Review – NEW SK-II Wrinkle Specialist

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Two months ago in early July 2011, while I was attending an exclusive event at Changi Airport transit areas, I accidentally chanced upon 2 newest SK-II anti-aging products – SKII Wrinkle Specialist and Signature Eye Cream.

An exclusive media launch was held on the same afternoon at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 and I believe it was attended by media and VIP customers.

In fact, Changi Airport is proud to be the first in the world to launch these 2 newest anti-aging products. Even Japan has not even launched these 2 anti-aging products during the time. Since I couldn’t wait for the products to be available at department stores, I decided to buy the SK-II Wrinkle Specialist at Perfumes & Cosmetics store @ Changi Airport Terminal 3 at S$168 for testing and review. <grinning> I’m glad to be one of the first to try this anti-aging product. Anyway, both products have recently been officially launched and are now available at all SK-II counters @ department stores, retailing at S$180.

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SK-II Anti-Aging Marketing Profile

Your skin has the natural ability to renew itself, an ability we call Skin Power. But like the sands of time, it slips away with age. SK-II’s latest anti-aging solutions are formulated especially to restore your Skin Power. use them daily as part of your skin care regimen and in years to come, you’ll discover that your biggest secret is no longer your age – it’s how you preserve your youthful-looking skin.

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SK-II Wrinkle Specialist

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Product Profile

Reduces the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin. Your skin softens from the first time you apply it. Your wrinkles begin to disappear after just 14 days.

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Ingredients

At first, after a quick glance at the ingredients, I was actually shocked to discover that this SK-II Wrinkle Specialist contains 4 alcohol ingredients (stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol).

But only to realize that behenyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are either used as an emollient and/or thickener. My bad!! <grin>

But benzyl alcohol (an irritating ingredient) on the other hand if it’s used in a high concentration, can cause problem for skin. It is known to increase free radicals, dry up the skin and cause skin irritation.

Pitera, the key ingredient for all SK-II products, can be found in SK-II Wrinkle Specialist that is claimed to be rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, organic acids and other natural ingredients beneficial to the skin.

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist also contains beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin B3, Carnosine and Tocopheryl Acetate.

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Review

Well, my first impression on SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is “Alright, since Kiehl’s, RoC, Boots, Tri-Aktiline and Babor have already created wrinkle fillers, so now you SK-II also wants a slice of the pie too? This is so predictable!”

SK-II Wrinkle Specialist is claimed to reduce the appearances of wrinkles by softening the skin and the wrinkles will begin to disappear after just 14 days! Begin to disappear in 14 days? Another by-default wrinkle claim again!

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Beauty Questions? Ask Dr. Irwin
- Dark Patches

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Reader’s Question

I have dark patches around my smiling line. I have tried so many products yet not effective. What shall i do?

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Dr. Irwin’s Answer

If you have tried several drugstore remedies without any improvement, it’s time to see your dermatologist! It could be melasma or sun damage or something else, and there are lasers or peels or prescription creams which may work, but all start with going to see a dermatologist. See: http://www.skintour.com/trusted-experts

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A Pleasant Excursion At Changi Airport

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I wonder if you have read my previous post on Changi Airport a month ago? I have blogged about the “9 Great Reasons To Shop & Dine At Changi Airport!

Well, and now I would like to continue covering a little bit more about my excursion within Transit areas at Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 and 3 that can be of interest for you. Who knows!

In this short post, I’m going to blog about the amenities at Singapore Changi Airport.

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Rejuvenate & Retreat

Refresh Fish Spa & Reflexology at Changi Airport Terminal 1 (near Transit Gate D41) offers a wide range of services that includes fish spa, foot reflexology, full body (traditional & modern) massages, manicures and pedicures.

This unique refreshing Fish Spa, a special exfoliation treatment, is a must-try for travellers at Changi Airport. There are many tiny “Doctor” fishes, originated from Turkey, will be nibbling away your dead skin whilst smoothing your new skin!

Fish Spa & Reflexology opens 24/7 and it’s definitely a great place to unwind and rejuvenate especially for long-haul travellers. You can even sleep on the massage chair over the night for a small fee.

Indulging myself on a complimentary relaxing foot massage. Shiok!

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A Garden City

Do you know there are total of 5 gardens at Changi Airport? That includes Cactus Garden at Terminal 1 (image above), Sunflower Garden, Fern Garden and Orchid Garden at Terminal 2 and Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3.

This Butterfly Garden at Terminal 3 houses more than 1,000 butterflies.

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A Private Viewing

Make a guess on where is the exact location of this runway view? I bet you wouldn’t know kekeke…..

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NEW Beauty Clinic Masks & Blackhead Nose Pack

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A few weeks ago, I was delighted to receive a package from Serenity Allure and it contains 5 pieces of Vita Whitebeam Essential Masks, 5 pieces of N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Masks and a box of Pore Stamping Serum (Blackhead Nose Pack).

The Pore Stamping Serum (nose pack) is retailing at S$17.95 and the Clinie Masks are retailing at $4.95 per piece. All products are now available at selected Guardian outlets. Sephora outlets will be selling the masks (only) from this month August too.

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About Beauty Clinic

Clinie, also known as Beauty Clinic, is a leading clinical skincare brand that is developed by the top clinical experts in Korea. Their Clinie mask is one of the hottest selling clinical masks in Korea and it sells over 500,000 pieces in Korea each month. Clinie mask is now available in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Their skincare line is also well-received by many Korean celebrities too.

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Clinie Mask

Beauty Clinic mask comes in 2 ranges – Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask and N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask. Both are made of an ultra thin silk cellulose material that enables an efficient absorption of the essential ingredients.

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Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask – Whitening mask (S$4.95 per piece)

Vita Whitebeam Essential Mask contains potent ingredients such as Vitamin C derivative, tocopherol and y-cryzanol that help brighten dull skin & control the production of melanin. It is claimed to effectively lighten dark spots and pigmentation due to frequent sun exposure and even up skin tone.

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N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask – Hydrating mask (S$4.95 per piece)

N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask contains moisturizing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide that are claimed to help moisture the skin and reduce enlarged pores. Each N.M.F. Aquaringer Ampoule Mask is claimed to contain equivalent of one ampoule content.

Although this ultra-thin mask looks extremely wet when it’s removed but it doesn’t drip or leak.

Both Clinie masks are made of silk cellulose material that fits perfectly on my skin. The sheer thinness of the mask allows the skin to breathe easily and aids in efficient absorption of the highly concentrated essence.

I actually love the sheer thinness of the mask and it feels super comfortable on my skin. I’ve almost forgotten I have my mask on at times.

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Beauty Questions? Ask Dr. Irwin
- Glycolic Acid

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Reader’s Question

I’ve got uneven skin tone. The skin of my neck, butt, knees, elbows are way darker than my original olive tone. One aesthetician told me use an 15-20% glycolic acid lotion but since I can’t buy online I need a product from drug store. Which drug store product is good? What’s your advice for my problem?
thanks

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Dr. Irwin’s Answer

Often, in a situation like this, it’s good to start with the more gentle version of the product and see how that works first. These are not prescription items. You could try the glycolic lotion 10% but you will need to use it for 8 weeks to see if it helps. If you get irritated with it, stop like product like it states on the label. If you’re not better then, you need to see a dermatologist. Higher strength glycolics can be irritating  and may make pigment problems worse. See more about color and texture issues http://www.skintour.com/guide-to-cosmetic-areas/color-and-texture-issues.

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NEW Clarins HydraQuench Range – Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, HydraQuench Cream-Melt & Cream-Gel

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Last week, I have attended a private Clarins event to preview their NEW HydraQuench Range that comprises of Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, HydraQuench Cream-Melt and HydraQuench Cream-Gel. The NEW HydraQuench Range will be officially launched on 26th August 2011 at all Clarins counters.

It was held at their newly renovated cozy waiting lounge at Clarins Skin Spa @ Wheelock Place.

Clarins Skin Spa @ Wheelock Place is a one-stop beauty spa that provides comprehensive treatment service ranging from facials, body treatments, specific treatments, body massages and men’s facials.

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I always believe in skin hydration and in fact, it is one of the most important skincare regimen that I hate to leave without. It is believed that a well-maintained hydrating skin will improve the skin barrier function. It gives the skin a better defense against environmental assaults.

Researches have shown that your skin craves moisture if your face is oily and yet peeling around the eyes and mouth, if your complexion isn’t clear, or if your makeup won’t stay on. If any of this happen, you should focus on hydrating your skin, not on removing oil. Replenishing moisture is key to regulating oil production. In addition, dryness can cause lines and wrinkles too.

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So what’s the difference between a ideally hydrated skin and a dehydrated skin?

The ideal skin hydration shows on the skin’s surface but it starts deep down. Soft, radiant, young-looking skin depends first and foremost on the dermal water supply that flows to the epidermis and corneal layer. By helping to replenish the water reservoirs that lie deep down in skin, HydraQuench skin care acts on the very source of all skin level’s hydration.

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NEW HydraQuench Range – The Active Ingredients

New improved HydraQuench range contains hyaluronic acid with two molecular weights, for double action hydration and to replenish dermal water reservoirs. Hyaluronic acid complex, obtained from wheat and easily absorbed by the body, is an innovative combination of two types of hyaluronic acid that is formulated by Clarins Research. One with a high molecular weight (hMW) and the other with a low molecular weight (iMW).

hMW hyaluronic acid, a high molecular weight, improves protection of the skin’s surface (epidermal) by preventing excessive evaporation of water. It helps to keep up optimal hydration levels on the skin surface and this ensure a more supple and smoother skin.

iMW hyaluronic acid, a low molecular weight, penetrates into deeper dermal layer and ensures optimal absorption in skin that result in the natural production of hyaluronic acid. It replenishes the main water reservoir in skin and ensures long-lasting hydration and firm, toned skin.

Katafray, one of the key ingredients, is a cedrelopsis grevei tree that grows in the dry forests of Madagascar. Madagascan women often use the tree in the beauty rituals such as a mask. Katafray bark extract is part of a fair trade and sustainable development programme that are exclusively developed by Clarins.

So what can Katafray do? (I’m holding one here) Katafray extract is claimed to help boost the production of filaggrin. Filaggrin is a protein found in epidermal cells that boost the barrier function of the corneal layer and also plays a role in the formation of natural moisturizing factors (NMFs). Katafray extract restores skin’s barrier effect and increases the production of natural moisturizing factors (NMFs).

Other ingredients that can be found in the new HydraQuench range are Promegranate, White Tea, Chondrus Crispus, Alpine Willow Herb, Arctic Cloudberry, Inca Peanut, Sorbier and many more…

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HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase – S$94 / 30ml

This unique Bi-Phase texture is a Clarins Innovation inspired by the composition of hydrolipidic film, the dual hydric and lipidic natural of skin cells.

HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase combines 1/5 of an oil phase (the upper part) with 4/5 of a water phase (the lower part) to restore its capacity to retain water. By shaking the bottle before use, the two phases combine.

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NEW Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum – A Solution To Fatigue Skin

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For many, occasionally having physical or mental fatigue which include weariness, tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, lack of energy in body and mind is a commonplace. But have you heard of fatigue skin?

What is fatigue skin? Fatigue or tired skin is the effects of physical and mental fatigue. It is caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits and external factors such as lack of sleep, improper diet, smoking, pollution, sun exposure and stress. Your complexion appears dull, rough, uneven, lack of radiance and enlarged pores.

Even one night’s of sufficient sleep is not enough to recover the skin condition. As there is no specific skincare solutions to meet women new needs, Biotherm has therefore developed a skincare solution to help target the visible signs of tired skin.

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Last week, I was privileged to attend my first Biotherm event to preview its latest innovative serum – Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum.

Each blogger was presented with a small lovely recycled bag that contains a full size Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum, a foil packaging that contains activation capsule and a bottle of candies.

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Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum – S$99.00 / 50ml

Biotherm Skin-Ergetic Serum, a paraben-free serum, is claimed to be the ultra-effective solution for erasing the visible signs of tired skin. It will be launched on 26th August 2011 and it will be available at all Biotherm counters in leading department stores and Sephora.

L’Oreal Research (Biotherm is under L’Oreal Group) has demonstrated that improper functioning of the mitochondria leads to deterioration of skin tissue. So what is Mitochondria? Mitochondria are the source of 90% of cellular energy production and are intra-cellular organelles essential to proper cell functioning.

Decrease in mitochondrial functioning >> Increase in oxidative stress >> Skin tissue deterioration

Due to this loss of cellular vitality, the skin shows visible signs of fatigue. And three ways to fight against the signs of fatigue are :

  • Boosting skin cell vitality by stimulating mitochondrial activity
  • Helping the skin protect itself from daily aggressions
  • Stimulating the skin’s capacity to recover and to eliminate waste

Although I don’t intend to bore you too much with the technology behind the product, just bare with me a little while more as I need to explain on how the key ingredients may help to fight the signs of fatigue. ;-)

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Active Ingredients

Biotherm believes that the best active ingredient to fight fatigue or tired skin is broccoli. Broccoli? Yes broccoli, so what can it help on fatigue skin? Well, broccoli is selected for its antioxidant functions and its capacity to induce defense systems, this plant contains a very active compound called sulforaphane.

Biotherm chose young, sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprouts to stimulate the cells’ self-defense mechanisms and puts them in a state of alert for improved response in case of aggression.

Skin Ergetic Serum is claimed that 99% of the ingredients in the serum are of natural origin. It is FREE of paraben, mineral oil and artificial colors.

Skin Ergetic Serum contains other natural ingredients such as soy extract and botanical cells from apples to help stimulate cellular metabolism. It also contains fruit acids natural AHA ingredients like lemon and sugar cane to facilitate surface exfoliation and cellular renewal for a smoother, more luminous skin.

Although this serum is tested on sensitive skin, I personally would refrain from using any product that contains lemon. It may cause irritation on my sensitive skin.

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A Fresh Skincare Formula that is activated at the last minute

Alike to Vitamin C, sulforaphane-rich broccoli extract is unstable when added to a skincare formula. To solve the problem, Biotherm laboratories decided to isolate this ingredient in a capsule so that it could be activated at the last minute, immediately before the first application.

The mechanic of this packaging is very similar to Sisley Vitamin C Serum.

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Vichy’s 80th Anniversary & Spa Water Workshop

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Last week I was glad to attend the Vichy Spa Water Workshop to be re-introduced the goodness of Vichy Thermal Spa Water and to preview the latest Vichy products – Aqualia Thermal Aqua-Gel Moisturizer and Aqualia Thermal Mask.

Do you know that stress, pollution, climate variations and sun exposure can accelerate water evaporation on the skin’s surface? When it lacks water and minerals, skin renews itself less quickly, its structure becomes disorganized and allows more water to escape. At the surface, dehydration marks appear, skin becomes weakened, rough and sensitive too.

Inflammation such as stinging, itching and burning sensation will occur when skin becomes sensitive. So what can Vichy Thermal Spa Water do to help on these problems?

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Vichy Thermal Spa Water

Vichy, the leading skincare brand in Europearn pharmacies, is known for its thermal spa water which is claimed to be more than just water. Originated from a spring in the town of Vichy in France, Vichy Thermal Spa Water is 100% natural and is rich in 15 rare minerals from an incredible journey in the heart of magmatic rocks. It is considered “living” water as it cannot be reproduced industrially and is therefore, an active ingredient that is genuinely pure and natural. Its exceptional richness allows soothing, fortifying and regenerating for a healthy-looking skin.

Soothing : Anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant

Fortifying : Strengthens and protects tissue against aging

Regenerating : Stimulates cell renewal

Its 100% natural properties is claimed to effectively soothe sensitive skin and reinforce skin’s natural defense systems. Researches have also shown that Vichy Thermal Spa Water has the highest ability to protect skin against external aggressors.

Do you know?

All Vichy products are formulated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water (water from Lucas Spring), which is particularly tailored to the needs of sensitive skin.

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Thermal Spa Water Spray – 100% PURE Vichy Thermal Spa Water

Vichy Thermal Spa Water in a spray format offers all the therapeutic properties of thermal water with increased effectiveness thanks to its spraying of micro-droplets. The energizing mechanical action of the spray gives the skin a micro massage and thus optimizes the very benefits of Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

It is claimed that daily usage of Vichy Thermal Spa Water helps to soothe the skin and reinforces its natural defense systems. Skin is therefore more supple and resistant, all congestion is relieved.

Usage Benefits :

  • Soothes and strengthens the skin
  • Improves skin’s natural defence
  • Removes cleanser or soap residue
  • Tones, softens and smoothes the skin
  • Sets makeup, removes excess oil during day
  • Improves skincare efficacy

You can use Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray day and evening or for various reasons as above image. Such as to soothe skin in harsh cold weather, sunburns, dehydrated skin, tight skin during traveling or after laser/chemical peel/microdermabrasion.

You can actually spray the Thermal Spa Water on a paper mask to soothe your skin too.

Due to my sensitive skin and stress, I actually encountered minor irritation on my cheek area during the event. I therefore did a live demo by spraying my face with Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray. The irritation actually subsided an hour later. ;-)

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Vichy’s 80th anniversary

To celebrate Vichy’s 80th anniversary this year in 2011, Vichy has introduced 2 limited edition Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray in pink or blue bottle. The blue bottle is available in 50ml only.

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Newly Launched Clarins Bust Beauty Lotion

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Frankly, I do not really pay much attention to my breasts all this while. I have fairly small boots and because of the small size, thankfully they are still looking pretty firm and not much sagging even in my 40s now.

I believe many of us, like me, do not like the idea of breast enhancement through surgical. I personally prefer the safer alternative using products instead.

Clarins, the leading bust beauty specialist in Europe, launches Bust Beauty Lotion the natural way to a fuller, firmer bust.

The Bust Care range is now comprised of Bust Beauty Firming Lotion, NEW Bust Beauty Lotion and Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel.

New Clarins Bust Beauty Lotion is now available at all Clarins counters from 1st July 2011.

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New Clarins Bust Beauty Lotion – S$85 / 50ml

A fuller bust, but also a firmer bust…

A beautiful bust also means a firmer bust. Clarins has taken from natural plant extracts with the most powerful firming properties.

Quince. Organic quince extract reactivates synthesis of collagen for more toned, firmer skin and tightens the network of dermal fibres.

Vu Sua. Vu sua extract prevents the breakdown of collagen fibres and protects them from the harmful effects of free radicals. The frame of the “natural bra” is strengthened and the bust is firmed.

A little more volume….an enhanced bust.

The size of the bust is linked to the presence of the mammary gland and also the quantity of lipids stored in fat cells in the bust (adipocytes).

The larger the stock of lipids, the more the adipocyte “swells”, resulting in a plumping effect under the skin. So optimizing the storage of lipids in fat cells of the bust will enhance bust volume.

Voluform®, an active ingredient obtained from biotechnology, enhances the breast with two action levels :

  • It encourages the presence of more functional adipocytes in the bust area,
  • It optimizes the storage of lipids in adipocytes present in the bust.

Because a beautiful d©collet© also means good bust hold, Clarins has also included in the formula of Bust Beauty Lotion a tightening plant extract – Oat Sugars.

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I can’t wait to try this complimentary Bust Beauty Lotion. Received at the same time with the Colour Definition Autumn Make-Up Collection recently.

Since I have small boots, this Bust Beauty Lotion is definitely for me! It is recommended to enhance small breasts and improve their shape. YES!!

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Japan K-Palette Bloggers Workshop

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It’s been a fairly long time since I’ve attended an extended event by The Sample Store. A few weeks back, I’ve finally attended one again and it was for the Japan K-Palette Bloggers Workshop.

K-Palette, a well-known eyeliner & eyebrow liner specialty from Japan, has been around in Singapore for a few years. Their products are mainly sold at selected Watsons and SaSa stores. For overseas orders, check out www.beautycarousel.com

The workshop was held over on a Sunday afternoon while many of us including myself were mostly in casual attire. Appetizing lunch was served during the workshop.

Upon arrival, each blogger was presented with a personalized lovely stick of heart-shaped marshmallows with our name printed on them……

….and a goodie bag that is full with K-Palette products.

Wow! K-Palette is very generous, that’s a lot of products.

Exclusively for this workshop, K-Palette has specially invited 2 of their lovely makeup artists and a interpreter from Japan for a live makeup demonstration.

Everyone started to gather in front of the makeup artist and a model when the demonstration began.

Makeup artist Sawako Shiratori performing a makeup application on the model using K-Palette products.

I actually like her natural eyebrows created using the new Lasting 2Way Eyebrow. I have gotten to learn some makeup techniques from the makeup artist too.

Below are the K-Palette products I’ve received during the workshop :

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Oil Control Zero Teka Matt Powder

Oil Control Zero Teka Matt Powder is claimed to help cover pores, uneven skin tone naturally and absorb excessive sebum to control shine.

It comes with sun protection of SPF15+++.

This lightweight soft powder, formulated to diffuse reflection of light, wards off shiny and oily skin for a matt flawless complexion. It contains innovative anti-odor compound to keep your face smelling good.

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24H Real Lasting Eyeliner

24H Real Lasting Eyeliner, the star product of K-Palette, has been consistently voted as 1 of the top 3 selling eyeliners in Japan with 10 million pieces sold since its launch few years ago.

It has won numerous local awards such as the CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame 2011 and Singapore Women’s Weekly Best Beauty Buys 2011.

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