Best Makeup Remover – FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil

I love makeup! I like the way it helps me try different looks. For example, when I meet my friends for brunch on weekends, I try something more natural looking. When I go on a night out with them, I opt for something more dramatic, like smoky eyes and red lipstick!

I love makeup but I have to admit that removing it can be difficult. I’ve tried countless makeup removers and it’s so hard to look for something that I really like! Some are too harsh; others can’t remove my waterproof makeup.  Also, I need something that has no preservatives, because I have sensitive skin. Products with parabens and additives leave breakouts on my skin!

Which is why I’m really glad that FANCL is back in Singapore. Their products contain no preservatives—that’s just perfect for me! I was a fan of FANCL’s since it was here in Singapore many years ago and am very glad they’re back. And of course I’m super happy that they brought FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil with them!

At night, I use FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup before starting my three-step routine. I like it because it doesn’t have any strong smell (fragrant products sometimes cause me to sneeze). Another thing I love is how the packaging makes it small enough to bring anywhere like when I’m traveling or going on staycations!

So, how does MCO work? MCO applies Nano Technology that penetrates the pores to dissolve makeup and impurities. You can try removing dark liner and smoky eye makeup with this baby and I assure you your face will be squeaky clean!

Even though it’s oil based, I don’t feel any sticky residue. I’m sure you agree that there’s nothing ickier than the feeling of having an oily face!

MCO is so gentle that I use it for my entire face, including my eyes and lips. It also works like a protective layer of sorts. We all know that rubbing and pulling the skin while washing it is bad. So MCO acts like a layer that hides your skin from any unnecessary pulling or scratching.

I think some people are confused as to how MCO should be used. Here’s a quick guide on how simple it is to use it:

HOW TO APPLY

1. Evenly apply 2-3 pumps of cleansing oil on your face

2. Gently massage your face for 15 seconds or until the makeup dissolves.

3. Rinse with water and follow with FANCL Facial Washing Powder for thorough cleansing.

If you still don’t know where you can get FANCL items, you can get MCO at Level 1 Isetan Scotts Orchard Road. I heard that FANCL will be opening more counters later this year!

By the way, before going to FANCL’s counter, don’t forget to download the iFANCL SG App (which is available on Apple App store and Google Play). New members get to enjoy a free $10 e-Voucher upon sign up!

Thanks a lot for reading! Xx

BANISH your Acne today with BANISH Starter Kit

So lucky me managed to get hold of the popular BANISH Starter Kit all the way from Pasadena, CA founded by Daisy, a beauty youtuber who suffered from acne and acne scars when she was younger and founded this line to help acne sufferers like me and you.

This beauty kit contains a few of their star products, Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin C Beauty Elixir, Medium Banisher, Pen Banisher, Pumpkin Enzyme Masque, Activated Charcoal Clay Masque and Pore Smasher. Basically everything you will ever need to reduce your skin issues like blemishes, skin elasticity, skin brightening, acne scars, and pore appearance! All their products are cruelty free and vegan. Let me tell you a little more about their products and how it works.

Pore Eraser/Smasher

The Pore Eraser can be used before the Banisher to numb the skin or even after applying serum and elixir to tighten pores and reduce irritated skin. To use this, you simply roll on the skin after leaving it in the  fridge for 20 minutes! I thought it felt better after leaving it in the fridge. It cooled down some redness I was having and I love it.

Pore Banisher

Pore banishers literally enhance the effectiveness of the skincare products. Basically, there are three banishers’ sizes (S, M and Pen (XS)). You can even buy refills of these banishers off the store.

In the kit, I got the Medium and Pen Banisher. M Banisher which can be used on both body or face is best for revitalising, brightening, and retexturing the skin surface. The Pen Banisher on the other hand is works best for active acne and pimples.

comes with a pouch too~

comes with a stand

comes with a container for you to use when rinsing with alcohol
Medium sized Banisher, simply roll gently all over face.

comes in a cylinder shaped bottle, sealed.

The M Banisher should be used once every 2 weeks and the Pen can be used once every 2 weeks or once a week.

Vitamin C Serum

It is recommended to use the Vitamin C Serum daily and right after the banisher to brighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin texture and elasticity and to protect your skin from damage. To use, simply pat on the serum gently. Texture was lightweight and watery hence easily absorbed into skin.

Vitamin C Elixir

Gives off an instant cooling effect once spritz onto the skin. Like most Vitamin C, the Vitamin C Elixir tones and preps the skin, acts as a skin refresher, calms redness and at the same time brightens the skin. It contains aloe and the tree oil to reduce redness and inflammation. It kind of smells like menthol and I really dig menthol smell for some reason.

Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Made to order everyday so don’t you worry about it not being fresh! As a pumpkin lover, I was so tempted to have a taste of it since it smells and looks just like pumpkin! Texture is rather lightweight and has tiny bits in it. It exfoliates the skin to reveal new skin underneath, and improves skin texture too.

Activated Charcoal Clay Masque

without mixing, its actually powder.
This is how it looks after mixing with water.

A mask made to absorb and draw out dirt, oil, and other unwanted stuff off the skin yet not over drying! To use, mix it with water or any liquid you prefer. As recommended, I like to use this 1-2 times per week to deep cleanse my skin! I thought this did a pretty good job in cleansing. I did felt fresher after rinsing it off.

As these BANISH masks contains AHAs, it causes the skin to become more sensitive and the sun could trigger more hyper pigmentation which can eventually darken spots. So please make sure you wear your sunscreen daily!

So my skin is quite quick when it comes to letting me know if they don’t like a product, as in I will get breakouts. So after using BANISH products for a week now, I am very happy I did not get breakouts and my complexion remained clear! YAY. I did not have any active acne yet scars diminished slightly. I think with continuous use, I can look forward to better skin.

BEFORE AND AFTER

As BANISH wants to help as many people as they can for their acne and skin problems/issues, they offer FREE shipping worldwide. Currently on discount, go get the BANISH Starter Kit today!

To find out more about BANISH and its products, head over to their website! Refer to this PDF on how to use the products if you are still confused.

 

SEPHORA PRESS DAY 2016

HULLOOO friends!

So finally, I have the chance to take out all the stuff I got from Sephora Press Day and I am so happy with all the goodies! If you don’t already know, I am a huge SEPHORA fan and have lost count of how many SEPHORA 10% vouchers I have redeemed over the past few years. I used to go crazy and couldn’t control myself every time I stepped into SEPHORA but things are getting better…I think.

Anyway as promised, I will show you what I received from SEPHORA press day. If you don’t already know, SEPHORA press day is one day where Singapore press get invited to preview and try out upcoming launches at Sephora — nail colours, eye palettes, hair products and the latest skincare essentials, before they hit the shelves next season. My favourites and some of the latest collections from the brands are all here.

NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil

I got the NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil, Blur Pencil and Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Waterproof Setting Gel. Have to love the NUDESTIX Intense Matte Colour Lip + Cheek Pencil. The key difference between these and the existing NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencils is that the finish is now matte where it was previously more creamy. These come in a crayon form which gives off a intense colour payoff. I got the RAVEN shade which is a dark burgundy colour that I adore.

Tarte Naughty Nudes Collection

Tarte never disappoints. Here they are again, coming up with 5 new nude shades for their ever popular Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paints (which I have both TBT and Namaste) and calling them Naughty Nudes. Tartelettes’ favorite full coverage, matte liquid lipsticks are in an array of longwearing, on-trend nudes & brown shades.

Tarte Lippie Lingerie

Just like the texture of a lip balm. It’s infused with a refreshing mint that is perfect for a midday pick-me-up. One swipe is all you need to deliver full coverage that lasts however along the day I found that the colour dies off pretty quickly as compared to the lip paints so I had to reapply a couple of times throughout the day. Best part: It’s vegan-friendly! Lippie Lingerie comes in eight different shades of nudes.

Permanent nude lippie collection features the signature tarteist creamy matte formula for high- coverage, wearable nude color with a lightweight, non-drying finish.

This vegan friendly formula delivers a rich, smoothing pigment while helping to hydrate & soften thanks to the ultra-concentrated, lip-loving mineral pigments.

They have also added an Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter to their blush family that provides a soft, whisper light radiance. This shade compliments all complexions with micro, pearlescent flecks to mimic light bouncing off the contours of the face for a seamless strobing effect & overall awakened appearance.

Available from 21 JUL.

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick

Getting all the hype are these NYX nude Lingerie Lippies which are all over youtube beauty channels. I am dying to get every shade available too! Coming to SEPHORA this September, I can’t wait to burn my pocket on them.

Hourglass Ambient® Light Correcting Primer

A first of its kind collection of light correcting primers that neutralize, brighten and soften light, refining the appearance of the complexion for a soft, subtle glow. With a texture and feel unlike other primers, these weightless oil free formulas blur, smooth and perfect the skin as the first step in creating your perfect light. Already available in stores!

3CE White Milk Cream

Containing 50% Milk Protein extracts, this White Milk Cream instantly brightens dull complexion and fights blemishes for milky white skin tone every day. It may also be used as the last step of your skin care routine to smooth out uneven skin tone and show off a milky white no-makeup look.

BECCA Backlight Priming Filter

More than just a primer, this is the secret BEHIND the iconic BECCA glow. Infused with three unique Filtering Luminescent Pearls, this  lightweight, whipped fluid creates a smooth canvas and acts as an instant filter for a healthy, luminescent glow. It is also equipped with an instant Cooling Effect that helps to soothe the skin. The coverage is sheer and has a radiant finish.

BDB Brow Buddy Tool

Patented with facial symmetry in mind—and a desire to stop the cookie cutter brows, this is a  tool that allows precise measurements based on each person’s unique face. This tool shows you how to shape brows unique to every face. The Brow Buddy and the pencil included in the kit are vegan friendly and never tested on animals.

Commodity Goods

Commodity Goods perfume set offers two premium fragrance collections that cover the entire scent spectrum. The Black Collection and The White Collection differs. The Black Collection is made of complex, moody and intense tones while The White Collection is made of bright, airy and easy tones. My favorites have to be Magnolia, Rain and Whiskey scents.

COVER FX CUSTOM COVER DROPS

Custom Cover Drops are pure pigments that allow you to customize any product in your beauty regimen and control the level of coverage. Available in 18 shades, Custom Cover Drops can be mixed with anything liquid: moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations and tinted moisturisers to create that perfect canvas for the face.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara

This ultimate mascara combines drama, volume and curl like no other mascara. This is made with a unique water-resistant, conditioning formula that blends Keratin and Shea Butter for instantly transformed lashes and superior staying-powder that’s easy to remove with warm water.

First Aid Beauty’s NEW 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

This is the ideal one-step prep for a flawless face before any big event and anytime your complexion needs a pick-me-up. This 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask immediately delivers an InstaFAB effect – it’s like a personal Instagram filter!

Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

This brand is finally coming to Sephora Singapore! Already all over youtube channels, this best-selling, award-winning, cult-favourite waterproof concealer delivers highly pigmented, long-lasting coverage that won’t crease or crack.

Your Skin But Better CC+TM SPF 50+
 Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum

A colour-correcting cream that never creases
 or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. It’s infused with an advanced anti-ageing serum made of hydrolysed collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants that works together to give you a more radiant, supple and flawless-looking complexion. I like how lightweight the formula is and how the coverage is significant.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipstick

This innovative formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries into an ultra-matte opaque finish. Infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler, Melted Matte ensures color always looks rich, full, and kissable. According to my friends’ reviews, apparently some shades were non drying and doesn’t crack whereas some does. Despite the reviews, this is still one of the top beauty items I want to get.

Too Faced Lip Injection

A lip plumper for immediate satisfaction and long-term results; this is a day and night use serum that will become part of your daily routine. The tingling sensation tells you it’s working and lips appear full and pouty from your very first application and plumper overall, overtime. It glides on as a clear gloss with light reflecting shine and supreme moisture.

Too Faced Sketch Market Liquid Art Liner

Sketch Marker is an advanced liquid eyeliner inspired by Japanese Calligraphy Pens. The flexible tip allows you to effortlessly create paintbrush-like strokes for daytime to dramatic cat eyes and everything in between. Available in a kaleidoscope of colors from soft pastels to bold pop art shades.

Too Faced Totally Cute Sticker Eye Shadow

Nine brand new highly pigmented shades in matte to shimmer finishes plus totally cute limited edition stickers to jazz up your palette! Everyday neutrals and bright pops of color allow you to create a look that’s hashtag AMAZING! The palette includes rich, high-pigment shadows that offer true color payoff. I love the stickers selection that allows full customization!

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick

 

The Glow Stick imparts a universal glow that flatters all skintones.  Unlike powder luminizers and highlighters, this fresh-looking cream fuses with the complexion for a healthy-looking sheen. The palm-shaped case makes it perfect for travel, so that you can say goodbye to cracked powder compacts.

Marc Jacobs Air blush Soft Glow Duo

Marc Jacobs beauty ignites the next big trend in beauty with the launch of the new air blush soft glow duo. Recreating the flush that lasts up to 24 hours.

NAILS INC STELLAR SHADES

Metallic nail polish is definitely having a moment. Have to love the spray on nail polish can that could even make manicurists lose their job! They are so travel friendly and easy to use. Just a quick spray and you are ready to party!

GD Eau de Toilette


YG Entertainment, plans to launch its first iconic unisex fragrance GD Eau de Toilette which was created by moonshot and the brand’s muse G-Dragon.

GD EDT is a fragrance combined with citrus marine woody notes that evokes the feeling one gets when strolling along the beach while sensing the romantic summer breeze. Layer it on with another scent to create your own signature scent or its good on its own too!

OUAI WAVE SPRAY

A weightless texture mist that I love perfect for effortlessly chic, undone hair.

Perfekt Beauty Skin Perfection Gel

A silky, smooth sheer color gel that instantly perfects or enhances the appearance of skin. An easy alternative to traditional sheer foundation, primer, color corrector and powder in one! This provides a natural, buildable coverage with a silky, smooth finish. It is sweat proof, water resistant and transfer-resistant.

Peter Thomas Roth Iris Moor Mud Purifying Cleansing Gel

This cleansing gel cleanse, purify and dissolve excess oil and makeup with detoxifying Irish Moor Mud, Hijiki Seaweed, Volcanic Ash and Charcoal. Lactic and Salicylic Acids, Willow Bark and Tea Tree Oil. It helps to gently remove pore-clogging dead surface skin cells to smooth and balance skin leaving a mattified, clear complexion. Skin texture is refined, brightened and the appearance of pores is minimized over time.

Zoeva makeup brushes are one of the best brushes I have used. The bristles are soft and blends like a dream. The packaging alone is a winner with the light handles making it easier to apply products with.

Hope this garnered excitement for all the latest launches that will be coming to Sephora Singapore in a month or two. Even I can’t wait for these brands’ new releases. Will be back with a part two of my favourite products from Sephora Press Day.

 

OMG, check out my Taobao Haul from EzBuy!

Are you a shopaholic like me and enjoy cheap thrills? Well, no one does it better than Taobao that hails from China. Even though Taobao is well known for cheap prices, not many people have easy access to them, as Taobao is not exactly user friendly for foreigners because of the Mandarin language settings. This is where Ezbuy.sg comes in! Besides the language settings, some of my friends told me about their horror stories where the goods they bought directly from Taobao without any middle person was defected or worst, never came! Ezbuy does the quality inspection part on your behalf so you can rest assure your goods will not be defected and will arrive safely to Singapore. I always shop my Taobao Haul or US Cosmetics on ezbuy and I will show you how below.

So why shop from ezbuy for your Taobao Haul or your favorite US cosmetics? Not only is it cheaper because you shop directly from the country of origins that helps to bypass any importer, exporter, distributor or retailers, there are also other benefits!

When you shop your Taobao Haul with ezbuy using Prime, you get $2.99 unlimited shipping regardless the size, weight or quantity where you are able to save tons on shipping fee. You also get instant upgrade to SVIP membership where you get to enjoy 50% savings off agent fee on Prime orders. This includes all Buy-For-Me services such as Purchasing, Inspection and After-sales support (trust me, this is A LOT of savings we are talking about here). If you are still unsure whether to get Prime, you may want to check out their 30-day Trial!

I only shop with ezbuy for my Taobao Haul and even though the shipping is quite affordable and I find the cheapest in the market, I still think Prime $2.99 unlimited shipping is so worth it if you are like me, always shopping  on Taobao! I shop on Taobao once every two weeks and I find it damn worth it!

Check out my amazing Taobao Haul from EzBuy! There are soooo many things you can get! Some of my friends even got their wedding dresses and furniture there! They have cute carpets, sofas and vanity tables for sale! My manicurist bought her working table there too. The furniture below was also all bought from Taobao (pic credits to scene.sg)!

You can also ship in your favorite Kylie Lip Kits or Colorpop Cosmetics from there too! That’s how I got mine.

Typical stuff I usually get from Taobao are accessories, clothes and shoes! I even got my cute bikinis from there too.

Anyway, ezbuy is really easy to use! Allow me to show you how.

1. Create an account
2. Go to Taobao and select an item you wish to purchase
3. Copy the link of the item you wish to purchase
4. Paste the link you copied onto the search bar on ezbuy.sg and press enter
5. It will take you to a page that allows you to select Color/Size/Quantity and you can select “Add to Cart” after
6. You will be taken to the “Shopping Cart” page where you can select your Shipping choice. Select “Check Out” when you are done!

So what are you waiting for? Quickly register now and you get Free $10 Shopper Voucher with this link: bit.ly/ssydney65

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate Review

ARE YOU READY FOR KIEHL’S BIGGEST LAUNCH OF THE YEAR? This magic potion, Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is out. Grab samples at your nearest Kiehl’s store today or just buy it now and you won’t be disappointed. In fact you will thank me later.

For the first time in a facial skincare product, quinoa husk extract has been formulated into an anti-aging overnight treatment. The all new Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate ($99, 30ml) offers accelerated cell turnover, refined texture, improved skin tone evenness, and softer, more radiant skin.

The Dermatology industry addresses signs of aging in a myriad of ways including one of the industry’s most popular and effective treatments – Chemical Peels.

While effective, the treatment can cause skin sensitivity including redness, irritation, PIH or POH and scarring. The expense of such treatments also presents a challenge for many of us as a single chemical peel treatment can cost between SGD$800-$1200.

To offer a solution for customers seeking gentle and affordable at-home alternatives to chemical peels as well as medical patients desiring heighted efficacy of a Dermatologist procedure, Kiehl’s developed the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate.

I really like this one, having used a couple of home based chemical peels before, this is my favourite. It is gentle enough for use everyday but of course if you have very sensitive skin, try to keep it to once or twice a week only. I like to use this once every week to maintain radiant and healthy skin! After using this for a few days, I found my skin a lot brighter, acne scars have also slightly lightened. Hopefully with prolonged use, my scars will totally disappear.

Texture: light

Smell: Smells lightly citrusy

Available in stores already, what are you waiting for? Go get it now!