My Favorite Beauty Gifts For Christmas According To Your Budget


Christmas is a mere 10 days away, if you have not done your Xmas shopping then it’s time to get busy. Here’s a list which I have come up to aid you in making that all too important decision in picking out the right gift for your friends and family. But be warned, since this is a beauty blog, I’ll focus on more girly beauty items.


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Etude House Precious Minerals Moist Any Cushion & Other Goodies

I’m a huge fan of the Etude House Precious Minerals Any Cushion because it gives me the coverage I need without any heaviness while giving me a dewy and natural look. So imagine my delight at the launch of the new Precious Minerals Moist Any Cushion with moisture being its key property to keep face hydrated all the time even in extreme dry weather.


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[Review] Etude House Almighty Foundation Precious Minerals Any Cushion SPF 50++/PA +++

First, it was the BB creams, then we had the CC creams and now, one of the latest Korean cosmetic fads are BB creams in a cushion compact. Innovative, much? So what results would I achieve from this BB cushion compact? Would it be much better than the usual BB cream in a tube? Read on to find out…

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The shade I tried on is Honey Beige W24. It may look sticky on the cushion sponge but upon application, it turns matt pretty quick. I was also delighted by the coverage it provided. As you can see from the below comparison photo, it managed to conceal most of my blemishes rather well. It did a good job with my dark eye circles for a BB cream.

2013-10-05 12.44.03_resizedThe texture is light and application with the sponge provided is a breeze. No need to worry about foundation stains on your clothing because you do not need to use your bare fingers.

20131005_091914_resizedIt’s compact sized casing fits well in my palm, I could just bring it out for a quick touch-ups in a small purse. Another plus point, I guess 😉

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The Almighty Foundation boasts of 6 multi-functions: Suncreen, Sebum Control Powder, Moisture Essence, Whitening Essence, Cooling and Foundation.

Loving the light, natural sheen it gives off like that of a CC cream. If you have just ran out of BB or CC cream, maybe you would like to stop by an Etude House store to check this out.

Had Fun at AmorePacific’s Gala Dinner

This week, I attended a gala dinner by AmorePacific at St Regis Hotel. Here I am camhoring while stuck in traffic.

With a long standing history of 67 years, the Asian Beauty Creator has 30 premium beauty brands under its Corporation and is identified as the leading and largest beauty company in Korea. At the Gala, Amorepacific Corporation will present a comprehensive collection of Korea’s top skincare and cosmetic brands.

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Laneige Makeup & Skincare Session

Weeks back, I was invited to the Laneige’s Makeup Atelier Session. However, I didn’t want to remove my eye makeup. Yes, so I didn’t quite fully managed to play around with their makeup, considering I’m quite a klutz with eye shadow too.

To be honest, I was more intrigued by their skincare products. So just to share abit more… I managed to try other products in the water bank & basic care range. Truth be told, I’m a fan of their essence and I’ve bought both water bank essence and hydra solution essence before. Love them to bits, very light-weight in texture and yet hydrating enough for the skin!

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[REVIEW] Laneige Multiberry Goodies

The recent late nights out spent partying and boozing will only leave my skin dehydrated and lacklustre.
 Welcoming 2011 with dull-looking complexion is definitely not my idea of starting a brand new year.
However, thanks to Gleaming Skin, I can now repair & pre-tox my skin with an array of Korean beauty brands they carry.
Presenting the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack & Peeling Gel.
Gleaming Skin brings you the convenience of shopping for all the HOTTEST korean beauty brands under one website and they spoil you with their low, affordable prices. They operate on a pre-order basis so there’s some downtime but the great savings are definitely worth the wait. There’s Beauty Credit, Etude House, Tony Moly, Laneige and The Face Shop just to name a few.

I’ve always been a fan of Laneige because of their quality, effective products and I especially love their essences.
Having heard lots of raves about their yogurt repair pack and peeling gel, I was excited to finally get my hands on it.
Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack (S$36.00 – 80ml at Gleaming Skin, UP S$45.00)

High-concentration multiberry extract yogurt pack that nourishes skin from deep inside
  and leaves skin supple
 Hydraties, nourishes and regenerates skin for supple and firming skin.

Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, promotes collagen synthesis, and enhances defense ability of skin from harmful external causes to leave skin healthier and firmer. 
Its anti-inflammatory effects also soothes skin from skin troubles.
Multi berry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries,
  and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.

Exfoliation for smoother skin texture.
NAG (N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine), one of the NMF(Natural Moisturizing Factor), and Niacinamide
  (a component of Vitamin B3) softens and clears micro size dead skin cells left after exfoliating for
  even denser and smoother skin texture.
I saw this selling at Sephora Singapore for around S$45.00, you will enjoy great savings if you purchase from the Gleaming Skin shop instead. It’s a whooping 20% off! Just how often do Laneige counters or stores give such a huge discount off their products?

I absolutely am in love with this product as it’s rich, creamy texture feels luxurious on my skin.
What a pampering treat I often love to indulge in!
Not only that the yogurt repair pack looks and feels good, it also smells great!
Even though it has various berry extracts, it has a delectable strawberry scent which makes me feel like licking the tub up =X
Spread this evenly across the face while avoiding the eyes and leave it on for approximately 5-10minutes.
After that, rinse off with room temperature water and feel the difference.

Skin appears QQ and feels moisturized and soft after rinsing.
It is suggested that you use this after the peeling gel and also 1-2 times a week for best results.


Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel (S$31.90 – 120ml at Gleaming Skin, U.P S$42.00)
***Xmas Sale Price – S$30.00 mailed!***

Hypo-allergenic peeling gel gently polishes skin for a smooth complexion with mannan and strengthen the skin barrier with the fermented yogurt.

Soft yet powerful exfoliation
Natural Konjac (Mannan) beads gently exfoliate dead skin cells and impurities with short time of massage.
Recoverine from Chestnuts extracts promotes turnovers of horny layers to remove dead cells for vigorous 
water supply and sleek skin texture.

De-oxidating and calming effect for healtier skin
Sogurty™, a specialized fermented yogurt, has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe skin from skin troubles.
Multi berry complex (various berry extracts from raspberries, blueberries, wolfberries, cranberries,
and strawberries) delivers abundant nutrition and antioxidants to eliminate harmful free radicals.

Gleaming Skin is selling this at 24% off the original price! Really a steal!
This is another yummy smelling product which I adore.
Some skincare products contain microbeads which are too big and end up kinda harsh on the skin.
But not the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel, its natural Konjac (Mannan) beads are so tiny that you can’t really see but only feel it softly scrubbing against your skin.
Check out the photo I captured below:

Really great exfoliator that is gentle on the skin, this is a staple for every bathroom!
It helps ease out blackheads while removing dead skin so that your face appears brighter.
If you want to, you can even use this on other parts of your body like the armpits or your neck.

It is recommended to be used on wet skin, do avoid the eye area when applying.
Use it 1-2 times a week for best results.

Grab your Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack & Peeling Gel from their shop now! :)

[REVIEW] Korean beauty brands from Gleaming Skin Online [Contains Tony Moly Product Reviews]

What’s hot in Singapore now? Everything Korean…. From Kpop groups that drives ladies of all ages crazy to Korean melodramas that keep one glued to the screen for hours to Korean skincare & cosmetic brands that receive squeals of delight from the beauty junkies.
Gleaming Skin brings you the convenience of shopping for all the HOTTEST korean beauty brands under one website and they spoil you with their low, affordable prices. They operate on a pre-order basis so there’s some downtime but the great savings are definitely worth the wait. There’s Beauty Credit, Etude House, Tony Moly, Laneige and The Face Shop just to name a few.
What’s more, they have monthly promotions on top of the big discounts they give. So what’s there not to love about them? For example, currently, they are giving away a Skinfood Honey Lip Treatment now for purchases above SGD200!
Thanks to Gleaming Skin I got to try out 3 of the Tony Moly products they carry. As you can see from the above photo, there’s the Backstage Self-Smokey Eye Collection #1 in Grace Smokey, Ice Cream Multi Play Cream & Eggpore Blackhead Out Oil Gel. (left to right)

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Laneige Perfect Renew Skin Trial

I love Laneige products especially their essence!
I’ve tried the water bank essence & hydra solution essence and I’m totally digging it.
I got to try out the Perfect Renew Skin range awhile back but totally forgotten to blog about it.

The Perfect Renew range is recommended for those concerned with anti-aging, those aged 25 and above can consider this range.
There are a total of 6 products in this range, however, I only got to sample 5.
So yup, I’ll just be sharing my views on those 5 which I’d tried.

Perfect Renew Skin Refiner

Skin refiner with immdeiate wake-up effect
Skin Types : ALL SKIN
Size : 120ml

This is the toner which I don’t really fancy because it felt quite sticky after application. And I can get really anal about stickiness. This is probably cause unlike other toners/softeners, this is a gel-type liquid. However, it does help soften and prep the skin for your moisturizer well enough. It contains hyaluronic acid and oligosaccharides to keep skin supple and firm.


Perfect Renew Emulsion

Highly concentrated emulsion with immediate absorption
Skin Types : ALL SKIN
Size : 100ml

This is probably my favorite product in the range!
Got the item desc online:
“Ceramaid repair water fills up between dead cells and addressing dryness, a cause of aging, and helping effective elements be absorbed deep into the skin.
Biosacharide gum forms a coated layer on the outler layer of skin, giving double moisturizing effect. It allows smooth and moist skin everyday.
Himalaya Snow Water that contains abundant snow minerals provides nutrition and vitality to the skin and realizes the transparent and pure skin from deep inside of skin.”

The solution is slightly runny but it gets absorbed really quick after application.
Leaves my skin feeling moisturized and soft to touch.
Makeup goes on smoothly after usage too. And sometimes I also use this as my night moisturizer too. I think it still gives me sufficient hydration and thus, this is my star product of this range.


Perfect Renew Essence

Essence that prevents premature aging and helps your complexion look more contoured
Skin Types : ALL SKIN
Size : 40ml

This was not bad either, texture very similar to the emulsion.
Both were easily absorbed by the skin. And best of all, no stickiness or oily feel after application. It’s unique anti-aging ingredients list of almond, pomegranate and cocoa extracts ensures that skin stays supple, firm and radiant.


Perfect Renew Cream

Cream that instantly prevents signs of premature aging
Skin Types : ALL SKIN
Size : 50ml

This goes on at night in place of the emulsion. Unlike the emulsion, it is richer and more concentrated. You can feel the difference upon application.
However, like the rest of the products, it is quickly absorbed in by the skin.
I’ve used this for several nights and found that my skin felt dewy and hydrated when I woke up the next day. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and sugar cane extracts, this night cream ensures skin stays supple and moisturized.

What I don’t like is that it’s in a jar and that’s a sure 100% possibility of contamination. Furthermore, frequent opening of the jar will results in more air entering it; valuable ingredients will quickly become unstable and ineffective. Besides, using a spatula is quite a hassle too. Hence, I try to stay clear of skincare products in a jar.

I like this but minus 1 heart for the packaging…


Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes

Eye cream with double care fo the eye area during night and day
Skin Types : ALL SKIN
Size : 15ml+15ml

First thing that caught my eye for this product was the cute packaging which resembled a contact lenses case. It comes with a spatula too and you know how I pretty much hate using one. One side is for night application while the other side is for day application, and it comes with SPF25/PA++ to protect eye areas from UVA and UVB rays. It also contains beta-glucan which stimulates collagen formation to promote elasticity and firmness around the eye area. While gold pearl powder brightens up the eyes.

Unfortunately, I have not been using it too often to see results but then again, it is not clogging and doesn’t give my eyes millia/oil seeds. Now, that is a good thing, ain’t it?


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