Archive for November, 2013

SkinCeuticals Launches Advanced Pigment Corrector

 

skinceuticals advanced pigment corrector

skinceuticals advanced pigment corrector

Recently, I was invited to attend the SkinCeuticals media event, held at The American Club, to preview its latest Advanced Pigment Corrector.

Research has shown that over half of females between 35 and 59 cited discoloration and uneven skin tone as a more significant skin concern than loss of firmness. I couldn’t agree more! I’ve actually started noticing my first signs of aging, brown spots on my right cheekbone area and uneven skin tone, in my mid 30s. And I wasn’t even concerned about other signs of aging like loss of firmness and enlarged pores during that time at all!

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Known for its advanced topical antioxidant and skincare products, SkinCeuticals launches an innovative product -  Advanced Pigment Corrector – the first product that is made entirely of natural ingredients to help improve skin luminosity for renewed radiance. In a 12-week clinical study, it is proven to be as effective as the combination of 4% Hydronquinone (4% HQ) and 0.25% Tretinoin (Retin-A) cream, which is prescribed by doctors to visibly reduce dark spots. However, both Hydroquinone (a controversial skin-care ingredient for topical use) and Tretinoin are known to cause skin irritation, dryness and redness. Not everyone can take these 2 ingredients, unfortunately I’m one of them. :-(

Over the past years, I have been trying in vain to eliminate the stubborn dark spots on my right cheekbone area. Apart from trying various pigment reduction skincare products, I even treated the spots with non-invasive treatments but the spots recurred again after months later. I was trying to figure out the cause on the recurrence and I’m glad to be able to find the answer (in bold below) from the SkinCeuticals press kit :

“Melanin is the pigment that gives skin color and is produced as a proactive response to epidermal insults. Any skin type may develop hyper pigmentation due to overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, hormonal fluctuations, or inflammation. Excess melanin accumulates with age, leading to stubborn discolorations and dark spots. Extending below the epidermal layer, the discoloration can become deeply rooted, making the skin susceptible to recurrence, even after treatment.

skinceuticals advanced pigment corrector

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Celebrating The Launch Of SK-II’s Latest Robinsons Orchard Beauty Boutique On 29th Nov 2013

 

Are you a fan of SK-II and are keen to win a set of SK-II Coffret Set this Christmas?

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SKII-Robinsons-Orchard-Counter

If yes, do join me tomorrow, 29th Nov 2013, to celebrate the launch of SK-II’s latest beauty boutique at Robinsons Orchard, with special appearances by celebrities George Young and Desmond Tan.

With every S$290 spent from 10am to 5pm on SK-II products, you get a chance to guess which SK-II Festive Coffrets George Young and Desmond Tan will pick for their loved ones. The answers be revealed by two dashing men at 6.45pm. Guess correctly, and you might walk away with the sets!

The 7 limited edition SK-II Coffret Sets are :

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New MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Powder Foundation, Love It!

 

make up for ever pro finish multi-use powder compact foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER has recently launched their latest compact foundation - PRO FINISH Powder Foundation – the first multi-use powder foundation that allows me to fully customize my finish and coverage level, all thanks to its transforming texture.

make up for ever pro finish multi-use powder compact foundation

Recently, I have gone down to Sephora at ION Orchard to choose my perfect match. PRO FINISH, priced at S$69, is available in 25 shades.

make up for ever pro finish multi-use powder compact foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

make up for ever pro finish

Formulated with exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments (with vegetal lecithin), new PRO FINISH‘s breakthrough formula can be used wet or dry. It is also formulated with Silica and Sericite powders, Nylon powder, Ximenia oil, Aloe Vera and sodium hyaluronate. I’m glad it is FREE of paraben, fragrance and mineral oil. Enriched with hydrating ingredients, PRO FINISH corrects and evens the complexion without drying our the skin.

To get the best match, I was told it is essential to identify my undertone and skin tone. Anyone who looks great in silver color may likely have cool skin tone; or warm skin tone if you look good in gold color. I actually look great in both gold and silver colors (though silver color seems better on me) that may mean I have neutral skin tone. Cool skin tone usually appears a little pinkish.

make up for ever pro finish multi-use powder compact foundation

The available shades are divided into 3 tones – cool, warm and neutral.

PRO FINISH are available in 25 shades at MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Loft & Academy, 16 shades at Sephora ION and Ngee Ann City; and 10 shades at the rest of Sephora outlets.

New MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

New MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

Since I couldn’t figure out if I’m having a cool or neutral skin tone, I’m advised to test 3 shades of cool tones to see if any one of them suits me.

New MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

New MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

Followed with 3 shades of neutral tones. I finally chose neutral shade No.113 that best matches my skin tone.

I must say this new PRO FINISH is probably one of the best powder compact foundation I’ve tested so far! Love love love!!!

I used to prefer liquid than powder foundation. It’s because I don’t really like the dry and powdery coverage and I also find it hard to create an even complexion with powder foundation. But after trying out the PRO FINISH, my perspective on powder foundation has changed.

Super love its talc lightweight texture that gives a buildable coverage with no chalky effect and easily blends for a perfect even complexion in just minutes. The result is long-lasting and it doesn’t melt off my face in the heat. The neutral shade No.113 matches my skin tone perfectly! I’m so glad I’ve chosen the perfect match that gives a super natural and even coverage without feeling heavy. My skin appears dewy and glowing without the dry powdery finish!

Application tips :

  • Apply it wet for a sheer semi-matte perfection or dry for a full coverage, matte result.
  • For combination skin, apply Pro Finish wet on external parts of the face, and dry on the T-zone.
  • For a sophisticated makeup: apply a 1st wet layer to even out; and a 2nd dry layer to fix and improve the coverage.
  • Avoid a heavy application around the eye area to avert marking lines and wrinkles and to overload the skin.
  • For touch-ups: use it dry with a sponge or a powder brush of your choice.

PRO FINISH, priced at S$69, is now available at all Sephora outlets and Make Up For Ever Pro Loft & Academy at 36 & 38 Armenian Street #01-06 & #02-06.

 

Vichy Normaderm Range & The Myths About Acne-Prone & Oily Skin

 

vichy normaderm

vichy normaderm

Recently, I was pleased to receive a lovely tin from Vichy Singapore that contains the Vichy Normaderm range including Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel, Imperfection Prone Skin Lotion, Hyaluspot and Tri-active Anti-imperfection Hydrating Care (the No.1 selling oil control moisturizer in derma skincare). This blogger kit is specially prepared to address some of the skincare myths regarding acne-prone and oily skin. Continue reading to find out what are some of the common myths about acne-prone and oily skin.

Vichy Normaderm range, an anti-imperfection series, is specially created to treat acne-prone and oily skin.

Vichy Thermal Spa Water

Do you know all Vichy products are formulated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water that is rich in minerals? This beauty water, originated more than 2000 years ago in the heart of Auvergne’s volcanoes, contains 15 minerals and it helps reduce irritation, inflammation and sensation of discomfort such as acne and contact eczema.

vichy normaderm deep cleansing and purifying gel

Deep Cleansing and Purifying Gel, regimen step 1, deeply cleanses and purifies skin without drying. It contains a miniscule amount of salicylic acid that may help to eliminate the blemishes. Priced at S$29 for 200ml.

vichy normaderm Imperfection prone skin lotion

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Up Close & Personal With Benefit’s Global Beauty Authority, Annie Ford Danielson

 

benefit cosmetics annie in singapore

Last month in October 2013, I was extremely delighted to be one of the few selected bloggers to get up close and personal with Annie Ford Danielson, Benefit’s Global Beauty Authority, over an intimate dinner at Mezza 9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore. Wow, time really flies! I actually first met Annie in person over a cozy lunch two years ago at Mezza 9 too! (me – extreme left, Annie in blue – in the middle)

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.

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.

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 makeup counters and freestanding stores in more than 30 countries.

As both Maggie and Annie are working as global ambassadors for the brand, they get to travel the world to attend meetings, store openings and press events together. However, this round for the first time, Annie was traveling alone without Maggie as she’s currently heavily pregnant. Congratulations to soon-to-be mom, Maggie! Annie flew all the way from states, Singapore was her first stop and, Bangkok and Malaysia were her next stops.

Annie Ford Danielson benefit cosmetics and me

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Holiday Collection 2013 & New Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose Collection

 

This holiday season, Kiehl’s brings holiday cheer to life with big, bright and colorful gift options that capture the magic of the season. Following the success of previous worldwide holiday partnerships with celebrated artists such as Kaws, Jeff Koons and Kenny Scharf, Kiehl’s proudly announces its 5th Annual Limited Edition Holiday Collection in collaboration with NYC-based artist Eric Haze. The Kiehl’s x Haze partnership is the designer’s first time working on skincare packaging.

First recognized for his contributions to the early 1980’s NYC graffiti art scene, Haze’s work is iconic, including custom album artwork and logos for The Beastie Boys, L.L. Cool J and MTV. More details are included in the press release attached.

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LIMITED EDITION FOR DECEMBER ONLY – The Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Haze collection includes 2 of Kiehl’s icons, Ultra Facial Cream (S$48 / 50ml) and Calendula Toner (S$58 / 250ml), llimited edition only available in December.

In addition to Kiehl’s individual offerings, customers have the option of customizing their own gift sets, personalizing their holiday gifting with the Kiehl’s products of their choice. All gift collections, including custom gift-wrapping service with Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Haze gift boxes, are available from November onwards.

Below are some of the holiday gift sets with limited edition gifting packaging, available only in November and December 2013.

Kiehl's festive gift set 2013

Gift of Love for your man! Set includes Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash 250ml and Ultimate Man Body Scrub 40g, retailing at S$35 (worth S$43).

Kiehl's festive gift set 2013

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Review – SK-II Festive Revival Set (One of the SK-II Festive Coffrets in 2013)

 

sk-ii revival set christmas festive

sk-ii revival set christmas festive

Recently, I was super delighted to receive my festive coffret from SK-II Singapore – the SK-II Festive Revival Set! This limited edition festive coffret, retailing at S$608, contains :

  1. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, 215ml
  2. SK-II STEMPOWER Essence, 30ml
  3. SK-II STEMPOWER Cream, 80g
  4. SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream, 15g
  5. SK-II Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask, 4 pieces

It is one of the best festive gifts I’ve received this Christmas, a perfect gift set for my aging skin condition!

The usage instruction and ingredient list of all 5 products are printed at the back of the gift box. Plus a sticker that indicated the manufacturing and expiry dates.

In fact, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, SK-II STEMPOWER Essence and SK-II STEMPOWER Cream are three of my current favorite skincare products and I’ve been using them almost every night for a while now. Below are the essential 5 steps for a youthful looking skin :

sk-ii facial treatment essence

STEP 1 : If you are new to SK-II, you probably may want to start off with SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence, this product to me is certainly a must-have! Containing more than 90% Pitera™, this much loved ‘miracle water’ is essential for a healthy and crystal clear looking skin. It maintains my skin’s natural renewal cycle to its optimum condition to allow skin nourishment. It also works to balance my skin’s pH and sebum secretion so both oil and dry areas are properly moisturized.

sk-ii stempower essence

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Crabtree & Evelyn’s 2013 Secret Garden Christmas Gift Collection

 

Two weeks ago, I was invited to Crabtree & Evelyn’s newest outlet at Ngee Ann City to witness and sample a wide assortment of Crabtree & Evelyn’s 2013 Christmas Gift Collection. The new festive collection entitled “Secret Garden”, consists of Fine Foods, Gift Collection and Home Fragrances.

crabtree & evelyn secret garden christmas collection

crabtree & evelyn secret garden christmas collection 2013

There are huge variety of festive gifts – ranging from bath & shower gels, hand lotions, candles, home fragrance sprays, diffusers, biscuits and tea – for you to choose from and I guess you will be able to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, mom, friends or colleagues.

crabtree & evelyn secret garden christmas collection 2013

This Lavender Great Escapes (S$43), contains Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Body Lotion 50ml, Hand Therapy 25g and Eau de Toilette 15ml, is perfect for those who love to relax wherever they go.

crabtree & evelyn secret garden christmas collection 2013

In addition to Lavender, the set also available in other fragrances too.

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Make Up For Ever Launches Midnight Glow Holiday Collection 2013 + Smoky Extravagant Mascara

 

Christmas is just around the corner, it’s five more weeks to Christmas! It’s the party season and time for you to glimmer and shine. Glam up your Christmas party look with Make Up For Ever latest limited edition Midnight Glow Holiday Collection 2013!

This festive new collection is inspired by the elegance and mystery of Venetian balls, where women would wear eye masks that are embellished with lace and sparkling stones, so they could carouse without being recognized. Ultra-sophisticated rhinestones, such as black and white diamonds and pearls are added to traditional eye make-up, creating a sense of mystery and sensuality.

Make Up For Ever latest limited edition Midnight Glow Holiday Collection 2013 consists of the Midnight Glow 8 Eye Shadow Palette, Aqua Rouge in Soft Pink, Glitter Powder and Rhinestones.

Make Up For Ever latest limited edition Midnight Glow Holiday Collection 2013

Recently, I was glad to receive the new limited edition Midnight Glow Eyeshadow Palette, the limited edition Aqua Rouge and the new Smoky Extravagant Mascara.

make up for ever midnight glow 8 eyeshadow palette

make up for ever midnight glow collection 2013

make up for ever midnight glow collection 2013

make up for ever midnight glow collection 2013

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Make A Difference This Christmas With Clarins + FEED Set

 

clarins feed 10 kit

This Christmas, Clarins has partnered with FEED to help children in need to fight hunger worldwide. Clarins believes beauty comes from the heart, and helping the less fortunate is one way of expressing it. In line with its humanitarian values, Clarins supports FEED Projects in its battle against worldwide hunger.

Founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush, FEED Project is a non-governmental organisation that raises funds for the United Nations World Food Programme.

clarins feed 10 kit

Do good, look good and feel good this Christmas when you purchase this Clarins + FEED Set. Consisting of all the skin care essentials you need for beautiful, radiant skin while providing 10 meals for children under the United Nations World Food Programme.

Set consists of : • Toning Lotion travel-sized (50ml) • UV Plus HP SPF40 Neutral full-sized (30ml) • One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser travel-sized (20ml) • FEED 10 Purse

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