[Review] Le Coffret CosmeLED by EstheClinic Paris

I am a fuss-free person when it comes to skincare where the lesser steps involved, the better. Honestly, I can’t imagine having to go through a skincare routine that would take up more than 10 minutes of my time. So when I was approached by EstheClinic Paris, a French group of aesthetic and anti-ageing clinics, to try out their cosmeceuticals range. I got really intrigued and excited about this collaboration. So for the past few weeks, I have been trying out their leading product, Le coffret CosmeLED and now I would like to share about it with you, dear readers!

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According to EstheClinic Paris, all the French medical anti-ageing expertise has been condensed into this unique anti-ageing kit that leaves skin looking radiant, firmer and younger. Wow! Upon learning about that, I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Le Coffret CosmeLED is also inspired by aesthetic medicine and includes innovative cosmeceuticals and micro-needle device that acts in synergy to reverse the signs of aging.

The three products you would find in this Le coffret ( also known as small box in French) are:

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[Giveaway] Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Concentrate

We all know that Hyaluronic Acid is a must sought after ingredient in skincare because of its moisture-sealing properties, it has the ability to hold up to more than 1000 times its weight in water, it not only helps to pump up and moisturize the skin but is also known to soothe and heal it too. But did you know that Hyaluronic Acid is also a polysaccharide naturally found in our human body, with most of it in our skin tissue. And as we age, its ability to reproduce lessens and hence, all the aging signs which we fear most would start to show. Think wrinkles, saggy skin and yes, the horror list goes on.

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So I was really excited when I got my hands on the Hand Chemistry’s Hyaluronic Concentrate from glamogirl.com According to the Hand Chemistry website, their formula contains a complex of five active technologies from marine and plant sources, which repairs dry skin and protects it from the elements, so hands and body are visibly transformed to a softer and more comfortable state thanks to the high moisturising and regenerating effects of a Pseudoalteromonas Algae Complex.

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[Review] Ziaja Marine Algae Deep Moisturising Cream & Eye Cream

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Ever since a dermatologist mentioned that I had excellent skin, it made me more determined to take good care of it. So I thought it was pretty timely when I was introduced to Ziaja skincare products, a brand that’s new to Singapore. I was given their moisturizer and eye cream to try out. The are the products which I am going to review today are from their Marine Algae range: Continue reading

[Giveaway] Etude House Princess Etoinette Winter Collection

20140108_143344Received this lovely surprise last month featuring the latest 2013 winter collection for Etude House’s Princess Etoinette. Those of you who remember the previous collection would recognize the gorgeous signature victorian, royal style packaging. As you can see in the box above, I was given the Princess Etoinette Season 2 Eau De ToilettePrincess Etoinette Season 2 Crystal Shine Lips & Princess Etoinette Blooming Perfumed Hands.

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October Etude House Pink Box – Moistfull Collagen Enriched Cream

Choice of Korea, this is the best selling moisture cream that is sold every 10 seconds there! Now, we in Singapore will be able to get our hands on this wonderful product. Presenting the Moistfull Collagen Enriched Cream by Etude House.

And yes, I’ve received the pink box for October BUT I’m so busy looking after my little boy that I couldn’t find time to review everything in the box. So today’s entry will be solely on this moisturizer. I’ll get to the other products soon, I promise.

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Begin anti-aging with KINERASE® skincare

Last week, I was invited to a cosy little discussion group to find out more about Kinerase skincare. To be honest, I have not heard of this brand before and it was a lovely opportunity for me to learn more about it. We also had the pleasure of meeting Dr Sim of Aesthetic Works and Ms Valerie who is Ms Universe Singapore 2011.

Being someone whose fast approaching her 30s, anti-aging is something at the top of my mind. However, like many (I would like to believe most of you are like me) ladies out there that juggle family, work and friends. I feel like I don’t really have the luxury of time to really focus on anti-aging. (Ok, it’s an excuse but a valid one)

Truth be told, I hardly have time for a hair cut or manicure. Whenever I have free time, I prefer to repay my sleep debt. But I still have dark eye rings & eye bags to show off :( Anyway, how long can I run away from this topic? Oneday, I will stand infront of the mirror and the wrinkles and/or age spots are going to scream out at me. I will only have myself to blame for not starting on anti-aging early enough.

So what is KINERASE all about? I’m real excited to share…

KINERASE® skincare provides powerful anti-aging efficacy, delivering clinically-proven visible results in gentle skin-caring formulations. The power behind Kinerase is Kinetin (N6-furfuryladenine), a plant-based antioxidant whose anti-aging properties were discovered when scientists found that it prevented plant leaves from drying out and withering. With Kinerase, indulge the luxury of skincare science to reveal youthful, radiant skin.

And that is what I really like about this range of skincare – the active ingredient being something that is natural as it’s plant-based. Furthermore, it is suitable for all skin types.

I was early at the event, in fact the first to arrive  so I got to do a quick skin analysis with Dr Sim. I was asked about my skin concerns and honestly, I have not been to a facial for months so I do not know what’s wrong with my skin. Dr Sim pointed out that I probably would want to know what to do about my eye rings and eye bags since otherwise my skin looked pretty alright. He recommended me the Kinerase eye cream but also mentioned that the only way to really reduce eye bags significantly was to undergo the knife. I think I’ll live with my eye bags for now and probably only do the procedure when I hit 40 and look like I have mashmellows embedded below my eyes.

(That’s not me but my dear friend doing her skin analysis with Dr Sim)

Next, we were introduced to the product range which is now available in Singapore but only through authorized dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other selected physicians. So yes, these products are not available off the shelf, the purpose being so that a skincare expert could be there to guide you and recommend the suitable products for you.

There’s around 14 over products in the KINERASE range, however, currently you can only find 6 in the Singapore market :

Pardon the bad photo-taking skills of mine but let me introduce the products. From top left to bottom:

Gentle Daily Cleanser, Eye Cream, Hydrating Antioxidant Mist, Cream, C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment, Lotion

We watched a video where bloggers from Malaysia, Hongkong, Taiwan and Singapore got to do a trial and how their fine lines were visibly reduced within the 8 weeks. The one representing Singapore was none other than Ms Universe Singapore 2011, Valerie. It was amazing and I’m quite excited to start out on this range.

Just a brief introduction to each product in this range and the steps to go about using it:

STEP 1 : Gentle Daily Cleanser

This comforting formula combines gentle cleansers with skin soothers for fresh, clean skin without irritation or drynes. Formulated in its purest form, our gentle foaming agent will not irritate any skin type. Green and White Tea Extracts deliver skin soothing and anti-oxidant benefits. So gentle, it is even suitable to apply post-procedure, including after chemical peels, laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion.

STEP 2: Hydrating Antioxidant Mist

This acts as an toner and I like the mist concept because it’s so simple to use. No need for cotton pads and all the hassle.

Give your skin the daily nourishment it deserves with Kinerase Hydrating Antioxidant Mist. This special moisturizer tones and exhilarates the skin, replenishing it with important nutrients every day. In fact, you can spritz on this superior product throughout the day as needed to re-energize, re-hydrate and relax your skin. Ideal for travel, Hydrating Antioxidant Mist invigorates and shields the skin from environmental toxins associated with airline travel—the perfect antioxidant boost partner! It includes Aloe Vera, White Tea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and refresh the skin.

STEP 3: Eye Cream

Highly emollient cream moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This rich eye cream is formulated with a higher level of kinetin (0.125% N6 Furfuryladenine) to deliver multiple anti-aging benefits.Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles arround the eyes.

STEP 4: Cream or Lotion

You can either use Cream for night and Lotion for day OR just stick to one. The Cream moisturizer is slightly richer than the Lotion so those with dry skin can consider it. While those with combination to oily skin can use the Lotion moisturizer.Both are said to visibly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by delaying the age related changes in skin. In just 24 weeks, increases the amount of moisture retained in the skin by 25%, improving skin texture.  Helps eliminate free radicals to noticeably minimize freckles and brown spots and lessen the look of blotchy, uneven skin tone. So gentle, it is even suitable to apply post-procedure, including after chemical peels, laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion.

Cream:

Luxurious, gentle moisturizer infused with Kinetin (.1% N6 Furfuryladenine), a plant based technology, to deliver superior hydration while improving the appearance of wrinkles, aging and sun-damaged skin without irritation. The Cream’s rich formulation with the powerful plant growth factor and anti-oxidant, Kinetin, delivers multiple anti-aging benefits in a daily moisturizer.

Lotion:

Luxurious, gentle moisturizer infused with Kinetin (.1% N6 Furfuryladenine), a plant based technology, to deliver superior hydration while improving the appearance of wrinkles, aging and sun-damaged skin without irritation. The Lotion’s hydrating formulation with the powerful plant growth factor and anti-oxidant, Kinetin (0.1% N6 Furfuryladenine), delivers multiple anti-aging benefits in a daily moisturizer.


TREATMENT: C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment

Treatment to be used before the moisturizer, most usually use this around their eye area due to the fine lines. Some even use it on their body to lighten the appearence of stretch marks.

Used once daily, this powerful yet gentle treatment serum is proven to conquer damage at every level, restoring your skin’s delicate beauty. You’ll see visible improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, skin tone and texture to reveal a healthier-looking complexion.

Next generation C8 Peptide’s combination of potent ingredients fights aging at every level.  C8 Peptide’s intensive ingredients make it an excellent alternative to in-office procedures.

  • Snap-8, the newest neuropeptide, reduces the depth and appearance of wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions up to 34.9%.
  • Stabilized vitamin C, a natural brightener and collagen booster, evens skin tone as it fills in the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Kinetin (0.1% N6 Furfuryladenine), a powerful plant growth factor, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
  • Beta-Glucan stimulates skin’s natural immune response while promoting skin regeneration. Helps protect skin from losing moisture by improving skin barrier function.
  • Green Tea & Vitamin E are powerful anti-oxidants that ward off free radicals.

Anyway, I will be trying out the range and hope to update soon on 2 months’ time on my progress. That is if I am not lazy…

Review: Tony Moly Premium Berry Berry Watery Cream

I’ve been using this moisturizer for over a month and I’ve noticed that it works great on keeping skin hydrated in an air-conditioned environment.

Presenting the Premium Berry Berry Watery Cream by Tony Moly. It’s texture is exactly like what its name suggests, it feels like it could almost melt into your skin. So a little goes a long way with this moisturizer, if you apply too much then you would feel like you have this watery film over your face. But one good thing is that it settles down pretty fast, within 5 minutes after application.

I go to bed and wake up in the morning to skin that looks pumped up and hydrated. However, what I don’t like is that this comes in a jar container. You know, I have this thing against having to dig out cream from a jar but oh well, at least, the moisturizer is doing its job.

This moisturizer can be purchased online at Gmarket’s website or Tony Moly stores.

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[Advertorial] The Body Shop’s Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth

You know, ever since I hit my mid twenties, anti-aging has always been on my mind. Who doesn’t want youthful, smooth and radiant-looking skin? Which explains why I’m ecstatic to learn about The Body Shop’s latest organic range – Nutriganics™  and how it can help me achieve great skin.

Nutriganics™ is a new range of organic products which have been certified by Ecocert that targets a common issue which most of us, women are concerned about – Anti-aging. You may check out the entire range over at their website here, most of the products are part of ELLE’s Beauty IT List 2011. They have the full works from the cleanser to the masks.

What really caught my eye in this range is the Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth; a pre-serum that makes use of the scientifically advanced plant stem cell technology which has been proven to enhance surface skin renewal for smoother, fresher and healthier looking skin.

It has extract of beech bud which contains a rich concentrate of minerals, enzymes, trace elements and vitamins. Another interesting fact is that it also contains Community Fair Trade organic babassu oil from the COPPAlJ co-operative in Maranhão, Brazil. The Body Shop is known for its fair trade programs which has helped to empower the women of this collective by turning the traditionally female occupation of shelling and pressing babassu nuts into a key source of income.

Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth contains 99% natural origin ingredients and 20% organic certified ingredients with no parabens or silicon. This is good news for those who have sensitive skin or a preference for organic products.

What’s truly unique about this product would be how easy it is to incorporate it into your current skincare regime. It does not matter what is your skin type or existing skincare regime, whether you are 26 or 66 years old. Just simply use it prior to your usual serum or moisturizer. This is one versatile product which you should always keep by your side as a weapon to combat against aging.

I have combination skin- oily T-zone and dry-normal skin. By mid day, my T-zone tends to get more oily whereas the cheeks could be dry due to the air-conditioning of my office or car since I’m always on the go too. My skin concerns are on combating signs of aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation as well as keeping my skin hydrated.

So I’m really excited to incorporate this pre-serum into my current skincare regime. To use Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth, you could either drip a few drops and mix it with your moisturizer to enhance the hydration. Or simply drip 2-3 drops and massage it onto your skin before proceeding with your usual serum or moisturizer. I prefer the latter because I get to warm the product up with my palms before giving my face a mini facial massage.

This pre-serum has a light, refreshing scent and is quickly absorbed by the skin. I was glad to find no uncomfortable residue left after application and this was important because I still had the serum and moisturizer to apply next. I like how it keeps my skin pumped and hydrated while I sleep through the night in an air-conditioned bedroom.

You can find Nutriganics™ Drops of Youth (30ml) retailing for S$58.90 at all The Body Shop stores. It may seem like a small bottle but you only need a few drops each time. So a little really goes a long way. This is definitely worth checking out.

Sothys presents the Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme

Last week, I was invited to an intimate session with SOTHYS to learn about their Hydradvance Cosmeceutic Programme. This is a skin care range targeted at hydration. An interesting fact I’d learnt was that 98% of people suffer from dehydration. And dehydration could be caused by several factors such as external environmental factors like cold winds, sun exposure and physiological factors such as aging etc. leading to dull and dry skin.

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[Review] Hada Labo introduces the Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion

This is the 4th Hada Labo product I’m trying out and so far this brand has not let me down. It’s targeted at anti-aging which is great for anyone 25 and above. Because this is when where we start to age and we can do something about slowing down the aging process. As you can see, the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting & Firming Lotion which comes from the new Lifting & Firming range:

It is a toner that evens skin texture with Retinol Vitamin A that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, collagen that improves skin elasticity for firmer and more lift in your skin, and Super Hyaluronic Acid that instantly locks in moisture for intense hydration!

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