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)*.

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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