A day as a Beauty Scene Investigator (B.S.I)

Last week, I had received an unexpected call. Something gruesome had happened! It appears that several beauty products were reported dead and the crime scene was a mess in Beauty County. So the special agents from Shiseido invited me over to check things out.


So first, the other BSIs and I had a briefing by Secret Agent, Samantha, on the happenings.

WARNING! THIS ENTRY IS LOADED WITH PHOTOS!

PHOTO VIEWING AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION!

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Aqualabel is LOVE exclusive workshop by yours truly!

First and foremost, a BIG THANK YOU to friends and readers who set aside time to join me on Thursday, 30th Sept, for my private Aqualabel workshop.
Words cannot describe my gratitude and joy because I had full attendance.
Though you cannot tell in the photo below as there were two camera shy folks who are not in there.

Make it one as I think one of them is hiding behind me. LOL…
I had a blast that evening but I must admit that I was oh-so-nervous during the initial stage.
However, I managed to loosen up and ended up enjoying myself thoroughly.
You must understand that this is the first time I am presenting to so many people at one shot.
So it was no surprise that I had a gazillion butterflies in my tummy; it was way too chaotic and overcrowded in there. But it was all great fun! I enjoyed sharing beauty tips and cracking jokes along the way to just lighten up the mood.

GIVEAWAY POST- Click for FREEBIES! Paul & Joe, L’Oreal, Aqualabel, Tony Moly etc

In conjunction with my success in getting into the final round for the Aqualabel bloggers’ challenge.
Yes, thank you and you… It would have not been possible without your support and votes.
And A Beauty Affair now has its own domain.

Therefore, I would like to share some of my goodies with my readers.
In order to participate, you will need to follow my blog.
And you must follow it PUBLICLY if you’re using Google so that I know you’re in it to be eligible for the giveaway :)


Scroll down to the left-hand sidebar till you see these 2 FOLLOW ME buttons as shown below in this picture.

Next, you may leave a comment with your name & email add + the item no of the product you wish to win.
Example: 
Ashlene , ashlene@a-beauty-affair.com, Item No. 1

You may also email me the information. Send all emails to ashlene@a-beauty-affair.com 
and put “Blog giveaway” as the subject.

Giveaway closes on 8th October.
A winner will be picked randomly for each giveaway freebie.
Currently applicable for Singapore residents only.
Free gift will be posted via normal local postage to winner.

Once again, I thank you for your support :)

GIVEAWAY ITEMS AS BELOW: 
Click on “Click To Read More >>” below to see what FREEBIES are available!





 

ITEM #1  Loreal Super Liner 24H Waterproof Gel Eyeliner



ITEM #2 Paul & Joe Nail Color – Vernis A Ongles (Color appears more pearly silver in reality)





ITEM #3 Aqualabel MO Trial Set – Moisture Lotion R, Enhancer MO & Moisture Emulsion R





ITEM #4 Girl to Go Pocket Beauty – Naked Eyes, Eye Makeup Remover Sheets (15) in a Tub

Item #5: Tony Moly Vita Vital MX7 Calming Foam Cleanser




APPEAL FOR VOTES!!!

This is utterly embarassing but heck, the video’s up for ALL to see.
And I know I look fat and like crap in there but still, please help me fulfill my dream to visit Japan.
Yes, poor cheapo me, no money for tickets to beautiful Japan :(

Plus, I love Aqualabel, I wanna win more products. I promise that if I do win this contest, I’ll share some products with my faithful readers! You may quote me on this now.

Hahaha, anyway, PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!

VOTING CLOSED! THANK YOU ALL :)
How to vote?

You’ll need a FACEBOOK account first.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/aqualabelsg  & click on the LIKE button.
This is a VERY IMPORTANT step, you must LIKE the Aqualabel page first.

Next, go to http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=500803809&ref=mf and click on LIKE to help vote for me.

If you’re feeling stressed at work, emotional, bored during lectures and need to laugh at someone silly but who is making some sense as the Aqualabel enhancer is My HOLY GRAIL product.
Watch my video & vote for me.

THANKS SO MUCH, I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Part III of Aqualabel Blogger’s Challenge Journey : Video Round

Firstly, I am really glad that I have made it to this round. However, this was also one of my most dreaded stage. Unlike the other seasoned bloggers who often did vlogs (video blogging), I was a complete newbie at this.

I have never ever taken any video of myself, much less presenting a product in one. And I was really self-conscious of how I would appear in the video. Would I make a fool of myself? Was I gonna screw up my lines? Was I gonna look so fat in it?

On top of that, I was busy with work and the days went past with a twinkle of the eye, I did not even have time to prepare a proper script for the video.

I was reduced to a state of jello on the day of the shooting. But it was really nice meeting the rest of the bloggers at the Shiseido office again, as we cheered each one on.

We were given a short briefing on how to take a home video. Tips such as proper lighting source and angles were dished out by the Panasonic dude.
To be honest, I was a bundle of nerves to be even paying attention to him.

And then THE moment came, where we were given our numbers for the video shoot slots. I happened to be lucky #4 while the others took the last few turns such as #17 onwards.

Great, I thought to myself, here I was without a script and I was going to be the fourth in line.

My mind was racing and searching for the right words seemed so difficult. However, I survived the shoot! Yes, I did make a fool of myself but luckily, there was only the Panasonic guy and Yanny present. Fortunately, we were also given maximum three takes and we got to bring back all 3 video clips to edit.

Now, the nightmare started… As much as I was a noob in taking videos, I was also one in video editing. Hence, it made this round even more challenging for me.

This is utterly embarrassing I know. And what’s worst was that I was stuck with Windows Movie Maker, which I found it to be a decent basic editor but a really boring one. Nevertheless, I managed to do up a simple video, edited the silly, embarrassing parts out and combined the ones that mattered.

I’m really excited and nervous about the release of this video. I really hope that if you have been following my blog and /or am a reader of mine who has benefited from any of my posts, you could just vote for me in time to come. I would really appreciate that.

Just for laughs, do view static “behind the scenes” shots below which I had converted into a mini comic strip:

Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing Review

I’m using it now and I think cleansing oil works so much better than liquid based ones. And I know I’ve raved about the Mandom Cleaning Express but the Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing has replaced it! Also one of my personal top five picks of Aqualabel Products.

The first ingredient on this product is mineral oil and I know some people are really skeptical over products containing mineral oil. But personally, I do not find this pore clogging at all. Afterall, it is just a makeup remover in which you will have to wash your face with water.

I take 1-2 cotton pads to remove all makeup though the instructions on the bottle did state that I could use my bare dry or wet hands to massage away the makeup.
The suggested amount to use was 3 pumps but I felt that 1 pump was more than sufficient for 1 cotton pad.

What I’ll usually do is to use 1 cotton pad to remove all makeup and another cotton pad to swipe away the residue (of makeup and oil traces). I feel that it works better this way for me because there is still a slight greasy residue after the first swipe. However, overall there is no unpleasant sticky or oily after feel.

In conclusion, I find it affordable (S$18.50 for 150ML) and a product that works.
It’s cleans effectively and does not cause me to breakout.
I’m pretty much digging this product.

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For those keen in knowing the ingredients, I apologize as this is the best shot I could get:

Part II of Aqualabel Bloggers Challenge Journey: Workshop Aqualabel 101

As you know, I am taking part in the Aqualabel Bloggers’ Challenge and I have blogged a couple of times about Aqualabel. However, this entry would be more thorough than the previous ones as I am excited to share what I’ve learnt in the Aqualabel Bloggers’ Workshop!

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I have read about Aqualabel in various forums and was ecstatic when Shiseido emailed me asking if I would be interested in previewing their products. We all know how advanced the Japanese are, especially Shiseido with their technologies in skincare. All the beautiful women in Japan are walking, living proof of that. So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the products and try them out for myself.

What is Aqualabel?
Aqua refers to Water Source while Label refers to brand.
Therefore, Aqualabel is a promise to keep skin moist. It is the skin’s guardian angel for moisture. Furthermore, it is common knowledge that in order to achieve beautiful & healthy skin, it should be sufficiently hydrated.

So what makes Aqualabel stand out from the other brands?
Aqualabel uses a unique key ingredient called AQUA SYNERGY that blends easily with both water and oil, thus, powerfully forcing moisture and effective ingredients into your skin while softening it at the same time.

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Aqualabel has an exclusive Super-charging Skincare System which infuses your skin with moisture and this SSS is available in all of Aqualabel’s range.

SINK: Aqual Synergy blends both water & lipids in your skin to powerfully charge moisture and skincare ingredients into your skin for maximum absorption of benefits.

SATURATE: Moist Aqua Keeping Base contains 2 super moisturizing ingredients (Biocompatible Hydrating Liquid & Double Hyaluronic Acid)! Biocompatible Hydrating Liquid replenishes the skin’s natural moisturising factors to ensure it remains hydrated all day whereas Double Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 2000 times its weight to retain moisture!

SEAL: Moist Aqua Keeping Base also contains Moisture Membrane to prevent moisture loss by locking hydration.

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Previously, for the preview, I had sampled the Whitening range, so this time round I got to try out the Moisturing range. If you wish to read about the Whitening range, you may check out my previous entries on Aqualabel. However, it’s not that comprehensive as some entries are still pending and not published yet. Well, I am still in the midst of trying out some of my Whitening range products. However,do stay tuned for that!

Pretty Yanny giving us an Aqualabel 101 lesson:

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It was a hands-on workshop where we got to sample the entire range of products and boy did I have fun with the Moisturising range. This range helps replenishes the skin with moisture to achieve healthy, hydrated & supple skin.

Key ingredients:
Collagen Glycerin – Keeps skin supple and youthful looking.
Apricot Extract – Promotes the production of natural moisturizing factors.
Aqua Synergy – What we read above 😉
Moist Aqua Keeping Base – This helps to pump up skin & keeps it hydrated and moisturized!

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Since it was 7plus and I was going home immediately after the workshop, I followed the night regime. Firstly, we had to remove our makeup with the Aqualabel Creamy Oil Cleansing (S$17.50 for 110g).

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It’s texture is soft and creamy like a normal facial cleanser. But once applied onto the face, it slowly ‘melts’ away your makeup. As no wash basins were available, we could not rinse off with water so we did it the facial-style; dab off with cotton pads and finish off with a hot towel.

After dabbing off with just ONE cotton pad for the area below my eyes (meaning my cheeks, nose & chin) and cleansing with a hot towel. And voila! Every single trace of makeup gone!

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I swiped the tissue across my cheeks and you can see the from the above photo that it is clean with no residue makeup on it at all!

Following this, is the Aqualabel Moisture Lotion (S$24.90 for 200ml) that acts in place of a toner to soften our skin and prep it for the other skincare products.
What is unique about Japanese skincare is that they do not use toners or astringents but softeners as they believe that if the pores were minimized, the other skincare products applied on in the later steps would not be effectively absorbed by the skin.

The Aqualabel Moisture Lotion also removes excess dead skin cells and helps promote production of the skin’s Natural Moisturising Factors to keep skin moisturized all day.

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Aqualabel Moisture Lotion comes in S & R formulas. S – Fresh is for those with normal to oily/combination skin whereas R – Moist is for those with normal to dry/dehydrated skin. I have normal to combination skin and thus, I tried the S type.

After patting the Aqualabel Moisture Lotion with a cotton pad across the face, it was time to apply the essence.
For the Moisturizing range, there is a total of FOUR essence types:

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Aqualabel Moist Essence CL (Collagen for cheeks) – S$29.90: Gives elasticity to saggy-prone skin with collagen capsules.
Aqualabel Moist Essence HA (Hyaluronic Acid for eyes) – S$29.90: A rich gel formulated with 5 times of Hyaluronic Acid to provide skin with moisture & firmness.
Aqualabel Moist Essence GG (Glycyl Glycin for dilated eyes) – S$29.90: Reduces appearence of mature pores that are prone to enlarging.
Aqualabel Moist Net Essence for face – S$29.90: Intensive moisturizing agent that pumps up the skin from deep within.

I sampled the Aqualabel Moist Essence CL (Collagen for cheeks) to pump up my cheeks. The texture for their essences are light-weight and easily absorbed by the skin. It does not leave any sticky residue at all, so no worries on that!

I also have the Aqualabel Moist Essence HA (Hyaluronic Acid for eyes) in my personal skincare collection and that was one of my top 5 picks for Aqualabel. It’s highly raved and is a must-have to combat crow feet.

The next step was an indulgence for all of us.
Presenting the Aqualabel Moist Charge Mask (S$22.90 for 4 sheets)!
Also one of my top 5 picks for Aqualabel.

I love how this masks nourishes my skin within just mere 3 minutes! Even my other favorite masks from Taiwan or HK require a minimum of 10 minutes for the essence to penetrate and work.

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Shirleen, of womenlovebeauty.com enjoying the Aqualabel Moist Charge Mask with me.

The unique feature of the Aqualabel Moist Charge Mask is that it has S-shaped cuts (see photo below) for lifting effect to keep skin firm.

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After using the mask, I felt relaxed while my skin looked pumped up and glowing. We were also taught some messaging techniques to perform after the mask. This not only promotes good blood circulation and allows the essence get absorbed by the skin but also helps in slimming down the face.

View the below video to learn the massaging techniques!

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But that is not all, the next step is one of my favorites too – Enhancer time!!!

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Presenting the Aqualabel Moist Aqual Enhancer MO (S$24.90 for 110g )!

I love love love the one from the Whitening range so this one should be just as full of wholesome goodness. Unique to Aqualabel, this is an additional step after your usual cleanse, soften and moisturize. Love that it is versatile so I can use it even if I’m using other brands for my first 3 steps. I like how it helps the skincare which I have applied to be effectively absorbed and retained in my skin. It feels like I have just done a mask after applying this enhancer.

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Most of all, I LOVE how supple and “QQ” my skin feels.
So you can see why it was LOVE AT FIRST for me and the enhancer.

Last but not least, we have the Aqualabel Moisture Cream (S$29.50 for 200ml) to round up the Aqualabel MO Night skincare regime. It intensively charges skin with moisture and its unique capsulated collagen releases moisture into the skin to ensure our skin stays hydrated all night.

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It also comes in S or R type with S-supple being suitable for normal-oily/combination skin while R-rich is for those with normal-dry/dehydrated skin. The texture is slightly thicker than the emulsion but it goes on easily and is surprisingly quick to be absorbed into the skin. I used a little; the size of a 5 cent coin for my entire face from eyes down. (Remember I did not want to remove my eye makeup? Hee…)

And I was done! Perfect! If only I could just grab a bed and indulge in some beauty sleep there and then. For the rest of the girls who were going out for ladies’ night or some last minute shopping, they got to experiment and play around with the cosmetic range from the Whitening range.

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This is the liquid foundation range (S$25.50).
They come in 3 types – OC for natural, PO for pinkish undertones and BO for beige undertones.

The foundation range (S$28.50) also comes in these 3 types:
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There’s OC10, OC20, OC30, BO10 and PO10. If you use ZA 21 or 22, you can try OC10 or OC20. I have yet to receive my Aqualabel White Liquid Foundation so do stay tune for my review on that too!

Aqualabel‘s Moisturizing range has a pore concealer which reminds me of the ZA pore smoother.

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The texture feels similar and it minimizes the appearance of pores once applied.
Use this before or after your foundation.

And what is a workshop without a doorgift?
We were each given cute miniature samples of the products to try out!

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Thank you Shiseido for this informative workshop! I left equipped with more knowledge on Aqualabel and its product range.

If you wanna get your Aqualabel fix, just drop by any Watsons branch. Some branches have friendly sales assistants to help you with your queries and in picking out the right range for your skin type :)

As the famous quote by Shiseido’s first president,Shinzo Fukuhara (1883-1948), goes “Let the product speak for itself.” You’ve got to really go try out the products yourself to see why it’s so highly raved.

Aqualabel Bloggers’ Challenge : Aqualabel Aqua Enhancer WT Review

Yes, yours truly is participating in Aqualabel Bloggers’ challenge!!
I am really excited about this and will share with you more on the upcoming events.

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I got a mask as a freebie too :) Can’t wait to try it out too.

Anyway, just to share about my favorite product in the Aqualabel range.
Honestly-speaking, it was pretty tough picking out a favorite among the lot.
However, the Aqua Enhancer WT; a true star performer, was my final choice!

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This is the NUMBER ONE choice in my top 5 picks for Aqualabel blog entry and surely, it is no surprise as to why it was selected as my TOP favorite product for this contest’s entry.

Seriously, what is there not to love about the Aqua Enhancer WT?
A unique product by the geniuses at Shiseido, and also available at an affordable price of S$26.50.

This is to be used last in your daily skincare regime, AFTER your usual cleanse, soften and moisturize. This additional step will not only help the skincare which you have applied to be effectively absorbed and retained in your skin but also seals your skin with MOISTURE!

It was LOVE AT FIRST TRIAL for me & my Aqua Enhancer WT.
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I felt like I have just done a mask after applying this enhancer.
Honestly, I was amazed at how supple and “QQ” my skin felt.

Though it is recommended to be used after the Aqualabel lotion & emulsion, it isn’t really necessary to do so. IMO, it’s unique selling point is that you could use it with your own toner & moisturizer products that are from other brands. Now, how cool is that!?

So how do we use this wonderful Aqua Enhancer WT?

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Just apply a few drops onto a cotton pad before patting it all over your face after you have applied your moisturizer.

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The key to moisturized skin is really simple, isn’t it?
Try the Aqua Enhancer WT and be amazed! The product speaks for itself :)

For those who need to know the ingredients in this product:
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