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Mojitate Kiajitsu & Deep Moist lipbalms – #1 Top Selling Lipbalms in Japan

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I have recently received a set of wonderful lipbalms and they are the #1 Top Selling Lipbalms in Japan.

Mojitate Kajitsu Lipbalm

Deep Moist Lipbalm

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Mojitate Kajitsu lipbalm

Mojitate Kajitsu lipbalm comes in 3 flavors – Strawberry, Orange & Mango and Lemon & Lime. It was so fascinating that I actually fall in love with its fruity flavor immediately after my first encounter with it. In love with the fruity scents, so real and natural! It smells so fruity sweet that it naturally reminds me of candies each time I apply it on my lip. Mojitate Kajitsu lipbalm provides amazing moisturizing result and my lip feels so smooth and soft. One great thing I like about this product is that I do not need to reapply as much as I do with other lipbalms. Mojitate Kajitsu lipbalm, with UV protection, contains beneficial antioxidant and hydrating ingredients such as squalane, grape, seed oil, vitamin A and E. The packaging, sweet and lively, will definitely woo many young gals out there. Which is my favorite? Well, all of them!!! :-)

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Deep Moist Lipbalm

Deep Moist Menthol and Deep Moist Natural lipbalms are definitely a good alternative for those who doesn’t like fruity flavors. Deep Moist Menthol comes with menthol that provides cooling feeling after application. And if menthol is not your cup of tea either, then Deep Moist Natural will definitely be an ideal choice for you. Deep Moist Lipbalm provides excellent hydrating benefits with hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, avocado oil, shea butter and vitamin E. After application, my lip feels soft and moisture and I really love the texture very much. :-)

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Mojitate Kiajitsu & Deep Moist lipbalms Contest

Wanna to win fabulous prizes? Try the Mojitate Kiajitsu & Deep Moist lipbalms today too & share your experience story to stand to win attractive prizes! Available at any Watsons outlets near you!

What you need to do is to purchase the lipbalm, try it and post your experience onto thesamplestore.sg facebook wall. 3 winners will be selected.


Contest period: 16 August 2010 – 17 October 2010

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Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion Sampling Period Extends Till 31st July!

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One Drop Locks Up An Ocean

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion, which sells 1 bottle in every 4 seconds in Japan , has just landed in Singapore in June 2010. This #1 Japan Face Lotion is not only popular in Singapore but it also very popular in countries like Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Malaysia.

Now till 31st July 2010, grab yourself FREE Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Lotion samples and experience Hada Labo’s philosophy of ‘no more no less’ in developing its products – such as no alcohol, no colorant, no fragrance and no mineral oil.

The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion retails at S$22.90 exclusively at Watsons.

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Get Your FREE Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion Sample Now!

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One Drop Locks Up An Ocean

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion, the #1 Japan Face Lotion, has just launched in Singapore in June 2010. It sells 1 bottle in every 4 seconds in Japan and is very popular in countries like Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Malaysia.

This top-selling cult-product helps to replenishes and locks in moisture for complete hydration. It contains an advanced skin hydrating ingredient, retains twice the moisture of Hyaluronic Acid, which is a common ingredient in other skincare products (1 gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 6 litres of water).

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Now you are able to redeem FREE Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Lotion samples and experience Hada Labo’s philosophy of ‘no more no less’ in developing its products – such as no alcohol, no colorant, no fragrance and no mineral oil.

The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion retails at S$22.90 exclusively at Watsons.

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Hada Labo Launch Preview – Japan’s Bestselling Hydration Series

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Last week, I have attended the Hada Labo Launch Preview Media Intimate Session (organised by Vibes Communications) to introduce the Japan’s Bestselling Hydration Series at Takumi Tokyo @Marina at Keppel Bay.

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I feel especially fortunate to be invited to this private event which for the first time to be able to attend a preview together with the people from the media industry.

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Japanese #1 Bestselling Face Lotion Is Coming To Singapore!

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On Tuesday, I was one of the lucky bloggers and media representatives to be invited to a preview launch on a new Japanese brand which will be launching in Singapore in June. It is well-known for its hydrating, whitening and exfoliating series. Its moisturizing lotion is the Japanese #1 bestselling Face Lotion that sells 1 bottle in every 4 seconds! It is indeed a wonderful product. Stay tuned for full report! :-)

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Reader’s Review On Dr Jart’s All Out Black Head – My Battles With Blackheads

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This review ‘My Battles With Blackheads’ is written by one of my reader Sparkle. Hi Sparkle, really thanks for your generous contribution!

Hi gals, if you like to review a product and post it here @womenlovebeauty, please feel free to drop me a mail at shirleen@womenlovebeauty.com

Hope to hear from you soon!

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My Battles With Blackheads

I’ve been plagued by blackheads on my nose and chin areas god knows for don’t know how long. I’ve tried all sorts of products & methods. From nose strips, thefaceshop clay mask for blackheads, some sasa Japanese products, the made-famous-by-a-flamboyant-blogger, b’liv gel to having undergone a mild non-ablative medlite laser, just to blast these irritants off on my nose & chin areas. Not to mention, the torturous facial extraction sessions I have to bear every month; and it does not help when my gentle & girlish beautician seems to transform to a xena whenever she starts to squeeze my black & white heads. Ouch!

Sadly, all of the above products and methods do not keep the blackheads at bay beyond 2 weeks! The most effective I had experienced was the medlite laser. I could see that my blackheads were reduced significantly but all of them came back with a vengeance after a month & with that, $500 flew out from my wallet! sad.gif

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My Search For The BEST & WORST Beauty Products In 2009

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Well, as a skincare fanatic, scouting for GOOD, BAD or NEW beauty products can be a fun thing. Very often, I will get to discover some interesting skincare/cosmetic products while helping my readers to search for appropriate products simultaneously.

Here’s the overview of my search for the BEST and WORST beauty products in 2009. Any GOOD or BAD products which I have found before 2009 will not be featured here.

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Review – My Beauty Diary Face Mask (我的美麗日記)

My Beauty Diary Face Mask also known as 我的美麗日記 (Wo De Mei Li Ri Ji), is Taiwan’s hottest selling facial mask and its popularity has remarkablely increased within Asian markets, such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. This brand was introduced by one of my colleague and there are 11 different masks in this box. Each with its own benefits to suit consumer’s need.

My Beauty Diary Face Mask is designed to suit different users according to varies skin conditions. Allows women from all age range, to keep their own facial diary and see the result of a healthier glow skin every day.

These mask essences contain natural ingredients specially formulated for different uses such as Anti Aging, Anti Oxidant, Brightening, Calming, Clarifying, Cooling, Firming, Moisturising, Nourishing, Tighten Pores, Regenerating, Soothing and Oil Control.

In addition, with Nanospheres Technology, it is said to help for easy absorption of the essence and the effects will be seen with 1 use.

I bought this box at S$18 (from my colleague who happened to travel to Taiwan) which I think is pretty expensive if you compare to some local sites that are selling this product too. Selling each mask at S$1.30 or RM$3.00.

The 11 Benefits

1. Aloe Vera Mask

All skin types, especially dry, damaged skin

Product Profile
Removes dead skin cells and lighten pigmentation spots. Hydrating and repairing. Retains & replenish moisture and soothe sensitive skin.

Side notes
Good for moisturizing. Very little benefit for lightening result. Aloe Vera Mask contains good ingredients like hyaluronic acid, milk protein, squalane, aloe extract, collagen, L-ascorbic acid and vitamin E acetate. But it contains tiny amount of skin irritant ingredients like lemon and kiwi.

2. Apple Mask

All skin types, especially for skin with enlarged pores

Product profile
Reduces size of enlarged pores, regulates sebum secretion and helps to firm and moisturise the skin. Skin becomes clearer with more even complexion.

Side notes
Ideal for moisturizing. Little benefit for pores tightening and skin clarity. No benefit for firming. Apple Mask contains good ingredients like hyaluronic acid, bladder wrack and aloe extract. But it contains tiny amount of skin irritant ingredients like albumin, fragrance, lemon and arnica extract.
3. Black Pearl Mask

All skin types, especially for dull-looking skin and lack of firmness.

Product Profile
Firming, regenerating, moisturising, whitening and brightening the overall complexion.

Side notes
Good for moisturizing. Little or no benefit for firming, regenerating, whitening and brightening. Black Pearl Mask contains tiny amount of royal pearl extract which has no effect on the result at all. It contains good ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe, pineapple and vegetable collagen. But it contains perfume and lime tree which may irritate skin.

4. Bulgarian White Rose Mask

All skin types, especially for dull-looking skin.

Product profile
Brightens and whitens the overall complexion. Skin becomes well hydrated and soothed.

Side notes
Suitable for moisturizing. No visible result on skin brightening. Bulgarian White Rose Mask contains good ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, aloe and pineapple. But it contains skin irritant ingredients like arnica, kiwi and perfume.
5. Cooling Mask

All skin types, especially for skin overly exposed to the sun and tired-looking skin. Not ideal for very sensitive skin.

Product profile
Cooling and refreshing sensation, moisturizing the skin at the same time. Skin feels soothed, softened and hydrated. Refresh tired skin and improves skin metabolism.

Side notes
This Cooling Mask helps to refresh the skin effectively. Skin feels fresh and hydrate. My favourite mask of all. It contains good ingredients like hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, aloe and pineapple. Although it contains handful of skin irritant ingredients like arnica, peppermint extract, rosemary extract, menthol, ethanol and perfume, but my sensitive skin doesn’t get irritated at all.
6. Lavender Mask

All skin types, especially sensitive skin

Product profile
Helps to calm the nerves and relieves stress, prevents skin sensitivity. Skin becomes soothed and hydrated.

Side notes
Although lavender aroma is known to help calms and relax the tension of mind and body but I do not agree to use lavender to calm the skin at all. Theoretically, lavender is a fragrance ingredient with no proven benefit for skin. It can be a skin irritant which may not be suitable for very sensitive skin. Other skin irritant ingredients include peppermint and arnica.
7. Natto Mask

All skin types, especially dehydrated, dull & lack of elasticity skin

Product profile
Anti aging and firming effect with supplementary moisturizing element. Skin elasticity improved and very well hydrated.

Side notes
Good for moisturizing. Very little benefit on firming and skin elasticity. Natto gum, its key ingredient, is a fermentation of soy protein which may be a potent antioxidant. It contains lemon, arnica extract, grapefruit and fragrance which may irritate skin.

8. Q10 Mask

All skin types, especially loss of elasticity skin

Product profile
Moisturising, anti-aging and anti-oxidant, restores skin structure. Skin elasticity improved and complexion looks younger, firmer, hydrate and softer.

Side notes
Ideal for moisturizing. Little or no benefit for anti-aging, anti-oxidant or firming. Although Q10 Mask contains collagen, but scientifically collagen is only a good water-binding agent with no benefit on building collagen in skin. In addition, although coenzyme Q10, its key ingredient, has been well received as an anti-aging topical solutions, but many scientists have found no evidence to be useful as a topical agent.
9. Red Wine Mask

All skin types, especially for dull looking skin and lack of firmness

Product profile
Firms and brightens skin complexion with the addition of anti-oxidant content. Improves blood circulation and skin becomes glowing and radiant.

Side notes
Minimal benefit on skin radiant and brightening. No visible result on firming. Red Wine Mask contains antioxidants like vitis vinifera (grape seed), green tea, chamomile and vitamin E acetate which help for reduction the effects of oxidation on skin. Other good ingredients include hyaluronic acid, mucopolysaccharides and yeast complex.

10. Sake Yeast Mask

Ideal for dull-looking skin, may not suitable for sensitive skin

Product profile
Whitening, moisturising and improving elasticity of skin.

Side notes
Ideal for hydrating. Little benefit on whitening and no benefit on skin elasticity. Sake Yeast Mask contains some skin irritant ingredients like fragrance and lemon extract which may not be suitable for sensitive skin.

11. Pearl Powder Mask

All skin types, especially dull & damaged skin

Product profile
Hydrating, nourishing and brightening effects.

Side notes
Ideal for moisturizing. Superficial result on brightening. Traditionally, although pearl powder is known to help maintain a beautiful skin when taken orally. But there is no scientific prove that it will improve the skin condition for topical use.

Common ingredients

All these masks contain purified water which is filtered water used in cosmetics. Other common ingredients found in these masks are parabens (preservatives), sodium hydroxide, xanthan gum, citric acid, carbomer, triethanolamine and 1,3-butylene glycol.

Usage

1. Cleanse face thoroughly before applying mask.
2. Excess essence from the packaging may be applied on the neck by massage.
3. After 20 minutes, remove mask and gently massage face to assist absorption.
4. Rinsing is not required.
5. You may apply toner, moisturizer etc. after application
6. Use daily for maximum effect.

Review

In my opinion, other than having different scents, these masks create similar results overall. All provide good moisturizing results after application. But sadly these results are temporary.

The only one which I can feel the different is the Cooling Mask. It gives me this nice cooling effect.

I like the essence in the mask which is concentrated and easily absorbed onto the skin.

My skin feels hydrated and smooth and fine lines are significantly soften. Overall, no visible result on brightening and firming.

Rating

Will I buy it again? Yes I will.

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Review – BB Cream – Gowoonsesaang Brightening Balm SPF 30PA++

Lately, many Asian women have gone ga-ga on BB cream, also known as ‘blemish balm’ originated from Korea. Before, I have heard too much of BB cream and decided to try one instead. I bought Gowoonsesaang Brightening Balm SPF 30PA++ in a rush thinking it may help to cover the redness on the skin from laser resurfacing treatment, which I supposed to go on the following day but eventually I didn’t make it. Many reports have claimed that BB cream can do wonders by covering up acne, scars, blemishes, redness and dark eye circles. It acts like a foundation, concealer and moisturizer with sunscreen.

Gowoonsesang is No.1 cosmeceutical brand in Korea which established by 6 medical doctors (MD/Ph.D.), 43 dermatologists, 114 nurses and 110 medical estheticians with abundant clinic at experiences of treating over 300,000 patients since 1998.

Gowoonsesaang Brightening Balm SPF 30PA++, like most BB creams, only available in 1 shade and is suitable for most asian skin tones. At first, I was so afraid it will not match my natural fair skin but in fact I was wrong, it covers pretty well and I’m now quite pleased with the result. I remembered on my first application, it somehow seems darker than my skin tone and was a little disappointed at first. It partly due to my sub-conscious (no other shades to choose from) that is playing the trick. HAHA!!

Half face naked, half face with BB cream

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I like the texture very much and it’s easily absorbed onto the skin. It gives a matt finish and a clearer, radiance look.

One thing I’m not comfortable about BB cream is that, it gives my skin a ‘heavy makeup’ look. (Ya, you probably will ask what am I talking about, it is a makeup product) HAHA!! Well, reason because I used to wear sheer foundation as I do not like heavy ‘makeup’. And now, I don’t even wear foundation at all, just loose powder on my face.

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Other BB Creams

In fact, there are many BB creams available in the market to choose from. Below are a few popular brands to consider :

SCINIC Fine Control BB Cream  |  PureDerm 3 in 1 Beauty Magic BB Cream

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream  |  Hanskin Caviar Gold BB Cream

Hanskin Premium Super Magic BB Cream  |  Super Magic BB Cream

Hanskin Glossy Magic BB Cream  |  Dr.Jart+ Original BB Cream Detox Healing Blemish Balm

Interesting video to share here…

Hi gals, are you using any BB cream now, do you like it?

Which brand have you tried?

Will you recommend it to your friend?

Comment it, we love to hear from you.
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Majolica Majorca Cosmetics

Majolica Majorca by Shiseido, a popular cosmetic brand from Japan, has finally available in Singapore. I was so delighted the other day while I was shopping at Watson’s and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it.

I’ve gotten to know Majolica Majorca a year ago while I was touring in Japan. Although I have only bought its lip gloss, but after using it, I will consider it as one of the good cosmetic brand I have ever tried so far.

I just simply fall in love with it (lip gloss)! To the extent, I even reluctant to throw away the empty packaging and hoping to get any of my friends whom may be traveling to Japan to purchase for me.

But now, I don’t even need to travel all the way to Japan anymore. (Smiling…)

Majolica Majorca’s products are considered quite reasonably priced. Over at Watson’s, I have bought the single color eyeshadow @S$9.90, nail polish @S$7.10 and my favorite lip gloss @S$17.50.

You may want to explore their website, especially the eyeshadow application tutorial. Have fun with it.

If you are presently using this brand and would like to share your review too, I will be delighted if you could share with us here.

Majolica Majorca is available at Watson’s located at Parkway Parade, Ngee Ann City, Northpoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, IMM, Toa Payoh (HDB HUB), Suntec City Mall, Tampines Mall, Jurong Point, West Mall, Lot 1, Funan, Wisma Atria, Bedok Central, Plaza Singapura, West Coast, Novena Square, Far East Plaza, Vivo City, Lucky Plaza, Parco Bugis Junction, Eastpoint, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Anchorpoint, Junction 8, Hougang Mall, Yew Tee and Marina Square..

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