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[Review] DCS Nutriderm

If you are in your mid-20s and think that you are too early to for anti-aging products, think again.

According to the experts, our skin starts to age naturally by mid-20s. As dermal fibroblasts begin to age, they produce decreasing amounts of collagen and elastin which results in skin laxity and wrinkles.

Youthful, glowing skin needs to be maintained to prolong its youth thus it’s never too early to start incorporating anti-aging products as soon as we can.

From the brand that harness the volcanic power of Jeju, Korean skincare brand DCS (Dermatology Cosmeceutical Solution) has come out with its latest anti-aging range, NUTRIDERM, to help keep away fine lines and early signs of aging.

With rare Korean ginseng Berry as one of its ingredients, this NUTRIDERM range is not only gentle on the skin but also kind on the wallet. Prices range from $33.50 for a toner to $53 for an ampoule.

Rare Korean Ginseng Berry

The Korean ginseng berry can only be harvested once every four years over a seven-day period, giving rise to its rarity and value. Its powerful anti-aging properties make the Korean ginseng berry a prized ingredient in Korean skincare.

The secret to the Korean ginseng berry’s restorative power lies in its high concentration of ginsenosides. It contains twice the number of ginsenosides as compared to the more well-known and frequently used Korean ginseng root. Ginsenosides have excellent anti-oxidant properties which helps to protect the skin from daily environmental stress by fighting free radicals that cause skin aging.

Our skin develops wrinkles when it loses the elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid found within over time. On top of protecting our skin from the outside, the Korean ginseng berry increases the hyaluronic acid found in our skin cells, making our skin more plumped up and supple.

Volcanic Seawater

Other than the Korean ginseng berry, another key ingredient that gives skin its dewy nature is Jeju’s volcanic seawater. Just like all DCS product ranges, the anti-aging NUTRIDERM range is also infused with the pure, skin-loving water from Jeju Island in Korea. The volcanic seawater is highly-valued for its rare mineral content such as Selenium, Zinc and Iron, all of which are crucial to skin health because they help to repair and regenerate the skin from the external environmental stresses. The volcanic seawater has been highly purified of pathogens and heavy metals by passing through volcanic basalt rock for thousands of years.

We can now all be like one of those many Koreans women with beautiful and healthy mul-kwang-pi-bu (dewy, glowing) skin, with skincare products infused with nutrients-rich water, like in NURTIDERM.

Nature-Based Ingredients

On top of the Korean ginseng berry and Jeju’s volcanic water, NUTRIDERM products contain other nature-based ingredients such as marine collagen, licorice extract, vegetable worm mushroom extract and pomegranate extract. Hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin, nature-based ingredients provide your skin with the care it needs without stripping the skin’s natural moisture.

NUTRIDERM range consists of four products to incorporate into your daily regime: Ultra Nutrition Toner (S$33.50), Ultra Nutrition Ampoule (S$53), Ultra Nutrition Day Cream (S$41), and Ultra Nutrition Night Cream (S$41).

I had the opportunity to try out two of the four products in the NUTRIDERM range, namely Ultra Nutrition Ampoule and Nutrition Night Cream.

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[Review] NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift


NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift

NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift

Recently, I’ve noticed my forehead lines appear deeper and more obvious. That really worries me and hence I decided to give this NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift a try, which was first launched two years ago.

NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift is a 2-step treatment – comprising of Aminofil™ Activator (Step 1) and Finishing Complex (Step 2) – that are specially targeting deep wrinkles and lines. It can be used around the eye areas to treat crow’s feet and undereye lines.

NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift Duo is said to help build skin’s natural volume and visibly reduces the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles resulting from UV induced photo-damage and repetitive facial expressions.

This duo treatment is specially designed to help reduce :

- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
- Laugh lines
- Crow’s feet / undereye lines
- Smoker’s lines (around the mouth)

The Step 1 precision roller ball allows easy application directly to deep expression lines and helps massage the potent formula into skin.

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[Review] Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate


Kiehl's Powerful Line Reducing Concentrate Serum Vitamin C

Due to limited available time, I haven’t been doing much product reviews lately. Managed to review one of my favorite products a few days ago and it’s the Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. Good things are meant to be shared! :D


Product Profile

  • Formulated with a 10.5% Pure Vitamin C, Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is clinically demonstrated to improve overall skin texture, tone and radiance while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Superior results over Retinol at 8 weeks on skin texture, tone and lines and wrinkles.
  • Gives your skin a triple boost by stimulating collagen production, providing anti-oxidant protection and exfoliating skin to reveal healthier-looking skin.
  • Use both day and night under your ideal moisturizer.

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[Review] – Clarins Face Treatment Oil, Blue Orchid, For Dehydrated Skin


My skin is quite dehydrated most of the times. And the dehydration has caused visible fine lines on my forehead. I can only blame myself for not hydrating my skin properly for the past few years.

clarins face treatment oil blue orchid for dehydrated skin

Quite some time ago, I have attended a Clarins event and I was introduced to a facial treatment oil. It is the Clarins Face Treatment Oil, Blue Orchid, For Dehydrated Skin. It contains 100% pure aromatic plant extract face treatment oil that is said to restore vitality, freshness and radiance to dull, dehydrated skin.

Before trying it, I was rather skeptical about putting oil on my face. I’m actually worried it will clog my pores.

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Estée Lauder NEW Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II


Do you know one of my beauty secrets to healthy and glowing skin is to get adequate sleep?

Studies have shown that lack of sleep may speed aging process that leads to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.

What’s My Skin Doing While I Sleep?

In the day, my skin gets a battering from the sun’s rays, dust, dirt and pollutants. And at night, as my skin’s metabolic rate speeds up, my skin goes into repair, replenish and restore mode. While I sleep, my skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. It is therefore essential to feed my skin with potent nutrients (from serums) while I sleep.

estee lauder advanced night repair synchronized recovery complex ii

A while ago, I was pleased to receive a complimentary bottle of the new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (in 50ml). It is an improved version of the previous version Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex.

The recently clinical trial, commissioned by Estee Lauder, demonstrated that poor sleepers show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure.

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[Review + Giveaway] New FANCL 5-Step MUTENKA Aging Care Line


Recently, I have blogged about the latest FANCL 5-Step MUTENKA Aging Care Line which was launched islandwide on 26th July 2013. I’m glad to have tested the products and I’m now ready to review them. Click here to read the previous post.

The 5-Step Aging Care Line kit comprises of Aging Care Lotion II, Aging Care Emulsion II, Aging Care Essence, Aging Care Cream, Aging Care Mask and Bright Lift Supplement.

Each kit comes with freshness stickers to let me record the date the products were first opened.

Step 1 : Intensive Hydration | Aging Care Lotion II

This Aging Care Lotion II is actually the first and important step in my night skin care regimen. I will soak a cotton pad with the lotion and gently rub the cotton pad over my face in a upward motion to help remove the residue that my makeup remover and cleanser have missed. It also helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells on the surface. I will skip this step in the day regimen. I like this Aging Care Lotion II as it doesn’t contain alcohol. Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, cause free radicals and skin irritation. There are two types of lotions, Aging Care Lotion I is for oily skin and Aging Care Lotion II is for combination, normal and dry skin.

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Which Hydrating Moisturizer Provides The Best Hydration – Vichy, Clarins Or Murad?


This comparison review post was written about a year ago but I didn’t get to publish it earlier. My bad! But I guess it’s better late than never! <grinning>

Other than sunscreen, moisturizer is the final step in my regimen to help seal in the moisture into the skin.

Adequate skin hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin texture and preventing aging. When skin is dehydrated, skin feels rough, dry or oily, sensitive and even show more lines. Even if you have been constantly applying moisturizer, your skin may still get dehydrated too. Knowing the importance of hydration, many cosmetic companies have specially formulated new moisturizers with additional hydrating benefits to help boost the hydration level and maintain a long-lasting moisture on the skin.

In the recent years, many new hydrating moisturizers have been launched in the market and in order to choose the right one for your skin can be confusing. To help you in a way, I’m going to do a quick review and comparison on 3 hydrating moisturizers I’ve received quite some time ago –

- Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care

- Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Gel

- Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care – S$48 / 50ml

Product Claim

This refreshing, lightweight cream is formulated with unique “ceramide-like” polymer mimics the shape of skin’s natural ceramides, allowing for instant penetration. Skin feels soft, supple and comfortable.


My first impression on this product is its pleasant fragrance scent. Surprisingly, the fragrance scent is pretty strong even it is listed as the last ingredient. It also contains alcohol. Personally, I’m not very comfortable of using any product that contain fragrance and especially alcohol in it.

Upon application, I can actually feel a temporary mild warm sensation on my skin which disappears within seconds. Maybe is my psychology mind tricking me hee hee… The gel absorbs quickly onto my skin and my skin appears pretty matte with no trace of oil at all. This lightweight gel is pretty refreshing too. Definitely suitable for people with oily skin type and for day & night use.

All-in-all, the hydration efficacy is average.

Click here for more info on Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Fortifying 24Hr Hydrating Care.


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My SK-II’s 4 Weeks “Foundation: Got or Not” NEW Cellumination Essence EX Challenge


A few weeks ago, I was super delighted to be invited to participate in SK-II Cellumination’s Blogger Challenge. I”m glad to be one of the first bloggers in Singapore to experience a brilliant translucent aura skin with the new SK-II products.

sk-ii cellumination essence ex mask-in lotion day surge

In this 4-week trial, in addition to the new improved Cellumination Essence EX (centre) which is the key product of the challenge, I’ve also received the Cellumination Mask-In Lotion (left) and the Cellumination Day Surge UV (right). I have actually tested the first generation Cellumination Essence in early last year. I really love it very much and I have actually bought a second bottle soon after I finished my first. It is considered one of the best skincare products I’ve ever tried so far.


NEW Cellumination Essence EX

Product Profile

sk-ii cellumination essence ex

The new SK-II Cellumination Essence EX takes a great formula and makes it better with the new Pixel WhiteTM whitening ingredient. Improve your skin from the cellular level and experience highly defined, aura bright skin in just 4 weeks*.

sk-ii cellumination essence ex

It has almost the same texture as the previous version, which is silky, lightweight and in fluid white.

sk-ii cellumination essence ex

Cellumination Essence EX is formulated with a couple of potent ingredients, including the new Pixel WhiteTM whitening ingredient and the iconic signature SK-II ingredient Pitera (2nd on the list), that has hydrating and brightening benefits.


‘Foundation: Got or Not’ Cellumination Trial

BEFORE the 4-week trial (above), I’ve gone down to SK-II counter at Isetan Scotts to check my skin’s Aura with SK-II’s Magic Ring. As I wanted to obtain accurate before-and-after results upon the challenge, I didn’t apply any foundation while doing this skin check.

sk-ii cellumination essence ex magic ring

AFTER the 4-week trial, I dropped by at the same SK-II counter at Isetan Scotts again to have my skin check with Magic Ring. I asked the SA to help remove my light makeup on my left face prior the check in order to get accurate before-and-after results.

The Magic Ring will be able to determine my 5 critical dimensions of skin – Texture Refinement, Firmness Power, Wrinkle Resilience, Spot Control and Radiance Enhancement – that affect the vibrancy and clarify of my skin.


BEFORE & AFTER 4-week challenge results

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Reviews – 5 Great Cosmetic Products That I’m Finishing Soon


Hi hi to all my lovely readers, how’s your day today? Hope you are feeling great! :D

clarins white plus pearl-to-cream brightening cleanser, estee lauder advanced night repair, leaders clinic medieu spf 50+ PA+++ mild sunscreen, clarins double serum, clinique clarifying moisture lotion 1

Today, I will like to review 5 of the great skincare products that I’m finishing soon. (from left) Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 1, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Clarins Double Serum, Clarins White Plus Pearl-to-Cream Brightening Cleanser and Leaders Clinic Medieu SPF 50+ PA+++ Mild Sunscreen & Waterproof Make-up Base Combination.


Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 1

Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 1

I’ve bought this large size (in 400ml) Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 1 at Changi Airport. Clarifying Moisture Lotion 1 (ONE) is ideal for very dry to dry skin. Clinique 3-Step Skincare Care System, comprising of 3-steps – cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize; and Clarifying Lotion is used as the STEP 2 routine. Lotion (also known as toner), is one of my must-have products for my night regimen. Formulated with mostly water and miniscule active ingredients, this lotion acts as a double cleansing process to help cleanse away the residue and dirt that my cleanser has missed. It also helps to exfoliate my skin whenever I rub the soaked cotton pad with lotion on my face. This mild Clarifying Lotion is allergy tested and is 100% fragrance free. What I like about this mild lotion is that it doesn’t contain any alcohol and it’s super suitable for sensitive skin like mine. I will definitely buy it again!

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The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth


the body shop nutriganics drops of youth

A while ago, I’ve received a bottle of The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth, an anti-aging concentrate that is designed to enhance surface skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier.

It is claimed that 98% of the ingredients used in Drop Of Youth are of natural origin with high organic levels, meeting the strict independent standards set by the world’s largest certifying body of natural and organic cosmetics.

the body shop nutriganics drops of youth

This star product is also said to power by plant stem cells from criste marine which stimulate your natural skin cell renewal process.

Contains NO parabens and silicones, Drops Of Youth acts as a supplementary first step in your daily beauty regimen, before applying your usual serum or moisturizer.

Launched just last year, it is claimed that 8 in 10 Asian women now use Drops of Youth everyday and one bottle is sold every minute.

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