Experience Power of Pitera™ for Eyes workshop at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014 Tent @ Orchard

Experience Power of Pitera™ for Eyes workshop at the Audi Fashion Festival 2014 Tent @ Orchard, from 15th – 17th May

Get the glow this fashion season with beautiful, crystal clear skin. Our favourite beauty weapon? SK-II Facial Treatment Essence – this miracle treatment has been a must-have for healthy, crystal clear skin for more than 30 years.

If that’s that good enough – SK-II has a brand new companion to our iconic Essence – the Facial Treatment Essence-Eye.

You’ve tried the iconic products, and now, we invite you to experience the exclusive Power of Pitera™ for Eyes workshop, from 15th – 17th May, held inside the Audi Fashion Festival 2014 Tent @ Orchard, where the SK -II trainer will be there to take you through the Power of Pitera™ for Eyes regimen.

 

OLAY AQUACTION

Olay, the world’s leading facial care brand, has launched AquAction – a new hydration range featuring breakthrough HydraLock technology to deliver a new standard in hydration care. While we’re all being distracted by the two hunks pictured above – let’s try to come back to the main point lol.

See our skin constantly loses moisture to its surroundings – much like a leaky bucket – even if moisture is constantly being replenished. In fact, without doing much at all, we can lose about two glasses of water a day by breathing and through evaporation from our skin – imagine how much more moisture an active woman can lose! (Also what happens if you drink less than 8 glasses? lol). Now I see why I have periods of severe dry skin. *grimaces*

While genetics is certainly a key factor in what type of skin you have, (and you know some of us did not score in the birth lottery….which all the VS models did)

Skin fatigue

P&G scientists have now discovered a second key cause of moisture loss – skin fatigue. Skin fatigue is the loss of skin energy, which leads to many unwanted changes in one’s skin, including skin losing its ability to hold on to moisture, causing the skin’s “leaky bucket” to become even more leaky.

Most hydration-focused technologies tend to focus on fixing the first issue. However, to keep skin hydrated and bouncy in the long-term, skincare products need to address not one but both causes of skin moisture loss.

For the longest time now most products tout Hylauronic acid as their miracle ingredient. However P&G has discovered an ingredient capable of outperforming hyaluronic acid, an ingredient known to fill and seal skin’s leaky bucket and seen as the current gold standard in hydration care.

Presenting WSK – the ingredient was extracted from the white jelly leaf (the white fungus we eat every so often in our cheng tings and our chinese desserts), yes this simple ingredient is renowned throughout ancient Chinese history and modern times for its beauty-enhancing properties. (Even taiwanese beauty Guru Niu Er recommends it!)

Inspired by the legendary beauty of Yang Guifei, an 8th century Chinese royal consort whose beauty was so great that it supposedly drove the emperor to distraction, Olay scientists discovered WSK by studying the white jelly leaf, which was said to feature prominently in her skincare regimen.

In their examination, scientists managed to isolate the fascinating WSK compound – which was found to outperform hyaluronic acid dramatically, weight-for-weight, when its ability to hold water was put to the test versus hyaluronic acid. This is a significant finding, because until now it was thought that hyaluronic acid was the gold standard for hydrating ingredients. 

 

Check this out:

Hylauronic acid in the cup on the left went all the way thru the sieve. And WSK retaining all the moisture it held – on the right side. Amazing no?

Most products are contented to stop here but Olay’s research has found that just filling the skin’s leaky bucket isn’t sufficient – the issue of skin fatigue needs to be addressed. Now the phenomenon of skin fatigue – decreasing energy – dictates that if this isn’t addressed, skin will not only get drier, but will become less responsive to hydrating ingredients. It is thus extremely important to re-energize skin – which is where another active ingredient, Niacinamide comes in.

Niacinamide brings the skin energy level of aged cells back to more youthful levels, so that over time, it gives skin the energy to renew itself, and make components that enable skin to hold onto its own moisture more effectively.

Proven to deliver “Pump Pump Bouncy Skin”

New Olay AquAction brings the two powerhouse ingredients of WSK and Niacinamide together in its new breakthrough HydraLock technology. Designed to effectively fight not just one, but both causes of skin dryness, new Olay AquAction delivers a new standard of hydration that is known fondly as “Pump Pump Bouncy Skin’’.

According to David Khoo, Olay’s Senior Scientist, “Pump Pump Bouncy Skin’’ is achieved when skin cells are well-hydrated and attain a full, rounded shape, giving skin a firm and elastic touch.”

“Olay AquAction represents a new standard in hydration actives – it has been designed to deliver 12-hour non-stop hydration so skin is kept hydrated for longer. When we conducted a consumer study with the product, 92% of users agreed it leaves skin feeling hydrated while 7 out of 10 users believe that the product leaves skin supple and elastic,” said Mr Khoo.

Angelababy swears by this! and I would glady testify that the sleeping mask really does its work for me. Last week just before I had my period, I was working many late nights trying to set up my a new service for my company and being one that’s really sensitive to stress and late nights. It definitely took a toil on my complexion…. so I had Olay Sleeping Mask to the rescue and just using it for 2 nights helped me alot. My skin was less tight and uncomfortable , and the light plessant smell helped me to sleep better too Lol.

The range is retailing in most places by now and is priced reasonably!

Introducing the NEW Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick, effortlessly blending alluring femininity with the beauty of science.

With a new advanced formula, the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick targets the key qualities that give lips their contour and dimension – fullness, plumpness and firmness.

Thoroughly infused with cutting-edge skin care ingredients, the new and improved lipstick carefully smoothes out fine lines for fuller, kissable lips. Lips are completely moisturised in an instant with the inclusion of sunflower seed oil, jojoba and mango butter for fool-proof, all-day comfort. Be spoilt for choice with a range featuring eight eye-catching shades that delivers bright, dynamic colour from every angle.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  •   Age-Defying Complex (Portuluca Pilosa Plant Extract and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38) – Helps boosts the production of collagen*, hyaluronic acid* and aquaporin 3 *Based on in vitro testing of key ingredients
  •   Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant to help protect lips from free radicals and environmental damage
  •   Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba, Mango Butter – a nourishing blend of ingredients provided by nature which areknown for their moisturizing benefits.

    THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PRODUCT

 Like a fountain of youth for lips. Contains a complex with two age-defying ingredients — an extract from the portulaca pilosa plant, also known as the “kiss me quick” plant, and palmitoyl tripeptide-38. This complex helps to boosts the production of collagen*, a protein that plays a vital role in supporting the skin’s structure to help give it firmness and volume. It also helps to boosts the production of hyaluronic acid* and aquaporin 3* (AQP3). Hyaluronic acid is important for retaining moisture in skin. AQP3 are proteins that create “channels” to help water travel to where it’s needed most, helping with skin hydration. Retaining moisture in the skin promotes a plumping effect for fuller-looking lips. *Based on in vitro testing of key ingredients

AVAILABILITY:

NEW Mary Kay True DimensionsTM Lipstick is available exclusively through your Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant starting 16 August 2013 at $30. To locate a consultant, visit www.marykay.com.sg

I tested the Wild About Pink shade and loved it instantly. It was surprising long lasting! I’m not quite a lipstick person but this one definitely made the cut and will be my choice :)

Apart from the usual chanel glosses and balms that I use.

 

The Fire cracker red shade looks sizzling indeed :)

Protect skin’s youthful future with visible volume and firmness.

Vital hydration is replenished and skin stays moisturized for 12 hours with TimeWise Plus+ Regena-FirmTM Day Treatment SPF 30/PA+++

Now you can restore what was lost and lift away the years with the new and improved formula for the TimeWise Plus+TM Regena-Firm range. This advanced series helps strengthen skin’s natural defenses as it protects against factors that can dramatically age skin if left unchallenged.

Scientists say, “Now there’s a way to help address the environmental damage that can lead to sagging skin, deep wrinkles and a noticeable loss of elasticity.” Containing the exclusive Regena-FirmTM Complex, the blend of ingredients help provide the essence of youthful-looking skin through visible volume, lift and firmness.

Mary Kay TimeWise Plus+ Regena-FirmTM Night Treatment

Essential Benefits of TimeWise Plus+ Regena-FirmTM Night Treatment:

 reveal the youthfulness of skin with visible volume, lift and firmness.
 contains age-fighting encapsulated retinol, a highly effective active form of Vitamin A.  immediately increases skin moisture and keeps skin hydrated for 12 hours.

During an independent consumer study, a majority of women agreed that age spots were less noticeable, that skin texture was dramatically improved, and that the neck area looked visibly smoother with lines and wrinkles visibly softened. Here’s what else they said:

  •   Restores youthful cushion to skin: 81%
  •   Softens the appearance of wrinkles: 83%
  •   Skin feels renewed: 84%
  •   Skin is more radiant: 85%
  •   Skin regains firmness: 71%
  •   Feels ultra-hydrating: 86%
  •   Jawline appears more defined: 67%
  •   Enhances skin’s overall appearance: 90%+Results reflect the percentage of women who agreed with the statements during a 4-week independent consumer study.

About Mary Kay

Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.

DID YOU KNOW KIEHL’S PIONEERED TODAY’S CUSTOMER SERVICE INDUSTRY 92 YEARS AGO

At Kiehl’s, we focus on the quality of our ingredients and the efficacy of our formulations.

We are so confident in our formulas that we want our customers to “Try Before You Buy”. We are certain that we have a formula to solve each customer’s unique skin care needs and our customers can try the product and ensure it is right for them before making a purchase.

Our “Try Before You Buy” policy became a motto of Kiehl’s. This principle of personalized customer service plus customized sampling was established by our founder Irving Morse and has remained a Kiehl’s tradition for almost 100 years. Because Kiehl’s cares for our customers…you can find the full story in the press release as attached.

This August, Kiehl’s invites all customers to come in-store for a 5-minute personalized skincare consultation by our Kiehl’s Customer Representatives (KCRs) and get 5 complimentary samples to try.

I’m a big fan of the Midnight Recovery Serum (just a suggestion) *wink

 

HOW IT WORKS

1)      Redeem your 5-minute consultation and 5 free samples from this link: http://goo.gl/GIvBr0

2)      Flash the confirmation page at any Kiehl’s store to receive a 5-minute consultation by a Kiehl’s Customer Representative (KCR)

3)     The KCR will determine your skin needs and answers any queries you may have.

4)      Enjoy 5 free samples most appropriate to your needs

 

Instagram Contest: The Body Shop – Tree Tree Trio

The Body Shop has just launched two new products to the Tea Tree range – Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash & Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub. Together with the all-time popular Tea Tree Oil, the three products form an informidable Power Trio!

In conjunction with the launch, The Body Shop is looking for Super Power Trios who are superheroes in their own way. To participate simply, take a photo of yourself and your two other friends in your superhero pose, and comment on why the three of you are a super power trio. The most creative entry each week gets to walk away with a Tea Tree hamper worth $200 weekly. Yea :)

http://on.fb.me/10VqJit click for information on the 3 products and Instagram contest details, as well as redeem free samples and small sized Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. *wink*
Did you know

The Body Shop’s tea tree oil comes from tea tree plants grown organically in the foothills of Mount Kenya. When ready to be harvested, the best leaves are picked by hand, then steam-distilled to release the organic oil.

THE SUPPLIER

The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers’ Association (KOOFA) is made up of 380 small-scale famers, half of them women. Due to AIDS-related deaths, many of these women are supporting their family alone. Growing tea tree helps all its farmers to earn a steady income.

Our tea tree oil comes from tea tree plants grown organically in the foothills of Mount Kenya. When ready to be harvested, the best leaves are picked by hand, then steam-distilled to release the organic oil.

THE SUPPLIER

The Kenya Organic Oil Farmers’ Association (KOOFA) is made up of 380 small-scale famers, half of them women. Due to AIDS-related deaths, many of these women are supporting their family alone. Growing tea tree helps all its farmers to earn a steady income.

THE COMMUNITY

Rural poverty in Kenya has several causes: low rural productivity, land degradation, insecure land tenure, unemployment and low wages.

Unlike some other cash crops, tea tree plants have survived Kenya’s recent droughts, a lifeline for impoverished farmers.

WASTE NOT WANT NOT

None of the tea tree goes to waste. The main branches are used by the farmers for firewood or to support crops like beans. Smaller, thinner branches are processed along with the leaves. After distillation, the leftover plant fibres are used on the crops. Our supplier tells us that tea tree makes “a very good mulch”.

CLEAN WATER

Many people in remote, rural areas of Kenya don’t have reliable access to safe, clean drinking water. Our trade with KOOFA enables it to work on projects that improve the amount of clean water its local communities can drink.

SELF ESTEEM

KOOFA’s members are paid direct to their bank accounts, which the farmers can access through their mobile phone. This saves the farmers the long walk to get money. It has also given them a credit history and access to finance, which they can draw on to grow their business.

 

Do check out the rest of theTea Tree range which includes the Tea Tree Face Mask ($30.90), Tea Tree Blemish Gel ($18.90), Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion ($29.90), Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner ($22.90), Tea Tree Pore Minimiser ($32.90), Tea Tree Concealer ($19.90), Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion ($29.90), Tea Tree Oil ($18.90).

ZO Skin Health by Dr Zein Obagi

I attended a talk today by SkinCare Guru Dr Zein Obagi who runs a beverly hills based clinic. He’s the creator of ZO Skin -distributed by Zoe Nissi a Singaporean based company who is the sole distributor of Obagi Medical Products and ZO Skin Health Products in four countries namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

ZO can be bought at Prive Clinic, Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at Paragon, FEM clinic at Mt Elizabeth Hospital amongst others.

I’m currently testing out their Oclipse sunscreen primer -$85 for 30ml (before gst) as well as Daily Power Defense $160 for 50ml (before gst). I thought it was extremely smart however that he had incorporated melanin (derived freely from plants etc) into a sunscreen. As we all know melanin is nature’s gift to people in tropical latitudes and desert regions, where ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the most intense. Melanin acts as a protective shield against sunburn, sun damage, skin cancer and even sun-related aging such as wrinkles. I wonder why no one, till Dr Obagi thought about incorporating Melanin into skincare products.

Here’s an old interview of his documenting his philosphy – it also talks about why sometimes big businesses and passions don’t go together. http://www.zoskinhealth.com/dr-obagi/obagi-medical-products-inc and why he is no longer part of the very first company he founded which was Obagi Medical Products.

Dr. Obagi’s quest for healthy skin really began at the age of fifteen, when his 16-year old sister was badly burned with scalding water and suffered months of recovery in the hospital. “I noticed the doctors were not able to do very much for her. They were resigned to just letting the body heal itself, and then maybe they would be able to do some grafts,” says Dr. Obagi.  “It seemed like they really had nothing to use in helping her skin heal. That gave me a lot to think about.”

 

Here’s an interview with great tips and facts on skin featuring Dr Obagi

 

 

Retinol

Retinol targets the signs of aging by stimulating cellular renewal, boosting collagen production and improving skin elasticity. The result? A visible reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase in dermal density and firmness. Typically, for a skin-saver to be topically effective, it should reach a concentration of at least 0.7 percent. While most products available over the counter contain 0.4 percent, Ossential Radical Night Repair Plus contains a 1.0 percent concentration of retinol — 2 and a half times the industry average.

 

Salicylic Acid

An absolute must for those with acne-prone skin, using a topical salicylic acid treatment not only sweeps away excess oil, but also removes dead skin cells on the surface for instantly clearer skin. ZO Skin Health Offects TE-Pads made with 2 percent Salicylic Acid — the highest over-the-counter concentration. Used daily, the facial pads exfoliate skin and control breakouts by reducing oiliness.

 

Lactic Acid

This multi-tasking skin-saver is proven to help exfoliate rough patches and resurface the skin for a firmer, smoother looking finish. Known for its intense hydrating properties and ability to stimulate collagen production, lactic acid leaves skin softer and more youthful looking. ZO Skin Health Oraser Body Emulsion can soften and moisturize dry skin, and also reduces the appearance of dark spots.