[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 🙂

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– 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