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Review – AFC CHO BEAUTY, A Solution To Healthy Digestive System

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Are you suffering from any constipation, bad breath or dull-looking skin lately? It may be due to your poor digestive system. So what do these problems got to do with digestive system? Well, do continue reading to find out more about the importance and benefits of a inner cleanse system.

A month ago, I have received a complimentary box of CHO BEAUTY from AFC Japan. CHO BEAUTY, a supplement from Japan, has 5 Patents Awarded that is scientifically proven to regulate intestinal health. It is 3 times more powerful than live culture.

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About AFC Japan

AFC Japan is a leading Japanese brand, trusted by millions in Japan since 1969 for their health, beauty and wellness needs. Lifestream Group is the exclusive distributor of AFC Japan products in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

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How Clean Are You Internally?

Do you experience :

- Acne, dull or sallow complexion            - Bloated discomfort

- Constipation or diarrhea                        - Overweight

- Bad breath                                           – Thinning hair

- Poor immunity                                      - Yeast infection

- Sluggish, low energy levels                    - Inability to absorb nutrients

If you experience any of the 3 symptoms above, your intestines are aging faster than you are.

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The 3 – Second Stool Check

A simple stool check daily will give you a good indication of your intestinal health.

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Healthy Digestive System = Good Health

In the human body, the intestines form an important part of the digestive process. The intestinal structure is made up of the small intestine and the high intestine. For a healthy digestive system, both the small and big intestines have to be in good working order.

Everyday, your diet and lifestyle choices play a part in your intestinal health. A diet high in refined/processed foods, sugars and saturated fat leads to accumulated waste and toxin build up in the body. The poor digestive system will result in symptoms like a dull complexion, sluggish body system, bad breath, constipation, smelly stools and digestive problems.

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Do You Know?

Waste buildup in your intestines and along your intestinal walls increases bad bacteria, parasites and affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

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AFC CHO BEAUTY

S$74.90 / 135g (4.5g x 30 sachets)

CHO BEAUTY contains 101 billion friendly bacteria, a powerful clinically-proven combination of patented heat-treated FK-23 and Bifidus bacteria, as well as essential prebiotics. For the safest, most effective gastro-intestinal detox you’ll ever experience, and a must to jumpstart your health, beauty or slimming regime.

It is backed by 20 years of research in collaboration with Harvard University leading Japanese Universities and medical centres.

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4 Key Ingredients

Advanced FK-23 Bacteria

FK-23 is an unique lactic acid bacteria strain, heat-treated to ensure stability and survival for total intestinal regulation. Stable and powerful to survive harsh stomach acid to reach large intestine.

Effectively eliminates toxic intestinal waste and restores natural balance of good bacteria in digestive tract.

Bifidus Bacteria

Bifidus bacteria is a potent strain that is acid-resistant, able to withstand the harsh gastro-intestinal environment. This good bacteria helps release energy and nutrients from food. It neutralises adverse effects of antibiotics.

Prebiotic (Inulin)

It multiplies good bacteria and reaches the large intestine intact to balance healthy gut flora.

Soluble Dietary Fiber

Soluble Dietary Fiber, a bulking agent, helps to soften stools for easy removal and binds toxins up to 10 times its weight. It supports excess fat removal and healthy weight loss.

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Doctor’s Insights

Dr Yang, Medical Doctor and Scientist at Nihon Preventive Medical Laboratory & AFC Japan, has claimed that many health, weight and skin problems can be traced to a poor digestive system and intestinal regulation. As your intestines work to absorb nutrients, it is important to choose a good probiotics formula that replenishes and colonizes friendly bacteria, and eliminates waste thoroughly. Research and clinical studies have shown that heat-treated FK-23 and acid-resistant Bifidus strains offer proven efficacy for good intestinal health.

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Experience a new level of detox, beauty & slimming

Flattens tummy. Removes accumulated intestinal waste, reduces bloating, organ fat, and promotes healthy weight loss.

Improves complexion. Promotes skin clarity and improves acne conditions for visibly brighter skin.

Reduces constipation and diarrhea. Regulates bowel movement to reduce constipation or diarrhea. Regulates bowel movement to reduce constipation or diarrhea, and improves digestion.

Jumpstarts sluggish system. Reduces bad breath, improves immunity and increases energy levels.

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Review – AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto, Unveil My Favourite Meal Replacement Flavour!

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Last week, I have briefly introduced a low-calorie nutritious meal replacement – AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto.

This new delicious meal replacement, by AFC Japan, is exclusively designed for weight-conscious consumers who tend to overeat or consume more calories than what their body can use up. When excess calories are stored in the body, they will naturally convert into fat.

In order to lose weight effectively and permanently, it is best to reduce the calories intake and increase in physical activity. AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto, a low-calorie nutrient-dense gourmet meal replacement, which works to control calorie intake by reducing food portions while keeping you satiated, is a perfect solution for weight-conscious consumers.

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5 Tasty Flavours

AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto (S$36) contains 5 pouches (in 250g), one with each delicious flavour. From clockwise : Curry Stew, Tomato with Basil, Seafood, Cream of Mushroom and Assorted Cheese.

I’ve managed to taste all 5 flavours and guess what is my favourite flavour? Yes, it’s the Tomato with Basil! In fact, all flavours are very tasty and I have a hard time picking one.

Mediterranean Seafood – it contains small bites of Japanese scallop and Japanese littleneck clam. Taste a little like clam chowder.

Curry Stew – it contains small bites of chicken and I actually adore this non-spicy Japanese curry taste. It has high vegetable content.

Cream of Mushroom – it contains small bites of mushrooms and potatoes with a light creamy sauce.

Assorted Cheese – High cheesy taste as it makes from four cheese (Parmesan, Cheddar, Gouda, Gorgonzola).

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Review my favourite taste – Tomato with Basil

Ingredients : Vegetables (tomato, onion, carrot, mushroom, and celery), konjac rice, tomato paste, vegetable extract, chicken, olive oil, chicken stock, starch, salt, collagen peptide (gelatin), dolomite, Mirepoix paste, spices, yeast extract, calcium lactate, ferric pyrophosphate (iron), and calcium hydroxide. (Part of the raw materials contain milk constituents and soybean)

This is my first taste of low-calorie meal replacement and to my surprise I actually find it very tasty!

This meal replacement is not only delicious but it is also nutritious too. It is so convenient and all I need is to either put the sealed pouch in boiling water for 5 minutes or just simply pour the content into a deep bowl, cover up and put into microwave for 2 minutes.

What I like about AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto is that it makes dieting so easy and breezy. All I need is to replace my heaviest meal of the day (usually dinner) with one pack of AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto. For example if I replace nasi lemak rice (equivalent to 800cal) to AFC Chef’s Diet Risotto (approx 150kcal), I can actually save up to 650kcal per meal! And 650kcal is actually equivalent to 3.3 hours of walking!

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Review – Sothys Shaping Neck Care

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When it comes to skin care, I believe most women tend to focus on their faces, forgetting about the other parts of their bodies. And neck is one area that most women will probably neglect.

How often or do you specially buy products for the neck? In fact, the neck often gives away a woman’s age. Many women as young as early 20s have already started to see their first telltale sign of aging on their neck.

As the skin around the neck is much thinner than the face, it therefore tends to age more readily than the face. The most common signs of neck aging are unsightly strands and bands of skin and muscle, turkey necks, horizontal lines and double chin.

Since young, I never neglect taking good care of my neck. Even till now at 40s, I will always apply sufficient sunscreen and moisturizer on the neck. To firm up my neck, I will also perform a diy neck stretching massage after my day and night regimen.

Click here to view the neck massage video demonstration.

I have recently received my first neck product and it was from Sothys Singapore. Sothys Shaping Neck Care, priced at S$129 in 30ml, is my first Sothys product I will be reviewing. In fact, this is not the first Sothys product I have tested. More than ten years ago, I used to adore their hydrating mask very much and I would always replenish it whenever I finished it.

If you are unfamiliar with SOTHYS and here’s a brief description of the brand :

SOTHYS is a professional skincare line from France. Founded in Paris in 1946 by a medical biologist, Dr. Hotz, who dedicated himself to healing the severe conditions of burn victims in the aftermath of World War II. Their expertise is in skincare treatments. They advocate the synergistic use of serums with their respective home care ranges to preserve and maintain treatment results. Hence they are used and sold by trained aestheticians for face and body treatments in the salons. They are not available over the counter. Read on to find out the SOTHYS Contract Salons and Dealer Salons.

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Sothys Shaping Neck Care

Product Profile

Sothys Shaping Neck Care is specially researched and developed to fight gravity and manage cutaneous looseness and sagging. Formulated with Mamaku Extract, Watercress and Biomimetic peptides remodel the neck contour, and refine and re-sculpt the lower part of the face, neck and d©colletage.

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Ingredients

Sothys Shaping Neck Care contains two active ingredients which are claimed to be potent :

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Review – b.liv Shrink & Tighten, Quench Me & Drench Me

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Recently, I’m one of the 7 beauty bloggers to be invited by The Sample Store to review a range of b.liv latest products by Cellnique.

I have received a Drench Me Moisturizing Cleansing Gel, Quench Me Moisturizing Gel, Shrink & Tighten Large Pores Reducing Serum and Shrink & Tighten Large Pores Diminishing Night Complex.

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b.live profile

b.liv is about confidence and seeking to inspire the youth of today to believe in themselves; that they can make a difference not only in the care of their skin but also the world they live in. The name “b.liv” is not just a contraction of the word “believe”, but also of the words “be” and “live”. This constitutes a life-affirming motto which exhorts consumers to “live for the moment”.

Each b.liv product features a “multiple-delivery system” that releases ingredients based on the skin’s needs with multiple-functions. It is ideal for skin that experience lingering blackheads whiteheads, and enlarged pores.

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Drench Me Moisturizing Cleansing Gel

120ml   S$34.95

Drench Me Moisturizing Cleansing Gel is soapless which is similar to Simple Facial Wash Gel (my all-time favorite washing gel). Although this lightweight cleansing gel is claimed to contain moisturizing benefit but unfortunately it doesn’t contain much hydrating ingredients in it. It contains fragrance ingredient which I’m not comfortable at all but fortunately it doesn’t irritate my skin.

I use Drench Me Moisturizing Cleansing Gel after my usual makeup cleanser. I like the scent which is soothing. It effortlessly remove all impurities, makeup residue and dirt from my skin. My skin feels clean but somewhat dry. Overall, it is fairly a good cleansing gel and I will continue using it.

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Shrink & Tighten Large Pores Diminishing Night Complex

15ml     S$69.95

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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 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 – Wakilala Clear Wash & Bright-up Essence

I used to hate the dark patches on my armpits all “thanks” to the dead skin cells which I find them unsightly. Dead skin cells are accumulated due to the bacteria from bad ventilation and sweat glands.

Wakilala Clear Wash, from Japan, a gentle exfoliating peel specially designed for armpit, is one product I swear by. It is claimed to help remove the surface of the skin. It has recently been changed to a new packaging. Many Asian women adore and go GA-GA about this product.

Usage

Before you start, do make sure the armpits are dry before applying the Wakilala Clear Wash. And it is best not to use straight after shave or shower.

  • Squeeze a small amount about 1cm onto the loofah pad. (my recommendation – The Body Shop Smooth and Renew Loofah Pad – comes in 3x @ US$6)
  • If required, you may add a small amount of water onto the loofah.
  • Rub the armpit in a circular motion for 20 seconds.
  • Leave it on for another 30 seconds before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
  • Dry the armpit with clean cloth and follow up with the Wakilala Bright-Up Essence.

Result

Wakilala Clear Wash helps to remove the dead skin cells effectively. Skin becomes refresh and clean. The darkening of the skin has significantly lightened.

I love it so much, I couldn’t leave without it. I go CRAZY when it was out of stock for a while, and I couldn’t find a good replacement for it.

Rating

Will I buy it again? …… Yes, definitely!

You may want to check out the Wakilala Bright Up Essence. It contains AHA and BHA that are proven to exfoliate the surface of the skin and improve moisture content.

Book Review –
The Japanese Skincare Revolution

Many women like me, will love to know on why the Japanese women have such a beautiful skin and what are their beauty secrets. Before, there have never been a book in English which reveal the secrets of their successful beauty regimens. Not until recently, I finally came across this book named ‘The Japanese Skincare Revolution’ by Chizu Saeki which I bought without a second thought.

The author, Chizu Saeki, Japan’s #1 best-selling beauty advisor, is a practicing esthetician and beauty consultant whose dream is to teach ordinary women how to become more beautiful. Born in the year of 1943, she doesn’t look anything like her age of 66. She has worked all her life in the beauty industry and has been working in big cosmetic companies like Guerlain and Parfums Christian Dior.

Chizu Saeki’s message

  • To achieve a beautiful skin like the Japanese, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cosmetics and treatments to achieve it.
  • Your hands are the ultimate tools – they can gauge your skin’s condition like a sensor and smooth out wrinkles like an iron. They can also warm and soothe tensed-up skin, making it more receptive to skincare ingredients.
  • The effectiveness of any skincare product depends greatly on its use. It’s how you use your cosmetics, not what you use, that will transform your skin.
  • The importance of proper cleansing and washing

> Step-by-step face cleansing

In this book, Chizu Saeki is proud to introduce the unique lotion mask – a moisturizing treatment for keeping the skin fresh and lustrous; messages for toning the muscles of the face; no-nonsense remedies for wrinkles, sagging, oiliness, pimples and blackheads; water massages to energize the skin; and much, much more.

At a glance

Chapter 1 – Getting Started

  • A short list of essential tools and cosmetics.

Chapter 2 – Skincare Basics & Massage Techniques

  • Simpy touching or pressing your face with your fingers and palms, or wrapping your hands around it, will do wonders for your skin.

Chapter 3 – Lymph Massages

  • Doing these massages daily while sitting in the bath, watching TV, or just before applying makeup will make your skin grow lustrous.

> Lymph node pressure points

Chapter 4 – Everyday Skincare

  • Many women spend a fortune on beauty salons – but you can get similar results at home for a fraction of the cost.

Chapter 5 – Cures for Problem Skin

  • When I turned 40, my skin went through hell. But by looking after it carefully day after day, I was able to solve most of the major problems.

Chapter 6 – Quick Fix Spa Secrets

  • Meeting a friend you haven’t seen for ages? Got a hot date? Have an important interview tomorrow? No worries – here are some emergency remedies for quick results.

My Review

I personally find this book very inspirational. With all the step-by-step instructions, these make it easy to read.I especially fond of the lotion mask and the toning massage.

> Chizu Saeki's original lotion mask

> Chizu Saeki’s original lotion mask

The Lotion Mask is claimed as the key to beautiful skin. All I need is the cotton, water, lotion, and 3 minutes of my time.

> Chizu Saeki-style massage techniques

This book also covers the 6 unique massages for toning the muscles of the face and smoothing out wrinkles. I’ve already made a habit of lifting my cheeks and mouth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I really hope to see some improvement from it.

Rating

Will I buy her other books? …… Most likely!

 

Review – L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick

 

L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick, with organic verbena extract, is a alcohol-free stick deodorant. This waxlike deodorant glides on easily and dries fast. Enriched with mint, essential oils of verbena and some citrus properties that prevents bacteria development, which causes body odor and has the long-lasting scent of the fresh and sparkling citrus. 

Ingredients

Although, L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick is formulated free from alcohol, paraben and aluminium salt, but it contains skin-irritant natural ingredients like mentha piperita, verbena officinalis extract, fragrance and linalool.

It also contains beneficial ingredients like salvia officinalis (sage) oil, a potent antioxidant and propylene glycol, a humectant which is a water-binding agent.

Texture

Dry and waxy

Results

I could only barely finish half of this 50g L’Occitane Cooling Deodorant Stick even after one year of daily application. The expire date is one year after opening.

After application, it provides a refreshing citrus scent which I like very much. My skin feels dry and non-sticky. It helps to control the odor effectively.

Rating

 

Will I buy it again? …… Maybe!