Archive for November, 2012

NEW Origins Make A Difference Plus + Moisturizer & Treatment


Recently, I was invited to visit an Origins outlet @ Robinsons Raffles City to preview two new additions to its Make A Difference Plus + Collection, that offers a new approach to correcting skin dehydration. Introducing NEW Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment and NEW Make A Difference Plus +Moisturizer. Retailing at S$78.00 (50ml) for both, these latest moisturizers are available from October 2012 onwards.

Origins, the natural skin care brand, has shown that perpetually dehydrated skin may lack a naturally occurring enzyme named Caspase-14 which helps skin produce and maintain critical moisture levels. When the skin lacks of this enzyme, skin will experience a biological deficit and faces persistent, non-resolving dryness. To address this biological deficit, Origins utilizes advanced technology to support dehydrated skin while also delivering non-stop moisture.


Make A Difference Plus + Collection

The Make A Difference Plus + Collection – including the NEW Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment and Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenation Moisturizer – features a combination of potent botanical and natural ingredients that work in tandem to support skin’s vital Natural Moisturizing Factor.

Caspase-14 (shown above), together with Fillagrin (a biological protein) and Urea (an organic compound), create skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor that produce moisture and help skin retain a natural reservoir of hydration. Origins complex of Lychee and Watermelon Extracts combined with Rhodocrosite, a red gemstone, helps boost moisture production. The result is healthy, hydrated skin.

Other ingredients found in the collection are Rose of Jericho, Micrococcus Lysate, Padina Pavonica and Murmuru Butter. An essential oil blend of Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Spearmint, Rose and Vetiver imparts a light, refreshing scent.

Make A Difference Plus + is claimed to increase moisture levels by 75% and retain continuous moisture levels for 24 hours upon just one application. A clinical study was done and it is claimed that 96% of women who applied Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment for 4 weeks, showed a significant improvement in moisture and the ability to retain moisture levels for 48 hours upon one application.

The 2 new additions -  Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer (left) and Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenation Treatment (right).

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Review – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque


Recently, I was delighted to receive a surprise complimentary hydrating mask from Kiehl’s Singapore. It is the new Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and is the latest addition to its Ultra Facial line.

kiehl's ultra facial overnight hydrating masque

Ultra Facial collection, offers a range of hydrating products, was first introduced in the early 1970s with iconic Ultra Facial Moisturizer that was loved by celebrities and fans all over the world.

I have dehydrated skin that easily turns oily in the midday under a hot sun. Hence the foundation doesn’t stay well on my skin. My dehydrated skin is the result of the lack of moisture in the skin. Skin actually turns oily when it lacks moisture, as oil production is increased to lubricate the skin.

I’m very excited to test this product as I have never tried any Kiehl’s mask before and I have always wanted to try an overnight hydrating mask for the longest time too.

Alike other sleeping mask, Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, retailing at S$55 for 125ml, is designed to help boost skin’s ability to absorb and hold moisture while you asleep, resulting in long-lasting hydration and a healthier, youthful appearance.

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Watsons Flagship Store Re-opening Ceremony At Takashimaya Shopping Centre


Two weeks ago, I was privileged to be invited to join Watsons, Singapore’s favorite #1 health and beauty retailer, in celebrating the re-opening of its all-new flagship store at Takashimaya Shopping Centre #B2-06/10.

This largest Watsons store in Singapore offers a surfeit of beauty and healthcare items in line with the latest beauty trends in the market. Covering 7,000 sq feet and the best in-class store in the A.S. Watson Group, the store provides an innovative retail concepts for a more engaging and interesting shopping experience.

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My SK-II’s 10-day STEMPOWER Challenge


As we know aging is inevitable and it is believed it starts as early as early 20s. I have to confess, I’m terribly afraid of getting old! (entering my mid 40s next year) Friends who know me well are aware that I almost go insane because of it…….. <pulling hair> Thanks to the new innovation in skincare in the recent years, aging can now be delayed or may even reverse.


Recently, I was privileged to be invited to take part in SK-II’s 10-day STEMPOWER Challenge. I was so excited about it that I accepted it without hesitation.

SK-II STEMPOWER, the latest anti-aging series from SK-II, boasts the power of Stem-Acanax — a proprietary new ingredient from SK-II derived from the rare Siberian Ginseng, that works in synergy with Pitera, SK-II’s miracle ingredient, to empower women to experience radical firmness in 10 days.

SK-II first launched the SK-II STEMPOWER at Changi Airport (Perfumes & Cosmetics) on 1st June 2012 and the full series at all SK-II counters in Singapore from 15th August 2012. The SK-II STEMPOWER series comprise of SK-II STEMPOWER (S$149.00 in 50g & S$219.00 in 80g), STEMPOWER Rich Cream (S$209 in 50g) and STEMPOWER Cream Compact Foundation (S$101.00).



Before I present my 10-day BEFORE and AFTER experiences on SK-II STEMPOWER, let me give you a brief insight on SK-II STEMPOWER and the importance of skin’s radical firmness.

SK-II deep research into epidermal root cells had led to the discovery that with age, the activity of epidermal root cells declines, causing loss of skin’s radical firmness. The loss of skin’s radical firmness is one of the root causes for the appearance of multiple skin aging signs such as wrinkles, sagging, loss of radiance, compromised texture, loss of skin elasticity, larger pores, loss of hydration and a sallow complexion.

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Make Up For Ever HOLODIAM Holiday Collection 2012


Can you believe it’s already mid of November and the holiday season is here at last! This festive season, MAKE UP FOR EVER has created a spectacular look to light up the year-end holidays with a burst of glitter that takes glam to the extreme!

Introducing the HOLODIAM Holiday Collection 2012!

The HOLODIAM collection captures the brilliance of the spotlights and the bold, brash glamour of a woman who is not afraid to take center stage.

To finish the year in style, I’m celebrating womanhood in its entire splendor by showing an audacious woman endowed with the radiant light of her incandescent charm. I’ve created a collection of products which set off her beauty in a dazzling show of harmonious, colorful sequins and sparkles. Ready to set the evening ablaze, she moves through the night in a halo of fantastic glitter and holographic, sensual, irresistible reverberations. – DANY SANZ, Creator & Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER

Recently, I was invited to preview the HOLODIAM Holiday Collection 2012 and a couple of ‘PARTY MUST-HAVES’ for this holiday season! The event was held at the newly opened Make Up For Ever Pro Loft & Academy, located at 36 and 38 Armenian Street #01-06 & #02-06.

I will be featuring more pictures of the newly opened Make Up For Ever Pro Loft & Academy at the end of this post!


HOLODIAM Holiday Collection 2012

The HOLODIAM collection is a unique celebration of fabulously glittering nights out. To complement the HOLODIAM POWDERS, a new set of FALSE EYELASHES sprinkled with golden glitter completes the HOLODIAM look. Magnifying the unique beauty of the woman whose eyes are adorned with these precious lashes, they catch the spotlight and radiate it outwards. Party lights glint off the iridescent shine of her eyelids, which seem to twinkle with the light of a thousand stars. The fine layer of gold that graces her lashes creates an intoxicating beauty that captivates everyone she meets.


HOLODIAM POWDER – S$41.00 (Limited Edition)

HOLODIAM POWDER, a loose powder that catches the light in a glittering rainbow of iridescent colors, was designed to enhance both eyelids and cheeks. The sleek box contains a thousand different hues just waiting to add drama to smoky or incandescent eyes, or amplify the cheekbones with a flurry of colorful stars. Color becomes light, and even black sparkles.

4 irresistible shades

4 shades combine in enchanting harmony to highlight each and every complexion.


301 : COPPER - Pink, Orange and yellow highlights

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Review – Hada Labo Whitening Lotion (New Nano Formula)


hada labo whitening lotion nano formula


Recently, I was invited to review the new Hada Labo Whitening Lotion with Nano formulation. I accepted it without much hesitation as I personally adore this drugstore brand pretty much. Many thanks to Elfaine from EK Media for extending this invitation to me.

I have already tested a couple of the Super HA Hydrating range products including the Hydrating Lotion which I find relatively good. That is why I’m really excited to try out this new whitening lotion as to see if it’s able to boost hydration and brighten up my skin at the same time.

Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion, so well loved by Japanese women that it was the ‘Number 1″ in sales for whitening products in Japan. It is claimed to combat and prevent dark spots caused by UV exposure for a smooth and clear skin.


One Drop Reveals Natural Fairness

Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening range consists of four products that include Whitening Lotion, Whitening Essence, Whitening Milk and Whitening Mask. This Arbutin Whitening line is claimed to provide three benefits in just one step.

Formulated with Arbutin, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, skin gets fairer, more hydrated and brighter.

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Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill 4 Color Eyeshadow Palette


Giorgio Armani is proud to introduce a new range of Eyes To Kill 4 Color Eyeshadow Palette that will be available exclusively at DFS Galleria Scottswalk in December, just in time for the festive shopping season.

Retailing at S$80 each, each palette of 4 harmonious colors instinctively follows the natural approach to eye make-up. From the light, luminous top of the eyelid to the saturated, deep lash line. A base of silky waxes for glide-on application and even, flawless results. It ensures long-lasting, intense matteness.

They are also the first Armani eyeshadow palettes to be enriched with light Micro-fil silk powders that melt perfectly into the skin to layer transparent and iridescent effects.

01 – Maestro: Gradation from radiant mineral sprinkles to high-powered rock colors.

02 – Terra siena: gradation from sunlight-infused sand to strong earth Italian brown.

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Benefit’s Kicking Some Class Event – “How To Look The Best At Everything”


Recently, I was delighted to attend a fun “Benefit’s Kicking Some Class Event” to learn mastering the techniques of creating a flawless skin! The class was held at ION Orchard basement four (right in front of Watsons) with celebrity makeup artist, Larry Yeo, as the tutor of the day.

Above image (from left) : Jasmine from Class95, Larry Yeo and the model.

During the event, we got to preview two recently launched must-have beauty kits – How To Look The Best At Everything Kits (top picture) and Lip and Cheek Kits (above picture) – that help create a perfect flawless look, anytime and anywhere!

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Opening Ceremony Of SK-II Revolutionary Boutique At TANGS Beauty @ TANGS Orchard


Last Friday, I was glad to be invited to join SK-II Singapore in celebrating the opening of their newest beauty boutique at the newly revamped TANGS Beauty @ TANGS Orchard. This new boutique was officially opened on 24 October 2012. Spanning 29 square metres, the new boutique is the latest addition to SK-II’s latest beauty arsenal of iconic boutique and boasts a series of world-class designs coupled with a conducive retail space that denote the unique Pitera heritage at the heart of SK-II.

The new boutique flaunts a new dedicated trial fixture, Crystal Play Space – the first-ever 3,600mm play space ever introduced at a prestige beauty boutique from SK-II. It is also framed by a first-ever 3-D crystal ceiling from SK-II that plays with natural light to express the miracle of Pitera on skin, bringing to life the key dimensions of radiance, translucence, youthfulness and luminous glow.

Helmed by an open concept, the highlight of Crystal Play Space is a revamped shingle tester bar whose design won a silver award at the 2010 POPAI (Point of Purchase Advertising International awards in Paris, the Oscar awards for design work in the skincare bar and shelf category).

The SK-II boutique at TANGS Beauty is also the first to showcase SK-II’s expert skincare regimens through a self-guided area flanked by iPads containing step-by-step application techniques to foster greater shopper engagement and interactivity.

Consumers can also get their skin tested with SK-II’s groundbreaking counseling tool – Magic Ring – that is exclusively developed by SK-II’s Research & Development innovation centre in Kobe, Japan. It is equipped with features new to existing skin imaging counseling tools so as to identify our specific Ageless Vector to enable the design of a personalized anti-aging skincare regimen to optimize our skin’s aging needs.

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Kate Cosmetics Powderless Liquid Foundation, Kate Slim Create Powder, Kate Deep Shiny Eyes & Kate Limited Colour Super Sharp Liner


Japanese cosmetic brand, Kate Cosmetics, has recently launched its latest Autumn Winter 2012 (launching November 2012) and Kate’s total Base Makeup Collection (launched in September 2012) that comprises of the innovative star product, Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation, as well as other coveted items including a make-up base, concealer and powder.

The popular and beautiful singer-actress Kuroki Meisa is the new face of Kate for this season’s collection.

I was glad to receive a Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation, Kate Slim Create Powder, Kate Deep Shiny Eyes & Kate Limited Colour Super Sharp Liner for review.


Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation SPF 20 PA++ – S$34.00 / 30ml

Formulated with Thin Film Fit Powder, the star product Kate Powderless Liquid Foundation contains coated pigments that are claimed to help correct visible skin problems and provide perfect coverage.

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