My 3rd Sculptra Treatment with Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic

Hello everyone!

Few weeks ago, I headed back Celevenus for my 3rd Sculptra treatment with Dr Dylan Chau and am ready for my 3rd review!

Here are some information that I found out about Dr Dylan Chau.

–          Dr Dylan Chau is the trainer of Sculptra (ie. He trains other doctors on this procedure)

–          Dr Chau has done the most no. of cases of Sculptra procedure and Celevenus is the no. 1 Sculptra user in Singapore

–          He is the pioneer in Sculptra procedure ever since its launch in Singapore in 2009.

–          He is the most experienced doctor in this procedure

–          He is the Key Opinion Leader (KOL) for Sculptra

So rest assured that you’re in good and safe hands! 🙂

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Results so far have been effective and promising which you can read about the gradual progress in my previous blog posts :

1st Sculptra treatment session

2nd Sculptra treatment session

For those who have no idea :

What is this treatment about?

To summarize, it is a type of filler, injected with  l-poly-lactic acid to help stimulate and encourage facial growth via natural collagen production. By ‘natural’, it means that the collagen formed comes from your own tissue. Besides being able to achieve facial volume, Sculptra is also able to target other common areas due to loss of facial volume and ageing problems such as wrinkles, folds and skin laxity.

From my 2nd treatment, you could tell that results were already taking effect.

Here is a comparison of the results thus far :

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And my most recent picture taken only few days ago (2 weeks after 3rd Sculptra treatment) while I was in Phuket with my boyfriend :

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Totally no filters at all!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how different I am right now, even my boyfriend noticed the difference and complimented that I look better with fuller cheeks! 😀

What’s more is that my nasolabial folds, otherwise known as laugh lines (caused by ageing, sunkened cheeks, lack of volume and braces), are smoothened out too as well!

Who says you can’t defy ageing?

Now you can with Sculptra, which helps you achieve a more refined and youthful looking appearance over time that is clinically proven to be able to last up to 2 years or at least 25 months!

TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THIS PROCEDURE, GO TOWWW.AESTHETICSHUB.COM (DURING MY 1ST TREATMENT SESSION)

Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic

Address:
391B Orchard Road #16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238874

E-mail: beauty@celevenus.com.sg
Telephone: +65 6410 9621
Fax: +65 6410 9623

Information: Operating Hours:
Monday-Friday – 1030am to 7pm
Sat – 1030am to 3pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

*Please call for appointment

*Remember to mention my name when inquiring! 🙂

My 2nd Sculptra treatment session with Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic!

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It has been 2 months since my last Sculptra treatment with Celevenus Wellness and Aesthetic Clinic.

If you would recall, Sculptra helps to achieve global facial volume replacement through natural collagen stimulation with l-poly-lactic acid. Known as ‘the liquid facelift’, this treatment would substantially increase the collagen of your skin to correct the folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. The result looks and feels more natural than what fillers can do, and can potentially last twice as long.

Here is a progress stage comparison for easy reference :

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From the above picture, you can see the obvious changes after the 1st treatment session where I’ve developed a ‘fuller’ cheeks and a more volumised face shape.

As mentioned in my previous post, 1 treatment session is usually not enough to achieve the ideal face shape. Also, as the stimulation of your natural collagen requires some time and constant stimulation, it is common for the swelling to reduce after just 1 session as advised by Dr Dylan Chau who is a Sculptra trainer for doctors and takes his anti-aging treatments to a whole new realm.

Comparing my side profile before any treatment and my side profile 2 months later, you can actually see some difference. My cheek is not as relatively indent anymore, but somehow sunken.

I went back for my 2nd session at Celevenus and here is the immediate effect aftermath.

This was taken before the 2nd treatment started.

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My side profiles :

Left cheek

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Right cheek

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A comparison between a ‘before’ and ‘after’ Sculptra treatment :

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You can actually see that the right side is more plump up after the treatment.

It is more obvious if you view it from the side profile.

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To provide a better comparison, here is a side by side pictures of my right side profiles, before and after the treatment :

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And now for the left side profile :

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And this is how my front view look :

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Pardon the yellow light. It was taken right after my treatment and after touching up some light make-up.

Celevenus has a dressing room that provides personal space as they understand how self-conscious ladies would be after their treatments, thus catering to customers’ needs. Very thoughtful, I must say. 🙂

Comparison of before and after treatment of my front view profile :

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Oh yes, another benefit that I derived from the Sculptra treatment is that it helps in reducing the appearance of my nasolabial folds!!!

I cannot stand looking at the mirror with these annoying folds staring hard back at me, wondering how to eradicate them and now I can with the help of Sculptra! On top of that, I’ve tried various anti-ageing products and also to apply them in the usual outwards and upwards lifting motion to defy the gravity but to no avail. I am quite sure these folds are caused by both ageing and loss of facial volume, which gradually became more and more prominent.

I am extremely glad that Sculptra has help to erase, if not significantly reduce them.

The swelling will subside gradually but through natural collagen stimulation with l-poly-lactic acid, Sculptra treatment would substantially increase the collagen of your skin to correct the folds, wrinkles and skin laxity as a consequence of aging. Following an average of three treatment sessions over a few months, or Dr Dylan Chau recommends, can produce a more natural, younger looking appearance that can last more than 2 years or 25 months.

Tell me how can I not be anything more than elated when I’m about to experience a ‘time travel back into the past’ with my skin’s age and appearance?  😉

To watch the video of this procedure, go towww.aestheticshub.com (during my 1st treatment session)

Celevenus Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic

Address:
391B Orchard Road #16-03/04 Ngee Ann City Tower B
Singapore 238874

E-mail: beauty@celevenus.com.sg
Telephone: +65 6410 9621
Fax: +65 6410 9623

Information: Operating Hours:
Monday-Friday – 1030am to 7pm
Sat – 1030am to 3pm
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays

*Please call for appointment

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 : New skin care regime with DRx Clinic!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s some info on my skin conditions :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These were the products I was given to try :

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

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

1. Foaming Cleanser (1) 170ml

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

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

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Pros :

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

Cons :

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

2. Toner (2) 170ml

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

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

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Pros :

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

Cons : None at the moment

3. Comedone Formula (CF) 25ml

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

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

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Pros :

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

Cons :

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

4. X-cream (X)

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Pros :

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

Cons :

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

 

5. Max-C (*C) 35ml

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

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

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Pros :

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

Cons : None at the moment

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

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

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

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Pros :

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

Cons :

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

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

7. Strong Lightener

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

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

8. Dermovate Cream

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

Pros :

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

Cons :

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

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

DRx Clinic

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

Malaysia

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

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

Beauty Reviews – Facial Fresh Collagen Masks

Decided to try out this Facial Fresh mask which I received as 1 of the goodies in 1 of the Bellabox’s edition! Was glad to receive the Collagen type as I have too many whitening and hydrating masks lying around! 

I’ve decided to place my ‘Raves’ and ‘Rants’ in 2 columns side by side so that it’s easier for comparison purposes, and also include ‘Immediate effects’ and ‘The next morning effects’ Should have done this a long time ago, right? I know I’m slow 😦

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Facial Fresh actually does put in effort into their packaging and appearance, unlike those normal masks which comes without the hard cover or if bought in bulk, it comes in a box. I’m not too sure if FF provides the masks in boxes as well because only 1 sheet mask was given in the Bellabox’s edition.
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But the packaging inside isn’t quite appealing. I know it doesn’t make much sense to over-beautify the appearance inside out but silver packaging? Not very appealing for the ladies.
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The mask weighed much heavier than others I have tried but I didn’t expect the sheet mask to be soaked in the essence! Although value for money, but it’s really a very messy job and definitely, judging by the amount of essence, I won’t be able to finish using and massaging it onto my face and throw the package away. I didn’t intend to massage it onto my body skin either because I had my Nivea whitening lotion on. 
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I must say that the sheet is made of very good quality, better than Leaders InSolution masks! 🙂
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Me looking weird. As you can see, although the mask is soaking wet with the collagen essence, it is not sticky and wet enough to stick onto the cheek and nose areas, even after I’ve tried pressing them down a few times. 😦
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What I usually look out for in sheet masks is the descriptions and instructions of using them. But as you can see, the instructions missed out on the step on the application of toner, as some facial masks are to be worn after or before toner. I usually pay close attention to the effects and functions of the masks’ purposes and for this Collagen mask, it is supposed to act as an anti-ageing agent, promote skin elasticity and hydrates the skin. This is important because users would gauge the effectiveness based on what the masks promised to deliver.
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I had to save up the remaining essence of collagen somewhere and thankfully, I’ve found an empty bottle of my Vichy emulsion which I had completed recently but had a difficult time to wash it thoroughly, especially the straw part. 

Raves

  1. Skin feels soft and supple
  2. A little more elasticity and firmness felt on skin
  3. Essence not too heavy and oily 
  4. Able to keep the remaining essence for future usage
  5. Sheet mask made of good quality and thick, does not tear easily
  6. It’s the most expensive out of the other masks by Facial Fresh. Collagen mask costs S$16.95.

Rants

  1. Mask dripping wet
  2. Have to have readily available empty bottles to store the remaining essence
  3. T-zone was much oilier the next morning when I woke up
  4. Application of compact powder was not as smooth compared to other brands of masks used
  5. It’s not sold anywhere else in Singapore. I’ve only managed to find it on Bellabox’s website! Do check out the prices!
Overall rating :
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