Beauty Review – Hada Labo Whitening Lotion New Nano Formula

Hada Labo was very kind to sponsor me their new product – Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion with Nano Formula and I received it 2 days after receiving their email! Very efficient and prompt service :)

Of course, I’ve heard so many raves on Hada Labo’s products and because I couldn’t contain my excitement further, I tried it on asap on the same day of receipt! :)

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Pros 

  1. I love how it feels so light on my skin!
  2. Definitely non-sticky
  3. Bottle is made of plastic, so less accident-prone.
  4. Free of fragrances (bad thing? but might be good in the sense that lesser chemicals are added), mineral oil, alcohol and colourant

Cons

  1. Personally prefer to apply using cotton pads than hands/fingers (just a personal preference!)

Other than that, this Hada Labo Whitening Lotion with Nano Formula is great!

Overall rating :

Want yours too?

Redeem a FREE 20ml travel size bottle of Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion & Cleansing Oil samples at Hada Labo(sg) Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/hadalabosg)*.

Long weekend updates! (Food, Beauty & Fashion!) :)

Caught up with some friends of ours and had Ramen Ten at Far East Plaza.

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I had the chicken ramen illustrated as the 1st pic. Was looking for seafood ramen that is not spicy but they only had tomyum  soup-based one and I didn’t bother asking them if I could change the soup-base to a non-spicy one, so don’t quote me. You can still try asking them. 🙂

But despite not taking any spicy food, I had a major pain in the ass (pun intended + literally) diarrhea that very same night. Thankfully it was after our movie – GI Joe! I wouldn’t be looking forward to running to and fro to the toilet and wasting my $$ away.

The soup was not bad and it’s the first thing I would test and try out first in almost every soupy dish! I am a HUGE fan of soupy stuffs 🙂

I had a sip of bf’s tom yum seafood ramen. It tasted okay but I doubt I would be able to handle it if I were to take a few more sips.

By the way, if you’re all in for action-packed thrillers, then GI Joe is MUST-WATCH for you! 🙂

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Received loads of beauty stuffs from My Fat Pocket for my contribution as their Beauty Writer. Check out my beauty articles at their Beauty column 🙂

One of the beauty product received made me jump for joy! There were many stuffs that I’ve been wanting to try out but brushed aside because of the hefty price.

One of which is Skinbiotics – Skin lightening and Regeneration!

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I’ve read many awesome and positive reviews about these pills and I can’t wait to see the results myself! Till date, it’s my 4th day on the pills now 🙂

By the way, the pills are quite big so those who have problems swallowing huge-ass pills, you may wish to take note before purchasing. It’s sold for $138-$148 at convenience stores. There are 3 different types of Skinbiotics pills.

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Taken from Skinbiotics website :

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And just for the benefit for my readers, here’s the summary info on the other 2 types.

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I might just get another bottle to meet the 8-week requirement because 1 bottle contains only 50 soft gels and 2 gels a day means that a bottle would last for approx 25 days? Not even a month and it’s so expensive to get them! 😦

I will review on the results again in maybe 2 weeks into it but will definitely do so when I’ve completed 1 bottle of it. So stay tuned! 🙂

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Attended a media event for Tian Po’s new launch of their Hearts On Fire ILLA collection:)

It’s also my FIRST media event invitation ever since I’ve started blogging. I’ve had few other media invitations but they either clash with my other appointments or they are held during office hours. 😦

Will be blogging about the Tian Po’s media event soon. Saw some other MFP bloggers there as well 🙂

Received some thank-you gifts from Tian Po as well.

One of which is :

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I know right, such a HUGE-ASS diamond ring!!!

It’s actually a key-ring holder la, but just thought it was quite hilarious that I can’t even close my fingers together :p

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Ended our Sunday evening with sweet cravings at Mischief ❤ us!

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Waffles – additional $3.

We chose Durian and Cocoa flavour. It was really rich in flavour but we felt that the price paid was a little pricey on its end – $11.60, especially at a heartland area.

But nevertheless, great place to chill with your loved ones on a slow relaxing weekend 🙂

Mischief ❤ US
Blk 827 #01-130
Tampines Street 81
Singapore 520827
9632 3845
9125 0053

*Psst, not sponsored/paid to blog about any of the food/products above. Just that sharing is caring 🙂

 

 

Bio-Essence BIO Spring Water (Review + Giveaway)

Sponsored

Good news for all!

I’ll be giving away these Miracle water which benefits your hair, face and body! 🙂

Sounds good?

But that’s not all!

This miracle water provides plentiful of awesome benefits…

How great is that?

On top of that, it is suitable for many events and circumstances! Read below!

Here are some of its benefits in a summary :

Face

  • controls oil effectively
  • Refines pores
  • Whiten and brightens skin
  • Firms skin with better elasticily
  • Lifts skin
  • Reduces dark cicles
  • Reduces eye bags
  • Relieves sensitive skin
  • Relieves pimples and reduces redness
  • Use after makeup for longer lasting and natural look
  • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
  • Relieves tiredness, energizing
  • Soothes skin after treatment

Hair

  • Moisturizes for lustrous hair
  • Relieves dryness and split ends

Body

  • Refreshes and soothes skin after exercise
  • Soothes and calms damage skin
  • Under hot sun to moisturize and refresh skin

For babies

  • Ideal skincare for babies
  • soothes diaper rashes

Directions of use:
Hold the bottle at a distance not less than 20 cm from targeted area and spray onto face/ skin/ hair and pat it dry gently. (Do not need to pat dry after makeup) .

Personally tried it and it did help relieve some of the puffiness on my eyes bags as well as reduce the dark circles.

Also, it helps to freshen my skin during the day as well as to keep it well-hydrated. Not forgetting it helps to keep oiliness at a bay too! 🙂

If you’ve missed the giveaway by other bloggers, here’s your last chance to grab these awesome miracle water!

3 small bottles up for grabs!

Send your details (Name, address and contact number) to my email at jeangan@live.com and title your email as ‘I want BIO Spring Water!’ by the 10th March 2013! 🙂

Hurry before they are all gone! 😀

 

Beauty Review – Limited Edition My Beauty Diary Orange Blossom & White Lotus Moisturising Mist

I have a HOLY GRAIL beauty product to share!!! And yes, am extremely excited about this! I blogged briefly on this before previously but this product deserves a solo blog post! 🙂

Are you looking to achieve dewy radiant skin? Thinking of ways to brighten up your dull-looking skin?

Does your make-up coverage disappoint? Do you then have to constantly touch-up on your make-up, especially your foundation?

I have found a product which helps eliminate these worries and achieve your beautiful flawless skin!

Mentioned previously where I’d got hold of this HG before, from an online beauty shop – Sunnanz 🙂

It was a prize won via their Instagram contest 🙂

So yes, am not advertising for them, neither was it a sponsorship. It was a prize and a really worthy one. Worthy enough to be featured and raved about on my blog! 🙂

Directions to use :

Spray 2 to 3 pumps/spitz about 20-30cm away from your face directly.

Use it on a cleansed face and before applying make up. I still have no courage to spray on after applying make-up for the fear of clogging and cake-ing my foundation. But applying it before really helps alot!

My steps :

1. Cleanse face

2. Apply toner (you can skip if you want to – for now I am experimenting whether applying toner is beneficial for my own skin, although I did write up a blog post previously which affirmed otherwise. I will revert back to my toner regime if my skin condition worsens).

3. Apply essence/serum (you may skip this if you have oily skin) – wait for it to dry and absorb

4. Spray on the facial mist (2 to 3 times) – wait for it to dry and absorb

5. Apply moisturiser – wait for it to dry and absorb

6. Apply your make-up

With this facial mist inculcated into my skin care regime and before my make-up application, I find lesser need to touch up on my make-up throughout the day. In addition, my face looks dewy and radiant, with the matt look. I really love it because my T-zone doesn’t produce that much sebum/oil anymore.

Do you know why pores produce sebum/oil on its own? One of the main reasons is because of the lack of moisture and hence, the skin has to regulate the moisture content by producing natural oil.

So, if you use proper skincare for your skin type as well as moisturise/hydrate yourself adequately, you will tend to see less oil being produced.

I’m quite sure you can spray on after your make-up application, just to constantly moisturise and brighten your skin.

PLUS IT SMELLS REALLY FRAGRANT TOO!!! 😀

Think the product is sold at Sasa too 🙂

Sunnanz doesn’t sell them because it’s a limited edition product, so I guess I was lucky! Will drop by Sasa one of these days to check it out! 🙂

*Remember to always let whatever you applied on your face to set, dry and be absorbed first before applying your make-up, to prevent any caking. Don’t rush into it or you might have to remove your make-up and redo from the start again.

ENJOY YOUR LOVELY NEW SKIN! 😀 ❤

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Psst, I am also trying out Skin&Lab’s Vita Energy Toner & Mist. I am using it as a mist first as mentioned that I am skipping the toner step for experiment purposes for the time being.

Will review shortly, so stay tuned! 🙂

 

Beauty Review – Sexylook Hello Kitty Moisturizing and Brightening Hyaluronic Mask

*This is NOT an advertorial and products were purchased with my own financial means.

All hail the updates on Beauty reviews! 🙂

I bought these cute Hello Kitty mask from Sunnanz quite some time back and only managed to use them now, due to my overwhelming collection of masks. Threw away a handful of masks which I have been keeping for quite some time. Quite heart pain actually to see these lovely masks and $$$ gone.

Aren’t they cute?

I had to choose the one which best suited my skin condition at that time, so I chose Sexylook Hello Kitty Moisturizing and Brightening Hyaluronic Mask, because I felt my skin was losing radiance and getting duller as days go by. I have occasional dry skin at my nose areas too.

Sorry, forgot to snap a picture of the mask on my face because I was actually masking while packing my luggage for my bday cruise trip last week!

I know, multi-tasker. :p

Pros :

  1. Mask was filled with lots of thick essence
  2. There were remaining essence to further massage and lather onto skin and neck areas
  3. Instant brightening of the skin
  4. Shape and alignment was acceptable

Cons :

  1. Essence too drippy
  2. Had this weird smell, similar to cinnamon or something. Ugh.

Overall rating :

 

Best Birthday Present :)

Last Christmas, I was given the best christmas present ever. Scored 1 Distinction and 1 Merit for my law papers 🙂

And this time round, I was blessed to have achieve a Distinction for my Postgraduate Certificate in Law!

Let me explain the procedure and certs here.

This (Master of Laws) LLM course by the University of London offers 3 certs, which is specially for those who don’t qualify for the LLM course directly as they didn’t meet the pre-requisites.

As I graduated with a law degree (LLB), I am able to register for the LLM course directly but giving us a benefit of the doubt, candidates who qualify for the LLM will also receive 2 other certs, Postgraduate Certificate in Law as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Which is a good thing right? They are additional certs to boost your credentials, so why not? 🙂

But of course, the process is the same. All candidates must qualify for all certs and it’s not automatically awarded, of course.

I’ve actually also mentioned this in my previous post, so take some time to read if you are keen ya!

Award classification is at the discretion of the University and honestly, I was expecting to receive a merit award instead of a distinction. But lucky me, I was awarded the latter! 🙂

So happy!!! 😀

What’s even as exciting is that I’m sooo looking forward to my bday cruise trip this evening!

Hope that your weekend would be fabulous too 🙂

TGIF ❤

AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

OL’s (Office Lady’s) Great Skincare Tips!

First and foremost… To all the OLs reading this, hang in there! Because…

Hahaha! I’ll be spending my birthday on Superstar Virgo tomorrow till Sunday 🙂

And honestly, I’m experiencing mixed emotions because on one hand, it’s supposed to be a happy occasion but on the other, the number is increasing and so are my wrinkles. Okay, for now it’s the changing of my skin conditions as well as prominent laugh lines.

Hope to blog about the change in skin conditions due to age soon. Bet it’s gonna be quite a depressing post? Haha!

So anyway, for those entering the workforce soon or have already been ‘buried’ alive by the tonnes of work, and still surviving, here are some skincare tips I would like to share based on my own research and experience. Have been working for almost 1.5yrs now after my last paper before the official graduation. Yes, I started work immediately after my last written paper as I had started job-hunting way much earlier before my exams even started. I didn’t go for any grad trip either. Personally, I can’t stand how slackers slack their asses off even after graduation, as in not putting any effort to look for a job, you know what I mean?

Okay, so back to the main topic (I know I tend to disgress often).

For myself, because I’m a coffee addict, verified and proven when I have the urge for coffee even during weekends. Bf ain’t helping much either because being a coffee addict himself, he invites me for a cuppa during the weekends too, be it brewed from coffee powder from home, packet instant ones, uncle-like 90cents coffee from coffeeshop or expensive atas ones from Starbucks (I prefer SB over CB – not a swear word ok? haha!)

Because of this die-hard addiction, I have to have a cuppa every morning before work without fail. Would gulp down a 1/2 cup (because I’m always in a rush in the morning lol) of black coffee before leaving home. So that’s 1 down for me. I try to reduce my coffee-intake but on the average I have abt 2 cuppas per day. But counting the total amount of caffeine, I think I have seriously exceeded the recommended daily intake of 200 to 300mg a day, since I do drink other caffeinated drinks as well throughout the whole day such as Iced lemon tea (I’m a huge fan of Seasons brand), green tea (hot/cold), chinese tea, coke… Just so you know, green tea HAS caffeine but just not as much as coffee. One cup of coffee contains 100-150mg of caffeine; a cup of green tea has only about 25mg of caffeine.

Besides the heart problems which can be resulted due to excessive intake of caffeine, it is extremely bad for the skin as well.  Here’s why and I am quite sure most OLs do consume a considerable amount of caffeine so here are some tips to help restore the moisture lost.

Dehydration is one of the obvious result after you consuming caffeinated drinks, which is also aggravated by the air-conditioned environment in offices.

As such, you skin becomes dry, dehydrated and wrinkly. Total major turn off I’d say.

Try this :

1. Moisturise your body

I’m using Nivea’s whitening body lotion which you can get off shelves from convenience stores or supermarkets. Either that, get cheaper ones from parallel importers which are usually found in heartland areas or from Watsons airport (No GST). If your friends/family or yourself have the luxury of travelling via flights, then get them from overseas. They are much cheaper. Some places to share are like Malaysia – KL (JB stuffs are usually not that cheap) and Bangkok. I’ve gotten mine from these places before and they prove to be alright.

Areas I moisturise : Limbs (Arms and Legs – both upper and lower for limbs), neck and my face of course.

It keeps your skin moisturised and Nivea’s body lotions are not sticky and absorbs quite well. They have improved considerably in fact compared to the past. The lotion is still thick but not as viscous anymore. They don’t leave any white residue too. Plus, they have added whitening ingredients! 😀

I do use the night one as well 🙂

 2. Moisturise your hands

I’m not practising what I’m preaching right here because I don’t have the habit of moisturising my hands. It’s a little troublesome if you have to wash your hands often –  after visiting the toilet/cups etc and the moisturisers gets washed and stripped away. If you want soft supple skin then go ahead. Better still if you retain them by wearing gloves (But not a good idea if your desk is open-space and crowded).

3. Hydrate yourself

Caffeine or even vitamin c triples the number of times you visit the toilet. Caffeine is a powerful diuretic that sucks fluids out of your cells and directly stimulates urination. Without caffeine, you will not feel as dehydrated. In other words, you lose more water content than you should thus causing you to feel thirsty frequently. After consuming caffeinated drinks, hydrate yourself with lots of water to replenish whatever was lost. In this case, you compensate for it. Of course, if you can reduce or abstain from caffeinated drinks, is even better. But for coffee addicts like me, I have to constantly remind myself to drink up.

4. Facial mist

This is something relatively new to me because I don’t usually use any facial mist. But because I came across an article regarding Hilary Duff’s secret to her glowing skin. She mentioned facial mist helps her achieve radiant skin and while I was packing my room, I discovered a facial mist from My Beauty Diary which I’d won via a Sunnanz instagram contest 🙂 Sunnanz is one of the usual online shops I get my skincare stuffs from! Not an advertorial but merely sharing with you guys! 🙂

Orange Blossom and White Lotus Moisturising Mist

Tried this today for the 1st time and regret not bringing it along for work. It smells really good and so far, my skin feels less oily (I swear!) and looks a tad brighter, despite the lack of sleep. So I will be trying it daily from now on. And because the skin is less oily, I don’t have to touch up my make up (powder) that often too. YAY 😀

Apart from that, the strong scent of this mist is rather fragrant! Plus point for it! 🙂

I do hope it’s the facial mist that is helping my skin and not by chance.

Facial mists are good at brightening the skin, in achieving dewy skin, hydrates the skin and even helps set the make up. I sprayed on twice after cleansing, applying toner, applying serum/essence but before my moisturiser and make up. Have no idea if this is the right procedure but was afraid that it might cause the makeup to be cakey, but since research shows that it helps to set the makeup, it shouldn’t be right? Will try spraying it after applying my make up and see how.

5. Eye care

Again I am contradicting myself here because I usually don’t put on eye care stuffs. As mentioned, I am always rushing in the morning (oh how I loathe mornings!), so gotta cut down on the number of stuffs I apply on my face. Plus, afraid that it might cake my makeup, especially the eye area (I use concealer from Missha and Canmake white highlighter) under my eyes. I use the highlighter on my upper eyelids too to create a more defined eyebrow bone. Have tried several eye products but still, my dark circles leech on. 😦

I am only pointing this out because desk-bound workers stare at the computer screen for almost the whole day. Even worse if you OT. Even than, our eyes do not rest enough because not only our eyes are glued to the computer screens, but on our phone, ipad, tv etc. It tires out your eyes, thus causing dehydration and poor blood circulation around the eye areas. Such daily activities are not only harmful to your eyes themselves (poor eyesight) but to the surrounding skin as well. Plus, since this skin is the thinnest compared to all the other skin, its delicacy requires extra protection and care.

‘Nuff said, I’ve not found my holy grail to cure my dark circles for the moment. Starting to think it’s hopeless 😦

6. Moisturise your lips

I don’t think I have sensitive lips but I am bounded with core sore ever since I was a teen. Transmitted by bacteria through saliva, have no idea what I’d got it from though. I am using Maybelline’s baby lips which gives a little glossy look finish. I used to use Mentholatum Medicated lip balm because it gives a minty fresh feel, but strangely, if I were to apply this before bed, I would wake up to a cold sore the next morning, definitely. But other than that, it works alright for me. I don’t think I am allergic to it but I’ve since abstained from using it before bed. On the other hand, the Maybelline’s baby lips lip balm works alright during the day and over the night, so Imma gonna stick to this for now 🙂 Not cheap for both though, priced at $5.90 at Watsons.

Heh, think that’s all for now. These tips are basically to deal with dehydration due to the air-conditioned environment in offices for OLs.

Hope they are useful to you in one way or another! 🙂

Thanks for reading 😀

Love,

Jean

 

 

Understanding your skin and the annoying acnes…

As it is, to solve a problem, you must first understand its origin and meaning. This goes the same for your skin as well.

Face mapping is a common theory which provides comprehensive explanations of the locations of the growth of acnes.

Are you listening to your skin?

Are you actually solving or aggravating the situation?

Taken from www.glamour.com :

Alex Gariano over at U Look Haute shared a fascinating look at “face mapping”–the art of unlocking the mysteries of problematic skin. Hailing from ancient Chinese medicine, Gariano writes, “face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. …Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this ‘map’ as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring.”

So, what are your breakouts, dull spots and dark circles trying to tell you? Here’s a quick guide from Gariano:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

But if you are a tad more keen, this skin analysis and several solutions would come in handy and interesting for you :

Facial Region Solution
Forehead
Acne
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep, it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Drink less soda and carbonated beverages
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Get enough sleep with a regular sleep schedule
  • Eat healthy foods, chewing thoroughly to improve your digestion
  • Reduce refined sugar in your diet
  • Keep a daily food diary to see if your acne is related to certain food groups (like dairy)
  • Practice better hygiene (i.e. washing bangs and hair, cleaning hats)
  • Check if shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are irritating skin
Temples
Zits
  • Eat less processed food, junk food, and fast food
  • Reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in your diet (healthy fats from avocado and fish are okay)
  • Eat cooling foods like bitter melon, cucumbers, and gourds
  • Practice better hygiene, especially during the summer and if you wear makeup and/or sweat a lot
Between the Brows
Pimples
  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise
  • Get more sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and foods that are less “rich” (like butter and cheese)
  • Avoid late night snacks
Nose
Pimples
  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc)
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or hot)
  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise everyday (like going for a walk)
  • Massage the area around your nose for better circulation
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B
Left Cheek
Acne
  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Try to keep a positive mood
  • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat, especially junk food
  • Try to decompress and relax
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM. This is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM, so schedule difficult work for the morning
  • If you have to work in the afternoon, rest your eyes for 5 minutes every hour
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Right Cheek
Acne
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Eat less sugar
  • Get more fresh air
  • The lung is strongest at 7-9 AM. This is the best time for aerobic exercise
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Lip Area
Zits
  • Eat more fiber
  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat less spicy and fried foods
  • Massage abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Change your toothpaste and/or chapstick
Chin and Jaw
Acne
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress as much as possible (yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing in a journal, etc.)
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and chapsticks
  • Drink spearmint tea
  • Take omega-3s to help regulate hormones

Personally, I do get pimples/acnes every now and then. I belong to the combination skin type so my T-zones are usually oilier than the rest. But sometimes, my nose peels too. Not sure why though. Nevertheless, I have to be extra cautious with products I use, especially on my T-zone areas because oily skin causes clogged pores which results in pimples/acnes. Certainly not in the good books of girls.

The pores on my nose is almost perpetually clogged. Ask 10 ladies, and 9 of them would agree as well. These black/white heads are extremely annoying as foundations might not be able to conceal as well. But if you have the perfect solution to clearing and minimising your pores, you should. Piling on make-up over your clogged pores would do more harm than good. Squeezing is not advised either although I am guilty of this, because it actually enlarges your pores even more. I have yet to source fo the perfect product in minimising my pores and removing the heads.

Even when they are almost removed, THEY STILL COME BACK. OH GOD. I was discussing this with another friend and she did say that they always come back…

With the age increasing, open large pores could also be one of the result, so extra care needs to be taken for your skin.

And as I was saying, with my combination skin type, I usually find pimples popping on my forehead between my brows, nose and chin ( T-zone areas).

Analysing the solutions provided above, the more common ones are :

  • Exercise regularly (oops I am guilty of this!)
  • Have more rest (Guilty too..!)
  • Avoid eating before bed/late night snacks (Although I am weight-conscious, I still eat whenever I want and feel like it!)

But I’ve to also agree that I lack in fruits and veggies, gotta restrict my alcohol intake and watch my stress level (usually self-induced).

Sometimes, the cure is due to internal reasons. You might need to analyse and regulate your lifestyle, food intake, exercise, stress levels etc… Health supplements might help but it’s not always. Moreover, external solutions such as  the exploding collection of beauty products you have may not guarantee success.

So, start understanding your skin today! 🙂

 

Skin & Lab Pore Tightening Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser

Beauty Review

*Disclaimer : This is NOT  an advertorial neither was I sponsored with the items. I bought them at Qoo10 from this seller, which is the official seller for Skin&Lab products.

With all the hype about Korea, it’s K-Pop celebrities and their beauty industry, I reckon why not in trying them out.

A brief info about Skin&Lab :

Mission

To lead Korean beauty trend worldwide, we want to make customers experience as our first priority and introduce the best products at the most affordable price!

Description

Skin&Lab is created based on the results of experiments with dermatologists in Korea. It consists of hypoallergenic materials passed with strict skin test, approved by KDA (Korea) and received the Product Notification from HSA(Singapore). 

The products use all natural vitamins to supply its effectiveness to your skin directly.

Dr. Jongmin, Park is an authorized dermatologist in Korea.

He contributes his dermatological knowledge to Skin&Lab by giving the advice on the product development and developing the formulation and ingredients of the vitamin cream.

He currently held positions at the following department

– Korean board of Dermatology

 – US medical board(USMLE)

 – Massachusetts General Hospital, Cosmetic laser center, fellow

 – Wellman Center for Photomedicine Harvard Medical School, Research fellow

 – American board of antiaging medicine(A4M)

 – Reviewer of dermatologic surgery journal

 – Dept of Dermatology, Hanyang University Medical Center, Clinical professor

 – Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser center 

Dr. Jong Min Park is the Director of ZELL dermatology and cosmetic laser & surgery center, Clinical professor of Dermatology at the University of Hanyang and one of the Asian’s leading laser surgeon. He has given lectures on a variety of lasers at many world-class laser meetings including ASLMS(American society for lasers in medicine and surgery), IMCAS(International master course on aging skin), KDA(Korean dermatological association) and Chinese society of cosmetic surgery and antiaging medicine etc as an invited speaker. He is also working with top-level laser companies from USA, Israel and south Korea as a luminary.

He specializes in the treatment of recalcitrant acne/acne scar and aging signs including sagging skin, wrinkles, sunken cheeks and pigmentary disorders(melasma, lentigines, freckles, etc). Dr. Park has also trained hundreds of physicians in the proper use and application of lasers in medicine.

Dr Park will be every step with you to the perfect and flawless skin and appearance you have always wished.

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I bought their Vitamin Creams as well – A, E and K – which I would leave it for reviews another day 🙂 So stay tuned!

As you can see, only the Bubble Powder Mask & Cleanser is available hence the purchase. This item is also used as the 1st step to the Pore Tightening 3-Step Programme. As I was looking for a clay mask instead of sheet masks, I decided to get this despite not having the other 2 items available. It didn’t matter to me.

It comes with a mixing bowl and brush. At first I was skeptical as to the quality of the brush, especially when it’s made in China, but it proves its worth. It’s really worth and easy to apply on your face. The mixing bowl is also made of rubber plastic instead of glass so there is no risk of breaking it.

A close-up :

And its functions :

Step 1 : Pour an appropriate amt into the bowl

Step 2 : Drip some water onto the powder – need to have a good estimation. Previously in my 1st attempt, I added too much water and the mask became extremely watery and drippy, and I couldn’t use it as a cleanser because I’ve  already cleansed my face before. So it’s not wise to re-cleanse because it would strip off any natural moisture and oil from your skin.

Step 3 : Mix the powder and water together using the brush until it becomes a thick liquid

Step 4 : Apply and spread evenly on your face using the brush provided. Avoid areas around the lips (which I didn’t!) and eye areas.

Step 5 : Wash it off with water thoroughly after that.

So far, I’ve been using it as a mask and this is my 2nd attempt.

Pros :

  1. Helped clarified and removed some gunk I had on my cheeks and especially on my chin but not totally.
  2. Face looked instantly brighter and fairer
  3. Skin feels softer and smoother
  4. Mask hardens quite quickly but it also depends on how much water you use to mix
  5. Skin feels extremely tightened after that – but left me feeling rather dry too. Can’t decide which is which.

Cons :

  1. Still left with some stubborn gunk on my face
  2. Need to have a good estimation of the qty of powder to be used as well as how much water is required to create a tacky clay mask
  3. A tad difficult to wash off as there were some residue left even after washing

Overall rating :

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I hope this review if of some help to you or potentially as one in the future 🙂

On a cheery note, it’s TGIF today! But without bf who is away at Bangkok for 5D4N! 😦 Miss you dear ❤

Can’t wait for next week because it’s gonna be an awesome happening one!!! 😀

Thanks for reading! 🙂

xoxo,

Jean

Ten Hot Things you might Miss Last year!

Just to share with you guys some of the hot things you might miss last year!

These are some awesome contributions of articles educating the public like you and me on the latest trends in Beauty, Fashion, Sex & Love and Lifestyle issues!

As you may or may not know, I am the Beauty writer for My Fat Pocket so I’ll be sharing of my articles as well, together with the rest 🙂

1. Korean Celebrities’ Most Wanted Facial Features

With all the hype about K-POP, who can resist such beauties from Korea?

Ulzzang  is a popular South Korean term literally meaning “best face” or “good-looking”. Originally used as a slang term, this word in the English lexicon has evolved into describing a person that follows specific style of fashion.

Plastic surgery is no longer a taboo in the modern era. With figures skyrocketing, countries such as Singapore, Thailand and Korea have been attracting both men and women in getting their aesthetic features fixed by plastic surgeons.

Korea has been named the top country with most plastic surgeries done and shopping with bandages is so common that the public will not bat their eyelids at.

K-pop craze has been on the rise and continues to heat up the fever in many countries. Both men and women who seek to fulfil their ideal look, more often than not, refer to Korean celebrities’ appearances. Here are some examples.

2. Beauty Blunders And How To Avoid Them

1 of the main NO-NOs in this article is the piling of make-up foundation on your face! I am personally against this and I cringe at girls who have different skin tone on their face from the rest of their bodies, especially in pictures taken with flash! Choosing the correct skin tone for your foundation is extremely important and don’t pile them unnecessarily. Use a concealer when required. Unless necessary touch-up is required, the more you pile, the more pores get clogged which would escalate the possibilities of pimples/acne popping out! And no, looking like Geisha is definitely not a good thing.

3. Party Hard with Funky & Dramatic False Eyelashes

“Party rock is in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time. And we gonna make you lose your mind. Everybody just have a good time…”

I’m sure most of you would be familiar with these lyrics by Party Rock Anthem.

Who says partying is only reserved for festive seasons? If you’re a party animal, partying is a daily affair!

Check out these funky eyelashes in this article to have a feel of what is it like to be different and stand out from the crowd!

4. One In Five Online Shoppers Buy Fake Goods

And moving on to Fashion articles, this chosen one definitely caught my eye over at My Fat Pocket!

The study revealed that 20 per cent of people based in Europe and the US browsing for discounted designer products on the internet mistakenly end up purchasing from fraudulent websites.

The risk of online shopping is in existence but what is more painful is the amount you pay for authentic branded goods, only to receive fake ones which are usually made of poor workmanship. The lower ‘grades’ and qualities can be easily segregated from the authentic ones.

Even with online forums which provides a platform for sellers to sell their branded bags as second hand goods, there runs a risk of being deceived and cheated of.

Receipts and serial codes are no longer a true verification of the authenticity of the goods. With photoshop and what not, anything and everything is possible to replicate.

So be careful.

 5. Melissa Launches Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Are you a fan of Melissa shoes?

Know for its cute owl logo, it won’t be long till it takes the girls’ hearts by storm!

They have recently launched their new collection filled with exciting and thrilling designs!

Part of the Spring Summer 2013 collection is also the Melissa classics where iconic Melissa shoes are given a splash of summer colours. Following the colour-blocking trend, the collection incorporates this design throughout the range of shoes. Featuring the colour-blocking design are Dance Hits, Aranha Hits, Prism and Gradient where two striking colours match to create an amazing summer look. The Dance Hits are also perfect for those long summer nights partying as they come foldable with an exclusive bag that you can bring along in your purse.

Shoes are 1 of the many which ladies can never get enough of.

6. Pant Suit: How to Own the Look & Look Desirably Feminine

Love wearing pants but daren’t because you’re afraid that you might turn off the guys with the masculine look?

Fear not!

This fashion article would help considerably.

Many are swapping the gowns for the androgynous pant suits, even on the red carpet. But which version will we look like – the Stiff-like corporate minions kind or the sex kitten Megan Fox version?

Sometimes, the women have got to show who wears THE PANTS. 😉

7. Is he Good Enough for you? Take the Tests to Find out!

In every adult relationship, there will come a point where you find yourself asking… is he a keeper or am I wasting my time? Do you decide based on a gut feel or are there glaringly obvious signs as to whether he’s a good man for you? Here are some tests which naturally crops up in every normal couple’s relationship. Pay attention to them when it happens and you will find your answers.

It is quite embarrassing to admit that in the recent years, more men are looking elsewhere for life-long partners instead in our own sunny island. This is definitely 1 of the many social problems in Singapore. With the increasing chances and almost near gender equality, women are currently in a much better financial position than before. This gives them a chance to empower over the men who feel helpless, meek and ego-busted.

Financial problems aside, with such differences in the current context, problems in other aspects of life replicate as well.

Read this useful article to find out if he’s worth keep and more importantly, your time.

8. Why Women & Men Think Differently

Apart from the obvious and inevitable biological differences, another stark contrast between the 2 sexes are their mentalities, which causes some couples to deviate from seeing things eye to eye.

1 of the many differences consolidated in this article is :

Being direct
Men are socialized to make direct requests, while women often just leave hints. When a man does not get things right, she will be pissed off that he did not read her mind.

Some men are rather insensitive when it comes to remarks but are they really to blame? They may just be honest about their thoughts and comments but often with low EQ and thus having to offend women.

While some women tries to play hard by being indirect, more often than not, they expect men to GET IT. Get the hint. But unfortunately, most men don’t. That is why women are better at playing mind games than men 😉

9. Celebrity Couples Who Stood The Test of Time

You have heard of the countless number of celebrities breaking up and patching back and the myriads of partners they have in their whole lives.

Now, wouldn’t you be interested to know which couples have long lasting relationships?
Aren’t they just looking sweet together?

10. The World’s 3 Best & Worst Men to Date

As much as more men are looking elsewhere for long-term commitments, the ladies are keeping up with the game as well.

It is difficult to shun away from the public’s eye if a Chinese Singaporean lady dates another nationality, especially the Caucasians. Sarong Party Girl is the term for them but if love knows no boundaries, why give a damn about what others say? 😉

Those interested to know which nationalities are the best to date should definitely bookmark this article.

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There are many more interesting pieces for your pleasure reading and after reading these 10 articles, I’m quite sure you’re now addicted to My Fat Pocket! ;D