Archive for April, 2011

Review – Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, No7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream & No7 Lift & Luminate Day Cream SPF 15

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Many months ago, I was supposed to review three BOOTS products which I have received from asia.boots.com (managed by Boots Retail Thailand). And also to throw a giveaway on Boots products at the same time. So why am I taking so long to post this review? Well it is because Boots and I couldn’t agree on the giveaway mechanic and eventually I decided to post the review minus the giveaway.

At first, Boots Asia suggested that in order for the readers to participate for the giveaway, each of them will need to submit a photo of themselves with their favourite Boots product that work. The most creative picture wins. And Boots Asia has claimed that this is actually a simple mechanic. Well simple to them but not for my readers though! I was extremely turned off by the suggested mechanic as that will mean my readers will need to purchase a Boots product before they can participate on the giveaway. Why should my readers part their money just for the giveaway? And my email box will also be flooded with readers’ submission too. It’s too troublesome for me and my readers especially! It just doesn’t make any sense at all! What a stupid idea!

They later tweaked it a little by suggesting having my readers to capture a screenshot of a Boots product that they would like to try out and why. Well so what’s the different, this mechanic is as bad as the first!

Anyway, the three products that I will be reviewing are No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, No7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream and No7 Lift & Luminate Day Cream SPF 15.

But firstly, are you familiar with this UK brand BOOTS? If you’re not, click here for a brief description of the brand.

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My Impression With BOOTS Products

I’ve noticed that one of the products I’ve received, it actually looks different from the ones found at UK website.

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No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum

Product Profile

Reveal younger looking skin with No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum. This powerful blend of protecting and renewing ingredients helps reduce the appearance of pores, smoothing lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks.

Review

Although this silicone-based fragrance-free serum contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate (one of the less potent Vitamin C), retinyl palmitate (is Vitamin A but not retinol as claimed) and other antioxidants such as Vitamin E but unfortunately I couldn’t see any result at all.

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Beauty Questions? Ask Dr. Irwin
- Dermatologist In Denver

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Reader’s Question

Dr.Irwin,

I heard you on Paula’s radio blog and would love you to direct me to a skilled derm in Denver for fillers and even an excellent plastic surgeon for a possible future mini-lift.  i would really appreciate some direction.
Thanks.

Miro

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Dr. Irwin’s Answer

I highly recommend dermatologist Dr Joel Cohen, who has an office just outside of Denver in Englewood. His website is www.aboutskinderm.com or call 303-756-7546. Dr Cohen is very renowned for his work with fillers — teaches his techniques to other physicians around the world. He will also be able to direct you to a facial plastic surgeon in the future. Good luck!

Dr. Irwin

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Guest Blogger Dr. Irwin – When To See A Dermatologist

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Finding a good cosmetic dermatologist is extremely important. There is a big difference between a great doctor and a just okay one. A great doctor will consistently get you good results and if you do have a problem or complication will know how to fix it. A not so great doctor will have more complications and may not know how to fix them.

Four questions to ask before going to visit a new dermatology office:

  1. Is there a doctor on site at all times?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology? Go to www.aad.org
  3. Has the office been in business for more than 5 years?
  4. Who does the lasering or injections?

Click here for more detailed information on how to find a good cosmetic dermatologist.

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When should you see a dermatologist?

A small outbreak of acne doesn’t always require a trip to the dermatologist, but if you have conditions such as the ones listed below, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist:

See your dermatologist RIGHT AWAY if you have a:

1. Mole that has changed. The main things to look out for are the ABCD’s of Melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer):
- A for Asymmetry, if one half is different than the other half
- B for Border Irregularity, if the edges are notched, uneven or blurred
- C for Color, if the color is uneven or has shades of black, brown or tan
- D for Diameter, if the mole is larger than 6 millimeters (larger than a pencil eraser)
- Other warning signs are redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching, or a scaly appearance

2. Cystic acne that may lead to scarring

3. Rash, skin infection or blister that is painful, itchy, bleeding, hot, swollen, occurs frequently or doesn’t go away

4. A wound that won’t heal

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Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist who can help if you have:

  1. A close relative who has had melanoma or a personal history of skin cancer
  2. Acne that does not go away despite good home care
  3. Atopic dermatitis / eczema — chronic itchy skin often associated with a rash
  4. Rosacea — chronic redness, swelling or skin eruptions
  5. Psoriasis — thick red skin with flaky scaly patches
  6. Herpes blisters
  7. Scars or birthmarks you are uncomfortable with
  8. Been considering a cosmetic procedure such as Botox, dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra)
  9. Cosmetic laser treatments for enlarged blood vessels, brown spots and wrinkles
  10. Excess hair and are considering laser hair removal
  11. Hair thinning, hair falling out, or small patches of hair loss
  12. Leg veins that bother you and you would like removed

Click here to see my regional guide to excellent cosmetic dermatologists in the US.

Click here to see my in-depth guide to cosmetic areas.

Dr. Irwin

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I’m Now In Japan!

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Well, here’s an update and it’s going to be a very brief post. This was my first experience writing a short post on a plane. Listening to New Age and viewing sun set on the horizon…… it was indeed a nice experience.

Everyone around me was asking the same question on why I have decided to head down to Japan even though I knew very well the situation in Japan is still quite chaotic now. It has been more than a month now and my hubby and I are not too worried as we are not going anywhere near the affected area such as Tokyo or Fukushima. We will be spending our 11 days 9 nights in Hokkaido which is northern island in Japan.

This is our second and free-an-easy trip to Japan and we will be exploring Hakodate, Noritebetsu, Otaru and Sapporo. Can’t wait for a quiet and relaxing holiday. See you soon.

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Our flight was pleasant and fun, thanks to this adorable Japanese girl.

The flight was barely half full.

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Review – Rapellez Nano Power Cell Revival

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I have recently indulged on a rejuvenating treatment at Rapellez Beauty Spa. I was very honored to be able to experience one of their most expensive treatments - Nano Power Cell Revival.

In order to meet consumer needs, Rapellez Beauty Spa has extended their operating hours till 10pm unlike most beauty spas which usually close for business between 8 to 9pm. This is definitely beneficial for working women who knock off late after 7pm. I reckon Rapellez is the only beauty spa that operates till so late. Their business hours are : 11am to 10pm on weekdays, 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

I actually like the chic and serene Victorian styled atmosphere at Rapellez. I feel extremely relaxed and calm at this huge waiting room which is decorated with a nice chandelier and a big screen TV mounted on the wall.

A cozy dressing table and lockers on the left.

A deluxe hot bath room.

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About Rapellez Beauty Spa

Rapellez Beauty Spa is a beauty spa who has been around for 9 years now. The quintessence of Rapellez is echoed by the chic and serene Victorian styled atmosphere which takes pride in promoting the essential and delightful quietude, away from the bustling city. Each large embroidery-printed curtain at the outlets leads to several private havens of prolific grandeur. Blended with serenity and healing assets, Rapellez uses the finest quality of products from France and aims to provide optimum service for all who make that choice to patronize the products and services.

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About Nano Power Cell Revival

The Nano Power Cell Revival is a 3 in 1 combination of bio light therapy, electroporation and nano technology. The benefits of each of these are as follows:

  1. The Bio Light Therapy promotes cell renewal, stimulates mitochondria to increase Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP or cell energy) and aids in increasing collagen production.
  2. The Electroporation releases special electric impulses that act on the cell membranes which increases the permeability of the skin. In addition to this, this part of the treatment also prolongs the absorption time frame.
  3. The Nano Technology is able to split molecules in a ratio of 1:1000 to provide the best absorption for the skin cells. This technology is able to raise the absorption level by up to 80% and it passes through the epidermal barrier, soaking into the cell membranes of the skin which ultimately aids in synthesizing the skin cells.

The Nano Power Cell Revival facial is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, acne and pigmented skins. This treatment is however NOT recommended for those who are pregnant. In summary, this facial is good for continuous rejuvenation and reflects radiance and clarity of the skin.

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Review

Before the actual facial treatment began, I was given a soothing back, shoulder and neck massage. In fact, this short back massage is included on all Rapellez treatments.

Nano Power Cell Revival treatment began with an aroma scent inhaling & exhaling process and follow with a gentle cleansing. The treatment also includes a gentle aromatic scrubbing, eye brow tweeting and pores extraction.

And the next step is my most favorite procedure which is the lymphatic massage. Prior to the massage, the therapist prepped my skin with toner to help soothe the skin.

With a few drops of lemongrass on her palms, she gently pressed my skin in a circular motion and this “dry” lymphatic massage is slow but calm. Although the technique seems pretty simple but to my surprise it is super super rejuvenating! I really enjoyed it so much that I get this goose bumps sensation on my arms and my whole body felt super relaxed. It was heaven to me! Oh please don’t don’t…………STOP!! I really love this lymphatic massage and the lemongrass scent a lot!

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Beauty Questions? Ask Dr. Irwin
- Skincare Products That Cause Rashes

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Reader’s Question

Hi Dr.Irwin,

I am a newbie to skincare and had encounter with some problems lately. I am having dry and sensitive skin. After I mixed my pure beauty toner and a cybercolour sleeping mask. Reaction after this step left rashes on my face and was only subside after I brought the La roache posay moisturizer. Recently I notice I get breakouts easily and stopped all products for 1 week and switch to Neogence hyluronic acid hydrating oil control water gel with the hyluronic acid hydrating essence and problem didn’t subside.

Pls advice!

Thank you.

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Dr. Irwin’s Answer

Reactions to skin care product are surprisingly common. And we women often use multiple products on our faces, making it difficult to tell which product is the culprit. If the rash is persistent or severe, please see a doctor. One good strategy is to stop everything you are using and switch to a very bland cleanser and a moisturizer made for sensitive skin. Try the Free & Clear line sometimes also called Vanicream or Cetaphil. You can find it online. If you clear up on those products you can add your own products back one at a time, one week apart. That way, you’ll be able to tell which product is irritating you.

Best,
Dr. Irwin

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Review – Sunplay SPF 130 PA+++ Super Block Clear Finish & SPF 80 PA++ UV Body Mist Sunblock

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By now, I believe you should be aware that sun is the #1 cause of premature aging. And in fact, the earlier that exposure begins, the longer it goes on, the worse the damage is.

Protecting yourself from ultraviolet radiation is the most important task you should do to revere or prevent sun damage. Applying sunscreen daily is definitely one of the best sun protection you can do to your skin.

I have recently received a complimentary Sunplay SPF 130 PA+++ Super Block Clear Finish and a Sunplay SPF 80 PA++ UV Body Mist Sunblock. Many thanks to TheSampleStore for sponsoring these products to me.

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Sunplay SPF 80 PA++ UV Body Mist Sunblock

S$17.90 / Net wt. 150ml

Sunplay SPF 80 PA++ UV Body Mist Sunblock, the newest sunblock from Sunplay, is the #1 sunscreen in Japan. It will be officially launched islandwide on 18 April 2011.

This easy-to-use spray-on sunscreen with high SPF 80 protection, protect skin from harmful UVB rays that cause sun burnt and PA++ protection from harmful UVA rays that cause wrinkles and skin-aging. It has became the best seller sunscreen upon its launch in Hong Kong last year.

The benefits of UV Body Mist Sunblock

  • SPF 80 PA++ – high UVA and UVB protection
  • Water resistant, long lasting for all kinds of outdoor activities
  • Easy-to-apply one touch aerosol spray, applies evenly to whole body
  • Refreshing citrus scent, with cooling sensation to soothe sunburned skin
  • Non-greasy and light

I have noticed that alcohol is the first ingredient on the ingredient list which usually means it has high concentration in it. Although I refrain from using any product that contains alcohol as it will tend to dry up the skin but I will still continue using it as I find it easy to use and convenient. Due to the alcohol content, this sunscreen is only suitable for the body and therefore NOT advisable to use it on your face especially.

UV Body Mist Sunblock also contains minuscule amount of vitamin C and E to help fight free radicals and increase sun protection from UV rays.

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Pledge For A Good Cause & Stand A Chance To Win A $500 Kiehl’s Hamper

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Are you aware that Kiehl’s is having a collaboration with multi-talented Singer-Songwriter, JJ Lin for the “Kiehl’s X JJ Lin For A BIGGER Cause”, to raise funds for the children from Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), in April 2011?

If you are not, click here to read my previous post on “Kiehl’s X JJ Lin For A BIGGER Cause”.

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From now till 30 April, in addition to their effort to raise fund for Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), Kiehl’s would like to invite you to pledge your support for the children from MINDS by simply clicking “I SUPPORT” on their online petition as a shared voice to inspire and encourage the children from MINDS.

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In support of MINDS, simply take action by clicking on the ‘I SUPPORT’ button at the link provided below!

http://www.kiehlstimes.com/apr2011/pledge.php

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Spread the word! Tell your friends! And Stand a chance to win a $500 Kiehl’s Hamper!

Call along as many friends to support this good cause with you and stand to win a $500 Kiehl’s hamper, plus a BIG thank you from 2,400 children from MINDS as a token of appreciation. ;-)

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Exclusive Luncheon Session With Maggie & Annie From Benefit

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Last Saturday, I was privileged to be invited for an exclusive luncheon session with Maggie and Annie, Makeup Trend Artists from Benefit.

Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson are the daughters of co-founder Jean Ford and nieces of Jane Ford. This private event was held at Mezza 9, Washi Lounge @ Grand Hyatt Singapore.

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About Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics was founded by Ford twins Jean and Jane Ford back in 1976. After achieving success as models and makeup artists, they were inspired to open a small unique beauty boutique in San Francisco with a whimsical candy store atmosphere. ”Who says makeup has to be serious to be good?” they said. To deliver beauty fixes to gals with their wackiness and know-how, Benefit has now successfully grown into a fun global brand at over 2000 counters in more than 30 countries.

The Ford twins have naturally extended their beauty legacy to include Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson (Jean’s daughters). Since young, this second generation sisters enjoy wielding mascara wands and lipstick bullets, and they credit their artistic talents to a lifetime of tinkering with powder and paint. They have grown up watching their mom and aunt mixed colors on the kitchen table to create products such as Benetint, Dr. feelgood and Eye Bright.

“What two can do, four can do better!” – Jean & Jane Ford

Maggie and Annie now travel the world, working hands-on with customers and sharing their inside vibe on beauty. For this trip, Maggie and Annie have travelled to Korea and Malaysia, and Singapore is their third stop. After Singapore, they have proceeded to their fourth and last stop in Australia.

Maggie (in beige), the elder sister, is based in New York whilst Annie (in black), the younger one is based in San Francisco.

Eight beauty bloggers (including Joyce on the left pic & Jade on the right pic) and a representative from CozyCot have attended this up close and personal session with Maggie and Annie.

Both Annie (left) and Maggie (right) are so tall and gorgeous, I look like a dwarf to them.

In this video, Maggie and Annie shared their thoughts on Benefit for Asian women, top selling Benefit products, BB cream and many more…………..

Although Benefit does not believe in spending money on advertising and yet it has managed to successfully expanded globally through other forms of awareness. Maggie and Annie agreed that although cosmetics is their main focus point but they feel that skincare plays an important role for Benefit too.

Customers come to Benefit not just for makeup but for experience too. They want to have fun, feel good and live looking good. Benefit, a fun global brand, wants to provide these customers with everything, not just cosmetics but skincare too. “We want them to stay! We want them to use our eye cream. We want to give them the skincare in the Benefit way and that is what customers are asking for for a long time.” - said Annie.

I truly enjoyed this short luncheon session with Maggie and Annie. It was a great opportunity to have known them better and I hope I will have a chance to meet up with them again. ;-)

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Review – Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler

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In early 2011, Kiehl’s has once again launched a new innovative skincare product – Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler islandwide in Singapore.

Kiehl’s is considered one of the first few brands to have developed a wrinkle filler product. Other brands that have developed similar products are RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler, Boots Intensive Line Filler, Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler and Babor Wrinkle Filler.

A month ago, I was delighted to receive a complimentary Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler and it is the first and only wrinkle filler I’ve tested so far.

Frankly, I have been longing to try a wrinkle filler for a long time! An instant filler for my nasalabiol folds, marionette lines and crow’s feet without going under the knife! You will probably ask on why have I not tested other wrinkle fillers before? Well, there is no one product that has tempted me to do so. Kiehl’s is one of the reliable brands I have known and the product claim of this new Kiehl’s Wrinkle Filler is so convincing that I couldn’t resist anymore. In addition, I like the idea that it is FREE of fragrance, silicone and paraben.

Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler is the latest addition to the Dermatologist Solutions line.

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Product Claim

Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler works instantly and over time without any silicones! Two types of Hyaluronic Acid provide double the wrinkle filling power instantly filling in wrinkles while also plumping and smoothing them over time.

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Ingredients

The active ingredients are Sodium Hyaluronate Filling Spheres, Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid, Tensor Polymer and AD-1 Peptide.

Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler is claimed to contain potent blend of two types of extremely bio-compatible Hyaluronic Acids, plus polymers, peptides and silica to provide double the wrinkle filling power that instantly filling in, plumping and smoothing wrinkles.

Ironically, based on Beautypedia’s review, the two types of hyaluronic acids are barely present in the product to produce result. Well, as I’m still not very familiar with skincare ingredients, I have no idea if the claim is true! And according to the ingredient list, Sodium Hyaluronate and Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid are listed on the last and last third respectively which means the amounts are usually minuscule.

This wrinkle filler treatment contains alcohol (second on the ingredient list) which may cause dryness and irritation.

It is FREE of fragrance, silicone and paraben.

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Review

For the past few years, I have been painstakingly finding ways to eliminate my nasolabial folds and marionette lines. I really hate those lines and folds as they really make me appearing old and tired-looking.

Similarly to other wrinkle fillers, Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler is claimed to clinically diminish the look of lines and wrinkles instantly. It is also claimed to minimize the number of facial lines over time, in as little as four weeks.

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