Fashion @ the Races

Previously, I was invited to Singapore Turf Club to participate in an event called Fashion @ the Races.
It was my visit down to the Singapore Turf Club & it was indeed an eye-opener.
We got to enjoy the VIP room – Hibiscus which also once hosted President Nathan.

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Wise words by Paula Begoun

When I turned beauty addict in 2007 and couldn’t stop browsing beauty sites like
I happened to chance upon the Beauty Commandments by her and posted it on one of my private beauty blogs.
And I was browsing through my old blogs today … Oh, this piece of advice is sucha a gem.
Hence, I’ve decided to share it with all of you!

  1. THOU SHALT NOT believe expensive cosmetics are better than inexpensive cosmetics. Women who spend more money on cosmetics do not necessarily have better skin than those who don’t. Many expensive lines own the inexpensive lines, ingredient quality doesn’t differ between inexpensive and expensive lines, and cosmetics chemists are not chained to one company.
  2. THOU SHALT NOT believe there is any such thing as a “natural” cosmetic (or that natural means better).
  3. THOU SHALT NOT believe in miracle ingredients that can cure skin-care woes.
  4. THOU SHALT NOT covet thy neighbor’s perfect skin (or believe her perfect skin came from a particular product or cosmetics line; skin is more complicated than that).
  5. THOU SHALT NOT believe everything a cosmetics salesperson says. Read the ingredient list, try the product on, and be willing to return what doesn’t work or fails to live up to the claim on the label, while also being very, very skeptical.
  6. THOU SHALT NOT use the tiny applicators that come packaged with eyeshadows and blushes. Professional makeup artists never use these so why should you?
  7. THOU SHALT NOT believe in the existence of any anti-wrinkle, firming, toning, lifting, or filling-in creams, lotions, or masks that can permanently erase wrinkles. (I wish it were so, but nothing on the horizon other than surgery can do that.
  8. THOU SHALT NOT be seduced by every new promotion, new product, or new product line that the cosmetics industry creates.
  9. THOU SHALT NOT get a tan. Sun exposure (even minimal amounts) is the primary reason that skin wrinkles and develops skin cancer.
  10. THOU SHALT NOT buy a cellulite cream, nor shalt thou assume it’s possible to dissolve fat from the outside in, because you absolutely cannot.
  11. THOU SHALT NOT see pictures of pubescent, anorexic models (who spend two hours getting their hair and makeup done and another two hours posing while the photographer and a corps of assistants determine the most flattering lighting, after which the resulting picture goes through a battery of digitally enhanced touch-ups and adjustments) and believe you will get the same (or even similar) results from using the products being advertised.
  12. THOU SHALT NOT buy products from an infomercial or a home shopping network, especially when the praise goes on and on with no opposing information. You are receiving an extremely one-sided point of view.
  13. THOU SHALT NOT believe words and phrases such as “hypoallergenic”, “noncomedogenic”, “for sensitive skin”, “dermatologist tested”, “exclusive formula”, “increases moisture content” (by some astronomical percentage), or any other gross, unsupported generalization about a product.
  14. THOU SHALT NOT buy cosmetic hormone creams assuming you can replace dietary sources of plant hormone or medically prescribed hormone therapy.
  15. The ultimate commandment is: THOU SHALT be an informed consumer, because what you don’t know can cost you dearly in terms of your skin, appearance, and money.


Source : The Beauty Bible, 2nd Edition by Paula Begoun

I’m kind of guilty of 3,4,8 and 11. How ’bout you?

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Happy 2011! What’s your beauty(or non-beauty) new year resolution?

A Beauty Affair will be 2 years old in around a weeks’ time.
Oh how time passes…
I hope all’s well with all of you, dear lovely readers.
Sure, 2010 was a smashin’ great year with lots of lovely product launches & events.
But I’m looking forward to more exciting stuff in this new year.
And of cus, I hope to bring more giveaways to you fellow beauty junkies :)
So I was just thinking about new year resolutions and the irony behind it.
People are often more enthusiastic in coming up with new year resolutions than keeping them.
I always wonder what’s the use of doing up a list when it’s just for the sake of coming up with one or because my friends are also doing up theirs and posting them on socia media sites like facebook & blogs.

Oh well, and now, it’s the time of the year again.
Have you fulfilled your resolutions for 2010?
Did you even come up with a list during the end of 2009? I just realized that I didn’t so I don’t have anything to check against.
Most importantly, am I happier now than before? 
Is my health still in good shape?
Ahhh… questions to ponder on.
Ok, I should not ramble on aimlessly, let’s just get down to business.
Because of this blog, I shall list down my 2011 new year resolutions.
Beauty New Year Resolutions
1. Stop resting my hand on any part of my face, it’s comfortable & therapeutic but all it’ll do is promote more pimples

2. Protect my neck, it has been neglected and still is. 
I should remember to apply sunblock & moisturizer on my neck

3. Take better care of my legs, its ridden with bruises, cuts & nicks which I have no idea where I’d gotten them from.

4. Start moisturizing head to toe

5. Stop hoarding beauty products & buying more on impulse
I guess five resolutions will do, in fact, it’s rather ambitious for me.
Ok, I guess I shall end now & here’s wishing one & all….

5 Skin-Care Products You Must Avoid At All Cost

Another great article by Paula Begoun

Many a times, we may be tempted to try out new products all thanks to their heavy advertising, pretty packaging or irresistible promotions. However, we should also practice caution.

5 Skin-Care Products You Must Avoid

Just when The Cosmetics Cop Team thinks we’ve seen the worst products possible on the shelves and counters for way too many cosmetic companies, they add even more terrible products. Of course there are great products out there (our Beautypedia.com site has an extensive list of the greats) but these are the ones we were all just flabbergasted by last month!

1. Expensive Avon Mark Break Out Plan Anti-Acne Gel Lotion Apple/Cinnamon ($16 for 1.7 ounces). First, apples and cinnamon are for your oatmeal in the morning. They aren’t helpful for acne or any other skin type for that matter. This does contain a 1.5% concentration of salicylic acid which is helpful for acne but the pH of this product is questionable for it to work as an exfoliant. What is really a breakout waiting to happen is the amount of alcohol, peppermint, cinnamon, and rosemary it contains. These ingredients are seriously irritating and irritation hurts the skin’s ability to heal, stimulates oil production in the pore lining, and causes collagen to breakdown. All of this makes acne worse, not better. The amount of redness and inflammation that accompanies these ingredients will also make acne look redder than it already is.

2.Expensive Clarins Fix’ Make-Up ($25.50 for 1 ounce). Designed as a spray-on mist to set your makeup, this product does little more than make skin feel damp and slightly sticky. It contains nothing that enhances makeup wear; in fact, overdoing this can lead to makeup meltdown or streaking, plus this contains fragrance chemicals and fragrant plant extracts capable of causing irritation. Whoever thought this overpriced, gimmicky product was a good idea needs to rethink their career!

3. Expensive Clarins SOS Sunburn Soother ($36 for 1.3 ounces). The problem with this product is that it contains a heavy duty occlusive emollient as the first ingredient and that is not what you should be putting on acutely sunburned skin. Of course, the goal is to avoid sunburn but if it occurs, slathering thick creams such as this on the initial burn can make matters worse because occlusive emollients (think butter from the old days) can trap heat beneath the skin, pushing the burn deeper. Applying cool water or cool aloe compresses and taking anti-inflammatory medication (with your doctor’s OK) is a far better treatment modality for acute sunburn. Even initial use of over the counter hydrocortisone (which has research showing it helps sunburned skin) would be preferred over this. SOS Sunburn Soother also contains fragrant plant oils but adding irritating ingredients to a burn isn’t wise. Moisturizer isn’t a bad idea, it just needs to be incredibly lightweight. After the burn calms down you can use more emollient moisturizers to reduce dryness and calm skin. There is research that antioxidant-rich plant oils also mediate burn damage.

4. Expensive Nu Skin AgeLoc Gentle Cleanse & Tone ($53 for 2 ounces). We had to double-check the price for this cleanser to make sure we weren’t seeing things. For a huge amount of money (this just may be the most expensive cleanser in the cosmetic world) you’re getting an exceptionally standard, detergent-based water soluble cleanser, and we mean really standard. Sure it works to cleanse and remove makeup, but the price is completely out of line. Similar cleansers are available from Olay, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, and Paula’s Choice for a fraction of the cost (and in sizes that won’t be depleted in two or three weeks). Although fragrance isn’t listed for this cleanser, it does contain fragrant plant extracts that aren’t the best in any product.

It pains us to give this a happy face rating, so we’re not going to. The price is just offensive and to reward a cosmetic company for taking this kind of blatant advantage of women and their beauty dollars is insulting. While we can’t fault the formula because it does what a good cleanser should do, the price makes for bad skin care as the stress to your budget can go straight to your skin as well.

By the way, this doesn’t offer any toning benefits over and above what any detergent-based cleanser can provide. Rather, a well formulated toner and salicylic acid exfoliant that are left on skin (not rinsed off) are the best you can do and that certainly is not the case with any cleanser!

5. Revive Acne Reparatif Acne Treatment Gel ($125 for 1 ounce).Wow! We’re shocked (though we shouldn’t be) that the formulators behind the ReVive line are charging such an insane price for an anti-acne product that differs little from countless other terrible options found in many lines whether they’re from inexpensive or expensive brands. It is really bad news for all skin types that alcohol is the second ingredient in this anti-acne gel. Alcohol causes free radical damage, causes the breakdown of collagen, hurts the skin’s healing process, and stimulates oil production directly in the pore lining. Adding insult to injury, this formula also includes fragrant citrus oil and volatile fragrance chemicals which further irritate. The 0.5% salicylic acid, which is barely enough to exfoliate skin, is wasted in this sad formulation.

Drugstore.com has BAD customer service

I know I’m supposed to be taking time off this blog.
But I’m just sooooo pissed off with Drugstore.com that I had to blog about this most unfortunate incident!

Firstly, I had joined a spree through one of those livejournal spree communities in May this month.
I’ve gotten my order: Nature’s Bounty Collagen, Hydrolyzed with Vitamin C 90 ea

And I’ve been stocking up on these since probably 2008 without any issues.
However, this time round, I received OLD EXPIRING STOCK from them.
It’s really upsetting, given that the current bottle I have which I’m consuming
is of the NEW packaging and will expire only in 03/2012.

My latest batch are OLD STOCK which comes in the OLD packaging and will expire 6 FREAKING MONTHS FROM NOW! It is indeed insanely, utterly ridiculous!

Check it out:

Green bottle on left will expire in 03/2012 & I had gotten it 1 year ago.
Dark brown bottle on right will expire in 11/2010 & I had just gotten them this month.

I’m terribly upset as I had bought these with the intention of stocking up.
Drugstore.com is US-based, I don’t conduct these sprees aka bulk purchases on my own since I hardly have the time. And hence, I usually just grab 2 bottles each time I’m down to my last bottle so that I can stock them up.

Now, here’s what Drugstore.com says:

In response to your email, many of our products are not meant to have a long shelf life and are shipped to us by the manufacturer with expiration dates of less than one year. drugstore.com will ship non-food items at least six months prior to their expiration date. Most food items will be shipped at least four months prior to their expiration. Important exceptions are organic or natural foods, which, due to the nature of their contents and shorter shelf life, will be shipped at least two months prior to their expiration.

Just great! A copy-and-paste model answer from their customer service handbook?

What food item? How can you classify vitamins/supplements loosely as food items!?!
Dissatisfied, I pushed them to give me a reasonable and logical explanation.
And then they try to get me off their backs with this:

Unfortunately, at this time we show no recent orders on the account that corresponds with the e-mail address you have provided. If your order was placed in a different drugstore.com account, please write to us from the e-mail address that is currently associated with your drugstore.com account and we will be happy to look further into this matter for you. Due to security concerns we are not able to accommodate requests when the request is originated from an email address other than the one associated with your account.

I have mentioned previously that I did not place the order myself but through a third party(The spree organizer who pools purchases to order off Drugstore.com so that we all can save on shipping). This was via a spree. So anyway, I had managed to get my spree organizer to email them.

And once again, they couldn’t resist using the customer service model answer booklet again:

We apologize that we are unable to provide more specific information about the shelf life for our products. We are constantly replenishing our stock with newer product from the manufacturers. Therefore, the expiry dates for our inventory will change frequently.

We will ship non-food items at least six months prior to their expiration date. Most food items will be shipped at least four months prior to their expiration, but there are two important exceptions. Organic or natural foods, due to the nature of their contents and shorter shelf life, will be shipped at least two months prior to their expiration. Perishable items are prepared fresh for each order, and may require special handling.

Never mind about that, check out the first paragraph.
Their inventory changes frequently, ahhh contradicting, isn’t it?
If that is so, WHY THE HELL AM I GETTING OLD STOCK?!?!?

This is the OLD STOCK I had gotten, even the batch number screams OLD:


00A ?!?! BATCH A!! 00 TOO! PROBABLY ONE OF THE FIRST FEW!!!

Compare it with the new stock I had received a year ago:


BATCH 03C! Such a BIG difference!

I’m still waiting for a satisfactory response to as why I am receiving OLD stock.
All they do now is to try to justify that they are not in the wrong and that food items are ‘shipped at least four months prior to their expiration‘…

Any pharmacies/drug stores in town carries only vitamins and supplements that are expiring within 4-6 months? Obviously not. So who are they trying to kid?!

Geez.

UPDATES as of 31/5 3.33PM

Finally, their CS team lead steps in to resolve the issue.
An explanation finally!

First off, I would like to sincerely apologize for any frustration or inconvenience associated with the Nature’s Bounty Collagen, Hydrolyzed with Vitamin C that was included with this order. From what you explained, it sounds as if we received a return of this merchandise from another customer and when it was received back, the returned merchandise was placed at the front of the shelf in its appropriate location at our warehouse.

I can certainly understand your concern, especially since the manufacturer has updated the product. As such, to resolve this matter for you, I have create a no charge order to have two new bottles of Nature’s Bounty Collagen, Hydrolyzed with Vitamin C sent along to you and will request that our warehouse manually pick newer stock with an expiration date with is further out. Please do not worry about returning the merchandise received; you may dispose of it at your convenience.”

Not really good phrasing above there. “as if”? It seems like I’m accusing them of having sent me returned goods. I merely said old stock. Now I know it’s worst, I’m getting SOMEONE’s REJECTED OLD STOCK. Urgh…

They’re also sending me FREE replacements to shut me up. That’s nice but kinda troublesome since it’s going straight to the spree organizer’s vpost account and not mine. Sigh. But anyway, thought appreciated and I’m glad that this awful ordeal is finally over.

However, it’s gonna take some time for me to get back to spreeing with Drugstore.com again.

UPDATES as of 02/6 7.08PM

Ok, so after seeking help on their facebook page, I’ve managed to get their mktg/social media personnel to help intervene and ta-da:

“We wanted to write again to apologize for any inconvenience and confirm that we have refunded in full for the two vitamin bottles and sent over two new bottles at no charge. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. It’s these types of issues that we hope customers bring to our attention, so that we can continually improve on our processes. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do.”

Very kind gesture on their part.
Ok, apology accepted.
Hopefully, I’ll have NO MORE such issues with them again.

Dr Foot Pro @ Citibella – WASTE OF MONEY & TIME

It says: Instant results after 1st treatment: BULLSHIT!

I paid $48 (First-timer promotional price) for the Dr Foot Pro treatment at Citibella.
Seriously, after watching the video above.
Don’t you feel a single bit tempted to try it out?
Well, I did since I was facing the darn TV screen watching it replay continuously as I was having my manicure done.

I went for mine,left immensely disappointed and with feet no different from the day before the visit to Citibella.
I felt cheated and hence, I am writing this entry to make sure noone else gets tricked by what they see in the advert.

From 1:04 to 2:05 of the video, you can see that the beautician slowly scraps off the calluses and dead skin. Mine was a few quick ticklish scraps from top to bottom after she removed the layer of goo left behind by the Dr Foot Pro preparation sheets with the scrapping tool.

It was done so quickly, I was left there thinking “WTF? Done already?!?”
Is this why Citibella disallows comments to be placed in their YouTube video?
Afraid of backlash from unhappy & dissatisfied customers like me?

Anyway, IIRC, the actual price is much more expensive. Like SGD70-100+ over.
Talk about daylight robbery for something that does not even work.

I’m also putting off getting my manicures done there.
Their staff’s skills are mediocre and I can definitely get more bang for my money elsewhere.

To get the record straight, I’m upset with Citibella’s service.
I’m sure if the Dr Foot Pro treatment was administered by another beauty salon with experienced professionals; the results & overall experience would have been different.

RATED: 0

Short Hiatus

Apologies for the lack of updates.
I’ve been pretty busy with my life and an upcoming wedding.
However, I’ll try to catch up on my blog posts during the CNY holidays :)
Stay tuned, folks & here’s wishing all readers a HAPPY TIGER YEAR 2010!

Sales @ Suntec disappointing…

I went down to Suntec yesterday to brave the crowd for the sales.
There was a PC show, NUM sale, branded watch sale, watsons sale and mini bridal fair.
The PC show was the main highlight, taking up 3 levels…
It was madness and chaos inside. Really boring for me as I’m not a tech or gadget
person.

The Watsons sale was really disappointing.
I’d expected great bargains but sadly there weren’t much.
I left with just $9 worth of loot.

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80pc of pantyliners for $5

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Storage bags x 2 for $4

I really like the storage bags cuz I’ve so much stuff lying around.
In that bag, there’s the body wrap kit I won, the pantyliners, my box of slimming tea, the Maybelline display item I won, a bag full of supps I’d stocked up, bunch of other stuff from the Watson’s goodie bag and so on.

Ok back to the sales, the branded watch sale was CRAP.
They should just change it to “D&G/GUESS/DIESEL Watch Sale”.
The designs were limited and just as crappish too.

The NUM sale was not too bad, all tees going for $25.
Flipflops for $10. Saw some male underwear too but didn’t see how much.

I saw My Dream Wedding at the bridal fair too! But still felt not ready to sit
down and check out their packages with them yet.

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Cosmetics Warehouse Sales @ IMM

Great news for the west-siders 😀
Finally, a sale in the west! WOooHOoo!
It’s happening at #05-40 @ IMM

3-5 June, 8-12 June @ 10AM-7PM
6 & 13 June, 10.30-5.30AM


Credits to sarah_c_s of CC

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