in Korea and it sells over 500,000 pieces in Korea each month. Clinie mask is now available in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Their skincare line is also well-received by many Korean celebrities too.

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Clinie Mask

Beauty Clinic mask comes in 2 ranges – Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask and N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask. Both are made of an ultra thin silk cellulose material that enables an efficient absorption of the essential ingredients.

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Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask – Whitening mask (S$4.95 per piece)

Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask contains potent ingredients such as Vitamin C derivative, tocopherol and y-cryzanol that help brighten dull skin & control the production of melanin. It is claimed to effectively lighten dark spots and pigmentation due to frequent sun exposure and even up skin tone.

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N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask – Hydrating mask (S$4.95 per piece)

N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask contains moisturizing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide that are claimed to help moisture the skin and reduce enlarged pores. Each N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask is claimed to contain equivalent of one ampoule content.

Although this ultra-thin mask looks extremely wet when it’s removed but it doesn’t drip or leak.

Both Clinie masks are made of silk cellulose material that fits perfectly on my skin. The sheer thinness of the mask allows the skin to breathe easily and aids in efficient absorption of the highly concentrated essence.

I actually love the sheer thinness of the mask and it feels super comfortable on my skin. I’ve almost forgotten I have my mask on at times.

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Japan K-Palette Bloggers Workshop

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It’s been a fairly long time since I’ve attended an extended event by The Sample Store. A few weeks back, I’ve finally attended one again and it was for the Japan K-Palette Bloggers Workshop.

K-Palette, a well-known eyeliner & eyebrow liner specialty from Japan, has been around in Singapore for a few years. Their products are mainly sold at selected Watsons and SaSa stores. For overseas orders, check out www.beautycarousel.com

The workshop was held over on a Sunday afternoon while many of us including myself were mostly in casual attire. Appetizing lunch was served during the workshop.

Upon arrival, each blogger was presented with a personalized lovely stick of heart-shaped marshmallows with our name printed on them……

….and a goodie bag that is full with K-Palette products.

Wow! K-Palette is very generous, that’s a lot of products.

Exclusively for this workshop, K-Palette has specially invited 2 of their lovely makeup artists and a interpreter from Japan for a live makeup demonstration.

Everyone started to gather in front of the makeup artist and a model when the demonstration began.

Makeup artist Sawako Shiratori performing a makeup application on the model using K-Palette products.

I actually like her natural eyebrows created using the new Lasting 2Way Eyebrow. I have gotten to learn some makeup techniques from the makeup artist too.

Below are the K-Palette products I’ve received during the workshop :

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Oil Control Zero Teka Matt Powder

Oil Control Zero Teka Matt Powder is claimed to help cover pores, uneven skin tone naturally and absorb excessive sebum to control shine.

It comes with sun protection of SPF15+++.

This lightweight soft powder, formulated to diffuse reflection of light, wards off shiny and oily skin for a matt flawless complexion. It contains innovative anti-odor compound to keep your face smelling good.

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24H Real Lasting Eyeliner

24H Real Lasting Eyeliner, the star product of K-Palette, has been consistently voted as 1 of the top 3 selling eyeliners in Japan with 10 million pieces sold since its launch few years ago.

It has won numerous local awards such as the CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2011 and Singapore Women’s Weekly Best Beauty Buys 2011.

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Review – For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask

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A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a parcel from Taiwan and it was from For Beloved One, Taiwan’s Leading Skincare Brand for Bio-Cellulose Mask.

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Inside the lovely red box was a box of For Beloved One Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask (3 pieces of masks) and a press kit.

I have briefly came across this brand during my last trip to Taiwan last year. And if you are fan of Taiwan’s skincare products, you probably would have heard of this top-selling beauty brand For Beloved One. If you have not, continue reading to find out more about For Beloved One and Bio-Cellulose Mask.

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About “For Beloved One”

Margaret Wu, the founder of For Beloved One, has been a cosmetics editor for 20 years which she has started in the age of 18. Her concise comments and professionalism earned her reputation of ‘The Pioneer of Beauty’.

She specializes in new cutting-edge trends in cosmetics. In those years, she has tried by herself almost all skincare products from all brands; however, she has found that none of them could truly satisfied women’s need.

In end 2003, she has launched the world’s first ‘Bio-Cellulose Mask’ into the market along with the establishment of her new brand For Beloved One. Many celebrities from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and China such as Barbie Hsu, Annie Yi and Niu Er are fans of this newly introduced cosmeceutical product.

There are 6 skincare series under For Beloved One : Melasleep Whitening, Extreme Hydration, Active Anti-Wrinkles, DelightFresh, Eatwellism and Skin Specialists.

In 2010, For Beloved One introduced Rose Silk Collagen Essential Revitalizing Cream specially created for dry and cold weather in China.

Melasleep Whitening collection consists of the hero product Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask, Melasleep Whitening Vitamin C Essence, Melasleep Whitening Blemish Balm Cream, Melasleep Whitening Exfoliating Gel and Melasleep Whitening White Peony Night Jelly.

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Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask – S$63 / 3 pieces

Margaret Wu is proud to pioneer the ever first ‘Bio-Cellulose Mask’ that is made of a biomedical material, which is usually used as an artificial skin and cardiovascular repair material. Her first introduction to this skin-friendly material was during a visit with a biomedical lab. After further research into the production process of bio-cellulose and testing it on herself, she finally found the miracle answer to her unsatisfactory for cosmetic products for years and proudly launched the world’s first ‘Bio-Cellulose Mask’.

Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask, the hero product under Melasleep Whitening range, has achieved great popularity selling over million units since its launch. This world’s first revolutionary mask is made from the microbial fermentation microorganisms, and is evaluated by the US FDA and earned the recognition of high safety. It is made of the most subtle fiber in the nature with only 20 nanometers in diameter (merely 1/133 of an average non-woven fiber). It holds a great skin-friendly texture with iontophoresis effect and gives serum product a better infiltration efficiency.

This bio-cellulose mask is created with 3 world-renowned pharmaceutical patents and is claimed that one bio-cellulose mask equals the effect of one ‘iontophoresis’ treatment. Which means the serum can penetrate into the skin effectively.

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Ingredients

Melasleep Whitening Bio-Cellulose Mask contains two skin-whitening patent formula from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies – Lumiskin and Melaclear2 . Lumiskin is a key ingredient that is claimed to affect the formation of melanin, and interferes melanin formation by keeping tyrosinase in a non-active state. Melaclear2 contains protease which is claimed to accelerate the process of wearing off spots and removing dead skin cells, rapidly takes the skin to a bright and flawless state.

Matrixyl amino acid anti-wrinkling patent formula are added to the formula to stimulate the skin, activate the fibroblasts in the dermis, release collagen secretion, and improve aging problem caused by sun exposure.

The mask also contains antioxidants such as West Indian cherry extract, Aglycone soy isoflavone and Vitamin E to help combat free radicals.

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Review

Unlike other masks that are soaked with transparent fluid gel serum, this unique mask is actually soaked with an opaque white thick hydrating and whitening serum instead.

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Beauty Scene Investigation – Unveil The Massbrands Products Winners

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Two weeks ago, I’ve attended an interesting and creative event named “Beauty Scene Investigation” by a well-known global company from Japan that owns several prestige and massbrands cosmetics brands in Singapore. The mission of the day was to identify who are the ultimate “beauty products” suvivors for a murder case.

Wanna make a guess on the name of the major cosmetics company I’m referring to? Well, the answer is SHISEIDO.

Do continue reading to search for clues at the crime scene, to uncover the identities of the true-blue survivors and most importantly to find out on why or how these survivors managed to escape from being KILLED!! Hahahahaha…………are you ready gals, lets go!

Before proceeding to the crime scene, we were briefly brief on the murder case with the help from this investigation board.

So here we were at the murder scene with police tapes all over the place.

Everyone was looking for clues at the murder scene.

There are 6 types of crime scenes and each crime scene is targeted to different range of products. A doll was killed at crime scene 1 @ “Hair Care Street”. Crime scene 2 is the “Facial Cleanser Ave” and the crime scene 3 is the “Base Boulevard” where you can find a chopped off finger on a compact foundation.

The other 3 crime scenes are the “Eyeliner Close” @ crime scene 4, “Mascara Lane” @ crime scene 5 and the “Eyeshadow Road” @ crime scene 6.

In the end, these unfortunate victims (beauty products) couldn’t survive and have eventually been killed due to bad quality, poor ingredients and out-dated formulation. So who has actually escaped from the evil clutches of the serial killer and win the competition?

Well let me unveil the mystery and disclose the identities of the 9 ultimate survivors! These survivors are proud to be the winners at the Watsons HWB (Health Wellness & Beauty) Awards ’11. They have been awarded for their quality and innovation, and are a reflection of the popular taste and consumers’ changing preferences and lifestyle.

Below are the 9 ultimate survivors!

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Review – New Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion

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I was first introduced to Hada Labo ranges of products (hydrating, whitening and exfoliating) during their first launch event in Singapore that held in May last year.

The superstar of the event was nevertheless the bestselling Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Moisturising Lotion. It has created a storm in Singapore and it is claimed to be the #1 lotion in Japan that sells 1 bottle in every 4 second.

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One Drop Restores Youthful Bounciness

This year, Hada Labo has launched the newest Retinol Lifting & Firming range in addition to their 3 existing ranges of products. This newest retinol anti-aging range, launched in April 2011 in Singapore, is now exclusively available at Watsons stores nationwide.

The range consists of a lotion, a cream, an essence, a milk and a mask.

Retinol Lifting + Firming Lotion – S$25.90 / 170ml

Retinol Lifting + Firming Cream – S$28.90 / 50g

Retinol Lifting + Firming Essence – S$34.90 / 30g

Retinol Lifting + Firming Milk – S$25.90 / 140ml

Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask – S$23.90 / 4 sheets

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