Archive for August, 2009

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How we age is dependent on two factors : lifestyle and genes. If your parents aged well, then you will probably carry on looking good for a long time too. But how we live, even where we live, can also have a major impact on how we age. Here’s how some lifestyle factors can add years, even decades, to our faces :
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Sunbaking or regular use of a sunbed - add 20 years! According to an increasing number of dermatologists, sunbeds are even damaging to the skin than direct sunlight, because they emit pure UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin, causing long-term damage. Avoid entirely.
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Sun exposure - add 10 years! Sunlight creates free radicals that break down the lipids in the cell walls, leading to water loss, inflammation and sun damage. It also damages the genetic material in the developing cells, creating sun spots, some of which (over-exposure) will progress to skin cancer.
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Severe stress - add 10 years! Although stress may not show up on your skin but it creates free radicals which can lead to premature aging. Try to reduce stress by finding new ways to relax and slow down.
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Excessive alcohol -add 10 years! Drinking causes skin to get dehydrated and effects greatly through malnutrition. Alcohol depletes the body of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A which contains antioxidants that help the skin look and feel healthy.
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Excessive caffeine consumption -add 2 years! Too much caffeine can cause the skin to get dehydrated. Other effects of caffeine that may indirectly link to skin aging are insomnia, anxiety and depression.
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Sleep deprivation -add 5 years! Insomnia, lack of sleep or missed sleep may lead to obesity and premature aging. Sleep is necessary for our bodies to build up energy reserves and regenerates body cells and tissues.
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Crash dieting -add 10 years! Yo-yo dieting deprives your skin of vital nutrients. If you loose weight quickly, your skin will also stretch and sag.
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Malnutrition -add 5 years! If a nutrition-poor diet, especially one lacking in vitamins A, C, E and folic acid yet high in fat and salt. Many vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids only come from food. So no skin care product can replace them.
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City living or environmental toxins - add 5 years! The urban pollution has the capabilities of damaging the skin’s protective film, producing cell-aging and triggering free radicals. Try a skin cream rich in antioxidants to clear up the damage. 
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Cigarette smoke -add 10 years! Cigarette smoke (inhaled or secondhand) speeds up skin aging. It creates free radicals that can damage cell DNA and reduces the absorption of vitamin C which is a vital antioxidant for healthy skin.

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CLLATE LA BOCA “Shut Your Mouth” Now In Singapore

CLLATE LA BOCA, means ‘SHUT YOUR MOUTH’ in Spanish, has arrived in Singapore.

CLLATE LA BOCA, a popular Spain Brand, has recently launched its first outlet in Singapore at ION Orchard #B2-43, 2 Orchard Turn.

Presently, there are 9 outlets in Spain and the boutique at ION Orchard is the first and only outlet out of Spain.

Their signature icon!

CLLATE LA BOCA, means ‘SHUT YOUR MOUTH’ in Spanish.

Their most popular design!

Now you don’t have to travel all the way to Spain to buy their products HOORAY!!!

I have bought this shirt at S$69. If anyone ever piss me off, I will point to my shirt, looking straight to him/her and say CLLATE LA BOCA (Shut Your Mouth)! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Below are some interesting pictures of ‘Torponcio’!

Is that Mr Bean? | Torponcio at Kyoto

Torponcio community | Torponcio flirting with SIA Girls.

Torponcio having problem focusing | H1N1 is still around

Torponcio travels round the world | A happy family of 5

Junk food is bad | Ice skiing is fun! | Torponcio at Madrid

Didn’t I tell you to ‘SHUT YOUR MOUTH’! | Is that harassment?

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Elite Serum – The Best Eye Cream Award Winner

Advertorial

Eyes are usually the first feature noticed by friends, colleagues and acquaintances – who may be quick to judge if you have drooping eyelids, wrinkles, dark eye circles or puffy eyes.

As our eyes are delicate, sensitive and need extra attention, it is therefore important to use a good eye cream, day and night.

Elite Serum, manufactured in the USA, is an eye cream that has favorably won many women’s trust and successfully topped as the Best Eye Cream at various authority review sites :

Best Eye Cream Award Winner by EyeCream.com

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#1 Eye Serum with rating of 99/100 by EyeSerum.com

The breakthrough of Elite Serum

Elite Serum, an ultra-lightweight and fast absorbing cream, works on areas where Botox solutions can not. It is claimed to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark eye circles and puffiness.

Elite Serum is claimed as the only product that remove the dark eye circles under the eyes.

Product profile

Elite Serum is a proprietary blend of proteins and peptides combined with DNA precursors and antioxidants. It works quickly and directly to restore youthful looking eye contour on patients of all ages. Elite Serum helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and helps to improve tone and firmness around the eyes.

The active ingredients in Elite Serum

Elite Serum contains very beneficial clinically-tested ingredients such as Argireline, Haloxyl, Eyeliss and Hyaluronic Acid.

Argireline, also known as acetyl hexapeptide-3, is claimed to have muscle-relaxing effect similar to Botox injections. It is said to help relaxing the muscle contractions when making facial expression, hence reducing the appearance of expression lines.

Haloxyl, also known as Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, consists of a short chain of four amino acids connected to palmitic acid. This active ingredient slow down the development of wrinkles and loss of skin firmness and elasticity.

Eyeliss is said to help reducing puffiness and bags under the eyes due to fat without surgical intervention. Some studies have shown that when Eyeliss is combined with Haloxyl, the lymphatic drainage effect on puffy lower eyelids is claimed greater than when applying a topical formula containing Haloxyl alone. This is a extremely potent combination designed specifically for and available exclusively in Elite Serum.

Hyaluronic acid is considered a good water-binding agent and an essential component of the skin’s support tissue. It is considered an excellent hydrating agent that helps to plump up and smoothen the skin and thereby making the wrinkles and lines less visible.

Elite Serum also contains Acai Berry Extract and Resveratrol which are claimed as potent antioxidants.

Benefits of Elite Serum

Elite Serum contains only the best FDA approved, pharmaceutical-grade skin care ingredients available in the United States.

Superior Customer Service. Elite Serum ships fast worldwide.

The Elite Serum has been receiving rave reviews all over the Internet and is recommended for daily use for anyone age 25 or over who wants to treat the signs of aging and prevent future skin damage under the eyes.

Made in the USA. It has met all the FDA guidelines.

Click here to read real consumer eye cream reviews for Elite Serum at :

Best Eye Cream Award Winner by EyeCream.com

#1 Eye Serum with rating of 99/100 by EyeSerum.com

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Singapore’s First Free Sampling Hub – Fr3b Concept Store

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Ever wish there’s a place to freely obtain samples without any sales pressure? Or before wasting money on retail full size products? Wait no more. Here introducing the Singapore’s first FREE sampling hub – Fr3b.

Fr3b started its first online sampling provider in May 2008. An easy sign up allows you to obtain up to 4 sampling with no subscription fee. All you need to pay is the delivery fee and that’s all.

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Fr3b Concept Store is born!

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In Aug 2009, Fr3b launched its first Fr3b Concept Store located at Stamford House.

Unlike the online sampling website, the concept store provides a lot more varieties and some retail size samplings are given freely.

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Only members are allowed to access to Fr3b Concept Store. For annual membership, all you need is $28 only.

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Upon signing up, each new member will receive a FREE goodie bag worth minimal of $50. In addition, $160 worth of Spa voucher will be given away FREE too.

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A small basket for every member

Start your FREE shopping experience with maximum of 8 products per check out.

To name a few, you will be able to find Beauty Credit, Dr Jart+, L’oreal, Maybelline, Watsons, Nivea, Brands, Biore, Keratin, Brtc BB cream, Kawaii TOKYO, Asience, Lioele, Vichy, La Roche-Posay, Dermologica, Dentisite and much much more.

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Many brands which are found at Fr3b Concept Store are only exclusively available for Fr3b Concept Store members.

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Check out the Beauty Talk Oxy Mask and Oxy Aqua from Taiwan. Even Lao Niu (牛尔老师) from Nu Ren Wo Zui Da (女人我最大) highly recommends these products. Beauty Talk Oxy Mask in 30ml is available at SASA at S$98. So rush down and get a FREE 5ml Beauty Talk Oxy Mask sample now!

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If you are organic lovers, you should try Fatur, the best selling Japan natural skin care brand. Be the first to collect a FREE set of Fatur starter kits that comprise of cleansing, wash, lotion essence, cream, shampoo and treatment pack. Only exclusively for the first 200 Fr3b Concept Store members.

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Oh, I really love the CANMAKE Bronzer. In Japan, teenagers go GA-GA on these Bronzers. Other CANMAKE makeups are cheek gradation and cream eyeshadow.

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Fr3b provides the largest premium BB Cream range in Singapore. If you are looking for a BB Cream, wouldn’t be good to try all the ranges to see which is best suit for your skin.

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Acnes, #1 Medical Skincare Brand in Japan.

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Fr3b has been consistently adding new products and you will be able to find new products and brands every now and then.

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Sample > Review > Sample

It is encouraged to review the sampling you have collected and each review will earn you 2 points. You will earn up to 8 points in total if you review all 4 @online or 16 points in total if you review all 8 @Concept Store. These points will allow you to obtain new sampling in the next round. And each new sampling will require 2 points.

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Where to find them?

Fr3b ONLINE Sampling Hub - http://www.fr3b.com

Fr3b’s Sampling Concept Store is located at : Stamford House, 39 Stamford Road, #03-05 S178885 (Exit from City Hall MRT exit B), Tel 6336 5435

Fr3b’s Sampling Concept Store opens from Tue to Sat from 11am to 7.30pm, Sun from 11am to 3pm and Mon off.

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Video – How I Moisturize My Skin With Natural Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera : acts as healing emollient that soothes irritations and prevents scarring. It is usually used as a water-binding agent for skin and provides refreshing sensation. Some studies have shown aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial qualities.
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Review – Clarins HydraQuench Cream Keeps My Skin Moisture

 

Lately I am troubled with my dry skin due to the new sitting arrangement with air-conditioning just directly above my working desk. The air-conditioning has dehydrated my skin a lot. I can see my skin getting dryer day by day. As the skin moisture starts to decrease, I’ve noticed my skin getting duller, feeling tighter and losing radiance. Fine lines are also extremely visible around the eye areas.

Clarins HydraQuench Cream, for normal to dry skin, is an ideal moisturizer for day and night. I have gotten the sample of Clarins HydraQuench Cream after purchasing a Clarins sunscreen few weeks ago.

Product claims

The ultra-moisturizing skincare with a fine, penetrating texture that satisfies all of the needs of normal to dry skin regardless of variations in temperature of climate.

Ingredients

Clarins HydraQuench Cream contains caprylic/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which are considered good emollients. In addition, it also contains sodium hyaluronate (a component of skin tissue) and sodium pca that are considered good water-binding agents.

It also contains good antioxidant ingredients like camellia sinensis leaf extract, also known as green tea, tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol, both are known as vitamin E. Sodium lauryl sulfate and fragrance are skin irritant ingredients which also can be found in Clarins HydraQuench Cream.

Reviews

Clarins HydraQuench Cream provides sufficient moisture I need regardless of variations in temperature or climate. I extremely like the lightweight, non-oily and silky texture which penetrates well onto my skin. My skin doesn’t feel oily even few hours after the application. Clarins HydraQuench Cream helps to hydrate and softer my skin effectively.

One of the setback is the jar packaging. Studies have shown that some ingredients for example plant extracts, vitamins and antioxidant, break down and deteriorate in the presence of air and light. Hence, if the product is in jar packaging which is not airtight, it will allow air and light penetration. Some air and light sensitive ingredients will become ineffective within a short period of time after the container is opened.

Rating

 packaging is a problem!

Will I buy it? Maybe

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Avoid These Sunscreen Ingredients If You Have Sensitive Skin

 

 

To promote healthy skin and avoid aging changes, it is essential to wear sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun. But if you have sensitive skin, wearing sunscreen may at times causes further damage to the skin. It is especially if the product you are using contains ingredients that are not right for you.

 

If you have sunscreen sensitivity :
(If your skin burns, itches, or turns red in response to sunscreen, below are the ingredients you need to avoid)

- Avobenzone                                                

- Benzophenones (such as oxybenzone)

- Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane

- Isopropyldibenzoylmethane                        

- Methoxycinnamate (often found in waterproof sunscreens, can cause a reaction)

- Octyl methoxycinnamate                                  

- Methylbenzylidene camphor

- Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

- Para-amenobenzoic acid (PABA)

- Phenylbenzimidazole

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Review – Can RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream Eliminate Wrinkles?

 

I have heard and read numerous good reviews on this brand RoC, a Johnson & Johnson brand, and have always wanted to try this brand for the longest time. One thing that hold me back is their potent ingredient – Retinol.

Retinol, the mildest form of vitamin A, may cause birth defects and it should not be used by women who are pregnant. As you guys should know by now that I was before desperately trying for a baby hence I do not want to risk my chance for that.

RoC, the french anti-aging skin care experts, has been at the forefront of skin care innovation. It has developed the first hypoallergenic skincare products in 1957 and Retinol Actif Pur, the first pure and stabilized form of vitamin A, a pioneer treatment in the visible reduction of wrinkles in 1995.

RoC was the first to formulate stabilized Retinol, a scientific proven anti-aging ingredient and RoC products are primarily sold in the skin care sections of drug stores nationwide. 

A colleague of mine has given me this RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream sample and I was looking forward to try my first RoC product actually.

Product profile

RoC Wrinkle Filler combines the anti-wrinkle properties of Retinol with the immediate filling properties of hyaluronic acid in a rich moisturising formula. Your skin looks visibly smoother, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced. 

Ingredients

The key ingredient, Retinol, is the mildest and non-prescription form of vitamin A. Studies have shown that vitamin A stimulates the production of new skin cells, increases cell turnover and build collagen. Unlike Retin-A and Renova – the more potent and prescription form of vitamin A which can cause irritation, Retinol is less likely to get irritated and therefore is ideal for people who are starting out on vitamin A.

RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream also contains hyaluronic acid, a good water-binding agent, which helps to plump the skin and visibly smoothing wrinkles.

Other beneficial ingredients are …. ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) and tocopheryl acetate (also known as vitamin E) which are good antioxidants.

Allantoin is an effective anti irritant and dihydroxy methyl chromone is claimed to boost the anti-aging performance of hyaluronic acid and retinol, and helps to balance skin.

Review

Although RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream is claimed to help rapidly smoothes the appearance of wrinkles, plumps and smoothes skin but some reports have shown that the amount of retinol on RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream is barely a dusting and therefore the skin won’t receive much or benefit from it.

So after a close up examining, I have noticed very slight and faintly visible improvement on fine lines at the forehead and areas below crows feet. But there is no visible improvement on deeper lines and wrinkles like crows feet and nasalabial folds. There is also no effect on skin moisture and texture though.

I like the smooth and slight creamy texture and it does not leave my skin feeling greasy at all.

RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Filler Cream, a 30ml day and night moisturizer, is Quality Standards Formulated to minimise the risk of allergy and Non-comedogenic that would not clog pores. It can be applied in the morning as a base for make-up, and/or at night to your face and neck.

Rating

Will I buy it? Maybe

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See What I have Bought At Taipei

 

Below are some of the things I have bought at Taipei.

These 3 pairs of sandals cost at NT$200 (S$9) each.

 

The pink flowery shoes cost at NT$190 (S$8.50), the gold stripy sandals cost at NT$690 (S$31) and the greyish blue sandals cost at NT$590 ($26.50)

 

This tube dress costs at NT$300 (S$13.50)

 

This peach top costs at NT$300 (S$13.50)

 

This top costs at NT$250 (S$11)

 

1. Eyeliner in bronze color at NT$378 ($17), 2. Mascara in black color for white hair coverage at NT$399 ($18), 3. Mascara hair highlighter in copper color at NT$280 ($12.60), 4. Black liner with a small brush at NT$378 (S$17)

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A Glimpse On Typhoon (Before It Actually Landed) @ Taipei Street

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Today, we didn’t have a chance to explore around @ Taipei due to the coming typhoon. But we only managed to capture a glimpse on the nearby street around the hotel.

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