[Review] Chanel CC Cream

A lovely ex-colleague gave this to me and I was pretty eager to try it. And it’s my first luxury make up brand CC cream. If you had been following my CC cream reviews, you would notice that I had managed to try out a variety of Korean brands only. A short extract taken from the Chanel website: With its CHANEL signature, CC Cream combines 5 actions in 1 single step:

SOOTHES. Cornflower water comforts sensitive skin.
MOISTURIZES. Hyaluronic acid helps maintain hydration level all day long by trapping and retaining moisture inside the skin.
PROTECTS. SPF 30 and PA+++ sun filters block aging-accelerating UVA-UVB rays. A mineral filter guarantees higher tolerance on the skin.
PREVENTS. An active ingredient of natural origin, Rejuvencia, provides the best shield against external aggressions.
EVENS OUT IMPERFECTIONS. Redness, dark spots and pores are visibly diminished.

Within moments, skin appears flawless and glows with a natural beauty. The complexion is visibly even-toned, fresh and radiant. CC Cream delivers complete correction and natural-looking, long-wear makeup. An ideal cream for day-long confidence with a lightweight, non-oily, comfortable texture.

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If I’m not wrong, its available in one shade only – 20 beige

There is a strong scent, not sure if that’s the smell of cornflower water? Upon application, it turns matt instantly. In fact, it was so quick that I was worried I won’t have time to do my entire face without it drying up on my palms.

In terms of coverage, I would say it’s average. Which is a good thing for those who prefer something light or have pretty great-looking skin to begin with. Those who like me, have these crazy dark eye rings, broken capillaries and blemishes might not find the coverage sufficient. Hence, a concealer is recommended to be used together with the Chanel CC Cream.

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Like the other CC creams I have tried, the Chanel CC cream does not disappoint with it comes to achieving that radiant glow.

If you ask me, I still would prefer The Face Shop’s CC Cream due to the coverage it provides. However, this one does not pale out in comparison much, I guess it would have worked better on me if I had a blemish-free complexion (which I unfortunately do not have).

[Review] Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream & CC Cream

This is seriously way overdue but I’ve only got the test to test them out recently. I’ve tried and tested out a few BB Creams from different brands. Some from Etude House, with the BBdation being one of my personal favourite. But check this out… Now, they have a new range out, presenting the Precious Mineral BB Cream Cotton Fit. It’s a global best-seller of Etude regarded as K Beauty BB Cream.

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 Why cotton fit? Because it instantly displays incredibly smooth skin with a cotton-like powdery finish.

It is currently available in 3 different shades: N02 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige, W24 Honey Beige. I got the W13 Natural Beige to try out. This is one of the most commonly used shade too.

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Next, check out the Skin Polishing CC Cream,  which acts as an instant skin-coreecting make-up and skin-care all at once. It has an 8-in-1 function (Anti-aging, Stress Relief, Hydration, Whitening, Sun Protection, Tone-up, Smooth Texture and Luminosity). Its specially formulated Magic Layering Capsule of structures will layer the skin with glow while correcting and moisturizing.

There are 2 types available, the Silky for smooth or Glow for a needless to say glowing complexion. And because the current craze on CC Creams are all about achieving that all natural dewy skin look, I was excited to try out the Glow type.

After my trial, I managed to get some shots with my iPhone and here you go:

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As you can see from the above photos, BB cream gave me the coverage I required. I had blemishes and redness but my skin tone was even out upon application of the BB cream. I was amazed at how fast it turned into a powdery smooth finish. This is definitely worth checking out, who knows, it might just as well replace the BBdation on the top of my list.

When I applied the CC cream alone, it gave me a glowy and radiant complexion which was however lacking in coverage. This is good enough for those who have perfect, flawless skin but just want a more glowing effect. But for those plagued with crappy skin like me, fret not, cause when you combine both the BB cream and CC cream. You will see wonders!

After applying the CC cream as a base and then adding on the BB cream for coverage. I saw that my blemishes were concealed while I got the most radiant, glowing complexion ever. It felt like as if my face was radiating sun beams out. Haha! Seriously, just check out the last photo above and how light was just bouncing off my cheeks?!

Do check out the Etude House branches in Singapore for these products. You definitely won’t regret trying.

Sensitive skin during pregnancy

Just a few days back, I noticed that I had a mild rash spreading across my face. It was like a skin allergy of some sort. My pores were red and angry-looking and it felt sensitive. I thought it was just a one-off incident but no.

A few nights later, after surviving the days with aloe vera gel on, I tried to apply a sleeping mask. But it made my skin sting and turn red almost instantly. While removing my makeup last night, I could see my skin turn reddish too.

This is something new for me because I do not have sensitive skin to begin. I did some research online and found that it’s normal. When you are pregnant, your hormones levels increase and this could cause skin to become more delicate. Especially when its exposed to sunlight, so sunscreen is still very vital.

Some women would experience ‘glowing’ skin, because increased blood circulation keeps the skin pumped up, while the skin also retains more moisture. Sadly, I’m not experiencing that…

Another skin change that you might encounter would be chloasma, a type of pigmentation which is also known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. The main culprit behind this is the increased production of melanin. If exposed to sunlight without sufficient sun protection, the patches could get darker and often look unsightly.

Anyway, if you are suffering from sensitive skin like in my case, try Aloe Vera Gel for the moment. It’ll calm and soothe the skin till its ready to start using your usual skincare regime.

[Advertorial] Lovera Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum (Goodness of Vit C in a vial)

Everyone’s obsessed with looking younger nowadays. Just take a look around and you’ll find that the markets are saturated with beauty supplements, aesthetic doctors to skincare products that contain collagen and other anti-oxidants.

Also with it being Chinese Lunar New Year, all the late nights staying up with family and friends to chill out or gamble (oops, I didn’t say that). It’s no surprise if you wake up tired, dull-looking skin.

I’m no exception and now that I am approaching 30s in another few more years, I’m determined to unravel the secrets behind looking young and beautiful even without a good night’s rest.

You won’t need to splurge thousands of dollars on botox or resort to invasive surgical means just to look good. We can find the answer to a glowing and youthful complexion in a tiny little bottle.

Curious about this product I’m gonna share with you? Here’s presenting the –

Lovera Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum

WHY DO I CALL IT GOODNESS IN A BOTTLE?

This product is packed with loadful of vitamins and Ginseng Extract. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin AVitamin B3 and Vitamin E have both protective and moisturizing properties. They help prevent damage to the skin from UVA & UVB rays. These vitamins also increase the resistance to collagen destruction, hence, promoting skin that is not only healthy and glowing but also supple and smooth to touch.

Ginseng (Extract) is an anti-aging and regenerative tonic. It has a remineralizing activity and offers anti-blotch properties.

And then we have the star ingredient – Vitamin C. Other than brightening the skin tone and lightening dark spots, it is also known to work against wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C plays a vital role in boosting your skin’s health and slowing down aging by preventing UV-induced free radical damage. Most importantly, it also stimulates collagen synthesis and this is essential for youthful-looking skin.

PACKAGING

What sets apart the Lovera Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum from other Vitamin C products would be its packaging.

As Vitamin C is oxidised easily and becomes inefficient upon oxidation, Lovera’s unique packaging ensures Vitamin C is delivered fresh and is effective for use.

And it’s real simple to assemble the serum for usage, you can follow the instructions shown on the right side of the box.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE:

STEP 1: Pull the slot upwards in the direction as shown by the arrow on the cap, this is to remove the protective cap around the serum.

Remove the white cap and you will see the red tab below that secures the opening of the serum bottle.

STEP 2: Place the vial on a table to prevent spillage. Then firmly press the red tab down all the way, this is to help activate and release the high potency of the Vitamin C.

STEP 3: Shake the vial vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

STEP 4: Remove the red tab

STEP 5: Cover the vial with the nozzle securely.

IMPORTANT! Refrigerate your Radiance C when not in use, it can be kept refrigerated for up to 10 days. Do not expose the vial to sunlight or heat.

APPLICATION

Apply a few drops on thoroughly-cleansed skin on face and neck. Massage into skin with finger tips. It is recommended that you use the Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum every evening for maximum results.

The Lovera Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum is light-weight in texture and the skin feels refreshed after application. As it’s so quickly absorbed, there is no clogging or heavy feeling on the skin.

You can’t even tell that I had applied the product as it’s readily absorbed by the skin and does not leave any uncomfortable layer of film.

After several applications, I feel that my skin appears brighter and glowy. I have some pimple scars which have also seem to faded off at a much quicker rate. This is a product that is worth checking out and you can purchase it from their online store – LOVERA SKIN CARE.

Do also LIKE LOVERA FACEBOOK PAGE  for exclusive updates and promotions from Lovera. Right now, the first 300 to LIKE the page would receive a 7-day sample of Lovera Radiance C Intensive Brightening Serum!

So what are you waiting for???

[Advertorial + GIVEAWAY] Let BRAND’S InnerShine Bring Out The Beauty Within

Once upon a time, there lived 2 princesses in faraway, magical Berryland. Despite being sisters, both princesses had contrasting personalities. Princess Blackcurrant was often sulking and gloomy while Princess Cranberry was always cheery and full of laughter. She was like a ray of sunshine and people loved being around her. Princess Cranberry was beautiful with skin that most would women would die for. In fact, Princess Blackcurrant secretly wished that she was like Princess Cranberry.

Princess Blackcurrant could never understand why Princess Cranberry always looked so good. She had a flawless and glowing complexion, was confident and it showed since she looked good in all types of outfits. And she had 2136797234 friends on Facebook!

“WHAT WAS HER SECRET?!?” PRINCESS BLACKCURRANT WONDERED… So one night, she decided to spy on Princess Cranberry to see what she was up to. Did she have some special skincare regime? Was it a magical potion? So many questions flashed through her mind as she peeped into the window of Princess Cranberry’s bedroom.

It turned out that Princess Cranberry had been drinking Brand’s InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract!

Brand’s InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract comes packed in a nifty, little bottle that’s bursting with an abundance of goodness. Each bottle is rich in Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complexes (OPCs); which strengthens collagen in your skin, reduces the loss of elastic (the protein that keeps your skin firm). Packed along with other Antioxidants and Anthocyanins from the berries extract, this supplement is packed with wholesome, natural goodness for the skin.

Why drink Brand’s InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract?

Our body starts to lose collagen from 25 years old onwards. Collagen is a fibrous protein that works as scaffolding for our body, supporting the skin, cartilage, bones and other connective tissues. The fibrils also have excellent moisture binding properties, locking moisture into the skin keeping it supple and elastic.

Studies have shown that the body loses collagen at a rate of 1.5% per annum, starting at the age of 25. The body’s diminishing hormones causes a slow-down in collagen production, leading to collagen fibre depletion. This weakening of skin structure results in wrinkles and skin lacking in elasticity. By the time we reach 45, more than a quarter of collagen could be lost.

Indulge in youthful, glowing skin with InnerShine® Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract

OPCs have anti-oxidant properties that help maintain skin elasticity and promote better blood circulation in skin cells for a healthier glow. Numerous studies have also shown that the free radical scavenging activity of OPCs is much higher than that of Vitamins C and E, hence making it a more efficient tool in free radical neutralization for the slowing down of collagen depletion in our skin.

In addition, InnerShine® Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract contains five berries, namely blueberry, blackcurrant, chokeberry (aronia), acaiberry and cranberry. These berries, rich in potent anti-oxidants and anthocyanins, are vital for protection of body tissues (including skin cells) from the damaging effects of UV radiation, pollution and other environmental factors.

So are you curious to know what happens next? Well, at that very juncture, Princess Cranberry spotted Princess Blackcurrant peeping outside her window. She invited her in & offered her a bottle of Brand’s InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract.

Now Princess Blackcurrant is no longer the sulky girl she used to be, she knows she can rely on Brand’s InnerShine Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract to feel beautiful and healthy.

Check out your nearest Watsons, Guardian or supermarket stores to grab your pack of wholesome goodness.

BRAND’S InnerShine Berry Essence with Grapeseed extract is available at $24.90 for a 6 bottle pack.

These little bottles are so small and handy, you could just pack them into your handbag and enjoy them on the go! Do note that they’re best served chilled. Also, noted a tip from the Brand’s FB page “As it is a concentrate to pack maximum goodness of berries and grapeseed in one bottle therefore the taste is not that light. We suggest mixing it with water or soda water if you prefer a lighter taste.”

 

Go to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ABeautyAffair to find out how you can WIN a goodie bag from Brand’s (which includes not one but TWO 6-packs of BRAND’S INNERSHINE Berry Essence with Grape Seed Extract!!!)  and try out this wonderful product for yourself.

Also support Brand’s Innershine Facebook Page!

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