Archive for September, 2011

NEW Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture Launch Event

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Do you know water is not only essential to our body but also to the skin too? It plays an important role for a youthful-looking skin. “Water is our first defense against aging” claims Dr Howard Murad, the founder of Murad Skincare.

When our skin turns oily or appears dull-looking, that might be a warning sign that our skin is craving for moisture. In addition, dehydration will slow down skin metabolism, increase sensitivity and cause lines and wrinkles too.

Hence it is very important to maintain a proper and consistent skin hydration for as long as we can. So how can we nourish our skin with a long-lasting moisture? Well read on to find out more…..

2 weeks ago, I was delighted to attend my first Murad event at Arteastiq @ Mandarin Gallery to preview the NEW Murad’s richest and most thirst-quenching moisturizer ever.

There are 12 beauty bloggers invited for this private Murad Holistic Inclusive Event.

A healthy meal was served to incorporate the holistic internal health. The drink (top left image) is not a Martini but an aromatic tea with lychee.

A Murad’s International Trainer from US shared with us the importance of a hydrating skin, the structure of a healthy cell, the goodness of the newly launched moisturizer plus the holistic internal health approach.

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Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture – S$142 / 50ml

Introducing Murad’s richest, most thirst-quenching moisturizer yet – the Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. This ultra rich formula is specially created to help combat aging and instantly relieves dryness and dehydration in mature skin while providing lasting moisture to restore youthful resilience and tone.

Dr Howard Murad, the founder of the market’s first doctor skincare line, has championed The Science of Cellular Water for years, a comprehensive approach towards achieving beautiful, youthful skin based on improving and maintaining the ability of skin cells to hold water.

Through his research, Dr Murad has shown that the better hydrated cells are, the better they can defend against internal and external aggressors that contribute to skin aging.

This intensely hydrating anti-aging cream, for mature or very dry skin, effectively delivers instant and long-term relief for dry, mature skin by locking in optimal moisture for 8 hours. It also helps renew and firm skin for improved suppleness and tone.

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Watsons – Superdrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum

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Have you heard of the rare Swiss apple? In the recent years, this rare Swiss Uttwiler Spatlauber apples has been hailed as the next big breakthrough anti-aging ingredient. Some cosmetics companies have already started promoting this “super apple” as the next best revolutionary wrinkle fighter. This rare apple is rumoured to be favored by celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Lopez.

I first encountered this ingredient when I recently attended a preview event on Lancome Hypn´se Precious Cells Mascara that contains this ingredient too.

This rare apple, originating from the Uttweiler Spatlauber, lasts months longer than other varieties and if the tree’s bark or unpicked is punctured, it appears to heal itself like human skin. This ingredient boosts the vitality of human skin stem cells, protects them from stress and helps to defend them against UV damage as well as decreasing appearance of wrinkles.

A few weeks ago, I have gladly received a new product Superdrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum from Watsons Singapore that is formulated with extracts from Swiss Uttwiler Spatlauber apples. This serum is claimed to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just four weeks! It has recently been launched in July 2011 and is exclusively available at selected Watsons stores at an affordable price of S$29.90.

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Superdrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum – S$29.90 / 30ml

Developed by scientists at the Mibelle lab in Switzerland, Superdrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum utilises the vitality of the Apple Stem Cell wonder ingredient to help promote a radiant and youthful-looking skin through the protection and regeneration of skin cells. Scientists have claimed that this miracle ingredient has the ability to reverse skin aging, increase the lifespan of human cells and even aid hair growth.

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Send Kiehl’s Gifts To Your Friends @ “Give A Gift Of Kiehl’s”

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To celebrate 160 years of giving, Kiehl’s is pleased to announce the launch “Give a Gift of Kiehl’s”. It is a Facebook application at Kiehl’s SG Facebook Fan Page that allows you to create and send your friends your very own personalized Kiehl’s Gift, filled with your favorite skincare samples. These personalized gifts are redeemable at all Kiehl’s Outlets in Singapore from now till 16th October 2011, with compliments from Kiehl’s.

Kiehl’s also celebrates the spirit of giving by delighting the user who sends the most gifts with 1 year supply of Kiehl’s finest formulations*!

Kiehl’s thank you and have fun sharing the joy of Giving! ;-)

* Terms & conditions apply

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Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum, A Natural Wrinkle Fighter

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Two weeks ago, I have earlier introduced an Origins collection – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection – that helps to defend inflammation (which is an invisible skin ager), making skin stronger and more resilient.

This collection strengthens skin barrier and helps prevent irritation, reduce sensitivity, minimize visible redness, prevent premature signs of aging, calm and soothe skin.

Click here to read my previous post on Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection.

As promised on my earlier post, I’m here to share with you a new anti-wrinkle prescription Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum which claims to have 88% of the visible wrinkle-reducing power of a prescription with 0% irritation! Woof!!

I was given a trial sample (15ml) of the new Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum which is equivalent to half the size of a full size Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum in 30ml.

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Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum – S$118.00 / 30ml

Product Profile : Although it’s not the same as prescription, in just 4 weeks nature’s next generation power plant helps visibly repair 4 major signs of aging without irritation. And with continued use, results improve. What will nature think of next!

As retinoids, also known as prescription Vitamin A or tretinoin, are widely used as a dermatological gold standard for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is claimed that they work by increasing epidermal cell turnover and by thinning skin’s topmost layer. Very often, these powerful anti-aging treatments can cause photo-sensitivity, redness, dryness, flaking and irritation.

I’m just a very good example as I do encounter similar skin reactions whenever I use retinoids or tretinoin. This powerful anti-aging ingredient causes my skin to become hyper sensitive, increase inflammation reaction such as redness, flaking and red bumps. I have since stopped using this prescription.

So when I was first introduced to this Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum, I was told that this serum has 88% of the visible wrinkle-reducing power of a prescription with 0% irritation, dryness and photo-sensitivity! It is claimed to be as potent as retinoids without the sight of inflammation! Woof! I was sold!

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Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid

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In the recent years, so many anti-aging products have been introduced in the market and to find the best anti-aging products that actually work for you is like looking for a needle in a haystack! Many products have somewhat similar and promising claims – Formulated with latest and greatest ingredients that can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines in 14 days!

Unfortunately, some of these so-called breakthrough ingredients are mostly antioxidants that can only effectively help to delay or prevent aging but they may not be able to reverse aging or make the wrinkles and fine lines disappear.

So what makes an anti-aging product ticks? Well, continue reading to find out more……

A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely delighted to receive a set of new Paula’s Choice anti-aging products for testing and review. Many thanks to Paula’s Choice Singapore for extending this review invitation to me. ;-)

The parcel contains Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer (w/ SPF 25 & Antioxidants).

To be true, I’m actually a big fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products and have consistently been using their products for the past 2 years. Two of my favorite Paula’s Choice products are :

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate (an improved version of Super Antioxidant Concentrate)

Since the 4 products I’ve received are under Paula’s Choice Resist System – a collection of products that is especially designed for those who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, so I’m here to give you a brief introduction on the Paula’s Choice Resist Resurfacing & Smoothing System before I proceed with my full review on the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

Do continue reading to discover what’s interesting about this product. ;-)

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Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Product Profile

  • 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system is what your wrinkles fear most!
  • Resurfaces your skin with 5% and 10% glycolic acid for significantly improved tone and texture
  • See fewer wrinkles, signs of sun damage, and discolorations
  • Stimulates healthy collagen production so you have smoother, firmer skin
  • Dramatically improves skin texture and uneven skin tone while delivering proven anti-aging ingredients
  • Brings back a youthful, radiant appearance within days
  • Over time, your skin will look younger and maintain a healthy glow
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System, for all skin types, comprises of Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment which contains 10% glycolic acid (to be used once a week at night) and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment that contains 5% glycolic acid (to be used daily except the day when using Weekly Resurfacing Treatment).

Glycolic acid, also known as AHA, is a leave-on exfoliant that is proven to exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together.

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NEW Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment

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Product Profile

  • Reduces multiple signs of aging
  • Builds skin-firming collagen
  • Corrects uneven skint one
  • Silky lotion calms skin with anti-irritants and antioxidants
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), suitable for all skin type, is claimed as a must-have product for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It is claimed to help prevent and reduce the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven tone and wrinkles.

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Japan Trip Diary (Part 5) – Beauty Stores & Skincare Products In Japan

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It has been 5 months since my recent trip to Japan in April 2011. I have earlier shared about food, shopping, scenery, hot spring ……………. and now I’m here to share something I love most – Cosmetics in Japan!

I decided to split into 2 posts as there are too many products to feature. In this post, I will be focusing on skincare products.

Shopping for cosmetics in Japan is a JOY! The selections are humongous! Look at the plentiful products, how could you not spoil for choices rite! Well, what I’m showing here are only part of the whole shop. Some beauty stores (shown above) are huge and the size of the whole shop is almost double the size of Watsons stores at Ngee Ann City.

There are so many of such beauty stores everywhere. The interesting thing is that I always manage to find something new and interesting at every shops. I love browsing through the enormous selection of makeup and skincare products. I can spend at least 2 hours in each shop. Thankfully my hubby was quite patient with me, if not I could have spent a day in just one shop alone.

In the recent years, many cosmetics shops such as this at Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade have been hiring shop assistants from China to help serve a large numbers of mandarin-speaking customers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Before the shop assistant from China attended to me, I actually have a hard time communicating with one of the Japanese shop assistant. He then brought out a detailed Handy Guide Book by Shiseido (see Shiseido’s logo in white circle) to see if I could find my answer from this guide book. I was just amazed that how much beauty information is covered in this book.

Aqualabel, which launched its first 3 skincare series Whitening, Hydrating and Acne in Singapore in 2010, carry other range of skincare products which are not available in Singapore yet, such as the pictures above.

I believe the “Royal Rich” (in light yellow packaging) products are under the anti-aging series. These different series are actually found at different stores. Although Aqualabel skincare products can be found at most beauty stores but different stores actually carry different ranges to Aqualabel.

Hada Labo also comes in other ranges which are not available in Singapore too. I have actually bought a Skin Conditioner Lotion out of curiosity although I have no idea what is it for hee hee………. I will try to figure it out before I use it. I hope to start using it before end of this year hee hee……….

Found this Hada Labo Collagen Drink from another store.

I have actually bought this new Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion during this Japan trip, thinking it was not available in Singapore yet. But coincidentally it was actually launched in Singapore a few days after I’ve arrived back. Hmmm…… Anyway, I’ve been using this product for a while, click here to read my review on this new anti-aging product.

SK-II, one of the most popular and prestige cosmetic brands, is easily available everywhere in Japan. Be it at the small beauty stores or the upscale department stores. Surprisingly, although the beauty stores offer massive discounts on SKII products but after converting the discounted price to Sing dollars, it doesn’t seem to be any cheaper to buy in Japan anyway. I feel that the best deal for SK-II products is at Perfumes & Cosmetics outlets @ Changi Airport Transit Areas.

Shiseido Haku Melanofocus, an award winning whitening essence, is formulated with 4MSK and m-Tranexemic acid that is patented by Shiseido.

On its first one and a half years, it has achieved a record with more than 2 million products sold. Lao Niu (牛尔老师) from Nu Ren Wo Zui Da (女人我最大) has ever recommended this whitening product on the popular Taiwanese variety show å¥³äººæˆ‘最大 before.

Since this product is only sold in Japan, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity and bought a bundle set that comes with a whitening mask at 30% discount @ 7350yen (UP 10500yen) which is equivalent to S$116. Quite expensive though. I’m currently using it, do stay tuned for my review.

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Review – DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil & DHC Pore Essence

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Just a while ago, I was delighted to receive a hand delivery from Watsons Singapore and it contains a couple of beauty products that I’m actually quite curious to try out.

Here’s a peek of what I have received – DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil, DHC Pore Essence, SuperDrug Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum, Watsons Bamboo Vinegar & Milk Exfoliating Foot Mask, Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are exclusively available at selected Watsons stores in Singapore. (read below for store locators)

So let me start with the ones that interest me most, the newly launched DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil and DHC Pore Essence.

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DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil – S$37.50 / 150ml

Due to the popular demand of the bestselling botanical DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, DHC has specially created a milder version DHC Mild Touch Cleansing Oil that helps to effectively remove dirt and impurities while maintaining skin’s moisture levels.

It is formulated with natural Lavender Essential Oil, Plural Amino Acid and Moringa Seed.

It is believed that skin problems such as clogged pores and skin irritation can occur if makeup and impurities are not properly removed, which I fully agree with it! DHC Deep Cleansing Oil solves this problem without stripping off your natural moisture.

This new mild cleansing oil actually contains 2 types of cleansing contents – regular cleansing ingredients and gemini amphiphilic cleansing ingredients. While regular cleansing ingredients contain water and oil dissolvable contents, gemini cleansing ingredients are oil in water emulsions. This helps the latter fulfill both “powerful cleansing” and moisture effect” simultaneously by enabling both oil and water contents to merge together.

In addition, this revolutionary formula disperses oil into ultra fine emulsion, causing makeup and impurities to rise to the surface while preventing re-absorption.

Hence, it is claimed that even the thickest makeup can be removed easily. I decided to do a test to see if the claim is true. Yes, this mild cleansing oil actually removes the permanent makeup effortlessly.

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Kiehl’s 160th Anniversary Limited Edition New York Heritage Collection

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In honor of Kiehl’s 160th Celebration, Kiehl’s proudly introduces the Limited Edition New York Heritage Collection that is only available for a limited time in stores this September 2011. The collection comprises of Ultra Facial Cream, Calendula Toner and Original Musk EDT. These three historical formulations, adorned with limited edition black and gold packaging inspired by Kiehl’s New York roots, are still customer favorites today.

Kiehl’s hopes to bring to customers the magic of Kiehl’s old-world formulas and to delight patrons with the many stories each have helped create.

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Original Musk Oil- S$84 / 50ml

Original Musk Oil, a “cult classic”, was formulated in the early 1920s with an interesting legend dating to way before 1958. It is only officially introduced to Kiehl’s customers in 1963 and is believed to be the first incarnation of the musk scent ever offered to the public.

Original Musk Oil is actually named as one of the great unisex fragrances at The Wall Street Journal dated Sept 26 2010.

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Calendula Toner – S$78 / 248ml

Kiehl’s Calendula Toner became an instant classic in the 1960s in part for its soothing and refreshing properties. Formulated with Calendula (derived from the Marigold flower), this alcohol-free toner helps gently tone oily prone skin.

This herbal-extract toner is also made with real whole flowers that are still handpicked to this day and placed in each bottle. It has received countless raves from patrons and till now Calendula Toner strongly remains one of the five selling products in Asia and it was voted as one of the “Best Beauty Buys” in InStyle Magazine in 2010 (UK).

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Ultra Facial Cream – S$86 / 125ml

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, formulated in 2005, has earlier been tested by Robert Anderson during the Kiehl’s sponsored “Greenland First Ascent” expedition, the inaugural climb of peaks rising from the island’s ice-covered glaciers.

This 24-hour, lightweight hydrator is a richer version of the popular Ultra Facial Moisturizer. In 2010, Kiehl’s sold over 1,480,000 pieces of Ultra Facial Cream around the world!

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 is available at:

Robinsons Raffles City t: 6338-3457 | VivoCity #01-11/12 t: 6376-9017 | TANGS Beauty Hall at TANGS Orchard t: 6732-5394 | Tampines Mall #01-29 t: 6785-7610 | Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, #B1-33 t: 6732-9695 | ION Orchard #B3-54 T: 6509-8941 | Plaza Singapura #01-29 t: 6454-3457 | Parkway Parade #01-29 t: 63461276| Bugis Junction #01-13 T: 6336-9022 | Robinsons Marina Bay Sands t: 6688-7254

Come join Kiehl’s SG Facebook Page for more Kiehl’s products updates now!

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Review – NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash

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To me proper cleansing is one of the most important basic regimen for my healthy-looking skin. My cleansing process comprises of two steps. Step 1 : using a makeup cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and pollution; and step 2 using a facial wash to cleanse away the residue on my face.

Facial wash is usually available in different texture such as gel, cream, foam or scrub; and I preferably like the gel (no soap) and the foamy texture.

As Japanese women believe that pulling and putting pressure on the skin while washing will lead to loss of firmness on the skin, hence the foam-based texture facial wash is especially popular among the Japanese women.

Recently, I have received a complimentary NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash to test and review. Kao Bior©, a popular drugstore brand from Japan, offers a selection of products that include facial wash, makeup remover, sunblock, pore pack and body powder.

The collagen enriched (moisturising benefit) and ultra fine fluffy foam (effective cleansing) are the 2 key selling points of this recently launched NEW Bior© Marshmallow Whip Facial Wash.

This ultra fine, soft and dense foamy texture acts as a cushion to your skin that is gentle and prevent cleansing pressure on the skin. So I believe that is why this facial wash is called “Marshmallow Whip” because of the texture similarity – bouncy, soft and cushion feel.

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Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection

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In the recent years, natural and organic skin care products are becoming popular. If you are a fan of natural and organic skin care, you may well have heard of Origins – a well-known high-end skincare brand that creates high-performance natural skincare that is powered by natural and proven by science. Origins use potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils.

Origins, introduced in the US in 1990, created natural skin care products such as face wash, face lotion, anti aging serum, lip balm, hydrating body lotion and body powder.

Recently, I was honored (first beauty blogger) to be invited to an exclusive private Origins session at Estee Lauder office to get to know more about Origins and to preview 2 of their skincare lines – Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection and NEW Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum.

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Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection

This improved Skin Relief Collection, with enhanced formula, is an integration between Origins and the world-renowned health authority Dr. Andrew Weil. Internal and external factors such as poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, hormonal change and pollution can be harmful to the skin and cause inflammation. This inflammation, that strikes deep within the skin’s surface, can lead to increased sensitivity, redness and premature signs of aging.

Irritation is an invisible ager!

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection includes specially-formulated products that work to combat irritation and contain Dr. Weil’s “Signature Six” ingredients of Hypsizygus Ulmarius, Cordyceps and Reishi Mushrooms, Ginger, Turmeric, Holy Basil and enhanced with key ingredient Lily Bulb, which helps defend skin against silent skin agers, making skin stronger and more resilient. This collection strengthens skin barrier and helps prevent irritation, minimize visible redness, calm and soothe skin.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Collection, now enhanced with key ingredient Lily Bulb, keeps skin calm and strengthened against silent skin-agers. This collection is suitable for sensitive, reactive skin and skin with rosacea.

The collection comprises of :

  • Now Advanced Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion (S$55.00 / 200ml)
  • Now Advanced Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream or Face Lotion (S$123.00 / 50ml)
  • Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum (S$108.00 for 30ml or S$138.00 for 50ml)
  • Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Cleanser (S$123.00 / 50ml)
  • Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum (S$77.00 / 15ml)
  • Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask (S$68.00 / 100ml)

All Origins products are FREE of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients (except cruelty free honey and beeswax).

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Now Advanced Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Lotion – S$123.00 / 50ml

I was delighted to be presented with a full-size Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Lotion during the private session.

This fast absorbing face lotion, also comes in a cream formula, penetrates into the skin easily and moisturizes skin while helping to calm and soothe it. It is formulated with the “Signature Six” ingredients and Lily Bulb to help visibly reduce redness in sensitive and reactive skin.

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