[Beauty Review] Biore UV Bright Face Milk [PINK] Sunblock SPF50PA++

I must admit that I was one of those lazy ones who couldn’t care less about applying sunblock and its importance. I have had freckles on my face for the longest time ever known, like since young? It could be because I used to be quite sporty back in my teens (yeah I know, it was that long!) and I was frequently under the sun. I used to be quite tanned to be honest.

By now, I hope you girls know the importance of applying sunblock before heading outdoors, if not you should really google all about it!

Anyhoo, I guess the freckles stuck by me for the longest time (sounds so wrong?) and till date, I still have them. Speaking of which, I hope I’ll be able to laser them off soon or something but honestly speaking, lasering my face is so much scarier than lasering off my birthmarks on my body?

It was only until recently I decided to be more diligent and apply sunblock lotion before applying my foundation. I’m using Chanel compact foundation powder by the way that includes an SPF of 20. I was using Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++ and DrX’s Non-tinted Sunscreen SPF 30+ (5A) 60ml.

Recently, I ordered this Biore sunblock from Qoo10 and I’ve been loving it ever since! Never regretted.

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With the constant lack of sleep, my skin loses its radiance easily and the lack of luster inevitably results in dull skin. That was the reason why I choose ‘bright skin’ instead of the rest.

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Now, on to my face.

These pictures are totally unedited, except to sharpen its resolution (because my iphone camera sucks).

Sigh, just take a look at all my ugly freckles and huge pores… 😥

 

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After application of foundation powder :

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Now, for the pros and cons.

Pros :

  • It does brighten up your skin instantly after application
  • It has quick-absorbent properties
  • Non-sticky

Cons :

  • Dries up pretty fast so you will have to apply quickly all over your face 
  • The price difference between retail and the Qoo10 shop which I got this sunblock from is like what, a few bucks? I only realised it when I happen to chance upon it at SaSa which is selling at $15+. Not sure about other retail shops though.
  • Too small a bottle, wish it came in bigger size like its blue version (Sunplay SKIN Aqua UV Moisture Milk SPF50 PA+++)

Overall rating :

4 stars

Beauty Review : Home-based Facial Salon at Lovely Face Spa (Tampines)

To be honest, I don’t go for facials. The only time I’ve went for one was kindly sponsored by Navara Beauty. I don’t even mask at home anymore, heck!

Recently, one of my gf introduced me to Lovely Face Spa at Tampines which she mentioned was highly raved by many girls online.

My concerns for my face are :-

1. Oily T-zone (I have combi skin)

2. Clogged pores, especially on my nose, black and white heads. Very annoying.

3. My incurable and hopeless dark circles

4. Freckles, which I have had since I was a kid?

5. Visible large pores on my nose and cheek areas

Complimented by many, my skin condition is actually very good since I don’t do much maintenance. Even the lady boss, Tiffany, of LFS said so 🙂 So yes, I am indeed very blessed but of course, I don’t have flawless perfect fair and porcelain-like skin.

I opted for the ‘Essential Glow Facial’ as well as the ‘Eye Treatment’. I was told that if I were to do Acid peels, eye treatment would be impossible.

Acid peel would help to target my freckles and uneven skin tone mainly.

I was more concerned with the stupid clogged pores and dark circles, hence the choice.

Extracted from LFS’s website :

Essential Glow Facial (120 mins) @ $68

A deep-cleansing, moisturizing and tension-relieving facial that hydrates skin, leaving it youthful and supple.

A Pampering and Relaxing Facial which includes
– Double Cleansing, Skin Analysis, Pre-Treatment Lotion and Steaming

– Exfoliation

– Extraction and High Frequency Machine (anti-bacterial),

– Cold Hammer with Ampoule from France, customised to your skin type

– Eye-brow trimming

– Lifting/Firming Eye Massage to combat puffiness and dark circles
– Moisturising and Lifting Eye Mask

Plus
– Lymphatic Suction Machine to improve lymphatic drainage, eliminate toxins and increase cell metabolism.

This helps to reduce skin imperfection as this machine helps in better facilitation of waste products (sweat and toxin) removal via lymphatic drainage system.
– Customised Soft Mask prescribed by certified Aesthetician for your skin conditions

– Signature Face Lifting Massage to firm up and tone your skin, improve skin’s elasticity, and improves skin texture while maintaining moisture content in skin cells

– Enjoy a relaxing Head plus Shoulder Massage to soothe your tired nerves

– Lastly, a Hot Towel to melt away your tension

Radio Frequency Eye Treatment (30 mins) – $38

-Combats puffiness & dark eye rings
-Hydrates the eye area
– Improves circulation around the eye area

*Able to combine with facial except acid treatment

If you choose to do both the Essential Glow Facial with Eye treatment, the latter would cost $28 instead of $38.

I paid a total of $96.

Here is how the mini salon looks like.

I must say the ambience is quite okay. Bright orange colours for the cheery burst of energy mood.

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The bed for customers to rest and lay.

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Radio that replays soothing classics as with any other facial spa salons.

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Some equipment.

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And another.

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The area behind the bed.

So you can see, the area is not that big but still ample. It’s the size of a normal HDB room.

Tiffany previously worked at beauty salons so she has had ample experience. Her skills and techniques are quite okay.

Her customer service is good too.

I received a follow-up sms from her few days later after the facial.

The problem with me going to facial is that, I have a hard time judging if it’s effective on my skin. Because mainly, I don’t have much problems with it compared to someone who has acne problems which did/didn’t reduce after going for facial.

The extraction was not as painful as I’d thought it would be and what my friend mentioned. Guess it’s also because I didn’t have much to extract but there were some painful ones at the sides of the nose and near my brows.

Pores seemed clean after extraction but I could still see some clogged ones.

Visible large pores remain…visible and large.

What I like about her facial package is that she helps you to trim your brows, which I suck at. Because I shave rather than pluck, there were many ingrowns which sometimes cause inflammations and acne. Tiffany had painstakingly tried to pluck out all the ingrowns which I’m quite satisfied about 🙂

There were moments which made me felt uncomfortable, for example when the electrolysis-like machine was used. You would feel that your skin is getting electrocuted. I can’t remember what is that machine called and for though, because there were so many stuffs used…

The package also includes head and shoulder massages which I need so badly….And the massage session lasted longer than I’d expected. That goes to show that Tiffany doesn’t cut ‘costs’ which I like very much. 🙂

My dark circles still remained nevertheless and I fully understand that the solution to skin problems is not a miraculously one-off incident. You will need to constantly maintain and review.

But I also know that clogged pores and dark circles will always recur. Clogged pores arise due to dirt, impurities and of course our humid climate in Singapore while dark circles, well, lack of rest, straining of eyes and using of gadgets…

I feel that these problems will never efface 😦

So is this facial worth it for me?

I would say I don’t think I will be going back, since I don’t have much of a problem (which can be solved) for my skin.

I wouldn’t say that Tiffany’s skills and equipment aren’t good but just that, I wouldn’t want to spend so much on facials in general.

She is still very highly raved by many others though 🙂

Lovely Face Spa

Phone: 81889830

Email: lovelyfacespa@gmail.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/lovelyface.spa

Address

Blk 423 Tampines St 41

S(520423)

*unit number will be given upon confirmation

Overall :

2 stars

 

 

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! 🙂

 

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)! 🙂

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

Twitter : https://twitter.com/shootingstar_18

Instagram : http://instagram.com/shootingstar18

If you find my blog useful or interesting, do help spread the word around 🙂

I would like to share my experiences and reviews and help everyone in one way or another.

If you would like to get in touch with me, do drop me an email at jeangan@live.com

All comments/feedback are welcomed 🙂 ❤

THANK YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN, MUCH LOVE!!! 😀

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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

 

Bellaxbox June 2013

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This is such a backdated entry, but nevertheless, this was what I’d received for Bellabox June 2013! 🙂

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Bellabox June 2013 Wanderlust :

  1. L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil

  2. Methode Swiss Age Delay Face Cream

  3. VMV Hypoallergenic Re-everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion

  4. Veet Cream 25g

  5. Eleanor nail polish

  6. L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise White Perfect Laser Anti-Spot Brightening Essence

  7. The Skin Pharmacy Silky Smooth Sunscreen SPF 30

  8. $20 voucher for VMV Hypoallergenics products

  9. $10 voucher Jooix

Why Bellabox?

Newest prestige, cult and boutique beauty products

  • Handpicked and exclusive for you
  • 5 exclusive beauty products from around the world
  • Delivered to your door each month 
  • 100% authentic and backed by our brand partners

 

Get your monthly beauty surprises at Bellabox now! 🙂

July’s Edition of VanityTrove – Midsummer Gala.

Sponsored Advertorial

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Yet another box filled with loads of love and surprises!

July 2013 edition of Vanity Trove comprises of :

1. Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil : Anti-oxidising, Brightening, Firming, Hydrating, Plumping, Reducing pore size, Repairing. This triple-action cleansing oil contains skin-loving botanical extracts including japanese cherry tree, artichoke leaf and saxifraga sarmentosa to cleanse, hydrate and boost skin’s healing ability. Three layers of pure active ingredients work in unison to gently remove traces of makeup and daily debris, while maintaining skin moisture levels and revitalizing skin for a brighter and smoother finish in one easy step.

2. Skin Inc My Daily Dose Bottle – Yellow : “It’s the best of our award-winning encapsulated serums from Japan, captured in six petite doses – Collagen (firming), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration), Placenta (brightening), Vitamin A (even skin tone), Coenzyme Q10 (energising) and Ceramide (strengthening).
Six active ingredients that create 30 unique power cocktails for your skin. Now, who says you can’t have it all?uitable for most skins as it is based on your individual needs. It can be used as a reinforcement supplement to your existing skincare or as your main skincare regime. My Daily Dose contains highly concentrated ingredients so you only need to apply 3-5 drops per application, twice a day.

3. Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel : Deep Cleansing Gel for clear skin with Salicylic Acid + Totarol + Eperuline. Purifies without drying and gently eliminates impurities. Immediately soothes skin. Suitable for combination and oily skin type.

4. Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot : The formula, enriched with hyaluronic acid, creates an invisble and protective film on the surface of the skin to protect the imperfection. Also contains antibacterial technology [salicylic acid + LHA]* to help fight the appearance of spots. Spots and marks appear reduced, and the skin is protected from further blemishes appearing.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel : Restores up to 200% higher moisture level* on skin, replenishing and rebuilding skin moisture from within all day long. “Self-Hydrating System” to address the root cause of inner dryness. Innovative formula with smart Progressive Release System absorbs moisture from the air then releasing it into the skin over time. Instantly hydrates skin and helps soothe and calm skin. Skin stays soft, supple, bouncy, radiant with a healthy glow. Oil free formula with non-sticky/matte feel. Dermatologist tested, Allergy-tested. Non-comedogenic.

6. Avance DOU DEMAQUILLANT SUPER : An instant remover design for resistant and waterproof eye make-up!
Gentle to the eye while removing the waterproof eye makeup. A formula that remove and at the same time gently moisture delicate eye area as it contain soothing and moisturizing ingredient, Chamomile flower extract and Trehalose. How to use: Shake it well to mix the two-layer liquid. Take appropriate amount onto facial cotton, place on eyelid area, wait for a short 5 second; then wipe gently across the eyelid area, follow by over the eyebrow.

7. Herborist Whitening Revitalizing Mask : Specially formulated with extracts from several Chinese herbs, including Atractyloides Macrocephala,Poria Cocos,Paeonia Lactiflora and Bletilla Striata, it features mild and nourishing ingredients, which can penetrate into the skin to boost elasticity and vitality of the skin. The product is effective in breaking down ageing horny layer and improving the uniformity of the complexion to help you have tender and fair skin.

8. D’Glamouric Trinity Series Masque : Made up of a unique formulation of 3-in-1 major ingredients consisting of Sheep Placenta serum extract, Collagen and Witch Hazel. These 3 elements provide a cellular rejuvenating, deep cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

Collagen helps in slowing down the natural process of skin aging. It has great moisturizing benefits and excellent hydration properties. When applied topically, like in the form of a mask, the skin absorbs the substance & increase its own natural production of the protein. It can even out fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Perfect treatment for chronic dry skin.

Sheep Placenta works under the same fundamental theory of cell therapy, a process of introducing new cells into a tissue in order to rebuild and revitalize ailing or aging tissues, stimulating the cells of specific organ systems and optimizes/restores their functions. Henceforth, sheep placenta helps to prevent the formation of “age spots”, reduce appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. It is a nutritional supplement branded by many as the “Rolls Royce of all Nutritional Supplements”.

Witch Hazel is a mightily useful little medicinal marvel. Its uses and properties are unique and vast. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that witch hazel has, it can reduce inflammation on a pimple and itching on the skin. Furthermore, it soothes and prevents a razor burn or sunburn. Daily use significantly tightens up the skin and helps with acne. Moreover, it can reduce eye bags, treat dry skin and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. Not to mention, it is good for refreshing tired eyes and bring a natural scent to the skin.

9. Jane Iredale Difference Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream : Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

10. Jane Iredale Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain Forever Pink : 

A lip and cheek stain that provides long-lasting, custom color to lips and cheeks.

Features and Benefits:

  • Multipurpose stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural coloring.
  • Non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible pink shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
  • Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips. Rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.

11. Jane Iredale  LIPDRINK SPF 15 LIP BALM : This colorless lip balm really is a drink for the lips.

Also included in Vanity Trove July 2013 was Skin Inc Voucher and Vanity’s own magazine! Visit www.vanitymag.com for beauty secrets! 🙂

Phew!

I’d try to be as detailed as I can for you babes, so hope you girls will check out these products and most importantly, get yourself surprised every month with Vanity Trove now! 🙂

Psst, don’t forget to read the latest beauty article on hairstyles written by yours truly on My Fat Pocket!

July’s Edition of VanityTrove – Midsummer Gala.

Sponsored Advertorial

June_WebBanner-2

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Yet another box filled with loads of love and surprises!

July 2013 edition of Vanity Trove comprises of :

1. Skin Inc Pure Trinity Cleansing Oil : Anti-oxidising, Brightening, Firming, Hydrating, Plumping, Reducing pore size, Repairing. This triple-action cleansing oil contains skin-loving botanical extracts including japanese cherry tree, artichoke leaf and saxifraga sarmentosa to cleanse, hydrate and boost skin’s healing ability. Three layers of pure active ingredients work in unison to gently remove traces of makeup and daily debris, while maintaining skin moisture levels and revitalizing skin for a brighter and smoother finish in one easy step.

2. Skin Inc My Daily Dose Bottle – Yellow : “It’s the best of our award-winning encapsulated serums from Japan, captured in six petite doses – Collagen (firming), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration), Placenta (brightening), Vitamin A (even skin tone), Coenzyme Q10 (energising) and Ceramide (strengthening).
Six active ingredients that create 30 unique power cocktails for your skin. Now, who says you can’t have it all?uitable for most skins as it is based on your individual needs. It can be used as a reinforcement supplement to your existing skincare or as your main skincare regime. My Daily Dose contains highly concentrated ingredients so you only need to apply 3-5 drops per application, twice a day.

3. Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel : Deep Cleansing Gel for clear skin with Salicylic Acid + Totarol + Eperuline. Purifies without drying and gently eliminates impurities. Immediately soothes skin. Suitable for combination and oily skin type.

4. Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot : The formula, enriched with hyaluronic acid, creates an invisble and protective film on the surface of the skin to protect the imperfection. Also contains antibacterial technology [salicylic acid + LHA]* to help fight the appearance of spots. Spots and marks appear reduced, and the skin is protected from further blemishes appearing.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel : Restores up to 200% higher moisture level* on skin, replenishing and rebuilding skin moisture from within all day long. “Self-Hydrating System” to address the root cause of inner dryness. Innovative formula with smart Progressive Release System absorbs moisture from the air then releasing it into the skin over time. Instantly hydrates skin and helps soothe and calm skin. Skin stays soft, supple, bouncy, radiant with a healthy glow. Oil free formula with non-sticky/matte feel. Dermatologist tested, Allergy-tested. Non-comedogenic.

6. Avance DOU DEMAQUILLANT SUPER : An instant remover design for resistant and waterproof eye make-up!
Gentle to the eye while removing the waterproof eye makeup. A formula that remove and at the same time gently moisture delicate eye area as it contain soothing and moisturizing ingredient, Chamomile flower extract and Trehalose. How to use: Shake it well to mix the two-layer liquid. Take appropriate amount onto facial cotton, place on eyelid area, wait for a short 5 second; then wipe gently across the eyelid area, follow by over the eyebrow.

7. Herborist Whitening Revitalizing Mask : Specially formulated with extracts from several Chinese herbs, including Atractyloides Macrocephala,Poria Cocos,Paeonia Lactiflora and Bletilla Striata, it features mild and nourishing ingredients, which can penetrate into the skin to boost elasticity and vitality of the skin. The product is effective in breaking down ageing horny layer and improving the uniformity of the complexion to help you have tender and fair skin.

8. D’Glamouric Trinity Series Masque : Made up of a unique formulation of 3-in-1 major ingredients consisting of Sheep Placenta serum extract, Collagen and Witch Hazel. These 3 elements provide a cellular rejuvenating, deep cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect. 10 minutes a day is all you need.

Collagen helps in slowing down the natural process of skin aging. It has great moisturizing benefits and excellent hydration properties. When applied topically, like in the form of a mask, the skin absorbs the substance & increase its own natural production of the protein. It can even out fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Perfect treatment for chronic dry skin.

Sheep Placenta works under the same fundamental theory of cell therapy, a process of introducing new cells into a tissue in order to rebuild and revitalize ailing or aging tissues, stimulating the cells of specific organ systems and optimizes/restores their functions. Henceforth, sheep placenta helps to prevent the formation of “age spots”, reduce appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. It is a nutritional supplement branded by many as the “Rolls Royce of all Nutritional Supplements”.

Witch Hazel is a mightily useful little medicinal marvel. Its uses and properties are unique and vast. Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties that witch hazel has, it can reduce inflammation on a pimple and itching on the skin. Furthermore, it soothes and prevents a razor burn or sunburn. Daily use significantly tightens up the skin and helps with acne. Moreover, it can reduce eye bags, treat dry skin and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. Not to mention, it is good for refreshing tired eyes and bring a natural scent to the skin.

9. Jane Iredale Difference Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream : Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

10. Jane Iredale Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain Forever Pink : 

A lip and cheek stain that provides long-lasting, custom color to lips and cheeks.

Features and Benefits:

  • Multipurpose stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural coloring.
  • Non-drying, long-lasting, all natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible pink shade that will flatter your skin’s undertone.
  • Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips. Rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.

11. Jane Iredale  LIPDRINK SPF 15 LIP BALM : This colorless lip balm really is a drink for the lips.

Also included in Vanity Trove July 2013 was Skin Inc Voucher and Vanity’s own magazine! Visit www.vanitymag.com for beauty secrets! 🙂

Phew!

I’d try to be as detailed as I can for you babes, so hope you girls will check out these products and most importantly, get yourself surprised every month with Vanity Trove now! 🙂

Psst, don’t forget to read the latest beauty article on hairstyles written by yours truly on My Fat Pocket!

Beauty Review – Fancl Whitening Mask

Hello all beauty junkies! I am back with another set of beauty reviews! And this post that I’m writing will be on a NON-sponsored product – Fancl Whitening Mask!

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I’ve always been a fan of Fancl, although I must warn you that their pills (Calorie Limit & Perfect Slim Alpha) were of no effect for me when I took them many years back.

Other than that, I have tried their whitening products (FANCL’s limited edition Perfect Whitening Kit) and I liked their Whitening Clear Mask.

I’m not too sure if they still sell them because they have launched a new range of whitening series.

Fancl Whitening Mask

Pros :

  • Immediate whitening effect – Similar to the Whitening Clear Mask
  • Lightened 1 of my pimple scar which was recent on my left cheek (Sorry no pics for comparison but trust me on this)
  • Even has flaps for the eyelids

Cons :

  • Pungent alcohol smell!
  • There weren’t much remaining essence left in the pack compared to other masks

Overall rating :

4 stars

 

 

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On an another note, y skin’s condition seems to be worsening recently and I’m not too sure of the reason. It has its ‘dry periods’ whereby the skin on my nose will peel for no apparent reason. Thus, the only logical reason I could think of was due to hormones. Yeah, blame everything on the hormones, lol.

Other than that, my chin and mouth areas seem to be clogged with dirt, hence producing white heads. And when these white heads are provoke, i.e. me trying to squeeze them out or by merely poking them, I would break out the next day. This causes acne, which is extremely embarrassing.

I don’t usually break out for no reason because my skin condition is quite good, relatively.

I’m not sure if it’s caused by the skinbotics which I’d blogged about here, or the SK II stem cell cream I’d used for a few days, excessive consumption of coffee or the lack of sleep/late nights? Maybe it’s the lack of exercise.

No idea man, but whatever it is, I’m always breaking out at my chin areas. See pictures here.

Understand more of your acne areas here via face mapping method.

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

Extracted from that post :

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  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress as much as possible (yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing in a journal, etc.)
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and chapsticks
  • Drink spearmint tea
  • Take omega-3s to help regulate hormones

So what did I say? It could seem that most of the factors I’ve listed down to be the culprits.

Here’s a poor reso selfie on good skin days… SIGH.

And yes, that’s a hello kitty plushie behind wearing SIA uniform LOL :p

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Beauty Review – Hada Labo Whitening Lotion New Nano Formula

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

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

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Pros 

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

Cons

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

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

Overall rating :

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DIY Honey Mask

Aloha! Yes I am back and alive!

Asked me how did my exams go? I would say I aced 2 papers, did so-so for 1 and screwed the other 1  badly. I had 4 papers this time round. But results aren’t out yet and they always surprise me – in a good way! But the screwed up paper was really bad because *ahem*, honestly, I have been spotting topics and the topic I had studied didn’t appear! So you can imagine, how devastating the whole exam duration was. I nearly blew myself into pieces.

Before you jump into any conclusion, I am only spotting topics because I can. My masters course allows me to do so and I only study ONE topic for each module. It’s just how the whole exam system works. 2 questions, choose 1. And mind you, of course I did analyse properly through past year’s exam questions as well as to read through the examiners’ reports which were most of the time, unhelpful, like how the study guides are.

I have no lessons, lecturers, classmates to guide me so yes, I am doing everything myself. From registration matters to applying for courses via UOL’s website to applying for exams (except for the coordination of the exam centre – RELC), to studying, understanding memorising (okay fine, nobody can help you with this), crafting model essays (most lecturers don’t advise this only because examiners complain of parroted essays – but who can I parrot if I draft them on my own right? Not as if I copied from my classmates/lecturers’ ideas – they were actually a consolidation of my research and online essays :))

Yes, been doing this for the past 10 modules myself and 6 more to go, provided I pass this time round’s session. I am in a huge dilemma because I have no idea if  UOL would allow a referral should one passes a paper but didn’t score well. Yes, UOL allows referrals for law courses. And this time round, if I’m not wrong, a candidate can only refer once and must pass that referral paper, for if not, he/she would not be allowed to continue with the whole course.

Okay, enough of ranting about studies. Back to my beauty review! 🙂

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So I was suffering from few breakouts here and there, especially on my chin areas and was really desperate to find a solution! You know how unsightly acne are and when I left home bare-faced, I almost dug my head into a ground when people could view my complexion at close proximity.

I wasn’t sure if it was due to the experiment on new beauty products (because usually I don’t have sensitive skin, but everything has its first right?) or was I purely just stressed out?

My complexion went through a toll ever since I consumed Skinbotics (you may read my review here). I’ve tried on new products from Korea – Zymogen and SK II’s Stem Power Rich Cream. Maybe it was too ‘powerful’ for my skin. But a friend told me that stem cells help to regenerate your skin cells from within so breaking out is usually quite normal. It’s sort of purging and although it does benefit your skin long time, I wouldn’t want to take the chance, having to go around and live with a face filled with acne. Ugh.

Will also be updating on the Zymogen and SK II products soon 🙂

So yes, back to the honey mask. With my desperation skyrocketing, I HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

I did some research (amidst my own research for exams =x) and found out that honey is actually a great ingredient for acne treatments! Just google and you’ll see it for yourself.

Due to the lack of ingredients, laziness and time-constraint, I didn’t mix the honey mixture to other recommendable ingredients such as lemon, tumeric, yogurt etc. I just applied manuka honey on my face, paying special attention to the problematic areas.

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So I just used whatever Manuka honey I had at home. Mum bought the UMF 5+ one and already cost 60bucks++! She bought a bigger bottle one as well which costs 100bucks++!!! That’s how expensive manuka honey is, so I had to scrimp on the amount to use before she notice that I’ve been using it as a mask. Okay, fine I’d used it only twice. And there were obvious effects!

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You can see how red and angry there were. It was worse the previous day I’d tell you.

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I applied on my whole face and previously I applied on the targeted areas only, hence I was telling you that the acne were in a ‘better’ state than they were the day before. But I haven’t been pampering my skin lately and so I’d decided to apply honey on my whole face.

Things to note when using honey masks.

UMF® in an acronym for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ and is an antibacterial property which is present in ActiveManuka Honey. UMF® is a floral property that comes from the nectar of Manuka flowers and has been found to possess extraordinary healing powers. This antibacterial activity is not present in any other type of honey.

So the higher the UMF, the more beneficial and effective it would be in treating acne. So no point using those ‘fake’ honeys with no UMF. The price would indicate its authenticity. Because raw honey is difficult to attain and process, hence the hefty price. Those fake ones are just simply sugars.

Honey has many skin benefits. Honey fights inflammation and bacteria on skin. It has healing property which heals wounds and infection on skin. It has moisturizing properties, which help to retain moisture for a long time. Honey alone can be used as face mask. To avoid sticking, wet your fingers before you apply the honey face mask. Apply and leave it on for approx 20 mins.

There are other types of honey masks mixed with other ingredients which you may wish to try out, provided you are not allergic to these ingredients. Some of the awesome websites I’ve found.

http://nehasadana.hubpages.com/hub/Honey-face-masks-skin-Benefits-of-Honey

http://www.skinacea.com/acne/acne-treatment-honey.html#.UZraDKKnoRo

http://www.acneskinsite.com/homemade-facials/honey-face-mask/

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Here’s a comparison on the before and after.

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With the help of honey and tea tree oil pimple cream (I’m using Mentholatum), you can see a reduction in redness as well as the drying up of the acne. When acne dries up, it means that it is recovering. For me, they usually dry out and itchy hands me would peel them off. I strongly urge you to refrain from peeling the scabs off, although I know how unsightly and ‘bumpy’ they look when covered and concealed with make up.

I must say that I am rather pleased with the results of using Manuka honey to treat pimples and acne.

You may want to try it too, someday perhaps? 🙂

Hope this helped you in a way or another!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Jean