Archive for January, 2012

Review – Dr. CiLabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage

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During my recent trip to Japan in April this year, I happened to come across a lifting cleansing product by Dr CiLabo that comes with an unique texture.

I believe most of you may not have heard of Dr CiLabo. Surprisingly it is pretty popular in Japan as I can find it at almost all the beauty stores I have patronized. Fortunately, Dr CiLabo is now available in Singapore and you can find it at Isetan Orchard, Parco Marina Bay and Centrepoint the Robinsons.

Dr CiLabo, a leading medical cosmetic brand in Japan, was founded by Yoshinori Shirono who is one of the few doctors in Japan specializing in dermatological laser surgery with over 50,000 cases under his name.

Its signature product Aqua Collagen Gel, is FREE of surfactants, mineral oils, artificial colorings or fragrances, has sold more than 10 millions jars so far.

Dr. CiLabo Enrich-Lift Cleansing & Massage, price at S$53.00 for a 110g, is one of the few amazing Dr CiLabo products I’ve tested. It is the love at first use! It is probably one of the best makeup cleansers I’ve use so far. Continue reading to find out more….

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Participating In The Origins Project Mega-Bright Test Panel

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Late last year in 2011, for the first time I was privileged to be invited to join the preview test panel for a new Origins revolutionary skin brightening serum that will be officially launched in February 2012.

Origins have once again collaborated with Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the world’s leading authorities on integrative health, to bring you this clinically proven treatment. This innovative botanical brightening serum is claimed to help even up skin tone, reduce dark spots and bring radiance to the skin.

In this Project Mega-Bright Test Panel, 10 lucky participants including myself have been selected to receive the serum in a trial-size bottle (without label). We are required to test the serum for continuous 28 days twice a day, morning and night. During the 28 days, it is recommended to refrain from having any cosmetic procedures done or from using any topical facial prescriptions in order to see a definite result.

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2012 Lunar New Year Greetings From Womenlovebeauty!

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NEW Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask & Medieu Sensitive Sun Cream

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A few weeks ago, I was pleased to receive a parcel with newly launched Leaders Clinic products from Serenity Allure. There are 4 packs of Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Masks, a Leaders Clinic Medieu Sensitive Sun Cream and a large passport case.

Are you familiar with this Korean brand Leaders Clinic? It is a leading clinical skincare brand that is developed by the top clinical experts in Korea. Their mask is one of the hottest selling clinical masks in Korea and it sells over 500,000 pieces in Korea each month. Their skincare line is also well-received by many Korean celebrities too.

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Leaders Clinic Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask – S$75 / a box (10 pieces)

Available at Sephora ION & Sephora MBS

Upon opening the parcel, what first caught my attention is the product name of the Snail Collagen Filler 2-Step Mask. Wow! Snail, collagen, filler, 2-step mask? The product name sounds tempting!

In the recent years, beauty products that are formulated with snail properties have been increasingly popular in Korea. It is claimed to have anti-aging benefits. To me, collagen and filler have the same benefits as they are usually made up of hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to help plump up fine lines and wrinkles. This is solely based on my own assumption anyway as there isn’t any ingredient list printed in English at the back of the packaging to identify on what are the ingredients that actually contain in it.

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Celebrating 30 Years Of Innovation

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Last Tuesday, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair celebrating its 30 Years of Innovation and I was privileged to be invited for the exclusive grand event at Grand Hyatt Hotel The Gallery.

This 30th anniversary celebration was attended by media representatives from magazines, press and major departmental stores.

It was an eye-opening event and I truly enjoyed it! During the event, I was glad to uncover the history, breakthrough and innovation behind the Advanced Night Repair in the past 30 years!

Joyce (right) and myself at the event.

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My first impression

In fact, I was first introduced to Night Repair way back in late 1980s when I was barely 20 years old. One fateful day, I was accompanying a colleague (who was 10 years older than me) to Estee Lauder counter at Tangs Orchard to check out the product. Back then, it was called the Night Repair Cellular Recovery Complex. My first impression of it was great and I was pretty impressed that it is the first night treatment ever introduced to the market. Its luxury packaging seem impressive too and I actually tempted to buy one.

One of the first Night Repair ads in the 80s.

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Advanced Night Repair

30 years of innovation. 3 significant launches.

In 1982, Estee Lauder launched its first innovative night treatment Night Repair Cellular Recovery Complex. It is the first product developed to help skin repair and recover from the visible effects of environmental assaults. A groundbreaking discovery of working in sync with the skin’s own natural process and circadian rhythms, repairing the signs of aging during sleep.

In 1991, nearly after 10 years later, Estee Lauder reformulated the Night Repair with proprietary antioxidant technologies to help boost skin’s natural renewal process and ability to recover from damage and repair the visible signs of aging overnight. Advanced Night Repair Protective Recovery Complex was born.

In 2009, Estee Lauder’s continuous research in genetic aging has led to a new discovery – Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. Formulated with exclusive Chronolux Technology that synchronizes clock genes in skin cells and ensures optimal natural repair. It reduces signs of aging and repairs the appearance of past damage caused by major environmental assault. In addition, it neutralizes up to 90% of environmentally generated free radicals and locks in moisture. The formula has over 20 patents worldwide.

Estee Lauder is among the first skincare brands to discover that DNA damage is the root cause of all skin aging. Environmental assaults such as air pollution and sun’s aging rays can cause damage to skin cells and their DNA. Even though our skin have the natural ability to repair itself but the natural repair process will be overwhelmed due to the multiple continuous new assaults that our skin have yet to adapt. What’s worse, skin’s natural ability to repair damage decreases as we age.

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Bio-Oil – Specialist Skincare For Scars, Stretch Marks & Uneven Skin Tone

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Many readers have been asking me to recommend a product that can heal acne scars or improve uneven skin tone. As there are many types of scars, a majority of us may mainly suffer discoloration or redness on the skin but there are a couple of us may unfortunately suffer a much more serious skin damage such as indentation that is caused by severe acne eruption. I will usually recommend a non-invasive treatment such as lasers to treat the latter cos I reckon no product in the market can ever eliminate or even reduce them.

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive my first specialty product Bio-Oil that is claimed to help improve acne scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

Bio-Oil is packed in a lovely first-aid kit pouch that also contains a bottle of Guardian Antiseptic Hand Rub (Lavender) and a box of Guardian Sterile Plastic Plaster. Love the first-aid kit pouch to the max!

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Bio-Oil – S$15.50 / 60ml

Bio-Oil, the newest launched product in Singapore in September 2011 by Cambert, is a specialist skincare oil originating from South Africa that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is suitable for use on the face and body, without the worry of leaving oily and uncomfortable residue.

Originated and manufactured in South Africa, this problem-solution specialist skincare oil was launched in 1987 and has grown to become the global leader in this segment over the last 20 years. Bio-Oil has won 69 skincare awards, as well as becoming the No.1 selling scar and stretch mark product in 11 countries.

It is claimed that today Bio-Oil is the product most recommended by doctors and pharmacists for scars and stretch marks in New Zealand, UK, Australia and South Africa. Many doctors and pharmacists around the world recommend Bio-Oil as their 1st choice for scars and stretch marks.

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More Korean Beauty Products At Watsons Singapore

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Calling out all fans of Korean beauty products, here’s something for you. Korean Wave fever has came alive at Watsons Singapore again.

To keep up with beauty trends and consumers’ needs, Watsons has brought in more Korean Beauty Brands in the recent months. Giving you a quick overview on some of the beauty products from Korea that are available at Watsons Singapore.

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Baviphat Miracle Snail Cure Hydro Gel Mask

Snails skincare products, the latest beauty craze, have been very popular in Korea in the recent years. Products made of snail slime, anti-aging properties, are claimed to moisturize, repair, renew and rejuvenate the skin. Baviphat Miracle Snail Cure Hydro Gel Mask, contains the snail slime leached substances in 45%, helps recovers the stability of the unbalanced troubled skin due to stress. This moisturizing hydro gel mask that is in gel texture, gets thinner while using and enables the potent ingredients to penetrate into the skin effectively.

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Luke Charcoal Nose Cleansing Strips

Luke Charcoal Nose Cleansing Strips, comes in a pack of 10, contains natural charcoal that helps remove dirt, sebum, pore clogging debris and lift away blackheads on the nose. This nose cleansing patch, also contains extract of Aloe, Green Tea and Licorice that help soothe and moisturize skin. It has to be used on a wet skin and refrain from using on acne blemishes or swollen, sunburned or excessively dry skin.

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Review – TK TrichoKare Scalp Treatment

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For the longest time, I have always been troubling with my premature greying hair. It started with a few strands when I was barely 20 years old. And now at 40s, there are almost 60% of grey hair covering all over my head. Thanks to my mom for the bad genes. :-(

And Lately, I am also troubling by hair loss. Hair become fragile and fall off easily. There are unsightly tiny bald spots on the crown and in front of the hairline. My hair also appear thinner too.

I feel so helpless and actually contemplate consulting a hair specialist and getting a scalp treatment done at one of the hair care centres here. I hold back the idea eventually as I was very skeptical of the result and having doubt if the treatment really works.

Fortunately 2 weeks ago, I was given an opportunity to experience a complimentary scalp treatment at TK TrichoKare @ Wheelock Place outlet. Thanks to TheSampleStore for extending this invitation to me.

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As it was my first hair and scalp treatment and prior to it, I was pretty excited and actually looking forward to it. TK TrichoKare is considered one of the reputed holistic hair and scalp centres in Singapore with Diana Ser as their spokeswoman.

Unlike Beijing 101 and Yunnan that use Chinese herbal remedies, TK TrichoKare uses premium European botanicals to treat hair condition. European botanical herbal remedies such as Jojoba, Rosemary, Burdock, Horsetail, Sage, Leopard’s Bane, Aloe Vera and Lavender are used to cater to all hair conditions.

TrichoKare specialises in treating hair and scalp problems including hair loss, greasy scalp, dandruff and many more, with the use of European herbal hair remedies. They offer a range of hair care programmes that are specially tailored for individual needs.

TrichoKare’s treatments are all validated by trichologist and TrichoKare’s products are formulated by herbalist.

Prior to the treatment, I was given a short tour of the facilities and the centre. The relaxing spa-quality environment provides an ultimate rejuvenating experience.

This private room is especially catered for Hair Weaving Treatment. This special hair treatment helps add up of hair to the scalp by weaving or braiding of hair.

Here’s their cozy hair washing area.

These octopus-looking machines are mounted above each cubicle.

The treatment session began with a scalp check. The hair consultant first analyzed my scalp (oily or dry) by gently rubbing it with her fingers. I was shocked to be told that my scalp is actually dry and not oily as I always thought. All these while, I have been using shampoos that are specially formulated for oily scalp, not knowing that I actually have dry scalp. Thankfully it wasn’t too late to find out and make the switch. ;-)

After which, she then placed a scalp applicator on 4 different areas of the scalp (crown, the back, right and left side of the head) for a precise scalp diagnosis.

Wow! My scalp on the left side of my head (just above left ear) was infected with red spots. Inflamed scalp is mainly due to fungal infections and can be treated easily. I was also shocked to see layer of dead skin on the scalp (white patchy skin) too. Eeee!! These dead scalp skin can to be removed with treatment.

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Preview Sothys Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme Hydrating Range

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One of the most effective way to upkeep my youthful and healthy looking skin is to constantly maintain a well-hydrated skin. If my skin is not properly hydrated, fine lines and wrinkles appear more visible, dehydrated lines on the cheek areas become noticeable and my skin will tend to get oilier too. My skin will also appear dull-looking, rough and lack of suppleness. At times, it may get itchy and sensitive too.

Proper skin hydration will improve the barrier function of the skin, accelerate skin metabolism and promote skin regeneration. Some doctors believe that it can even improve collagen production too. Hence it is important to keep our skin hydrating as dehydrated skin is actually one of the main causes of aging skin.

Dehydrated skin is commonly caused by external environmental factors (such as sun exposure, cold, winds, air-conditioning, hot baths) and physiological factors due to aging, poor skin barrier function and skin dryness.

3 weeks ago, I have attended a afternoon private Sothys Concoction Event held at Lawry’s Prime Rib @ Mandarin Orchard Gallery to preview Sothys Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme.

Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme comprises of (from left) Hydradvance Intensive Hydrating Serum, Hydra-Nourishing Mask, Hydradvance Light Hydrating Cream and Hydradvance Comfort Hydrating Cream.

“Inspired by GENE science, Sothys’ advance research in cosmetogenomics have ingeniously created Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme using Sothys’ patented H2CR@ Cosmeceutic Complex to boost the healthy cells and 1055 Boletus Extract to stimulate the genes to restore skin’s ability to REHYDRATE itself.”

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Received A New Lightening Product From Clariancy

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About two weeks ago, I’ve received a new skin lightening product – Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector from Clariancy Singapore.

Formulated with 2% hydroquinone, a potent skin lightening ingredient that is claimed to inhibit melanin production, reduce and potentially eliminate brown spots and hyperpigmentation from melasma.

Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector is designed with 2 pumps which consist of patented Active Luminaze Enzyme (pump #1) and Bio-Activator solution (pump #2). Both are to be applied separately. It is claimed to help even up skin tone, fades dark spots and post acne scars too.

I look forward to review this interesting product in the next couple of weeks. I will need to finish up my existing whitening products before embarking on this new lightening product in order to see a clearer result.

Stay tuned for my review. See ya! ;-)

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