Happy Labour Day! Check out May’s Vanity Trove

It’s the 1st of May! Happy Labour Day, folks. And in conjunction with this lovely Public holiday, I’m excited to share with you what’s inside the May’s edition of Vanity Trove. This is my 2nd box so far and I’m really happy with this month’s loot.

photo (3)What caught my eye the most was this cute little sheet mask.. OMG…

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It’s a beauty facial sheet mask that could be left overnight. It’s a first for me I think… I’ve not tried any leave-on sheet masks before. Anyway, there’s this sticker on the back promoting a boutique spa called GO60 which offers 1 transparent flat fee for all services and products*. Isn’t that interesting?

I’m glad I got to learn about this new place through this month’s Vanity Trove box. The spa won’t be opened till June. Oh well, I might go check it out and yes, I’ll be trying out the mask once I’m done blogging tonight.

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I’m elated to also spot the Aqua Rine Bath Salts which I absolutely adore. These bath salt scrubs are not only reasonably-priced but also super indulging. Included in this month’s box are the Peach & Rose scented ones. Lovely!

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Another interesting product worth a mention would be the SebaMed Feminine Intimate Wash. I really just can’t emphasize how much but personal hygiene down south is sooooo important. And making sure you get the right wash is just as vital, because we don’t want something too harsh to upset the natural pH balance down over  at that sensitive area. But I’m sure SebaMed is a trusted brand name when it comes to dealing with sensitivity.

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Last but not least, I’m totally digging the Bach original flower remedies RESCUE pastilles in Blackcurrent (my fav flavor for lozenges). This could not be any more timely because my throat was starting to act up and itch. So seriously, these are a life savers for me. And I’ve never heard or seen this brand around before too.

Which makes me glad to know that I have Vanity Trove to bring me these items and brand names which I would have otherwise missed out on.

Envious? Want to own a Vanity Trove too? Check out www.VanityTrove.com for more details. For S$25 a month, you’ll get to receive the troves hand-delivered to you and enjoy the beautiful surprises within it. :)

Kose presents Espirque Smartphone App

This newly launched app is called “Girls Make feat. ESPRIQUE”. Do download it and check it out. In a nutshell, it allows you do a virtual makeover on your photo using KOSÉ ESPRIQUE makeup! Now, how cool is that?

Kose is also currently running a makeover contest from now until the end of Nov. Have a go at it yourself and join the contest, who knows you might get lucky!

Kosé Esprique Spring/Summer 2012 Base Makeup

Recently, I’d attended a KOSE Esprique workshop featuring makeup artist Mr Clarence Lee. We were also introduced to the new Spring/Summer Makeup products such as the –

Lucent Lasting Base UV 50  (SPF 50, PA+++)

Forming Beauty Pact UV (Lasting) (7 shades, SPF 22, PA++)

Pore Matte Keep UV (SPF 20, PA++)

Look at the array of KOSE makeup products on display!

FM 933 DJ Peifen introduces makeup artist Clarence Lee.

Next, we are treated to a live makeup demonstration with a beautiful Korean model.

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Robin Niu’s Beauty Tips [Videos + Summaries] 牛尔老师

Happened to chance upon these videos while I was surfing Asiaone.
Robin Niu (牛尔老师), Taiwanese beauty guru was in town recently to promote KOSE & also host a beauty workshop. I found some of the beauty tips useful and hence, would like to share it on my blog.

For those who don’t understand chinese, I will try my best to summarize each video’s contents. As my chinese is of C6 standard only, do bear with me :)

Robin Niu spends 3 hours on skincare routine

Robin Niu was mistaken as a 26-28 years old overseas when he was actually 41 years old then. How does he manage to look so young still? He claims to spend 2-3 hours on skincare. Seriously, I can’t do that :( Most importantly, use cleanser, moisturizer and sun care.

Pat your lines away

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He swipes the pad over her face first to remove the makeup before patting for 200 times. Robin Niu says there’s no ugly women, only lazy women!! (Yes, that’s me – Miss Lazy) Anyway, he explains that patting is essential because it will help skincare products which are applied afterwards to be penetrated deep into the skin and moisture will also be retained to keep the skin hydrated.

Patting can lessen the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uplift your face shape too. OMG! I must try this….

Massage your eyebags away

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If you use your computer for long hours, the skin below the eyes will become droopy and saggy. As we only have a few muscles around that area, its elasticity will be reduced overtime. Our eyeball presses against the skin as we look down, so eventually eyebags will form. But do not be tempted to do eyebag removal surgery unless the doctor is really qualified to do so, as some patients end up with sunken eyes after that.

The video shows 4 steps on how to massage your eyes. Look up and use your 4th finger to pat gently below the eye area for 200 times. After that, close your lids and pat 50 times. This is called the Piano Finger move.

The next step is called the Scissor Finger movement, as shown in the video. Press down with both fingers seperated and your eye is in the center of the two fingers. Move them towards the side and then press down hard on at the area near your temples and press/massage hard down. There is an acupoint there. Next, push it down to the lymph node around the neck area to flush all water retention over.

The third step is the Acupoint Move, use your middle finger for this. Press your middle finger at the area near the inner corner of the eye and then below the eye, right smack in the middle. Next, move your finger further below the same point, before moving up to the outer corner of the eye. The next acupoint would be the tip of the inner eyebrow, followed by the middle and then the end of your brow.

The last step requires you to rub your palms together 20 times before pressing it against your face. This promotes the stimulation of endorphins.
Seriously, I think Japanese ladies look so good because they spend so much time doing all these to their skin as well.

How to combat pimples?

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Robin says that dead skin cells will accumulate and form whiteheads/blackheads if not removed every 2 days. When cleansing your face, pat all over before using the other side of the cotton pad to rub gently off. The deep cleansing oil has a special oil ingredient which is fine enough to penetrate into our pores and loosen our whiteheads/blackheads.

He rubs the deep cleansing oil onto one part of the volunteer’s face. This is now really interesting, he uses what looks like small sheets of shrink wrap to cover the top of the areas where he has rubbed the cleansing oil on. Robin Niu says its his secret tip. This should be done daily for 10mins!!

How it works is that our natural temperature will loosen the whiteheads/blackheads. Hence, when we rinse our face, the whiteheads/blackheads will be removed as well! The remaining more stubborn whiteheads/blackheads can be removed with the famous KOSE mask white. Wow, you can actually see the difference on the volunteer’s face.

KOSE Sekkisei 25th Anniversary – PROMOTION!

Girlfriend bought a number of sets for her friends and also herself.
So I eventually gave in to temptation, however, it’s a real bargain.
If you have always been wanting to try out KOSE products, now is the chance.

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Available at Jurong Point’s John Little, come by level 1.
This promotion will be on til 15th Aug 2010 :)

Check out the sets available. I bought the first one!

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$42 savings! How could I say no??

Moisture Liposome 30-days Challenge by Cosme Decorte

I enjoyed myself immensely at the Moisture Liposome event which was jointly organized by Cosme Decorte & Cozycot. Only 50 cotters were selected to participate and I am truly luck to have been given this opportunity.

The moment I reached, I was greeted by staff in purple.
Purple was the theme color of the day.
As you can see, because the Moisture Liposome is packaged in a purple bottle.

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The speaker, Nakamura-san was an funny, friendly and lovely lady who was very interactive with her audience.
My full enjoyment was obstructed by the language barrier. It is a pity that I did not understand Japanese. However, she had a pretty translator by her side to assist her.

Before the talk begun, she approached each of us individually to analyze our skin condition. We were then allocated our seat according to our skin type. My skin type was Normal though the T-zone may tend to get a little oily and my cheeks may get dry if I am in an air-conditioned room. Bingo! It is amazing how she could tell by just looking at my skin alone. I got the same results when I did the skin analysis at an IPSA event with the help of their machine.

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Nakamura-san has been in this beauty industry for more than a decade, and she is also one of Japan’s Top 10 makeup artiste. Hence, it was really a great opportunity and privilege to meet her and hear her speak. She is 48 years old but hardly look like she is. It seems like Japanese women are really good at maintaining and taking good care of their skin. After all, they shun the sun and go out in wide-brimmed hats, lots of sunblock and anti-UV ray umbrellas.

We each had a mirror, writing papers, a pencil and a leaflet on the Moisture Liposome set in front of us.

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Here are some beauty tips which I managed to take down during the talk.
The gradual process of aging begins at 25.
Honestly, I hate the thought of aging and growing uglier.
I do not really believe in ‘aging gracefully’ and how ‘wrinkles are beautiful as they each hold a memory or tells a story’. I think it is bullshit and really wish that I could be like Peter Pan to never grow up.

Ok, sorry for digressing and yes, back to the topic on the aging process.
So at age 25, your skin starts to deteriorate in secretion function, which simply means that it loses the ability to provide sufficient hydration. This would result in more opened pores too.

At age 30, your blood circulation and metabolism slows down tremendously.
This would result in dullness and dark spots/pigmentation becomes more obvious.
One way to slow this process down is to massage your face daily.
Nakamura-san mentioned that she does it without fail and seeing how good she looks at her age. I’ll try to make it point to remember to do so as well.
This reminds me of what I’d learnt from the previous IPSA event that gently tapping on the skin in certain areas while applying skincare can help improve blood circulation.

At age 35, there’ll be a change in your dermis environment.
Thus, resulting in much more obvious dullness and pigmentation issues.


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Your skin slows down in collagen production so at this stage, I personally feel that it is more important to load up on the collagen and coQ10 supplements.
Speaking of which, for the past few weeks, I’ve not been disciplined in taking my supplements. =X

By age 44, the condition accelerates and sagging of the skin starts to show.
Oh the horrors of horrors!
There is no turning back if you do not do much for your skin by the age of 35.
Everything is irreversible unless you go for aesthetic treatments such as a face lift or botox I guess?

So now, let’s focus on this wonder product that can improve our skin in 3-6 days.
Presenting the Moisture Liposome by Cosme Decorte!

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This is one of the best-sellers in Isetan Japan, Shinjuku area.
Where sales target for it hit 100 million yen.
And one bottle of this is retailing for 10K Yen over there.
It costs $157 for 30ml in Singapore.
This product is exclusively available at Isetan Scotts & Takashimaya.

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Nakamura-san mentioned that cleansing is the most important step in the basic skincare regime. Especially since we will be piling on other skincare products onto our bare skin after cleansing, we need to make sure that our skin is thoroughly cleansed or else it’ll hinder the effects of the skincare products which are then subsequently applied on.

So what is Liposome?

Liposome is actually derived from a medical technology.
A quick check in Wiki shows that….

“A liposome is a tiny bubble (vesicle), made out of the same material as a cell membrane. Liposomes can be filled with drugs, and used to deliver drugs for cancer and other diseases.
Membranes are usually made of phospholipids, which are molecules that have a head group and a tail group. The head is attracted to water, and the tail, which is made of a long hydrocarbon chain, is repelled by water.”

To read on more if you’re keen, please go to Wikipedia – Liposome

To Cosme Decorte the liposome, is affectionately known as a postman which delivers what is required to parts of your skin.

So this liposome actually has the same composition as our cells and it also helps to repair our cells. It is very TINY, measuring 6-12 microns as compared to our skin cell which is around 60-80 microns. Hence, the liposome is easily absorbed into our skin upon application. In one pump of the Moisture Liposome, we’re getting 44 thousand billion liposomes!

The Moisture Liposome has 4 effects, of which they are namely the:
Targeting effect – it targets your problem areas effectively
Long-lasting effect – using it day & night ensures that it stays in your skin for 24 hours
Skin-friendly effect – it is gentle on our skin
Moisture effect – it provides the sufficient hydration we need

It is oil-free, so no worries. :)
And we were instructed to use it once in the day and once at night.
It is best used immediately after cleansing is done.
The recommended amount was 3 full pumps per use.
While applying, massage it onto the face gently. It not only helps improve blood circulation but also ensures that the liposomes get absorbed into your skin.
As this is just an essence, you’re advised to continue with the rest of your skincare regime AFTER this step.

So it should be cleansing > Moisture Liposome > The usual stuff you do like tone and moisturize.

I just took some BEFORE shots of my skin before trying this star product of Cosme Decorte. I hope to see improvement within a week. :)
Also I must add on that I was elated to have Nakamura-san comment that I had good skin. I think I am rather lucky considering how I was a late-bloomer to skincare and having started only mid last year.

Alittle on the texture of the Moisture Liposome before I end this entry.
It looks and feels like a water-based gel. Then as you spread it on your skin, it turns into liquid.
This liquid feels a little oily and sticky but it does not stay that way for long.
It is almost immediately absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated, soft and smooth.

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Surely, it deserves a kiss for all that it does. Muahs <3 Rated:

Good night!

Great News! 30-Days Challenge – Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome

Awesome news! I have been selected to participate in the Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome 30-Days Challenge.
There will be a workshop session for selected participants to learn about the product information and also to pick up your 30-Days Challenge – Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome 40ml worth $157!

This is one of KOSE’s best sellers.
I googled and found the following information off KOSE’s main website.

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I’ve checked Cozyrave & it has only 2 reviews but both are positive.
Seems like this product is full of potential.
I’m totally excited about trying it out and can’t wait to share the reviews
with everyone on my blog too!

Stay tuned alright?

FREE Kose Mask White Sample!

Hohoho!

Freebie alert!
Get your KOSE Mask White Sample now at :
HERE

The KOSE Mask White is a peel-off black whitening mask.
Remember that I’d tried the Dasio mask? It used to be comparable to the KOSE mask.
But now, it is like a totally useless product.
The Shills chocolate peel-off mask is still the best.
However, I’ll review again and make a comparison between the KOSE & Shills when
I get my hands on the sample.

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