REVIEW: W.Lab K-beauty brand is finally in Singapore!

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If you haven’t already know, W.Lab is finally available in Singapore!! It was originally founded in 2013 in Korean, but Thank you Aresa Singapore for bringing it in! Honestly, W.Lab is a fairly new brand to me but I have heard beauty bloggers raving about it before! I saw their stores in myeongdong too!

What I love about the brand is that they emphasises the use of natural ingredients so lesser chemicals are introduced into their products. This benefits people who have sensitive skin a lot because they can’t use every single brand out there. I may not have sensitive skin but trust me, when I shop for my cosmetics and body care, I tend to go for products which contains lesser chemicals.

Even though we were sponsored with a whole range of their products, I am only going to share with you some of my favourites! What attracted me to Blossom White Cushion was the packaging. I thought the coverage was going to be light but BOOMS, when I spread it evenly over my face, my pores were gone instantly!





It is available in 3 shades, 13, 21 and 23. I am currently using 21 if you need to know! 🙂

It works like a skincare too as it has anti-aging and wrinkle improvements properties. So if you think that you are too old for it, NOPE! Give it a try! The cushion also contains 33% Damask Rose Water, yay! I hope that they will come out with some refill pack or something soon!





Another makeup product that I seriously need to rave about is their eyeshadow palettes – W.Lab Pocket Shadow Palettes. I knew I was in love when I first saw them because of the colours. Each palette contains both glittery and matte colours which means that you can use them for a day or night look.





Some people may find it hard to achieve a glittery look for the eyes because glittery eyeshadows are usually not so pigmented but you will be surprised to find the colours are actually fairly pigmented. The swatches below are done with a single swipe. I must say that the glitters didn’t fail me.





W.Lab has a lot of different blushers but we were given Bling Bling Cheek during the event. Just 1 swipe and you can get gradient cheeks! So effortlessly easy.





The Velvet Colour Stick sure lives up to its name. It has a creamy and velvety texture that glides onto the lips easily. How do my Chilly Red shade fare?

Even though it is quite pigmented, I am glad to share that it is easy to wash off as well.





A makeup look isn’t complete if you don’t have a contour palette or W.Lab Color Master Cover Kit.

This small palette here contains 6 shades to address your flaws (if any). The Flower Lip & Cheek Kit comes in a similar packaging and the colours are surprisingly highly pigmented. If you need you change your lip colour at least two times a day, simple slot this into your makeup pouch any day!





I tend to have oily face after spending half a day outdoor and I think I am not the only one having this issue. With the weather so crazily hot in Singapore, how can our make up not melt or look greasy after 5 hours?

This leads to my next product, Sebum Out Finish Pact. After I am done with my look, I tend to finish it off with Sebum Out Finish Powder, followed by the Finish Pact. If you have the same issue as me, you can pad on some Finish Pact powder every 4 hours to mattify your face. It can also reduce sedum secretion and brighten your overall complexion at the same time.





So love the texture!





Enough of make up. How about their skincare? Here’s my verdict! Do take note that they have more than just these. I am just sharing some of my favourites 🙂

I got people asking me questions like – What is a Cleansing Balm? What does it do?

Simply put, a Cleansing Balm is a make up remover. I personally feel that it is almost the same as an oil-based makeup remover.





The texture? It feels a little powdery and oily but that is what makes cleansing easier. A simple scoop of it can effectively clean away an entire face of make up. Remember to use a facial cleanser after that though. Like most make up remover, this is not a 2-in-1 thing. I am quite sure I will be buying the cleansing balm again after my first tub.





I love their pore series – Black Kill too!! Probably because I am very into pores products recently HEHE. I need to praise their Black Kill Pore Cleanser because of the rubber brush!





The brush is soft and gentle enough for my cheeks. Suitable for very very lazy people like me.





Don’t judge my pores but this is how I use it! I press the button to dispense some cleanser twice and rub them on my cheeks for a good 30 seconds on each side.





They have other products like Body Scrub, Cleansing Foam and even Quick Whitening Cream. I haven’t had the time to try them out but if I ever do, I will share the verdicts with you guys! 😀





W.Lab is available in the following places:

Sasa Singapore selected outlets – Tampines 1, Jurong Point, Westgate, Vivocity, Wisma Atria, ION Orchard
Zalora
Lazada
Aresa Beaute

NEW: Limited Edition Origins Skin Relief Soothing Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion

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Author: James Aw Yong

Keep your eyes peeled for Limited Edition Pop Art Inspired Dr.Andrew Weil for Origins Skin Relief Soothing Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion as Origins celebrate their Number 1 Bestseller around the globe – One bottle sold every 40 seconds.

Featuring the iconic Sea Buckthorn, a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-irritant berry which are rich in Vitamin c and E.

Out in stores and out with a bigger size at $99 for 400ml on top of their usual $62 for 200ml.

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Range

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Have you ever wondered if you are well protected from the sun? Is applying and re-applying sunblock really enough enough?

Now… Do you know that your skin can get better with age? I honestly don’t!!! Not until when I learnt more about the new Ultimate Miracle Worker from philosophy.

Most sun-care products provide protection up to 7% as the remaining 93% are made up of infra-red and visible light which can cause dark sports and aging. Does it sounds scary enough? I bet you don’t know that you can suffer from premature aging if you are constantly exposed to light. Speaking of light, it can come in any form, so this means that you may not necessary be safe even if you are indoor.

Now, for the first time, you will be protected against the full-light spectrum with Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Range!

The range consists of:
• Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Emulsion SPF25 $100/45ml
• Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Eye Multi Rejuvenation Eye Cream SPF15 $90/15ml
• Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Cream SPF 25 $100/60ml
• Ultimate Miracle Worker Night $120/60ml





Let me share with you some results conducted:





It’s advisable to put on additional layer of sunblock if you’re planning to be in the sun for a longer period of time.

I have been trying Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Emulsion and Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Eye 15ml for the past week. I am quite sure my skin feels more hydrated and radiant!!

The Lightweight Emulsion is not only light in texture, it can help protect against the broad light spectrum, while activating the skin rejuvenation process with their patented antioxidant complex (made from Angelica, Bitter Orange Peel, Pongamia, Green Coffee and Green tea, combined with Vitamin C). Infra-red and visible light will be reflected because of Ruby Powder and Titanium Dioxide-Covered Mica which acts as the reflectors.





I also love how it comes in a pump form! It makes applying skincare so much more hygienic and fuss-free! It even leaves my face clean and matte.





My personal favourite is the Worker Day Eye because it contains SPF 15! Tell me, how many eye care products in the market actually has SPF in them? Not much!





Take a look at my eyes, especially the bottom part, can you already see fine lines there? The harmful lights may be the cause of it and wrinkles tend to appear around the eyes area first before appearing in other areas of the face.





Please take good care of the area by using the Ultimate Miracle Working Eye every day in the morning. It keeps the skin around the eyes hydrated and protected. When the skin around the eyes are hydrated, you will find yourself looking even more young with that pair of youthful looking eyes. Not forgetting that it not only target fine lines, but also helps in dark circles, puffiness and loss for firmness!

For the texture wise, although it says cream but trust me, it absorbs really quickly – just like their day cream too. Upon application, the texture went from creamy to watery so people with oily eye lids like me, you don’t even have to worry about this!





If you are interested in the range, head over to their pop up store right outside Sephora ION Orchard level 1 from now to 25 May 2016 to find out more! Also enjoy gift with purchase when you shop with them!

P/S: I heard that the Worker Night is as awesome too!

Dr.Ci:Labo VC100 Essence Lotion

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Have you bought your mother a gift for the upcoming Mother’s Day yet? If not, how about trying out Dr.Ci:Labo VC100 Essence Lotion?





Let me share with you the benefits of this amazing lotion.

Some key ingredients in the Essence Lotion:

  • 3 types of collagens
  • 3 types of hyaluronic acid
  • Lipidure, which hydrates the skin
  • 3 fruit acids which remove dead skin cells and promote turnover while gently peeling the skin
  • Fullerene helps to absorb free radicals leaving the skin bright and radiant
  • 19 types of amino acids


Other than containing 100% deep sea water from Toyama Bay in Japan which can increase the penetration of ingredients, you can also find rich minerals in it. Even the concentration of the high permeability Vitamin C derivative is at 200%!! And what does this means? Plenty of ascorbic acid means it can prevent and treat UV-induced photo-damage!





I also like the thick watery texture that get absorbs really quickly and the natural citrus scent that comes from two fruit oils – Grapefruit and Orange.

Not forgetting that it is FREE of fragrance, alcohol, artificial coloring, mineral oil and paraben! So people with sensitive skin, this works for you too!!

After cleansing your face, just pour a few drops onto your palm and spread it over your face in the morning and night. Since it is an Essence Lotion, you can skip the step of apply an essence and move on to the moisturizer. Hehehe. Suitable for lazy people like me.





If your mother has opened pores, dark spots or wrinkles, you can gift this to her as a surprise! My mother has obvious dark spots and fine lines, and she is currently trying this out. I can’t wait to see the results!!

If you are interested in the Essence Lotion, you can either visit their store at ION Orchard #B3-41 (+65 6238 8395), Watsons @ Ngee Ann City, Parkway Parade or Raffles City, or even buy it online at www.ci-labo.com.sg

For more information on Dr. Ci:Labo, do follow them on their Facebook page or follow them on their Instagram (@drcilabosg). They update regularly!

AQUADERM by DCS

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We were greeted by authentic Korean Cuisine in Amara Hotel all thanks to DCS and you are reading this in 2 point of views.








The female and the male. It is easy to find female’s take on beauty/skincare products.

What about the guys? Here, I got it solved for you!





DCS is a new Korean skincare brand that is recently available in Watsons. The current range that is available is the AQUADERM. We are very much looking forward to the release of the two future range, especially POREDERM.





DCS harnesses the the volcanic power of Jeju (the core base of all DCS products)to help us achieve dewy and radiant skin. Rare mineral content like selenium, zinc and iron which plays a vital role to our skin health can all be found in the volcanic seawater.

Selenium: anti-oxidant mineral, responsible for skin elasticity and cell damage prevention

Zinc: alleviates damages caused by acne and reduces excessive sebum production

Iron: improves skin’s ability to repair and regenerate = reduces wrinkle.





From Left to Right:

Super Aqua Foam Cleanser $30.50

Super Aqua Cleansing Water $30.50

Super Aqua Toner $33.50

Super Aqua Ampoule $53

Super Aqua Day Cream $41

Super Aqua Night Cream $41

Maybeline’s take on the toner: The texture is a little soapy at first, which is a little different from other toners that I have tried but it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. The toner also comes with whitening and anti-wrinkling benefits.

James’s favourite among all was the ampoule: I needed instant effect so I tend to focus more on essence and ampoules. It feels a little sticky when I apply too much but ampoules are usually a little more dewy. Super Aqua Ampoule is said to have moisturizing content 6000x its own weight so I am hoping it can help me with my dry skin after a few months. I also like it because it’s a dropper – fuss free.

Our view for the Foam Cleanser: We don’t like cleansers that makes the skin feel tight and this cleanser fits right.

Now… for the Day (left) and Night Cream (right). We like the fact that the Day cream comes with additional UV blocking function (SPF20/PA+). Texture for the Day cream is lighter than the Night cream even though both keeps the skin moisturized.

The Day cream protects the skin from external elements and has rich moisture and nutrition from lavender and pansy extracts while the Night cream has thews vegetable extracts (lavender, cornflower and pansy) to help restores the skin to the healthy state after an entire day outside.





Texture of Day Cream – smooth and absorbs fast into the skin.





The POREDERM – Pore Tightening Serum is something both of us are very much looking forward to because we wanna kiss goodbye to pores.








And here’s Maybeline, in her DIY work. Check out the Super Aqua Ampoule glowing inside. Let’s glow from within 🙂








For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/dcs.sg.

Japanese Skincare – SANA sheet masks

I was recently introduced to a new brand in my list. When the parcel reached me, I have colleagues telling me “Hey, this is one of the most famous brand in Japan!”

This famous brand is none other than SANA – https://www.facebook.com/Sana.Singapore. I have tried it for 2 weeks and I am loving how easy and instant the effect is. It keeps my skin moisturized and supple. Take a look at the picture below for evidence:

 

My most most most favourite product from them is their SANA NAMERAKAHONPO instant sheet mask!

Top: Anti-aging (Wrinkle) Moist Sheet Mask $24.90
Bottom: Moist Sheet Mask $23.90

Remember, nobody is too early for anti-aging. You can start using anti-aging products as early as mid twenties.

 

I have my reasons to why I love these mask sheets!

1. They are very easy to use and convenient. Take them out like some facial wipes and spread it around the face. So clean and neat!

2. The elasticity of the mask is 188% where other mask stands between 107% to 133% only.

3. They are very affordable and SASA Singapore is currently running a promotion on them where you can get the 2nd buy at 50% off! (So affordable that I stocked up a few packets myself for my mom and James)

 

 

The security seals make sure that the masks are clean. Don’t even put those opened ones on your skin. It’s the face we are talking about yo!!

 

 

When you open the masks, you can see all the goodness inside. Be very very amazed by the amount of essence you can find in each piece of mask.

It contains vegetable collagen, fermented liquor of soybean, Hyaluronic Acid and Derivative of Vitamin C.

As for the Anti-aging Sheet Mask, it contains Fermentated liquor of soybeanxRetinol. People have experienced anti-wrinkle efficacy effect after 4 weeks of application!

You can use them on a daily basis for 5 minutes before bed time, or before your usual make up routine.

 

 

Look at the dear boy enjoying himself. Soaking his face with the essence. But this was taken 10 minutes after the application so the mask was a little drying up already. I tend to mask a little longer than the time stated cause I am a typical Singaporean. Kiasuuuu. Lol

 

 

The Moist Sheet Mast can be found in all SASA, Tokyu Hands, BHG & John Little Stores while the Anti-aging Sheet Mask is new and currently only exclusive to SASA Singapore stores.

Check them out on their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram at @sanasgp for more awesome products ahead! 🙂

 

The Shilla Duty Free

James always complain about me overspending on clothes and cosmetics. Cosmetics are generally way more expensive than clothes.

Now, I know where to stock up for the cheapest and branders cosmetics and perfumes! The ultimate shopping experience with 182 Cosmetics and Perfume brands can be found in our Changi Airport!!! It has the largest collection of beauty brands among airport duty free shops in Asia Pacific.

The prices are up to 40% cheaper than what is retailing in the city from Marc Jacobs to SK-II to Revlon to Laneige to Chanel to Jo Malone to NARS and more. Some sets are travel-exclusive so you can only get it inside. Terminal 1 was also the first place to launch the world’s first new SK-II AurActivator Complete Correction Cream!

You will be able to find The Shilla Duty Free at all 3 terminals but the iconic one will be at Terminal 3, which is expected to be completed in June 2015. It will house a Dior Makeup Flagship store, a beauty cafe and an SK-II Pitera spaaaaaa!

Korean pop stars, TVXQ and Chinese actress & Model Angelababy were there during the ribbon cutting session as they are the stores’ official ambassadors.

Why them? You must be thinking. Singapore is also hit by the Korean wave so you can find a lot of K-beauty brands there as they are highly sought after. Be prepared to be welcomed and look forward to a range of over 34 K-beauty brands!

Everyone was screaming for the k-pop boy band and Angelababy. And that goes to show that The Shilla has got the right ambassadors! Haha.

Apart from the departure hall, if you are only visiting Changi Airpot and not for traveling, be sure to check out the famous Korean brand which is finally now in Singapore – Whoo. You can visit them at its new flagship store at Terminal 1 Departure Check-in Hall area.

I must comment that the products looked like they are made for royalty.

I was totally sold by the lipstick!!! I bet you would be too!

For your information, you can also find The Shilla Duty Free at Seoul (Flagship Retail Store), Incheon International Airport, Jeju Island, Gimpo International Airport, Daegu International Airport and Macau Airport.

Visit http://sg.shilladutyfree.com/en for more information 🙂

EHA Skincare

Spent the last Friday night hanging out with MFP and the rest of the beauty bloggers you see in the picture below.

It was the launch of EHA Skincare stand alone store located at Shaw Centre.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #03-28 Singapore 228208

EHA skincare line are made in Japan and the products are formulated specially for Asians due to the humidity and sensitivity of our skin. The friendly staffs there brought us through the range they carry and explained to use which products might be suitable for our skin. People with sensitive or congested skin can also use them.

For me, they recommended me the EHA Moisturizing Gel and EHA Sunshield 24 hr.

For James, they recommended him the EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel and Acne Clear.

Let me bring you through some of the products:

First up, the EHA Moisturizing Gel ($88). This product is amazing! It appears to be gel at first and as you tap it, water droplets will start to form. The texture is very watery and non-greasy. Apply it before your foundation and the application of the foundation will seemingly be smoother and last longer.

Evening Primrose extract was also added in for anti-oxidant and whitening effect, seaweed extract for moisturizing and whitening, plant collagen and protein for deep hydrating and anti-aging effects. Basically, it is an all rounder. It takes care of all your skin concern.

Next up is my FAVOURITE. I tried this with James and we loved it. Our skin looked brighter and felt cleaner instantly. This is none other than the Gentle Exfoliating Gel ($68). It is said to reduce pigmentation and skin discoloration and it can maximize your skin’s ability to absorb the other nutrients that comes along. Basically a good prep for your skin.

I love how it gets rid of old keratin, dead cells while keeping the skin fresh and clean. Evening Primose oil was also added into the gel.

The staff thought James had oily skin and some parts of his face looked like acnes are going to pop up as it was red that night. But the guy had dry skin as well. So dry that they peel quite often so we were quite afraid of Acne Clear drying up his skin further.

All the staff there recommended this! Their popular EHA Sunshield 24hr ($98) because many of the sunscreens sold in the market today make use of chemical filters to block out the harmful rays and they are only effective in blocking some of the rays. But EHA Sunshield 24hr is said to be able to block more rays by 99% for a period of 24 hours with just one application :O

The ingredient also prevents spot generation and keep the skin cool and resistant against sunburn. The sunshield is so safe even small children can also use it.

Other products they carry are EHA Whitening Eye Cream, EHA Restore (for anti-aging properties) and more. You can also find other popular brands like Bioderma there as well.

I found a picture of myself with Xinyi but I missed out taking pictures of my dear sugar using my camera! :(((((

Anyway, I am avoiding all pictures until my eye recover from the eye infection 🙁

We enjoyed the catch up and the walk through nonetheless. Remember, EHA Skincare is only exclusively available at Shaw Centre! 🙂

CNP – From Korea to SG!

When I was in Korea last summer, I came across CNP Laboratory as it was one of the hottest brands there. CNP was founded in 2000 and the 50 dermatologists from CNP Aesthetic clinic understood the importance and need for good after-treatment home care for various skin issues, so they came out with different ranges for different types of skin type.

CNP Cosmetics is currently South Korea’s leading cosmeceutial brand and has no less than 120 skin-care products. I am really happy to try some of their star products out.

There are 20 products available in Singapore ranging from $14 to $68. You can find them in ION, Paragon, Takashimaya, Vivo City, Causeway Point, Jurong Point, North Point and Parkway Parade’s Guardian.

They have different ranges like Special Care, Basic Skin Care, A-Clean and Dual Balance. More products will come in in the future.

A-Clean products are suitable for people with oily to normal skin while Dual Balance are good for combination to normal skin.

There are currently two kinds of mask. They are the 2-step mask as each mask comes with an ampule. Single piece is retailing at $6.80 while a box of 5 pieces at $30.10.

Step 1: Apply the ampule on the entire face after thorough cleansing of the face
Step 2: Gently press the mask on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes

I usually go beyond 20 minutes but lesser than 30 minutes though!

Blue: Quick Soothing S.O.S Mask
Pink: Power Brightening D-Day Mask

There are currently three ampules and all of them are suitable for all skin types.

Vita-Solution Whitening Ampule (brown bottle) at $47.39
Mugener Ampule (white bottle on the left)  at $40.90
Propolis Energy Ampule (white bottle on the right) at $40.90

Propolis Energy Ample is one of their star products. It contains concentrated Propolis extract (also known as Honey Essence).

All the 3 ampules have light watery texture. It may appear sticky for the first 30 seconds, but once it gets absorbed it, there is no greasy or sticky feel at all.

Black Head Clear Kit ($14.10/3 sets). Each set comes with a hypoallergenic black head clear mask and a pore tightening mask which is used after the black head removal. Quite thoughtful eh?

Sleeping packs and sunblock are also available. I was so tempted to try their Propolis sleeping pack (gold tube, $48.90) for deep moisture. The white tube ($58.00) is for soothing. Seems like a good choice to rotate the two masks around.

Their sunblock – Tone-Up Protection Sun is tinted! So BB or CC cream is needed after this. It acts as a makeup base as well.

I was very amaze with their Daily Peeling Foam ($48.90).

The peeling effect is very gentle so it is suitable for everyday use. It foams by itself. You don’t even have to rub it. It is so gently that even people with dry skin can use it. So don’t even worry about flaking skin. The patented Anti-Irritant complex also made it suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Skin feels smoother after exfoliation when dead skin cells are washed away together with the foam.

Doesn’t some of the products sound amazing already? As mentioned, find them at the various Guardian Pharmacy outlets 🙂

Find them at: http://www.cnpcosmetics.com.sg/

9 Miracles of Peat!

When the boyfriend was away, I went for a facial with Xinyi with courtesy of belif to experience the 9 miracles of peat!

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The Peat Miracle Skincare by belif is finally completed with the new addition of Peat Miracle Revital Serum Concentrate ($85) and relaunching the existing Cream and Eye Cream. Already in the line is their popular belief Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream ($71), Peat Miracle Revital Cream ($84) and Oil Control Moisturizer Fresh ($54).

Peat contains a whole lot of natural goodness from herbs, shrubs, berries and minerals so it is something good for the skin. It has anti-aging and moisturizing properties and at the same time, gentle to the skin. It does not cause outbreak so it is also suitable for people with oily skin.

The green bottles are from the new Peat range.

While the white packaging consists of cleanser, toner, essence and etc. Their star product is the Hungarian Water Essence which increase the skin hydration level by 20%.

Tea and cakes before the facial. belief products were used throughout the entire facial at My Cozy Room, located at 56A Cairnhill Road Singapore 229667. You can also find them on Instagram at @MyCozyRoomSpa.

All the goodness in a room. As my eyes were closed during the facial, I couldn’t take note of the products used. But the products did NOT give me any sticky feeling, or breakouts.

The face felt more hydrated and plumper after the facial. I like the Peat Miracle Revital Mask that was applied. It is said to help the skin improve its cell regeneration efficiency. But I like the fact that it can tighten sagging pores. I am quite a sucker for skincare that can help tighten pores.

I was having a little breakout on the forehead due to period but yea, here’s my bare face with eye make up on.

The entire facial and massage took 1 hour and I went for the next event feeling more fresh after a good pamper.

 I can’t wait to receive the products for a better review! 🙂