[Review] Cho Renew – Time For A Gut Cleanse!

 

If you have been feeling sluggish in the morning and stayed lethargic the whole day, found yourself falling sick more often, noticed a change in the way your breath smells and is spotting dull complexion, then it might mean that it is time for a gut cleanse! Imbalanced gut health can affect not only your intestines but also your overall health and mood.

This is when Cho Renew comes to the rescue!

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[Review] Bid Goodbye To PMS With Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream

 

There’s nothing I hated more than getting monthly periods because I would suffer from PMS mood swings for a week or more and that made me really miserable. My self-esteem would plummet each time and just imagine having to deal with this monthly on top of the period itself. It was affecting me so much that I was actually looking into taking pills for this issue. Then I was introduced to the Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream and after having read all about the raves of this miracle cream, I couldn’t wait to try it.

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The Ageless Herbal Cream from Meditrina contains 100% botanical ingredients such as Chasteberry, Fenugreek and Wild Yam, of which these are well-known for regulating and maintaining an optimal hormonal level in a natural way. Together with its cutting edge Transdermal Technology, these botanical nutrients are able to bypass through the gastrointestinal tract into your blood stream directly, increasing the absorption levels across the skin layers and thereby maximizing their effectiveness in a shorter period of time. Continue reading

Toxic Free can be uninteresting. We made it Pleasurable.

 

Their slogan “Toxic Free can be uninteresting. We made it Pleasurable.”, sure is intriguing. And that perked my interest in finding out more about this brand, Aroma Bar Sg.

It turns out that Aroma Bar Sg is a home grown brand founded by Singaporean, Sarah Chia, after she couldn’t find suitable skincare to improve her daughter’s pigmentation disorder. All Aroma Bar skin care are 100% natural so they contain no preservatives, no fillers, with natural scented fragrances, making their products suitable for all skin types including those with sensitive and easily-irritated skin.

If you find healthy and toxic-free living a bore then that’s where Aroma Bar Sg comes in to jazz it up with a fusion of the best natural oils, like shea butter, coconut oils infused with aromatic therapeutic essential oils into their hair care, face and body range.

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Why I Won’t Recommend Maxi Eyes Spectro Flex Contact Lenses

I still remember the fateful day I wasted $56 on 4 pairs of these Maxi Eyes Spectro Flex contact lenses from Spectacle Hut. I thought that they were the same brands as the ones I often wore. But after paying up, I realized that the packaging was different. However, I was too embarrassed to return the goods and decided to give this brand a try. Bad mistake. So I did a quick check online and found that they were an in-house brand of Spectacle Hut. The promotion was 2 pairs for $28, 4 pairs for $56, that worked out to just $14 a pair, which was really cheap considering how I paid $20-25 for other brands.

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To my disappointment, these were only 14mm in diameter, so don’t expect much of an iris-enhancing effect. Freshkon’s alluring eyes are 14.2mm and I already find them not big enough.

I’m not sure what diameter are the ones I usually wear but it’s definitely at least a 14.4 or 14.5mm. Just look at how big my eyes appear to be. Heh…

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[Review+Event] Japanese Anime Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Makeup By CreerBeaute

You’ve got to give it to the Japanese for coming up with the most kawaii cosmetic packaging. Especially one that has your childhood Japanese anime characters on it. Some of you might have spotted these La Rose de Versailles makeup products in Watsons, and if you are a fan, rejoice because CreerBeaute (Japanese cosmetic brand under Bandai) will be officially launching in Singapore!

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In conjunction, they would also be lauching the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance range. (Swatches below) Ahhh… this brings back memories of my youth spending the after school hours depositing 20cent coins into a vending machine for Sailor Moon collector cards. Continue reading

[Review] New ASIENCE Leave-On Hair Treatment range

Oh look what we have here… It’s the new ASIENCE Leave-On Hair Treatment range.

“Stepping out of house with the perfect hair, only to find your confidence waning by mid-day? With Singapore’s humid weather creating undesirable frizz and flyaway, having silky-smooth hair would seem almost unattainable. Achieving beautiful hair that lasts all day is just a step away with the New ASIENCE Leave-On Hair Treatment range.

Containing ASIENCE’s exclusive Beauty Essences (Lotus Flower, Camellia Oil, Pearl and Shell Ginger Leaf), the range provides intensive repair and moisturises hair from within. Enhanced with a hair ‘veiling’ ingredient,ASIENCE’s advanced Moisture-Lock Complex retains moisture to give long-lasting smoothness and manageability, so you can flaunt those silky tresses at any moment, everyday!”

Now, I’m excited to try out the leave-on hair treatment for myself 😀

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So there are 3 types available as different hair types require different treatments.

ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment Water: For Tangled and Untamed Hair – Light as water, it instantly repairs and retains moisture without weighing your hair down

ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment Milk: For dry and frizzy hair – Nourishing yet non-greasy, it instantly repairs and retains moisture to keep hair beautifully soft and healthy

ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment Oil: For Severely Dry and Damaged Hair – Concentrated yet non-oily, it intensively repairs and retains moisture to keep hair glossy and healthy

Judging from the above list, my hair type belongs to the tangled and untamed kind so the ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment Water is most suitable for me. Having it a spray bottle makes it really convenient to use.

You can use this on towel-dry or damp hair, simply just spray a few times while making sure that it’s evenly spread out before combing through. I’m amazed at how hassle-free and easy this is. I would most probably be keeping a bottle of it in my car so that I can look neat and presentable before my appointments.

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As you can see in the BEFORE photo, I’m quite a victim of frizzy, tangled hair with all the flyaways. But after using the ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment Water, my hair is so much neater and manageable. Now I can say goodbye to cursed flyaway hair!

With a texture and consistency that’s like water, I don’t need to worry about any oily sheen or if hair that would look unnatural and stiff. So this one is definitely a keeper :)

ASIENCE Leave-On Treatment range retails at S$14.90 and is available at selected hypermarkets, supermarkets and pharmacies.

 

[Review + Giveaway] Argan Oil by Naturelle d’Orient

The guys from an online store called www.mylife-store.com were really nice to sponsor me one of their best-selling product to try – Argan Oil by Naturelle d’Orient.

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[Review] Candydoll Lip Glosses / Lip Stick – Sassy, Pretty & Kawaii

CandyDoll is a top Popteens brand in Japan, owned, designed and spoke by Masuwaka Tsubasa (益若翼) who is a top Popteens model in Japan. Her popularity encouraged many pops fan and teenagers to follow her fashion style and makeup trend. CandyDoll first developed with the Cheek and Lip series followed by Lipstick and Mineral Powder lines.
Ms Tsubasa creates all different kind of makeup techniques, styles, looks and trends by using the most basic CandyDoll Color Cosmetics. Her look is famously known as a Gyaru look which literally means ‘Gal’ (Thanks Mocha for clarifying). As you can see her makeup inspirations are mostly very sweet, girlish and lolita-like.
I’ve gotten a bunch of Candydoll products to try out and boy, am I excited! For this entry, I’ll focus on the lip products – Lip glosses colors below which are newly launched at Watsons and the lip stick.

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] The Nature Lab HydroGel Masks – the future of facial masks??

Unlike traditional sheet masks, HydroGel mask does not have any holding medium. It is made directly from pure nutrients and essence into a soft water-gel mask, just like how ice is formed from water. Hydrogel is soft and gentle on skin. Upon applying Hydrogel, it is said that it will melt onto face creating an entire new masking experience. What an interesting & new concept this is, so is HydroGel the next big thing for facial masks?

I was excited to be given 5 pieces to try:

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