[Beauty Tools Part 2] Enjoy a relaxing facial spa at your cosy home using the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31!

If you are like me, who do not like to sign up facial packages with beauty salons or love having a little spa of your own at your own cosy house, then you should continue to read why this beauty tool, Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31 works best for you!

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My skin condition has deteriorated ever since I have started working as I am always in an air-conditioned room for several hours. Furthermore, being a coffee-addict does not help either as caffeine dehydrates your skin 😦

These 2 factors have aggravated my skin condition, causing it to be dry most of the time.

What is so special about this nano facial steamer?

Similar to the workings of the Panasonic EH-HS95-K Nanocare Straightener which I mentioned here, this nano facial steamer contains nano water particles which are able to reach even the deepest layer of keratin to achieve deep moisture retention and effectively stimulates growth of collagen & increase quantity of collagen!

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With the consistent usage of this nano facial steamer, you would be able to achieve :

– More well-hydrated skin as it helps to effectively moisturize the dry skin

– Less production of oil sebum which means less oily skin

– Strengthened skin resistance and suppleness

– More tender and smoother skin as it refines your pores

You will just have to fill this container which is located at the back of the steamer to your own water level preference.

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After that, switch on the power and start relaxing in your own heavenly spa!

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Prior to using the steamer, I have exfoliated my face using the St Ives Brightening Scrub to scrub all dirt and to open up the pores.

After which, I then proceeded to steam my face with the nano steamer since the nano water particles can enter even the deepest layer if your skin. Thus, by exfoliating first, the pores are opened and this allows an easier entry of the nano water particles to penetrate into the skin layers, achieving maximum hydration.

Facial steamers also come in handy if you are intending to mask after that as it open up the pores as well, allowing a better absorption of the rich essence from the mask.

As for me, because I noticed that there are several annoying blackheads which popped up on my nose recently, I decided to banish them using Leaders Insolution Blackhead Clinic Sheet + Pore Tightening Serum. Yes, it is a 2-step treatment.

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Ensure that your nose and cheeks areas are damp so that the pore sheet will be able to stick on well and the nano facial steamer does that work for you as it leaves your face damp after math!

And the results?

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Don’t we girls just love to see how many black and whiteheads have been pulled off? Muahaha!

After which, you would have to apply a thin layer of the pore tightening serum.

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A before-after comparison :

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The nose after removing the blackheads really does have obvious positive results! The pores on the nose as well as on the cheeks have also shrunk. 🙂

So you can see that the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31 not only helps to hydrate your skin effectively, helping it to revitalise but is also a useful preliminary step apart from exfoliating your skin before masking!

Now you can banish those black and white heads even more effectively using the Panasonic nano steamer EH-SA31

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[Beauty Review] b.liv Absolute Matte Mask

I don’t know about you, but I notice that when that time of the month is nearing, my skin gets oilier than usual. Blame it on the hormones man!

I don’t have oily skin type and I belong to the combination skin type, so frequent touching up of makeup at the T-zone areas is required, especially so during this period.

I was fortunate enough to be sent b.liv Absolute Matte Mask which many raved about and was able to experience the aftermath effects myself!

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b.liv has also kindly sent me their TOP selling product – Off with those black heads serum to try which I will blog about it another day 🙂

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Pros :

  1. The mask sheet is thick and not flimsy, hence does not tear easily
  2. Sebum production reduced
  3. Lesser need to touch-up my T-zone areas which means lesser clogged pores!
  4. Skin feels matte after removal and still matte after applying my Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Serum and Emulsion

Cons :

  1. Varies individually but those with oily eyelids may prefer for the eyelids flap as well

On the whole, this mask would benefit those with oily skin type as well as combination skin type. Comes in handy especially during the period nearing that time of the month.

T-ara’s Beauty Secrets are OUT!

Korea has always been the country that offers top-notch beauty products, so it is no surprise how these girls possess such great skins!

Want to know how these babes achieve their porcelain flawless and radiant skin?

The answer is none other than……….

 Blithe – Patting Water Pack

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This is their new premium beauty product from Korea!

 Blithe – Patting Water Pack

Please note that you can’t get their products anywhere else except from  Blithe as the are they only exclusive retailer in Singapore.

This water pack is extremely beneficial to those :

  • Do not have the time to attend facial sessions
  • Too lazy to mask at home
  • In need to detoxify their skin
  • Who are always in thick make-up

You just need these 4 steps :

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It’s much convenient and quicker, isn’t it?

It provides deep cleansing/balancing/hydration, elasticity to skin damaged from excessive stress, UV rays, and city pollution. As a result, it increases skin self autogenic power thru skin recovery system with 4D prescriptions.
How to use
1)Prepare to fill in 1/3 of water in the facial tub.
2) Add 1 cap of Patting water pack to dilute with water.
   (Patting water pack : water = 1:100)
3) Gently patt onto the skin several times, let it dry out or patt with facial towel.
  *Tip. Natural drying is recommended for ultimate effect.
          However, use towel for eye area.
          Use everyday.
They have 2 products that help to target different problems – Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey and Soothing & Healing Green Tea.

Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey 

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The lemon ingredient makes skin tone brighter to provide vitality to weary skin. Ingredients such as lemon, orange, bilberry, and other various fruit extracts as well as essential oil provides vitality to skin and increases skin flexibility for soft, brightened skin.
Our skin condition is affected by many factors such as diet, lifestyle, sufficient rest as well as weather conditions.
Blithe’s Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey would help target tired and dull skin which is a common problem among us girls, especially with the never ending deadlines, food intake and more so currently with the haze weather condition. 
And just yesterday, I discovered how dry my skin on my cheeks was and it was actually peeling! 😦
I don’t have dry skin problems but I guess the haze has really gotten into us, isn’t it?

My review :
My skin felt soft and supple almost instantly, and there was the ‘boing boing’ effect of elasticity kind of feel! The water pack does not sting your eyes at all and I did not experience any allergy or stinging sensation. The citrus smell and generous ingredients used helped to keep my skin fresh and energized! Furthermore, it helped solve the dryness and flaking too!

Soothing & Healing Green Tea

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It is appropriate to use during the summer season, or for oily skin to calm down & control sebum, you will experience refreshing feeling after usage thru the herb scent to calm your body & mind. It contains green tea extract to relieve skin stress & stimulus, moreover to increase skin elasticity by providing astringent effect to skin.
This helps those with oily and troubled skin. However, those with combination skin (oily T-zone) may also make use of this product to help control the over secretion of sebum/oil. In addition, I noticed the difference in my skin condition during certain periods of the month.
Do you know that our skin condition changes due to hormonal changes?
As women, higher testosterone levels around menstruation further activate the sebaceous glands to make even more sebum.Sebum yields different effects in different women. “For some, it produces a healthy glow; for others, it creates a chronic oil slick,” Kunin says. The oil provides food for the bacterium P. acnes. This bacterium causes increased breakouts and inflammation around the time of women’s periods.To control the oil production on our skin, Blithe –  Soothing & Healing Green Tea would come in handy.

My review:
I like the strong green tea smell because it is very refreshing! After using the product, the secretion of the oil on my T-zone is better controlled. I did not have to touch up my foundation as frequent as before and that is definitely more beneficial to my skin as you know the more make-up you pile on, the more clogged your pores will be if you do not wash them off completely. This water pack also helps to fight blemishes such as acne, so I would definitely recommend those with battling with acne/pimple problems!

Although Blithe is a new product, it has already been in the limelight. Read here to find out more!
Overall rating :
4 stars

Beauty Review : Vaseline Instant Fair Whitening Lotion

As mentioned on my Facebook page a few weeks back, I recently purchased another whitening lotion – Vaseline Instant Fair Whitening Lotion and today, I’ll be offering my honest reviews on it!

I was currently using Nivea Extra Whitening Cell Repair Protect Body Milk as well as the Night Whitening Body Milk only before deciding to try Vaseline.

This review would solely be based on the Vaseline Instant Fair Whitening Lotion and in my next related post, I’ll review both Vaseline and Nivea, striking a comparison between both!

So looks like this :

Anyway, mine looks slightly different – ‘instant’ instead of ‘insta’ – and I have no idea why?

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Got mine from Watsons though.

The colour is pink – which I personally think is abit gross? LOL

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Blending :

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After blending :

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Here are the pros and cons :

Pros

  1. I’m not too sure if it does help to lighten generally and gradually but I do see a tinge of lighter shade after applying – well, it’s ‘instant fair’ isn’t it? But not as exaggerating as the pic above shows.
  2. Not oily and doesn’t leave any residue thereafter
  3. Fragrant smell – not overwhelming
  4. Absorbs rather fast and well

Cons

  1. Gross pink colour? LOL
  2. I realised that after awhile, like when I apply in the morning, my skin tends to get dry in the afternoon or by evening time which is obvious because I can see dry skin attempting to flake. I think it must be caused by this lotion because I don’t have dry, itchy or sensitive skin to begin with and secondly, I have never encountered this problem with Nivea lotions before.

Overall rating :

3 stars

Beauty Review : NEW Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets

Making up to prettify yourself is one of girls’ greatest interest and hobby! Who doesn’t want to look gorgeous right? Assuming you don’t overdo it.

But what is even more important besides covering, concealing and enhancing is how your actual real skin feels and looks like.

It is horrendous to know that some girls do not remove their make-up properly or worse still, leave it on overnight because they are lazy or drunk.

No matter how bad I couldn’t hold my liquor for that night, I have always made sure that I get my make-up removed. Never have I slept with my make-up on due to laziness or because I’m drunk. Even with the dizzy spells and nauseating moments, I would still crawl to my beauty corner to remove my make-up thoroughly and cleanse my face with the facial foam, apply toner and then slap on moisturiser before I fly to bed.

The recent incident whereby I got drunk (New Year’s Day, what do you expect!), I managed to remove my make-up and cleansed my face as per normal but shockingly, I had actually forgot to remove my contact lens! Yes, I actually slept with them on for several hours before I got disturbed by my annoying full bladder.

Haha, speaks volume as to how I understand the importance of removing your make-up, no?

I have been using Loreal’s Cleansing Milk to remove my face make-up and Cyber Colours for eye make-up.

It gets quite messy because you are required to pour few drops onto your fingertips and slowly apply them in a circular motion, like how you would cleanse your face with a facial cleanser. After that, you then need to wipe them off thoroughly with a cotton pad. For my eye make-up, I would use a cotton bud filled with a drop of Cyber Colours make-up remover and then wipe off any eyeliner, mascara whatsoever with it.

I have always been skeptical about cleansing sheets due to two reasons.

Firstly, not removing your make-up thoroughly causes clogged pores which cause blemishes.

Secondly, using that to wipe your eyelid areas seem a little too rough on those delicate babies (but who am I kidding? I’ve always been so rough on my skin… =x)

Despite that, after knowing how this new improved version is highly raved by many girls, I decided to get 1 for myself.

The old version looks like this :

And the new version looks like this :

Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets Regular

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When I first saw the package, I was quite shocked and disappointed at the same time because I was actually expecting it to be much bigger. But then again, it doesn’t bother me now.

If you saw the video by Miyake, QiuQiu and XiaXue, I’m actually not as bothered about how many times do I have to wipe to get my make-up removed completely. It doesn’t matter to me.

I am more concerned if these sheets would do a clean job (pun intended).

After trying it several times now, here’s my review.

Pros 

  • Fresh scent
  • Cleaning sheet doesnt dry out easily
  • Helps to remove make-up thoroughly – psst, you can test it by cleaning your whole face twice to see if there are any residue left.
  • Easy to use with less hassle compared to cleansing lotions/oil

Cons

  • May have to wipe a few times, especially on the eye areas but I think that’s because of the residue of the eye lash glue. 
  • Need to be extra careful when wiping the eye areas due to delicate skin.

The aftermath after a few wipes :

From this (a typical make-up day – just foundation, eyeliner, falsies, blusher, concealer, white shimmery eyeliner and eyebrow pencil) :

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To this :

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The make-up removed :

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They do sell them in packets too for refills 🙂

Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets RefillBiore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets Handy Pack

 

– Regular Tub (44 sheets) $17.90

– Refill Pack (44 sheets) $15.60
– Handy Pack (10 sheets) $3.90

Overall rating :

4 stars

 

Recently, I also bought another cleansing sheets but from Nivea because the Guardian I patronised, had their Biore ones sold out!

Will be reviewing about it soon and drawing a comparison to help you beauty junkies gauge which is more value for money! 🙂

Beauty Review : Royale Beauty Kojic Papaya Soap

I have heard of  Royale Beauty Kojic Papaya Soap some time back but didn’t really get down on my foot to try it. Achieving fair porcelain skin is one of every girl’s dream and this soap is said to help diminish dark areas, eliminate melasma and freckles, remove pimples and lighten the skin. The soap is also proven to rejuvenate and nourish the skin by holding back the formation of melanin.

Kojic Papaya Soap contains a complete mixture of active and powerful ingredients making it a very effective soap in moisturizing, whitening and lightening the skin. Unlike other soaps, Kojic Papaya is safe and does not contain any side effects that can worsen skin problems. In fact, it can treat the following skin issues:

  • Sun spots
  • Acne or pimples
  • Body acne
  • Freckles
  • Skin blisters
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Scars
  • Keratosis Pilaris

I have been wanting to achieve a fairer skin tone (who doesn’t?) for quite a while now and because of the lack of sun block application, I became a shade darker whenever I run for events. A major epic moment for a beauty blogger I know, so I bear that in mind whenever I go for runs now.

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I got mine from this seller on Qoo10 at $10 including normal postage fees.

Delivery maybe took about a week? Was expecting a shorter delivery time after reading the reviews but nope, that wasn’t the case.

But I guess 1 week is still acceptable.

I’m a little wary about the effects of this soap because I have read reviews stating that it causes a tingling sensation and would cause mild peeling of the skin because one of the main function is for exfoliating purposes.

I don’t have sensitive skin but I did a patch testing on my right backhand first before applying my whole body. No weird feeling so I proceeded to lather it on my whole body.

I skipped my face for the first attempt though, fearing it would cause massive destruction to my face. You know how important face is to girls. 😉

I tried on my face on the second time round and so far, no sensitivity/allergy.

It was very well-packed. Seller also included a brochure but didn’t manage to snap a pic.

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To show case how thick the bar of soap is.

Now, for my review after using it twice.

Of course, nothing is ever magical and even if the claimed effects are immediately prominent, it might only be a temporary thing.

I understand that many girls who have tried this soap, mentioned that a month would be a good gauge as our skin takes about 28 days to renew itself?

Anyway, here are the pros and cons:-

Pros

  1. No allergy but be careful not to let it come into contact to your vjj. I experienced a little tingling and itchy sensation down there, most probably because this soap is acidic and our vjjs are alkaline? Whatever it is, try avoiding getting the soap to be in contact with sensitive areas such as your eyes as well. Read reviews that they sting your eyes….so be careful!
  2. Skin felt a little smoother perhaps due to its exfoliating effects
  3. No peeling effect – is the product not working well? Other girls mentioned that peeling effects would mean that the soap is working effectively.

Cons

  1. Skin feels tight and dry, especially on the face after using the soap. This is normal though, just be sure to apply moisturiser after that. 
  2. Tingling feel at sensitive areas as mentioned above.
  3. I’m not a soap bar person because I hate lathering it on my body. I prefer the contemporary body wash style.
  4. Some girls complained about the smell and that it smells like puked payaya. It does smell like payaya, but I guess the ‘puke’ part is somehow still acceptable for me. Not that pungent.

As mentioned, I will continue to use it to analyse its effects. Hopefully it can help to bring my skin tone a shade or two lighter and also lighten my scars and freckles. Will snap pictures of before and after to provide a more comprehensive and detailed review! 🙂

 

Beauty Review : SKIN INC Regulate Vitamin C Serum

I have heard loads of raves on Skin Inc products and I didn’t know they were so pricey until a friend of mine told me.

Thought that I was very lucky to have my Vanity Trove sponsored and in one of the beauty boxes lie a SKIN INC Regulate Vitamin C Serum!

As I know I’ve not been updating much on beauty reviews, here’s one to redeem myself! 🙂

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Description:

Vitamin C is combined with vitamin B6 and vitamin E to control sebum production, preventing the outbreak of inflammatory pimples. Also stimulates the synthesis of collagen to minimise pores.

Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyridoxine HCL, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Algaligenes Polysaccharides, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Algin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 80, PVP, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

Review

Pros :

  • Light-textured and feels light on skin. 
  • Easy and quick absorption.
  • No weird scent.

Cons :

  • No reduction in pore size
  • Sebum production remains the same

This is based on after 1 week’s usage. Perhaps I should continue to monitor its effectiveness 🙂

Overall :

4 stars

By the way, this is retailing at $136!

Skin Inc Concept Stores:

  • ION Orchard 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-43 Singapore 238801 Tel: +65 6222 7428
  • Marina Bay Link Mall 8A Marina Boulevard #B2-25 Singapore 018984 Tel: +65 6536 6789

Specialty Store

  • Resorts World-Vie Beaute 26 Sentosa Gateway #02-105 Singapore 098138 Tel: +65 6723 8025

Beauty Review : Maybelline The Magnum Volum Express Cat Eye Mascara

Hello ladies! It’s been some time since I last did a beauty review and sincere apologies because I’ve been kinda busy and also lazy to try out new products! I don’t even mask at home anymore with mask sheets or clay masks! I know, I’ve been terribly lazy. And that is on top of the fact that I don’t even go for facials. Hahaha, but thank god for my naturally good skin and the Derma-X products that I have been using ever since for almost 3 months now! 🙂

Today’s review will be on mascaras! I don’t usually apply mascara because I’ll have my falsies on and that’s good enough for me. I don’t even bother to curl my own lashes, apply mascara and ‘join’ them with the falsies for a more natural look. Initially, when I first tried on falsies, I attempted to follow that step-by-step theory but has since given up because my natural lashes are so short that even when I curl them, they do not curl at all. I can’t even see any lashes exceeding the eyelids area! Moreover, I have single eyelids and so it doesn’t make any difference whether I curl them or not. Of course, if one looks closely into my eyes or from a close-up of my side view, you can see the two layers – my natural lashes and the falsies.

So, if I were to use mascaras, I would only apply on the lower lashes.

I was previously using Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express and Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara.

And recently, I bought a new mascara from Maybelline – Maybelline The Magnum Volum Express Cat Eye Mascara which I will be reviewing today! 🙂

Following the global success of  The Magnum Volum’ Express  mascara,  which sold  1 unit every 1.7  seconds around the world, Maybelline New York’s  eye experts   have developed yet another groundbreaking and innovative  product:  The Wild Cat Eyes  Waterproof Mascara.  In tune with the hottest  trends from the catwalk,  this newest revolution in volume mascara plumps up your lashes by up to 7 times, thus delivering the most striking of feline lashes.

Thanks to the pioneering design of the  Claw Brush and a collagen-infused formula, every lash is reached, extended, and stretched outwards. The result? Lashes that are plumped    up to 7  times the volume for a tantalizing feline gaze.

This is not the newest mascara that Maybelline has, it is actually the Maybelline New York Rocket Mascara. I looked at the info provided and thought that I am actually looking for more volumizing masacaras since my natural lashes are short and sparse, even for my lower ones. Clumping is somehow secondary.

And because of the ‘7x’ volumizing effect claimed compared to the  Falsies Volum’ Express, I decided to go ahead with this.

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Its brush is slightly curve and I like it that way because I find it easier to apply compared to those straight ones, especially when applying on the lower lashes, it gets quite tricky. Of course, you may use a name card and place it under your eyelids and lashes and apply, so that it would smudge or touches your skin.

And the result?

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You can see there are still clumps here and there, especially on my left eye. Actually, it was more clumpy previously and I decided to retry.

It is true that by shaking your hand, or rather the mascara applicator stick left and right prevents clump. I do it the lazy way, I tried to shake my head left and right instead. HAHAHAHA.

And it works. The picture above is actually the aftermath of that and it is less clumpy, as seen from my right eye (on ur left).

I think it is still too early to accurately review if this mascara causes clumps or not because it also depends on one’s skills. I shall continue to use that ‘shaking’ technique when applying so as to provide a more accurate review that is justifiable to the product.

Apart from that, it does help to volumize and lengthen the lashes. Actually, more of the latter. But 7x seems a little too overzealous and exaggerated because I don’t see much difference compared to the Falsies Volum’ Express. But if I recall correctly, both of them cost the same.

Winners for the major beauty giveaway!!!

First and foremost, I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have taken the effort and time to participate in this giveaway contest. 🙂

It was tough for me to pick the winners and I must apologise to those who didn’t get to win this time round, but fret not! There will be another giveaway contest soon because I still have tonnes of other beauty products to giveaway!

Lastly, congratulations to all winners and I hope you babes continue to support me via my blog, facebook page,twitter and instagram (links below)! 🙂

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All comments/feedback are welcomed 🙂 ❤

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Fancl

Miss Kelynn :

  • Fancl Whitening Essence
  • Fancl Whitening Lotion <II>
  • Fancl Whitening Emulsion <II>
  • Fancl Whitening Cream

Rachel Ling :

  • Fancl Whitening Mask
  • Fancl White Advance Whitening Pills

Audrey Christian

Wynn Yeo :

 

  • Audrey Christian Venetrim – Vein Reducing Cream
  • Audrey Christian Push Up 5 to 10 – Age Defying Face Cream

Clare Cherryboom :

  • Audrey Christian Breast, Neck and Tummy Cream (2 pcs)

Vichy

Li Na :

  • Vichy Thermal Spa Water (20g) – (3 pcs)

Bio-essence

Smita Ti :

  • Bio-essence Bio Spring Miracle Water (300ml)
  • Bio-essence Bio Spring Miracle Water (100ml) – (3)

Slim Spa and Lierac 

Fiona Chan :

  • SlimSpa Detox Chrysanthemum Tea
  • SlimSpa Detox Green Tea
  • Lierac Paris Body Slim Multi-Action Concentrate Complete Body Contouring

Fake eyelashes

Cynthia Tseng :

  • Sasatine Show Time Eyelashes
  • Dolly Wink No. 5
  • Dolly Wink No. 1

Fuwarie

Ikha Apricot :

  • Fuwarie Prostyle Straight Styling Mist
  • Fuwarie Prostyle Bobbed Styling Mist
  •  Fuwarie Prostyle Curl Stylist Mist

Cece Ann :

  • Fuwarie Prostyle Up-style keeper
  • Fuwarie Prostyle Airy Curl Keeper

MISC

Amaris Tok :

  • Vichy Normaderm Tri-activ anti-imperfection hydrating care
  • Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot Fast acting anti-imperfection targeted care
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost (2)
  • L’oreal White Perfect Laser All Round Protection Whitening Cream
  • VMV Hypoallergenics Face Hand Body Lotion
  • Herborist Whitening And Revivalising Mask

Jessie Sng :

  • Astalift Jelly Aquarysta
  • Astalift Essence Destiny
  • SOL BB Cream
  • Methode Swiss Tri-cell Age Delay Care Face Cream
  • BRTC BB Cream Jasmine Water (4)
  • Bioderma Gentle Shower gel

Iris Gee Lee :

  • Benefit Fake up hydrating concealer – 01 and 03
  • Benefit Pore Professional
  • Nuxe 24Hr Moisturising Body Lotion
  • Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Nuxe 24Hr Soothing and Moisturising Emulsion

 

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! 🙂

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