Archive for April, 2012

Laura Mercier Cosmetics Now At Sephora Singapore

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This April 2012, I was delighted to attend 2 exciting launch event to preview 2 amazing make up brands – LAURA MERCIER and BECCA – which were launched in early April and end April respectively.

The LAURA MERCIER event was held at Sephora outlet @ Ion Orchard where all the well-known cosmetics brands can be found.

LAURA MERCIER is exclusively available at all Sephora Singapore stores from early April 2012.

LAURA MERCIER Cosmetics, Skincare, Body & Bath and Fragrance was founded by Laura Mercier (a world-renowned makeup artist) in 1996 and it is now available in almost 1,122 stores in 27 countries at stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Sephora and many others.

“Before applying any colour, I always prepare the skin first. I create a fresh canvas with a flawless finish.” – Laura Mercier

Laura’s current clients include Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Isabella Rosellini, Brooke Shields, Ellen Barkin, Celine Dion, Meg Ryan, Ashley Judd, Meryl Streep and Julia Ormond.

LAURA MERCIER philosophy revolves around The Flawless Face – the concept that making skin look perfect is the first and foremost important thing a woman can do to achieve a great look. Laura believes that a flawless look begins with a fresh canvas, and each product has been specially developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, natural-looking complexion.

During the event, LAURA MERCIER‘s brand ambassador Tayaba Jafri (Director of International Artistry & Promotions) took us step by step through a full make up application using a range of LAURA MERCIER products.

She shared with us LAURA MERCIER’s 4 simple steps to the flawless face.

Step 1 : Prime The Skin

LAURA MERCIER is proud to be the first to introduce primer. Foundation Primer, creates the perfect canvas for makeup application. Primer is important as it ease the application of foundation and helps create a barrier between foundation and skin. It even out skin tone, help your makeup stay on longer and absorb oil.

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Giveaway Result – 5 Lucky Readers Have Won Biotherm Firm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate (40ml)

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Thanks to all lovely readers who have participated in the Biotherm Giveaway. 5 lucky readers have been randomly picked to win Biotherm Firm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate in 40ml.

Here’s the list of participants :

  • Cindy
  • Cindy Kho
  • Bebe Lee
  • Carol Ng
  • Huixin
  • Faith
  • Rane
  • Samantha
  • Sing
  • Quek CH
  • The Hooting Post
  • Grace Lee
  • KL
  • Pynk
  • Christine Sim
  • Jay
  • Hayden
  • Amanda
  • Imee Grace Quinones
  • Saralyn
  • Natalie
  • Danielle Sierra

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And the 5 winners are :

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Congratulations to Quek CH, Amanda, Saralyn, Huixin & Bebe Lee!

Quek CH, Amanda, Saralyn, Huixin and Bebe Lee you all are the lucky winners for the Biotherm Giveaway and each of you has won a Biotherm Firm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate in 40ml. Please send me an email at shirleen@womenlovebeauty.com with your full name and contact number by latest 5th May 2012 and I will correspond with you shortly. If I do not hear from you by 5th May 2012 12am (SST), your prize will be forfeited to the next winner.

For the rest, please do not feel disheartening as I’m hoping to throw more giveaways for you soon! :-)

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Make Up For Ever White Definition Instant Brightening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA++

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Lately in the span of 2 weeks, I’m pleasantly surprised to receive 3 newly launched powder foundations from 3 different leading brands. Interestingly, each of them has rather different USP (unique selling point) although all are designed to give an even, brighter and flawless looking skin.

The first was from Clarins which I have reviewed last week and the second powder foundation I’m going to review now is the Make Up For Ever WHITE DEFINITION Instant Brightening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA++.

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Make Up For Ever WHITE DEFINITION Instant Brightening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA++ – S$79

This Make Up For Ever WHITE DEFINITION Instant Brightening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA++ is specially designed for women who like to play with contrasts and want to create an image that is at once understated and sophisticated, said Dany Sanz (the founder of Make Up For Ever).

WHITE DEFINITION was launched at all Sephora Singapore stores and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique @ OUB Centre #04-16 from 1 March 2012, retailing at S$79.

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Achieve A Firmer Body Contour With Biotherm NEW Firm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate [Giveaway] 5 Deluxe Size To Be Given Away!

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End of March 2012, I was invited to preview a new body product by BiothermFirm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate.

It was held at a temporary Biotherm Atrium Body Corner @ VivoCity.

Prior to the introduction of the new product, we (bloggers) were given a short tour around the Biotherm Atrium Body Corner.

During the tour, we were re-introduced to some of Biotherm skincare products such as the popular Biotherm Aquasource range.

Biotherm believes that hydration plays an important role in keeping skin looking healthy and young. Dehydrated skin (left insert photo) will appear more wrinkled, dull-looking, rough and less ‘plump’.

Men are not forgotten too! There are a few ranges of Biotherm Homme skincare products specially for the men too. I actually like the scent of men skincare products.

Here’s a cozy area for the bloggers to gather around.

These 3 body products are specially designed to treat on targeted areas such as loss of firmness on stomach-waist area and reduction of stretchmarks.

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Introducing Biotherm NEW Firm Corrector Tensor Recompacting Body Concentrate

Available from April 2012 – S$82 / 200ml

I believe most of you (like me) will probably pay most attention to our face and neglect our body. If you are NOT one of us, well done! You should have been taking good care of your body and maintain it well. Keep it up with the good effort!

Do you know as we age, our skin loses around 1% of its collagen every year? So from 20 to 70 years, our skin actually lose up to 50% of its collagen, the major component of firmness.

Collagen is one of the main components of the skin extracellular matrix. As collagen quantities decline over time, this matrix gradually deconstructs, the skin eventually loses its density, suppleness and firmness, becoming progressively slacker, with a creased or sometimes crumpled appearance.

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BECCA Cosmetics Is Back To Singapore Again!

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If you are a fan of BECCA Cosmetics, you will be delighted to know that BECCA has finally arrived back at Singapore’s shopping belt – Orchard Road. Launching in end April 2012, BECCA Cosmetics will be available at Escentials Paragon, Escentials Tangs Orchard and Escentials The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

BECCA Cosmetics used to be available at Perfumes & Cosmetics @ Changi Airport Terminal 3 from 2008 and have a short stay at Sephora Singapore actually.

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Perfect foundation for a flawless complexion

BECCA Cosmetics was founded by Australian Makeup Artist Rebecca Morrice Williams. Her search for the ‘perfect foundation’ since she was a teenage and her frustration with inability to find the miracle product prone her to create the ultimate range of skin-perfecting products to suit all skin tones and ethnicities – from the fairest to the darkest complexions.

As a makeup artist, Rebecca was able to identify her clients’ cosmetic needs against the shortcomings of established cosmetic brands. She believed that this seemingly elusive flawless complexion was indeed achievable… but knew she would have to create it herself.

After 6 years of research and development, she created a range of products and BECCA was born.

“The whole philosophy of BECCA is about creating a natural, flawless look. It’s really about skin looking amazing – everything else is secondary.” – Rebecca Morrice Williams

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3 weeks ago, I was delighted to attend a private BECCA Cosmetics Preview Launch event that held at Escentials Paragon.

Steven Schapera, Rebecca’s business partner and CEO, gave us an in-depth presentation on BECCA‘s profile and success. With a diverse commercial background and international marketing expertise, he is actually the business mind behind BECCA‘s phenomenal international success.

International makeup artist Lisa Pemberton demonstrated the techniques to achieve a flawless complexion on a model while introducing BECCA Cosmetics range of products.

Wow! Both models have absolutely flawless complexion! Stunning! I’m super convinced!

Upon the makeup demonstration, here comes the exciting part – we were led to a room to try out ALL the BECCA range of products. WOW!!

BECCA is the first international cosmetic company to provide a Skin Perfecting Makeup System, for ALL women, no matter how pale or dark their skin. With over 34 shades of Concealer and 30 colors of Stick Foundation, BECCA is able to exactly match any complexion.

Skin Perfecting Makeup System, a simple 3 step system, is specially designed to correct, perfect and enhance the complexion.

BECCA Luminous Skin Colour, comes in 15 shades and in SPF 25+, is the ultimate sheer skin-protecting base that provides a barely-there tint of color with an ultra-soft, fresh finish. A combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation that has the benefits of a make-up, sun protection and skin-care product.

This moisturizing foundation seems like a perfect foundation for me, I do not need to apply any moisturizer when using it. Goodbye the greasiness feel from moisturizer! Love the sheer and natural finish.

BECCA Luminous Skin Colour, retailing at S$75 in 50ml, contains anti-oxidant vitamins A, B, D and E to help in tissue repair, increase collagen renewal and moisture holding capacity, whilst simultaneously protecting against pollution and free radical damage.

Check out the Stick Foundation, there are 30 colors to choose from. I beg you will be able to find the right shade for your skin.

BECCA Compact Concealer contains 2 highly pigmented formulations – extra-cover and medium-cover – that enable you to laying and mixing. This well-loved Concealer provides total camouflage for almost any skin problem including blemishes, scars, birthmarks and under eye circles.

With 34 shades of Concealer, you will definitely be able to find one to match your complexion exactly!

For the meantime, not all the colors will have the stocks ready at the counters. A pre-order and special delivery from UK will be made if the color you have selected is not available at the counters.

The soft, creamy texture and its non-powdery formulation are suitable for most skin types (including ultra-sensitive) and provides sheer to medium, natural looking coverage. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30+ to protect against over 96% of both UVA and UVB ray. Also contains antioxidant vitamins A, D, and E, which help to increase collagen renewal and the skin’s moisture holding capacity.

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A Powder Foundation With Whitening Benefits – Clarins NEW White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA+++

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In January 2012, after introducing 2 new additions – Whitening Velvet Emulsion and Whitening Velvet Emulsion SPF 20Clarins again extended its White Plus HP range with a new addition. And this round, it is not a skincare product but a makeup product instead.

In March 2012, Clarins has introduced White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA+++ and it is considered the first makeup product with whitening skincare benefits under the White Plus HP range.

It illuminates the complexion with a new radiance and helps the skin effectively fight the appearance of dark spots. It delivers double benefits : an incomparable whitening action and an even, brighter complexion.

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White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA+++

Case – S$18 – Refill – S$52

Similarly to other White Plus range of products, White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation SPF 30 PA+++ is also enriched with Sea Lily extract, the innovative plant extract in the White Plus HP range.

White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation, specially formulated for Asian women, benefits from the same technology in the White Plus HP range. In its formula, the combination of sea lily, alchemilla and raspberry controls melanin production and slows the appearance of dark spots. The skin naturally becomes brighter and dark spots are reduced.

It is also enriched with an exclusive complex composed of white tea extract rich in flavonoids and succory dock-cress extract that provides our skin with pollution and antioxidant protection by neutralizing free radicals.

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StriVectin Trial Pack Giveaway, Congratulations To 20 Winners!

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Thanks to all lovely readers who have participated for the StriVectin Trial Pack Giveaway which has officially closed on 14 April 11.59pm SGT.

I truly enjoyed reading the comments you have shared with us. You put a smile on my face each time I read each comment. You all are special and unique in your own way!

Here are the 20 winners and each have won a FREE StriVectin Trial Pack worth $50!

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Philosophy Skincare Is Finally Coming To Singapore!

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Calling out all fans of Philosophy skincare?

Yes, your long-awaiting brand will be arriving in Singapore soon! Thanks to Luxasia Singapore for bringing this fabulous brand here. And it is definitely a great news for those die-hard fans of Philosophy Skincare.

Philosophy Skincare will be officially launched at all Sephora outlets from 27th April 2012.

Singapore is the first to launch Philosophy Skincare brand in Asia market.

In February 2012, I was delighted to be invited to the Philosophy brand launch at The Art House. I was privileged to preview and patch test some of the much-acclaimed Philosophy best products such as the Microdelivery Peel and Turbo Booster C Powder.

The event began with a brand introduction speech presented by Marie-Laure Pons, Senior Vice President of Coty Prestige & Coty Beauty.

Followed by Robin White, Director of International Education & Global Press, introducing the range of Philosophy skincare products with local Dermatologist Dr Wong Soon Tee supporting dermatology questions.

Philosophy was founded in 1996 by Christina Carlino, an entrepreneur with 30 years of hand-on experience in wellness and beauty industry. Philosophy is the 4th biggest selling skincare brand in US and it was recently been bought over by Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Philosophy is the latest addition to Coty Prestige division.

Philosophy‘s lifestyle branding statement “Believe in miracle” and its strong spiritual and belief approach that builds an emotional connection with the consumers, successfully capture consumers attention and leave a lasting impression. The brand positively brings beauty to the body and the mind.

Alike Benefit, Philosophy has also named almost all of their skincare products in an unique and interesting way such as Hope In A Jar, Here Comes The Sun, Keep The Peace, Purity Made Simple and When Hope Is Not Enough.

In fact, Oprah Winfrey has named Philosophy‘s star moisturizer, Hope In A Jar, as one of her favorite products. It was featured 6 times on her ’10 Best Things’ list and Philosophy subsequently featured Oprah’s image on a special edition jar which instantly became one of the brand’s biggest selling products.

Hope In A Jar, formulated with potent antioxidants and amino acids, comes in 3 different formulation to suit individual skin type for a optimal hydration and smoother complexion.

Hope In A Jar Oil-free Gel is a lightweight, oil-free gel moisturizer that is suitable for normal to oily skin. Hope In A Jar, the high-performance moisturizer, is an award-winning daily moisturizer for all skin types that helps reduce the appearance of dull skin, rough texture and dehydration. And Hope In A Jar For Dry Skin, an extra-rich moisturizer especially created for normal to dry skin, is a therapeutic moisturizer that helps relieve dryness and soothe irritated or sensitive skin.

Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser For Face And Eyes is an award winning product that removes makeup, cleanses, tones and lightly hydrates the skin, all in one simple step. It has won 4 times the Allure reader’s choice award in the US. Formulated with 12 essential oils to help calm and soothe skin. It is claimed to be gently enough to be used around eye areas and on sensitive skin.

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Review – StriVectin-WH Photo-White Booster Serum & Day Lotion SPF 30 (20 Readers To Win A FREE Trial Pack Worth $50)

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Many weeks ago, I’ve actually attended my first StriVectin event to preview their latest and first whitening range – WH Photo-White. Click here to read my previous post on the launch event.

I was presented with a full size StriVectin-WH Photo-White Booster Serum and Photo-White Day Lotion SPF 30 during the event. So here’s my review on both products after testing them for almost 8 weeks.

Do read on to find out how to win a FREE trial pack of StriVectin products worth S$50.

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WH Photo-White Brief Introduction

Presently, WH Photo-White range actually comprises of StriVectin WH Photo-White Booster Serum, Spot Repair and Day Lotion SPF 30. A fourth product, Hydrating Night Cream, will probably be launched in later part of the year.

WH Photo-White, formulated with vitamin C complex® and NIA-114, help diminish the appearance of excess pigmentation (such as dark spots and skin discoloration) and skin becomes more even toned, brighter and radiant.

Its patented formula NIA-114 is claimed to be clinically proven to be 6x more effective than brightening actives alone in just 4 weeks.

StriVectin-WH Photo-White treatments works on three levels to:

  • Slow down the production of melanin
  • Normalize the transfer of pigment and improve the overall quality of the cell
  • Increase cell turnover to reveal those higher quality cells and get rid of dark spots
    and discolorations quicker!

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Ingredients

StriVectin WH Photo-White Booster Serum ingredient list.

StriVectin WH Photo-White Day Lotion SPF 30 ingredient list.

Proprietary NIA-114 (niacin, in the form of Nicotinic Acid) targets the triggers that cause hyperpigmentation by normalizing the transfer of pigments, and rebuilding skin health so you can hold onto new radiance.

Natural Tyrosinase Inhibitors, Vitamin C and Synovea® Skin Brightener (hexylresorcinol), help to regulate melanin formation, which is the source of dark spots, sun spots and age spots.

Vitamin C (stable ascorbyl glucoside) diminishes melanin production, reduces existing melanin, stimulates collagen and acts as a strong antioxidant.

Willowbark Extract, a natural form of salicylic acid, generates cell turnover to shed pigmented cells and improve skin texture.

Betaine, from Sugar Beet, a natural skin softener, minimizes transepidermal water loss (TEWL) for an overall smoother, healthier-looking complexion.

Pomegranate Extract, a powerful antioxidant, aids in enhancing cell turnover.

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Reviews! Reviews! Reviews!

I have been suffering from stubborn dark spots around cheek areas and a slight discolorations and uneven skin tone for the longest time. So when I was being invited to test the newly launched StriVectin-WH Photo-White Booster Serum and Photo-White Day Lotion SPF 30 for 8 weeks, I accepted it without any hesitation. ;-)

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Previewed The New La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night & Swiss Cellular Intensive Illuminating Mask

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Two Saturdays ago, I have attended my very first La Prairie event to preview the latest breakthrough night-time treatment and the new whitening sheet mask. It was a nice private and cozy event, held at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, and only 6 beauty bloggers were invited.

So before I begin to share more about the products, do you know our skin cells perform different functions between day and night? Well in the day, our skin prioritize its protective functions acting against UV rays, pollution and stress. And while we sleep, our skin prioritize skin cell renewal and perform skin repair function. Hence the best time to rejuvenate our skin is at night. It is also the best time to deliver high concentrated nutrition into the skin while our body is at rest.

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Introduction the NEW La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night – S$780 / 40ml

La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night, recently launched in end February 2012, is specially designed with a unique delivery system that make a never-before combination of Retinol and Oxygen to the exceptional skin-renewal energy of Cellular Power Infusion. It is also designed to take advantage of the “recovery mode” your skin assumes while your body is asleep.

Cellular Power Charge Night builds on the 3-dimensional action of Cellular Power Infusion – boosting the skin’s energy supply, improving cellular communication, and supporting the structural rebuilding of skin tissue – with the mutually optimizing additions of Activated Retinol and a proprietary Oxygen Accelerator.

Retinol & Oxygen : 2 keys to nighttime skin renewal

Retinol, also known as non-prescription Vitamin A, is a potent antioxidant and it is also considered a wrinkle fighter and collagen booster. It is proven to increase cell turnover for a firmer, younger-looking skin. It can also helps minimize pores and dark spots. Cellular Power Charge Night is formulated with microencapsulated time-release Activated Retinol that is easily absorbed by the skin without any irritation and dryness.

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