Beauty Review : New skin care regime with DRx Clinic!

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Hi all! In my previous post, I did blogged about my new skin care regime with DRx Clinic 🙂 And now I’m back with a full detailed review!

Please note that beauty products do not produce miraculous results immediately. Consistent usage would be the best bet to achieving great results!

However, on the whole, I must say that after using DRx skin products for  approx 1 week+, results are already noticeable!

I was brought to see Dr Yanni (pretty, knowledgeable and young lady) to attend to my concerns. As also mentioned in my previous post, I actually visited DRx Clinic with the intention of removing my birth marks. However, DRx Clinic was very kind to sponsor me with their skin care products, which many bloggers and customers have been raving about. That is because, DRx Clinic do produce awesome results!

As with other customers, I had to attend the consultation session with a bare face. Thank god it was during the haze period where I get to cover my bare face with a mask. 🙂

Despite that, Dr Yanni did complimented about my skin condition. Honestly, I am born with a good skin condition, so lucky me!

Here’s some info on my skin conditions :

1. Combination Skin Type (Slightly oily T-zone areas)

2. Visible pores (That’s what I’ve always felt but Dr Yanni mentioned that my pores are not large and not much of a problem? WOOHOO :D)

3. Comedones (Blackheads and Whiteheads) on my nose, around the lips and chin areas. Comedones are quite a common skin problem for ladies, especially in Singapore due to the hot and humid climate. But thank god generally speaking, our air is not as polluted as other countries (not taking into account of the haze period which is only a one-off incident). This also explains that most ladies in Singapore falls under the combination skin type.

4. I don’t have sensitive or acne-prone skin, except when I use the wrong products and break out as mentioned in HERE and HERE. On top of that, I would also encounter with tiny/huge acnes prior to the menstruation period, which I guess it’s all normal due to hormonal changes? Because of that, I have some acne scars on my skin and was given a lightening cream to dab on these spots (X-cream).

5. My greatest concern is that I am starting to have laugh lines due to ageing, lack of sleep, diet, lifestyle etc! I was also told that due to my weight loss, my face became skinny and have sunken cheeks ever since after I lost weight after puberty – if by any chance I could show you pictures after and before, and now, trust me, you won’t believe they are the same person! HAHA! I have hollow sunken cheeks that sometimes make me look like zombie and haggard-looking 😦

*Please note that I have committed myself to only use DRx products for the time being as using other skin products might affect the accuracy of results intended as well as disrupt the functions of the products. Also, as with any other beauty products, besides for marketing gimmicks purposes, there is also another reason as to why customers are always encouraged to use products from the same series. For example, if you are using Fancl Emulsion, you should also use their cleanser, toner, lotion, masks etc. Or if you are using L’Oreal’s anti-ageing serum, it would also be highly encouraged that you use the other anti-ageing products from the same series as well. The reason is simple, because these products more often than not, contain almost same main ingredients, differing only in those ingredients added/removed to suit the product’s functions. Simply put, products from the same series complement one another. 🙂

If you are wondering the discrepancies of the products I was given as compared to others whom you may have read their reviews, that is because these products are prescribed by a qualified skin doctor to suit your own needs. This is different from getting products off the shelves which may or may not be suitable for your skin. Even if one is knowledgeable and have vast understanding of your own skin, I think it is always best to leave it to the professionals if you want to achieve best results.

Thus, what may work for me may not work for you. This also applies to all reviews as their results are highly based on subjectivity.

These were the products I was given to try :

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Do note that all DRx products are given simple abbreviations to suit the needs of some customers who might have difficulties in remembering the names of the products. So DRx does place customers as top priority 🙂

*Credit to DRx Clinic official website for the pictures and descriptions

1. Foaming Cleanser (1) 170ml

Clear yellow gel with a faint fragrance that lathers well when worked with the palms.

Foaming Cleanser is a hydrating cleanser for all skin types that contains optimal concentrations of Marine Algae extracts that gently exfoliates for a soothing and refreshing wash. This cleanser promotes natural cleansing and toning, while balancing the pH level of the skin.

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Pros :

  • I am a fan of foaming cleansers! Prior to this, I was using Laneige’s White Plus Renew Foam Cleanser and have been using it for quite some time! So I was totally elated when I got to know that DRx is getting me to try their foaming cleanser 🙂
  • The reason why I’d like foaming cleanser is because it is hassle-free and feels soft and light on your skin.
  • So far, no breakouts or any adverse reactions on my skin from using DRx foaming cleanser 🙂

Cons :

  • You will need to know the ‘optimal’ amount of the cleanser to be mixed with water so as to produce a ‘bouncy’ foam that lathers well on your skin. I have had experienced with foams that were too ‘watery’ and ‘runny’ because I had mixed too much water. 😦

2. Toner (2) 170ml

Clear colorless fluid with faint fragrance that leaves a cool after-feel.

Toner is an alcohol-free fluid with Glycolic and Salicylic Acid to enhance the cleansing process. It contains Allantoin, which helps restore moisture to the skin, leaving the skin feeling revitalized and supple.

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Pros :

  • Helps to remove excess and remnants of dirt which make-up removers and cleansers have failed to. This acts as a double-protection and removal of dirt.

Cons : None at the moment

3. Comedone Formula (CF) 25ml

Brown essence with a strong herbal scent that leaves a slightly sticky after-feel, which goes away when completely dry.

Comedone Formula is a natural formulation containing botanical extracts, which work to reduce the appearance of comedones (blackheads & whiteheads). It assists in dissolving and softening comedones and prevents new comedone formation by loosening the follicular plug and also by reducing sebaceous activity.

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Pros :

  • This is one of the high raved products by DRx! To be honest, I did feel and noticed visible results after about 2 days of usage! It did helped to clear my blackheads on my nose as well as white heads on my chin! I usually have ‘bumps’ on my chin due to these annoying whiteheads but it’s gone now! 
  • As mentioned, I also have comedones surrounding my lips and these are the ones that are the most difficult to squeeze out as compared to those on the nose and chin areas. Whenever I provoke them by poking or squeezing, they would swell the next day and I would be having visible red bumps on the edge of my lips where they are located at. It is extremely embarrassing and even more so when I am having a cold sore (Dr Yanni gave me a cream to treat this problem as well – please read below). I have also been applying on these areas besides my T-zone areas, and so far so good. No annoying comedones appearing anymore on the applied areas!!!
  • As a result, my skin is ultra soft and supple and there are no more uneven ‘bumps’ – you will know when washing/applying skin care products on your face because that is when you touch your face necessarily. Don’t go touching every now and then because your hands are filled with lots of bacteria and dirt. Also, you will notice the suppleness when applying foundation! It glides over my face smoothly now. 🙂

Cons :

  • As it is made of oil, it is quite difficult to use your fingers to apply them on the T-zone areas. This non-viscous liquid flows rather quickly before you can apply them on. I have no tried using cotton pads to apply though as I was advised to use my fingers to pat into the T-zone areas.
  • Of all the products prescribed and as with what many other reviewers mentioned, this is by far the one with the most pungent smell. In fact, all of their products are not scented as it is made made from botanical extracts and with no fragrance added.

4. X-cream (X)

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Pros :

  • I can’t review on its effectiveness yet. I apply this on my acne scars as well as freckles in hoping to lighten them. I guess we will have to wait till the 1-month period is over, before I can compare results.

Cons :

  • It does produce a little redness but subsides after a while. But my skin seems to be peeling now…

 

5. Max-C (*C) 35ml

Clear, fragrance-free, watery gel that imparts a neutral feel upon application.

Max-C is a potent anti-oxidant formula based on the highest possible stable concentration of Vitamin C. It counteracts free radicals, encourages collagen and elastin production to control the adverse effects of photo-damage, including wrinkling, sagging and other symptoms of premature skin aging.

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Pros :

  • This is yet another highly raved product by reviewers! I like how light the texture and gel-like products are easier to apply using fingers as compared to oil-based as mentioned above. 
  • I was a little skeptical as to the absorbency because during mornings, I’ll always have to rush to work (Oh how I loathe mornings!) and was worried that it might take some time to be absorbed and that it might cause my foundation to be uneven and ‘cakey’. I totally hate it when this occurs because I’ll have to spend more time to solve the problem! But no, Max-C feels ultra light and refreshing once you apply on your skin! And it has a fast absorbency rate, leaving your skin matte but well-hydrated.
  • Also, I have pointed to Dr Yanni about my concern on my laugh lines and am glad to be prescribed with this Max-C which contains collagen and elastin production to control the adverse effects of photo-damage, including wrinkling, sagging and other symptoms of premature skin aging!

Cons : None at the moment

6. Non-tinted Sunscreen SPF 30+ (5A) 60ml

White-colored cream that leaves a smooth silky after-feel.

Non-tinted Sunscreen SPF 30+ is an advanced non-tinted formula to protect the skin against harmful UV rays, helps prevent sunburn & photo-damage caused by UVA/UVB exposure. Suitable for use on sensitive skin and mild enough even for children and infants.

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Pros :

  • As with the previous product, Max-C, my greatest concern about this Suncreen lotion is its absorbency rate and texture – whether it is too rich/thick/oily. 
  • To my surprise, it is well-absorbed (I try to leave it on for some time before applying my foundation) and does not leave any residue.
  • It also remains absorbed into my skin when I apply my foundation. You know how there are some products which causes ‘rubbings’ of the lotion when you apply foundation? Yup, didn’t encounter such a product with DRx Sunscreen lotion 🙂
  • It adds value to my foundation’s SPF which contains SPF 10 (Chanel Matte – Black version) and I recently switched back to the Matte version from Lightening version SPF 25 (White version) because the latter didn’t suit me as it dries up my skin.
  • And simply because sunscreen is ESSENTIAL and IMPORTANT in our local climate. Psst, I don’t usually apply any sunblock on my face (except for my body where I apply Nivea’s lotion – even that I believe it is no as effective as sunblocks) and hence, am totally guilty of this! =x

Cons :

  • I guess the only flaw of this product is the waiting time for it to be absorbed. It may absorbed into the skin within a shorter time than I usually spend waiting, but definitely, you won’t be able to apply your foundation immediately. Perhaps I would try this out, to reduce my waiting time, and re-review again? 😉

Products 1-6 are meant to be applied in that sequence, hence the sequence in this review as well 🙂

7. Strong Lightener

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This is meant to be applied on my birth mark areas.

Pros and Cons are the same as X-cream as for now. 🙂

8. Dermovate Cream

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This is meant to cure the flaking, red angry skin surrounding my lips due to my cold sore problem.

Pros :

  • It keeps my lips hydrated – I apply on my whole lips but I most probably shouldn’t be doing this. But since the lips is made of skin, so I had thought, why not? 
  • And guess what? My cold sore hasn’t return ever since. Please note that cold sores are incurable. You may only stop it from appearing but as it is a virus that remains inside your immune system and when activated, it causes sore blisters that produces water. For more info, please read here. Now, don’t judge me because I have had friends laughing because they understand that cold sores are caused by STDs but I’m telling you that I didn’t get it because of that, I have been battling with this for almost over a decade (reason unknown but definitely NOT STD) and only recently, due to my poor health in 2012, it started coming back! 😦
  • I am pinning my hopes on this cream to help solve my cold sore problem because it is realllllyyyyyyyy embarrassing. I look ridiculous with sausage lips!!! *fingers crossed*

Cons :

  • Need to use fingers to apply as compared to lip balms. Not a fan of using fingers or having to wash them every now and then when I want to apply it. A little troublesome as well as it leaves your finger oily but if you’re not calculative (keh gao), whipping out a tissue to wipe it and finding a dustbin to throw it wouldn’t bother you much.  

Despite using DRx products for only 1 week+, I have already noticed visible and promising results on my skin (and lips)! I can’t be more thankful than I already am to be blessed with good skin naturally but seeing the results DRx products have achieved within such a short period of time, I believe I am definitely on the right track towards achieving a perfect skin! 🙂

DRx Clinic

Singapore
302 Orchard Road, 16th Floor
Tong Building (next to Paragon Shopping Centre)
Singapore 238862
Tel : (65) – 6733 1555
Fax (65) – 6733 2983
Mon to Fri : 10am to 8pm | Sat : 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sun & PH

Malaysia

N-1-1 & N-1-2 Plaza Damas
60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas,
50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : (603) – 6201 3088
Fax : (603) – 6201 6033
Mon to Fri : 10am to 7pm | Sat : 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sun & PH

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TheDRxClinic

Dance@Live World Cup 2013 – Avalon @ Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Do you love to dance? Or simply love watching dance performances?

Well, I used to learn dancing for a period of time back in my younger days and although I have stopped dancing (except when I’m clubbing and when my old bones still permit?), I still enjoy watching dance performances very much.

Dance@live World cup is Asia’s biggest 1 on 1 dance battle competition. The competition has 3 different battle categories, Break-dancing, Hip-hop, & Freestyle.

The Worldcup battles held in Singapore will include champions from the following countries, Australia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, & USA.

Check out the participants here : http://www.dancealive.tv.e.jq.hp.transer.com/dancealive-japan/wc13-final

For the first time, Pioneer will be uniting the winners from the individual countries to gather in Singapore to battle it out to see who is the best street dancer in the world.

Prior to the grand finals, there will be a wildcard battle held at Far East Pavillion, Singapore. Expect the best dancers from around the world to rock the stage in Singapore as they battle it out in different categories such as Hip-hop, Freestyle and Break.

The grand finals will feature Japan dance crew Beat Buddy Boi who were part of Adidas all original represent campaign. Judges for the inaugural world cup include LOOSE JOINT (ELITE FORCE), FIRE LOCK
GUCCHON (Co-thkoo), HIRO (ALMA) and DUCKY.

Steez, the first-ever line of serious dance gear is the sponsor for the event with its belief to cater to dance enthusiasts seeking dance gear!

This event will also see the launch of STEEZ’s iPhone app, the “Dance boost app dance+ by STEEZ”, designed to enhance the dance experience for STEEZ Audio users. Dancers can check out the synchronisation of their dance moves to the song they are dancing to using the app’s video recording function that eliminates background noise. The app also shakes up dance practices with the “Player” that operates various dance features like AB repeat and Tempo Control.

exclusive features that help dancers practice and perfect their techniques. Each STEEZ music system incorporates features that make it possible for dancers to change music tempo, set choreographed cue points, battle with friends, create smart playlists and more, all seamlessly on-the-fly via the STEEZ unit.

STEEZ music systems also boast a cool Auto Battle Mode that enables users to automatically create a battle sequence, complete with a countdown timer on the player’s LCD screen and voice and tone prompts to signal when 10 seconds of music is left before switching to the next user.

Steez Audio Range consists of three different types of audio players that stands out with its unique features.
“Auto-Dance Battle Mode” allows dancers to match music genres, snip snap their tunes enabling them to start a dance battle anywhere.

TYPE S (BLUE) $399

Sleek and lightweight to elevate your passion for dance

The STEEZ AUDIO Type S has a rugged and drip-proof finish so you can bring it along to your favorite hangout. Just 36 cm in size, you can fit it in most backpacks.

Features for dancers include Auto Battle Mode, DJ MIX mode, Tempo Control, and Dance Cue.

TYPE T (GREEN) $499

Compact, rugged and as original as you

Just 31.9 cm in size and weighing 0.8kg, you can carry this player in your backpack or in your hand. Start a jam at your friend’s, in the underground, in the supermarket – anywhere!

Features for dancers include Auto Battle Mode, DJ MIX mode, Tempo Control, and Dance Cue.

TYPE Z (RED) $699

Full studio sound, built to attract an audience

 

It’s rugged, drip-proof and LOUD. At 2 x 10W and a subwoofer (20W), this boombox is bound to make an impression and not only by its smooth design.

Features for dancers include Auto Battle Mode, DJ MIX mode, Tempo Control, and Dance Cue.

If you’re an ardent fan, Marina Bay Sands Singapore will be hosting a Dance@Live World Cup this coming Sunday, 30th June!!!

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Event details:

Dance@Live World Cup 2013
Avalon, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
1pm-8pm
I’m pretty sure the music and ambience would be awesome!!!
See you on Sunday and let’s get grooovvvvinggg!!! 🙂

July’s Edition of VanityTrove – Midsummer Gala.

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Yet another box filled with loads of love and surprises!

July 2013 edition of Vanity Trove comprises of :

1. Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil : Anti-oxidising, Brightening, Firming, Hydrating, Plumping, Reducing pore size, Repairing. This triple-action cleansing oil contains skin-loving botanical extracts including japanese cherry tree, artichoke leaf and saxifraga sarmentosa to cleanse, hydrate and boost skin’s healing ability. Three layers of pure active ingredients work in unison to gently remove traces of makeup and daily debris, while maintaining skin moisture levels and revitalizing skin for a brighter and smoother finish in one easy step.

2. Skin Inc My Daily Dose Bottle – Yellow : “It’s the best of our award-winning encapsulated serums from Japan, captured in six petite doses – Collagen (firming), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration), Placenta (brightening), Vitamin A (even skin tone), Coenzyme Q10 (energising) and Ceramide (strengthening).
Six active ingredients that create 30 unique power cocktails for your skin. Now, who says you can’t have it all?uitable for most skins as it is based on your individual needs. It can be used as a reinforcement supplement to your existing skincare or as your main skincare regime. My Daily Dose contains highly concentrated ingredients so you only need to apply 3-5 drops per application, twice a day.

3. Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel : Deep Cleansing Gel for clear skin with Salicylic Acid + Totarol + Eperuline. Purifies without drying and gently eliminates impurities. Immediately soothes skin. Suitable for combination and oily skin type.

4. Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot : The formula, enriched with hyaluronic acid, creates an invisble and protective film on the surface of the skin to protect the imperfection. Also contains antibacterial technology [salicylic acid + LHA]* to help fight the appearance of spots. Spots and marks appear reduced, and the skin is protected from further blemishes appearing.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel : Restores up to 200% higher moisture level* on skin, replenishing and rebuilding skin moisture from within all day long. “Self-Hydrating System” to address the root cause of inner dryness. Innovative formula with smart Progressive Release System absorbs moisture from the air then releasing it into the skin over time. Instantly hydrates skin and helps soothe and calm skin. Skin stays soft, supple, bouncy, radiant with a healthy glow. Oil free formula with non-sticky/matte feel. Dermatologist tested, Allergy-tested. Non-comedogenic.

6. Avance DOU DEMAQUILLANT SUPER : An instant remover design for resistant and waterproof eye make-up!
Gentle to the eye while removing the waterproof eye makeup. A formula that remove and at the same time gently moisture delicate eye area as it contain soothing and moisturizing ingredient, Chamomile flower extract and Trehalose. How to use: Shake it well to mix the two-layer liquid. Take appropriate amount onto facial cotton, place on eyelid area, wait for a short 5 second; then wipe gently across the eyelid area, follow by over the eyebrow.

7. Herborist Whitening Revitalizing Mask : Specially formulated with extracts from several Chinese herbs, including Atractyloides Macrocephala,Poria Cocos,Paeonia Lactiflora and Bletilla Striata, it features mild and nourishing ingredients, which can penetrate into the skin to boost elasticity and vitality of the skin. The product is effective in breaking down ageing horny layer and improving the uniformity of the complexion to help you have tender and fair skin.

8. D’Glamouric Trinity Series Masque : Made up of a unique formulation of 3-in-1 major ingredients consisting of Sheep Placenta serum extract, Collagen and Witch Hazel. These 3 elements provide a cellular rejuvenating, deep cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

Collagen helps in slowing down the natural process of skin aging. It has great moisturizing benefits and excellent hydration properties. When applied topically, like in the form of a mask, the skin absorbs the substance & increase its own natural production of the protein. It can even out fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Perfect treatment for chronic dry skin.

Sheep Placenta works under the same fundamental theory of cell therapy, a process of introducing new cells into a tissue in order to rebuild and revitalize ailing or aging tissues, stimulating the cells of specific organ systems and optimizes/restores their functions. Henceforth, sheep placenta helps to prevent the formation of “age spots”, reduce appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. It is a nutritional supplement branded by many as the “Rolls Royce of all Nutritional Supplements”.

Witch Hazel is a mightily useful little medicinal marvel. Its uses and properties are unique and vast. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that witch hazel has, it can reduce inflammation on a pimple and itching on the skin. Furthermore, it soothes and prevents a razor burn or sunburn. Daily use significantly tightens up the skin and helps with acne. Moreover, it can reduce eye bags, treat dry skin and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. Not to mention, it is good for refreshing tired eyes and bring a natural scent to the skin.

9. Jane Iredale Difference Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream : Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

10. Jane Iredale Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain Forever Pink : 

A lip and cheek stain that provides long-lasting, custom color to lips and cheeks.

Features and Benefits:

  • Multipurpose stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural coloring.
  • Non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible pink shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
  • Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips. Rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.

11. Jane Iredale  LIPDRINK SPF 15 LIP BALM : This colorless lip balm really is a drink for the lips.

Also included in Vanity Trove July 2013 was Skin Inc Voucher and Vanity’s own magazine! Visit www.vanitymag.com for beauty secrets! 🙂

Phew!

I’d try to be as detailed as I can for you babes, so hope you girls will check out these products and most importantly, get yourself surprised every month with Vanity Trove now! 🙂

Psst, don’t forget to read the latest beauty article on hairstyles written by yours truly on My Fat Pocket!

July’s Edition of VanityTrove – Midsummer Gala.

Sponsored Advertorial

June_WebBanner-2

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Yet another box filled with loads of love and surprises!

July 2013 edition of Vanity Trove comprises of :

1. Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil : Anti-oxidising, Brightening, Firming, Hydrating, Plumping, Reducing pore size, Repairing. This triple-action cleansing oil contains skin-loving botanical extracts including japanese cherry tree, artichoke leaf and saxifraga sarmentosa to cleanse, hydrate and boost skin’s healing ability. Three layers of pure active ingredients work in unison to gently remove traces of makeup and daily debris, while maintaining skin moisture levels and revitalizing skin for a brighter and smoother finish in one easy step.

2. Skin Inc My Daily Dose Bottle – Yellow : “It’s the best of our award-winning encapsulated serums from Japan, captured in six petite doses – Collagen (firming), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration), Placenta (brightening), Vitamin A (even skin tone), Coenzyme Q10 (energising) and Ceramide (strengthening).
Six active ingredients that create 30 unique power cocktails for your skin. Now, who says you can’t have it all?uitable for most skins as it is based on your individual needs. It can be used as a reinforcement supplement to your existing skincare or as your main skincare regime. My Daily Dose contains highly concentrated ingredients so you only need to apply 3-5 drops per application, twice a day.

3. Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel : Deep Cleansing Gel for clear skin with Salicylic Acid + Totarol + Eperuline. Purifies without drying and gently eliminates impurities. Immediately soothes skin. Suitable for combination and oily skin type.

4. Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot : The formula, enriched with hyaluronic acid, creates an invisble and protective film on the surface of the skin to protect the imperfection. Also contains antibacterial technology [salicylic acid + LHA]* to help fight the appearance of spots. Spots and marks appear reduced, and the skin is protected from further blemishes appearing.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel : Restores up to 200% higher moisture level* on skin, replenishing and rebuilding skin moisture from within all day long. “Self-Hydrating System” to address the root cause of inner dryness. Innovative formula with smart Progressive Release System absorbs moisture from the air then releasing it into the skin over time. Instantly hydrates skin and helps soothe and calm skin. Skin stays soft, supple, bouncy, radiant with a healthy glow. Oil free formula with non-sticky/matte feel. Dermatologist tested, Allergy-tested. Non-comedogenic.

6. Avance DOU DEMAQUILLANT SUPER : An instant remover design for resistant and waterproof eye make-up!
Gentle to the eye while removing the waterproof eye makeup. A formula that remove and at the same time gently moisture delicate eye area as it contain soothing and moisturizing ingredient, Chamomile flower extract and Trehalose. How to use: Shake it well to mix the two-layer liquid. Take appropriate amount onto facial cotton, place on eyelid area, wait for a short 5 second; then wipe gently across the eyelid area, follow by over the eyebrow.

7. Herborist Whitening Revitalizing Mask : Specially formulated with extracts from several Chinese herbs, including Atractyloides Macrocephala,Poria Cocos,Paeonia Lactiflora and Bletilla Striata, it features mild and nourishing ingredients, which can penetrate into the skin to boost elasticity and vitality of the skin. The product is effective in breaking down ageing horny layer and improving the uniformity of the complexion to help you have tender and fair skin.

8. D’Glamouric Trinity Series Masque : Made up of a unique formulation of 3-in-1 major ingredients consisting of Sheep Placenta serum extract, Collagen and Witch Hazel. These 3 elements provide a cellular rejuvenating, deep cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

Collagen helps in slowing down the natural process of skin aging. It has great moisturizing benefits and excellent hydration properties. When applied topically, like in the form of a mask, the skin absorbs the substance & increase its own natural production of the protein. It can even out fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Perfect treatment for chronic dry skin.

Sheep Placenta works under the same fundamental theory of cell therapy, a process of introducing new cells into a tissue in order to rebuild and revitalize ailing or aging tissues, stimulating the cells of specific organ systems and optimizes/restores their functions. Henceforth, sheep placenta helps to prevent the formation of “age spots”, reduce appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. It is a nutritional supplement branded by many as the “Rolls Royce of all Nutritional Supplements”.

Witch Hazel is a mightily useful little medicinal marvel. Its uses and properties are unique and vast. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that witch hazel has, it can reduce inflammation on a pimple and itching on the skin. Furthermore, it soothes and prevents a razor burn or sunburn. Daily use significantly tightens up the skin and helps with acne. Moreover, it can reduce eye bags, treat dry skin and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. Not to mention, it is good for refreshing tired eyes and bring a natural scent to the skin.

9. Jane Iredale Difference Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream : Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

10. Jane Iredale Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain Forever Pink : 

A lip and cheek stain that provides long-lasting, custom color to lips and cheeks.

Features and Benefits:

  • Multipurpose stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural coloring.
  • Non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible pink shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
  • Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips. Rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.

11. Jane Iredale  LIPDRINK SPF 15 LIP BALM : This colorless lip balm really is a drink for the lips.

Also included in Vanity Trove July 2013 was Skin Inc Voucher and Vanity’s own magazine! Visit www.vanitymag.com for beauty secrets! 🙂

Phew!

I’d try to be as detailed as I can for you babes, so hope you girls will check out these products and most importantly, get yourself surprised every month with Vanity Trove now! 🙂

Psst, don’t forget to read the latest beauty article on hairstyles written by yours truly on My Fat Pocket!

How do you shop wisely?

Have you been caught in a situation whereby you have bought something and only to realise that you could have gotten it at a cheaper price? Or that you could have won FREE lucky draws and attractive prizes?

Besides reading reviews, by researching for better promotions and offers help you make informed decisions during shopping as well!

Here is a little simple analysis on Singaporean shoppers :

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If you hadn’t really know, being ‘kiasu’ is one of our local traits which also translate to shopping wisely – being able to save more or receive benefits through shopping!!!

But that is not all, there should be a trustworthy and reliable platform where shoppers can conveniently access even when they are shopping!

Which brings you to…

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Save22 is one such place where you can conveniently look up for leading retailers’ promotions and catalogues online. The site updated with comprehensive pricing, promotions and sales information updated daily (you will never lag behind again!).  Apart from the Singapore market, Save22 also offers insights to attractive promotions and offers in the Philippines!

With its user-friendly interface, you can easily browse and search for products and promotions from your favourite retailers such as Din Tai Feng, Burger King, Reebonz, Adidas, Resort World Sentosa, Jurong Bird Park, Popular, MPH, Jean Yip Services, Bio-Essence, Singtel, M1, Starhub, Swatch, 25 Hours…. and many more!

 

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A half-page screenshot… meaning to say that there are many many more categories if you scroll below!

With such myriad of categories covered, Save22 can be used by anyone and everyone with internet access!

What’s even more exciting is that Save22 also shows you all the deals around your current location!

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So with such hassle-free technology put forth, why dirty your hands by flipping through newspapers page by page to lookout for promotions? Or why rely on inaccurate hearsay?

Check out Save22 and start going online for your offline shopping needs! 🙂

Food Review – Le Chocolat Cafe + Updates

Last Sunday saw me snacking and chillax-ing with the bf  at Le Chocolat Cafe at Ann Siang Road. Before that, we were around the corner at Keong Saik Road for food tasting at Moojaa, Mookata Thai  BBQ Steamboat. I was very honored to be invited for food tasting (my first!) and many more to come (pending plans). Will be blogging about it soon, once I retrieve the pictures from my Canon G1x – woes of wanting high quality reso pictures but attached with the hassle of extracting it from an external source – unlike instant uploading, posting and transferring into my exploding dropbox folder via iPhone. Heh.

Bf is the adventurous sort and he has been wanting to explore Ann Siang Hill/Road for the longest time. We have plans to explore other areas too! Because Singapore is too boring, exploring is fun! For me, I am the boring old fart who prefers consistency and totally not adventurous. I don’t like trying out new things. Take for example my food choices. I can eat and drink almost the same thing over and over again and not wanting to climb out of my comfort zone. Whereas for bf, he likes trying new things so in a way, we complement each other! 🙂 They say opposites attract, anyway don’t they?

Not wanting to spoil the mood, I “trekked” Ann Siang Hill. Okay, fine, it’s just some small slightly elevated relief area. But thank god I was in flats, if not !@#$%

We toured around quite a while, snapping pictures and all before deciding to settle down at a cozy cafe – Le Chocolat Cafe 🙂

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Didn’t manage to snap pictures of the whole cafe. Was too embarrassed to do so in public…And that’s bf’s half face lol =x

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Latte, Rainbow Cake with Choco Fudge and Mocha Frappe

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I squealed at the sight of the rainbow cake! I saw many people posting pictures on it because and others who even baked them own (I can’t cook for nuts! Well, except maggie mee :D)

But but but, I think it’s quite over-rated! I went ahead for it even though its quite pricey – $7.90 per piece, because I wanted to try! Bf’s adventurous disease passed on to me, lol =p

I tried a few mouthfuls, and then told bf, “feels like eating the colouring leh…” which he agreed.

I didn’t quite like the ‘artificial’ colouring taste 😦

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I think I look damn ugly in this picture, especially my nose. Ugh. Nose fillers, anyone? LOL.

Bf’s latte tasted not bad, my mocha frappe was okay too. Perhaps I should have requested for no whip cream. And I didn’t know mocha frappe could last me throughout the night, well almost, that I suffered from insomnia that night! UGH!

All in all, Le Chocolat Cafe is a good place to chill if you don’t mind spending that extra cash 🙂

Overall rating :

4 stars

 

Le Chocolat Cafe
28 Ann Siang Rd
6808 2188

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OOTD and WIWT on Friday and Saturday. Wanted to be as casual and comfortable as I could. 🙂

Friday (caught Monsters University !!! + dinner) :

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Coordinates. Received compliments on my cute moustache shoes!

All clothes : Online

Bag : Miu Miu Large Coffer

 

Saturday (Dinner with bf and friends at Tom Yum KungFu – Boat Quay and went to FML pub at Parklane – the one beside Life of Liquor (LOL)) :

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All clothes : Online

Bag : Miu Miu Large Coffer

Trying my best to suck my tummy in….HAHAHA.

Oh and before I forget, I’ve been sponsored with DRx products!!! Read alot of raves about their products, especially on the Comedone Formula (CF) which supposedly remove blackheads and whiteheads! Also, my dermatologist – Dr Yanni (young pretty lady) complimented on my skin condition!!! Yes!!! I’m so happy and it’s been silently whirling inside my head ever since my last visit. I am truly blessed with good skin by nature 🙂

That could also be the reason why the number of products sponsored are lesser than other bloggers’. On top of these products, I am also given the (all not in picture) X cream (to remove acne marks – due to my acne breakout caused by stress/skin biotics/SK II products) as well as a strong lightener (for my birthmarks) and eczema ointment (complained about my cold sore problem and guess what, after applying the ointment, my cold sore hasn’t been ‘activated’ ever since!!! Damn happy abt it because this means less embarrassing moments of having sausages lips! Google cold sore but don’t judge me on this. Had this cold sore problem since sec sch days. Most prolly transmitted through bacteria via saliva.)

My main purpose of dropping by DRx Clinic was actually to remove my birthmarks. I have 3 in total – left elbow which is the size of a 50c coin, 1 HUGEASS one on my left inner thigh which is heart-shaped – yes I kid you not and another lighter, in fact, the lightest on my right thigh – also the size of a 50c coin).

The first consultation was to assess whether my type of birthmarks can be removed – pls note that not all birthmarks can be removed and laser treatments require alot of patience because they require a long-term follow up and ALOT OF TOLERANCE for painnn….

Will blog about this again when I’ve more results to review. As for now, I can only say that the Comedone Formula (CF) works very effectively for many others and within 1-2 days, I could already see promising results!!! I cannot rave more 🙂

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Alrightys, till then! 🙂

Be back for more reviews on food and beauty! :p

 

How to protect your skin against the haze pollution?

Comments and critics of the haze and the Singapore Govt aside, let us better understand how the haze would affect our skin.

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Air pollution from the haze can have the following effects on our skin:

  • Smog and dust can create free radicals (highly charged oxygen molecules) when they come in touch with UV rays. Free radicals attack our cells and damage our DNA, which can cause harm to our body and damage to our skin. Free radicals are the greatest culprit to problems like discolouration, fine lines and dullness.
  • The impurities in the air can also cause clogging in our skin, which in turn cause problems like blackheads, pimples, rough texture and dull complexion.
  • Toxin in the air can also cause our skin to age prematurely as well as dryness.

What should you do?

Cleansing

Smog, fog and dust particles will form a layer on your skin for sure. The least you should do is the cleanse. On top of your daily cleansing, if you are wearing make-up, I would suggest you to cleanse twice as hard. I don’t mean to apply more pressure and taut your skin, and I don’t mean to wash your face twice at one go. What I meant is to remove your make-up twice instead of once, just to ensure that you have removed all the dirt on your skin surface, or until the cotton pad shows no signs of leftover make-up. This is especially important if you have thick make-up on e.g. liquid foundation.

I have been using this make-up cleanser for a long time and it serves me well 🙂

L’Oreal Gentle Cleansing Milk :

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And for my eye make-up, I use Cyber Colours Gentle Eye Make-up Remover :

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Psst, it’s really good! 🙂
After removing your makeup, here comes the cleansing part with a facial cleanser.

Should you switch to another facial cleanser? I would recommend you to consider getting cleansers which are suitable for daily exfoliation.

You may consider getting Biore Facial Foam Scrub or Bio-Essence Deep Exfoliating Gel which I reviewed earlier.

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Moisturising

Keep your moisturising in check. Helps to hydrate your skin during this hot and dry weather. Drink more water to help replenish water loss and prevent dehydration. Also to help keep cell metabolism optimal. Not forgetting the sun block – choose one with at least SPF 30 and one that helps to block both UVA and UVB.

For sunblock, I’m using Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++.

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For moisturisers, I’m currently using a mixture :

Skin & Lab Mont-Blanc Glacial Water Drop (I will be posting up a review on this soon)

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I use this in the morning before applying my make-up because it’s very light and non-oily at all. Easily absorbed and lesser waiting time before I can apply my make-up over.

Bio-Essence Royal Jelly + ATP Face Lifting Cream

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This is richer and more creamy, with added anti-ageing properties, it helps combat wrinkles and fine lines too.

Use products with high anti-oxidants

Anti-oxidants ingredients include vitamin A (retinoic acid), vitamin C, vitamin B (niacinamide), vitamin E, green tea and soy protein. All these aid and improve skin cell turnover and skin health, as well as combat free radicals.

Other ingredients to look out for include hyaluronic acid – it is an internal building block for collagen in the skin and aids in binding water molecules together, increasing the plumpness of the skin and hydrating it – as well as emollients such as shea butter for drier areas.

Try Skin & Lab’s vitamin creams, targetting different problems.

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Also, stock up on those fresh hot green tea. They have abundant anti-oxidant ingredients too. Hence, Japanese are always topping the charts for their best skin quality. 🙂

Chock up on supplements esp Vitamin C

Needless to say, you need to strength to fight out all the harmful free radicals and whatnots. So start consuming your supplements or better still, get them fresh from the original sources e.g. food/fruits.

Adequate sleep

Since you can’t head out due to the haze (I am extremely appalled that Singaporeans are still queuing for Mc Kitty, smoking and chilling outdoors at this point of time!), why not catch more sleep? Inadequate rest means that your body has little time to repair and recharge. Get enough sleep and your skin will thank you for it.

All in all, health comes before anything else. Do stay indoors where possible and keep yourself hydrated at all times! Take care everyone! ❤