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Waking Up With Glow, ASTALIFT In-Focus Collective Serum Review

So what really makes my skin glow? I believe most of you are tired of hearing skincare reviews as they all sound the same BUT trust me when I say, this post will reveal to you a revolutionary serum that is probably one of the best in the market, well at least for me that is.

I was hesitant when I first heard of ASTALIFT but decided to give it a try anyway and to my pleasant surprise, their products actually worked well for my skin. I found out during my consultation that all along I have been missing one step in my skincare regime which shockingly to say, is a serum! So all along my skincare regime which comprises of Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser, Sunblock daily isn’t enough. According to the trainer, I should add Serum before Moisturiser to allow better penetration of the nutrients from the product while Moisturiser acts as a protective layer to hydrate your skin.

Most people do not know this but ASTALIFT is developed by FUJIFILM. FUJIFILM Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, in Japan, is best known for all FUJIFILM products such as photo imaging and digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, medical and life science products for more than 20 years in Singapore.

Applying its propriety knowledge of nanotechnology for exposing and colour developing in film making, FUJIFILM created ASTALIFT, an award-winning brand that offers carefully-researched skincare and supplement products with proven efficacy.

I recently visited the newly opened third and largest boutique  in NEX, the largest mall in the Northeast region of Singapore. Spanning 688 square feet, this shop features the brand’s signature red hue to signify the vibrancy and richness of ASTALIFT.

A highlight of this retail outlet includes a skin analyser machine, where customers’ skin condition is analysed, so that suitable products can be recommended accordingly. I was fortunate enough to be given a try at their skin analyser during their roadshow. It was truly an educational experience where I got to learnt my skin’s age, and also the areas my skin was lacking in. My skin was severely lacking in hydration and drowning in oiliness. I was recommended a simple skincare regime to follow by the trainer.

Everyone listening attentively to Jason as he gave us the skincare tips.
The skin analyzer
Here’s a pic with the skin analyser!
Results of the skin analysis will be shown on the TV
They have whitening drinks too!

Astalift In-Focus Cellactive Serum

One of the products recommended to me during the analysis was the NEW ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum.  This serum contains Nano-Astaxanthin CP+ for stem cell anti-oxidation protection and Boswellia Serrata for existing stem cells activation. Stem Cells are re-energised to combat skin ageing like wrinkles and loss of elasticity while improving skin tone, radiance and softness. Stem Cells are additionally protected from stresses that cause skin damage. This results in delayed ageing and restoration of skin elasticity and youth through Stem Cell Rejuvenation.

ASTALIFT White Perfect Clear UV Solution SPF50+ PA+++

The serum’s texture was an intriguing film-like orangey gel texture . The Ion Sensing Technology allows immediate penetration of serum as it glides on the skin. Skin feels fresher and well-protected with a lightweight film-like texture over my face.  The therapeutic scent of Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine & Sandalwood lifted my moods instantly preparing me for a good night’s sleep. Plus, I love that it comes with a hygienic pump mechanism.

Orange film-like gel texture.
The travel-friendly sized bottle is so lightweight making it perfect to bring around.
After absorption, skin is hydrated and has a watery film-like texture.

Here’s my before and after pictures:

Skin is more hydrated and lines, pores, pimples are lesser.

comes in a hygienic pump mechanism

In addition to the In-Focus Cellactive Serum, the trainer also mentioned two other products to use in conjunction with the serum as a daily beauty regime. The two other products are the Jelly Aquarysta and Perfect UV Clear Solution SPF50P PA++++.

ASTALIFT Jelly Aquarysta

ASTALIFT Jelly Aquarysta is their signature product. This is a jelly-type beauty essence from their aging range. The product contains “human-type nano acyl ceramide”, moisturizing ingredient stably dispersed at the world’s smallest 20nm-level, in addition to proprietary moisturizing ingredient “human-type nano ceramide”, thereby enhancing moisturizing function that moisturizes every corner of skin. This product is used straight after cleansing to enhance absorption of my other products, such as the In-Focus Cellactive Serum.

ASTALIFT Perfect UV

The most essential skincare step for me would be sufficient sun protection and what better way to achieve that is to apply loads of sunblock!  Under the ASTALIFT White skincare series, this tube offers enhanced UV protection with signature ingredients to promote smoother, brighter-looking skin.

White Perfect Clear UV Solution is a multi-functional beauty essence and make-up base offering five-way protection against the sun. Besides containing D-UV Guard, the proprietary UV protecting agent that offers advanced UV protection against Deep UVA to prevent “incidental sunburn”, the new product also features the UV Action Capsule that bursts when exposed to UV rays to release a generous amount of beauty ingredients including the Vitamin C derivative.

It also has a sensor cap which changes colour to purple when it is exposed to deep UVA, to alert me that it is time to top up my sunblock. It can be applied on top of my makeup too, without worries of smudging.

Besides the range of skincare products, they have makeup too also! Which received recognition from CLEO and Her World beauty awards!

FUJIFILM’s strengths lies in image analyzing technologies, gleaned from its vast experience in the photogenic and medical fields, have also been used in skin tone reproduction technology to enhance one’s looks in the cosmetics field.

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!

Wish to try the In-Focus Cellactive Serum? ASTALIFT is giving away a  3-day sample at any of the following outlets, all you have to do is quote my name “SYDNEY” when you visit the outlets

ASTALIFT @ Wisma Atria

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Telephone Number: (+65) 6238-6386 Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily

ASTALIFT @ JEM

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ASTALIFT @ NEX

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Learn more about the In-focus Cellactive Serum HEREhttp://bit.ly/2x7siOI

Sephora Spring Press Day

So another half a year has passed since Sephora Fall Press Day which I had the pleasure of attending last year. Thank you for having me again, Jasmine and Sephora team!

This year, expect to see many new Korean and US brands appearing in Sephora! I myself have grown to love some of these new brands which I got to meet during the event.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color

Some of my favourites from this season would be Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Capri. Its a bright coral red and glides on smoothly. Nudestix packaging never fails to amaze me every time. It comes with a sharpener in a tight metal casing.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream and Bye Bye Pores Primer

The widely popular Bye Bye Under Eye Cream and Bye Bye Pores Primer from IT Cosmetics are my new faves too! The Bye Bye Eye Cream really gives instant results! I am amazed with how insignificant my eye bags are after. In addition, the Primer is also oil free and even after the entire day, my face is oil free and as smooth as when i first applied it.

ThisWorks range

Stress Check Face Mask

My first time chancing upon this range, I immediately fell in love with the packaging and the purpose of the range.

It is a daily and emergency treatment mask to rescue and protect stressed out skin. Suitable for even damaged and sensitive skin.

Stress Check Breathe In

Refresh and calm your senses with this aroma-therapeutic roller ball an upgraded formulation of the deep sleep stress less.

Becca First Light Priming  Filter 

A wake up call for the skin, First Light Filter Face Primer brightens lackluster and dull skin and instantly refreshes the complexion. It’s perfect for flaunting a fresh canvas for all-day makeup wear. \ First Light Filter Face Primer is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and is suitable for all skin types and tones. It looks violet but applies sheer.

Tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette

A portable, tarteist™ PRO palette with six exclusive, metallic and matte shades that are enriched with Amazonian clay.

Feel like a makeup artist wherever you go with this high-performance PRO palette. It includes four new, long-wearing matte and metallic eyeshadows that are infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and flake-resistant wear, and two iridescent shades with a micro-shimmer, duo-chrome formula. Each shadow is loaded with deeply concentrated mineral pigments with a smart-blend technology to leave you with the same even, intense payoff as the original tarteist™ PRO palette.

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

This highlight and contour palette helps you glow like a pro using healthy ingredients. Each carefully-selected shade has a rich, cool undertone to mimic real shadow and light reflection for the most natural look. Each of the four intense highlighting powders delivers a buildable, micro-shimmer strobing effect, and the two universal, matte contouring shades add balanced dimension in cream and powder formulas that can be worn alone or layered. Powered by nutrient-rich Amazonian clay, each shade balances your skin for the best payoff possible with no harsh lines and a long-wearing finish.

June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque & June Jacobs Mandarin Moisture Masque

Both maques are housed in a resealable package perfect for travel size. This masque can be used several times! I love how moisturised my skin feels after applying.

Cover FX Custom Blot Drops Oil Control

This product supposedly should control oil and can be used as a primer. The best thing about Cover FX products is that it acts as an add on, you can add this product to any other products you own – foundation, moisturiser, serum etc. However the problem I faced was my foundation slide all over the face throughout the day and it it doesn’t really make much difference by the end of the day. Actually I personally would rather just use blotting papers though.

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

A loose setting powder that helps set foundation and provide a soft luminous finish.

This powder is rich in antioxidants to soothe and reduce redness and extend foundation wear to last all day. It also provides moisturizing benefits and controls shine while offering a light, luminous finish.

ZOEVA Brow Spectrum Palette

The palette comes equipped with a range of long-wearing, highly pigmented brow powders that seamlessly blend together to create customized shades with sheer to medium coverage as well as a selection of matte and shimmering highlighters to brighten eyes and visually lift up the arches – for intense brow statements or natural eye looks.

The formulation of the powders is enriched with vitamin E and is 100% free of parabens, mineral oils, perfume and phthalates. Made in Italy.

Zoeva Pencils and Mascara

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology for depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level.

This product is very blendable and natural. Although it has slight shimmer on the pan but on the skin it melts beautifully on the skin. The color is very pretty on it’s own.

Arcona White Tea Purifying Cleanser

Rich in antioxidants, this facial cleanser purifies as it tones leaving skin poreless and refreshed. White and green teas combine with cranberry enzymes to neutralize free radicals and nourish, clarify and strengthen skin. Calming yucca, vitamin E and shea butter extracts help maintain skin’s natural pH balance. Experience a soothing cleanse that won’t strip, dry or irritate skin with Arcona’s White Tea Purifying Cleanser.

Arcona Eye Dew

Eye Dew is a protective anti-aging formula that hydrates and revitalizes the delicate skin around the eyes. Prevent the deepening of fine lines and wrinkles with a hearty dose of shea butter, hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids that act as a barrier to outside damage. Increase elasticity with liquid crystals and soothe damaged skin with anti-inflammatory blueberry extract.

Arcona Triad Pads

Get the replenishing benefits of Arcona’s Cranberry Toner in convenient cotton pads that cleanse, tone and hydrates the skin with an infusion of protective antioxidants. Packed with vitamins and essential fatty acids, they leave skin clearer, healthier and restored.

FAB – FIRST AID BEAUTY 3 in 1 Superfruit Color Correcting Cushion

A weightless, one-step color-correcting cushion with three universal tints to instantly brighten dullness, decrease redness, and even out tone, while hydrating and refreshing skin. Best for  uneven skin tone, redness, and dullness.

It gives a beautiful glow and for someone who does have some redness on my cheeks, it did it’s job on correction. It also adds a stunning radiance that stays sheer through your base makeup. Usually at the end of the night, my skin tends to shift red and blotchy, but not with this.

 

Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Creme in Slow Burn

Lasting wear meets hydration for a completely new liquid lipstick sensation with Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème. Enjoy the indulgent creaminess of this lipstick—now available in a luxurious liquid formula that glides onto lips so that they stay looking plump and full all day long. Formulated with Brazilian cupuaçu butter and collagen, the rich, creamy texture always feels cushiony, and lips never appear lined or cracked. Featuring a range of bold nudes and a delicate vanilla scent, each stroke of the velvety doe-foot applicator delivers unexpected, full, nude coverage with a subtle, satin sheen.

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Whirlpool

Make a bold statement with this extreme wear, waterproof eyeliner. Lay it all on the line and double down on color. Experience the intense pigment payoff and amazing glide of the original bestselling highliner in a new matte finish. The formula’s pure hues are glitter-free and intensified by the super-rich finish. The malleable formula glides on smoothly for precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear. For maximum impact, pair with O!mega lash shade extensions.

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

A natural-looking, radiance-enhancing highlighter with a unique texture and a barely-there feel. Bouncy-to-the-touch, this unique, radiance-enhancing highlighter is gossamer-light and melts into skin for a weightless feel. Ultrafine, light-diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow.

Kat Von D Lock It Precision Powder Brush

Designed with high-quality, soft synthetic bristles, this brush is ideal for use with Lock-It Setting Powder to set under-eye concealer. It can also be paired with your favorite highlighter for precision strobing. The sleek, stiletto handle was inspired by a witch’s broomstick, with smooth, sturdy acrylic handles weighted for an ergonomic grip and ultimate control.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Satin Black

Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible tip glides across the lashline for fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease.

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent

This silky, non-drying powder features Micro-Blurring Technology to softly diffuse pores for a refined, selfie-ready finish. Formulated to be undetectable on all skintones, Lock-It Setting Powder has a complexion-boosting blend of mattifying particles to smooth imperfections and lock-in your look for a velvety matte finish. For flawless all-over setting, apply with the Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. To bake or set under-eye concealer, use the Lock-It Precision Powder Brush.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation in Light 45 Neutral 

Lock-It Foundation rocks so hard! Creamy and pigmented, it’s the only long-wear liquid formula we can count on to create a perfect canvas

Kocostar Masks 

Newly launched in Singapore, Kocostar took the storm. Coming up with creative masks and skincare, the brand sounds super instagram worthy!

Dr Jart Rubber Mask

Dr Jart+ Dermask Rubber Mask in Clear Lover and Moist Lover

The Dr.Jart+ Dermask Rubber Mask has 4 different types, Clear Lover, Firming Lover, Bright Lover, and Moist Lover. The rubber mask is pretty dry, as in that there is no extra fluid in the packet. It sicks to the inside of the packet so you have to take it out carefully for it’ll rip which happened to me. The mask feels like it’ll fall off but the ampoule does a good job of adhering the mask to the face.

Botanist Shampoo and Treatment

Botanist Shampoo and Treatment

A popular botanical silicone-free shampoo & treatment. BOTANIST is a Japanese hair care product available at our official online stores, and it’s receiving recognition as one of the top ranking products in JapanNorth America and France. It it fully contains plant oils and moisturizes your hair right after rinsing and also replenishes moisture to your dry winter hair.

Blithe Soothing and Healing Green Tea Splash Mask

An innovative way to mask, this green tea-infused liquid treatment is applied in the shower to reveal smooth, glowing skin. Perfect for Acne and blemishes, Redness and Pores.

Blithe Pressed Serum Crystal Ice Plant

Ice plant extract is combined with botanical extracts to provide skin with featherweight, lasting moisture while protecting against harsh climates and pollution. Formulated into a cooling gel cream, ice plant extract from the Sahara helps to soothe, hydrate, and minimize the appearance of pores. The all-in-one product is designed to condense serum and moisturiser into one step that nourishes and hydrates skin without feeling heavy.

Algenist Power Recharging Night Pressed Serum

A highly concentrated SOLID SERUM to REGENERATE, SMOOTH, and RECHARGE in 10 DAYS. This cutting-edge technology, combining the power of a serum and the texture of a cream in one, delivers highly potent actives overnight for a youthful, glowing complexion in the morning. This unique formula breaks into a serum on application and melts into the skin to provide a smooth, supple, and radiant complexion.

For Beloved One Girl Extreme Moisture Mineral Cloud Silk Mask

Targets dehydrated skin & dry patchy skin. Contains superb quality extracts and essences to moisturize, brighten, and regenerate the skin

For Beloved One Girl Skin Renewal Mineral Cloud Silk Mask

Targets oily skin with excessive sebum. Contains superb quality extracts and essences to moisturize, brighten, and regenerate the skin.

 

Soap and Glory Creamy Body Wash

Packed full of nourishing oils, our multi-tasking shower scent-sation foams into a rich, creamy lather to leave skin soaper-clean and super-smoothed

Alpha-H’s Vitamin B Serum

Alpha-H’s Vitamin B Serum is a potent vitamin serum fortified with Niacinamide and Copper Tripeptide to take on daily environmental elements and helps prevent the appearance of premature ageing. This supercharged serum also contains powerful natural antioxidant Chia to assist in plumping and hydrating the skin and Ferulic Acid to help diminish the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Alpha-H’s Clear Skin Daily Moisturizer

An ultra-light fresh gel which hydrates, refines pore size and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture using a blend of purifying botanical and natural antioxidants.

Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo

A detoxifying duo featuring a steaming mask that opens and deeply cleanses pores, then a cooling mask to tighten and minimize the appearance of pores.

The hot Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack cleans pore impurities and blackheads, and exfoliates dead skin cells with grain powder and steaming effects—resulting in firmer-looking skin. It contains charcoal powder to extract excess sebum and residual makeup that clog pores and 100 percent natural sparkling water to deeply penetrate into skin for enriched moisture. The cool Premium Pore Original Pack tightens up enlarged pores, calming and revitalizing the skin. It’s enriched with 100 percent Alaskan glacial water to keep skin moist even after the removal of mask while menthol enables a cooling effect to soothe troubled skin effectively.

This set contains 0.7 oz Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack and 1.05 oz Premium Pore Original Pack.

Moonshot Lip Feat

The long-lasting formula, available in semi matte with a natural gloss or full-coverage finishes, feels incredibly comfortable and hydrating upon application. It’s unique slant, the Moonshot signature bullet, is specially designed to effortlessly create the perfect, mistake-proof lip, while white sapphire powders allow each colour’s pigments to shine with their true intensity. Lip Feat shades are formulated without parabens, phenoxyethanol and benzophenone.

Moonshot Big Bang 10 Hand Cream

Relieve dry hands and restore smooth, supple skin. Made with deeply moisturising dragon fruit extract and shea butter, this Moonshot hand cream designed in collaboration with Big Bang artists absorbs quickly without ever feeling greasy or sticky. The iconic G-Dragon original eau de toilette scent of citrus and woody notes is ideal for men and women.

Moonshot Big Bang 10 Lip Balm

Quench parched lips with this limited-edition, 10th-anniversary lip balm by Moonshot designed in collaboration with Big Bang artists. The lightweight and unscented formula is enriched with moisturizing vitamin E, ceramides, rose hip oil and macadamia nut oil for a truly thirst-quenching lip treatment.

Estelle & Thild Spring Rose Blonde Body Scrub 

Gently buff away dry skin leaving the body smooth and refreshed. This organic body polish lifts away dead cells revealing soft and glowing skin. Uncover baby smooth skin enriched with organic ingredients that are carefully scented for a total sensory experience.

Fragrance Notes: Violet, Apricot, Rose

Estelle & Thild Biohydrate Total Moisture Daily Lotion

Treat your skin with a surge of vitamininfused hydration for a soft and radiant complexion. Totally hydrate and soften the skin. Lock in moisture while preventing dehydration.

Instantly hydrate and refresh your complexion with BioHydrate, our moisture rich vitamin boosting range. Replenish your skin’s moisture supply and uncover ultimate radiance. This refreshingly lightweight line nurtures the skin from the inside out.

Our smart technology works with Hyaluronic Acid’s unique delivery system transporting water to the skin for extended deep hydration.

Kate Somerville Eradikate Daily Cleanser 

This powerful, medicated cleanser delivers a luxuriously whipped texture and three percent sulfur to address acne and blemishes, draw out impurities, and target congested pores. Honey and rice bran extracts calm redness, while natural oat extract addresses excess sebum. With continued use, this gentle, yet effective daily cleanser leaves skin clearer with visibly minimized pores.

Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior

Wrinkle Warrior™ 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum is formulated with three sizes of hyaluronic acid to effectively target various skin concerns. It visibly plumps and hydrates while reducing the appearance of three different types of wrinkles: crow’s feet, fine lines, and deep wrinkles. The lightweight texture absorbs instantly to create a smooth complexion, improve the look of skin firmness and elasticity, and prep skin for a more flawless makeup application.

ERNO Laszio White Marble Translucence Cream

Boost your skin’s radiance and reveal lasting, hydrated luminosity. This brightening, tone-balancing cream works on a cellular level to help prevent oxidation, diminish dark spots and defy damaging environmental stressors.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

The energizing and refreshing Cucumber De-Tox™ Hydra-Gel Eye Patches visibly awaken fatigued skin. Infused with cucumber extract, the gel formula contours to eyes and supports skin’s natural detoxification process while visibly nourishing, hydrating, and de-puffing this delicate area. Aloe, chamomile, and allantoin soften and calm the eye’s apperance, while hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and hydrolyzed collagen deliver intense moisture for a plumper look and visibly enhanced tone and density. Arnica and caffeine combat dark circles. Eyes are left looking and feeling bright, revitalized, and youthful.

OUAI Matte Pomade

Tame unruly ends and give your hair moldable texture with Ouai’s matte-finish pomade. The long-lasting, medium-control finishing paste delivers easy-to-distribute texture, shape and separation. Great for long and short hair styles, the formula is made with beeswax and kaolin clay to create soft thickness and piecey texture that looks effortlessly cool all day.

OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray 

Hello, off-duty model hair. Part hairspray, part dry shampoo, this ultra-lightweight spray builds incredible volume and texture. The talc-free formula is packed with volcanic minerals to absorb oil and keep hair looking full all day or night with more hold than dry shampoo on its own.

Mist onto dry hair and scrunch strands out with your fingers for a loose, lived-in look. For an instant refresh, flip hair upside down and spray. This product is scented with Ouai No. 3 Fragrance, containing notes of Italian bergamot, water lily and white musk.

OUAI Hair Oil

Ouai’s multitasking hair oil smoothes frizz and seals split ends for a high-gloss, silky finish. Packed with African galanga root extract and nutrient-rich ama, borage and baobab oils, it prevents color from fading and protects hair from sun damage.

OUAI Treatment Masque

After just one treatment, these healing masks leave strands incredibly soft and smooth. Their intensive moisturizing treatment works in minutes to repair damaged hair and increase resistance to future damage, while artichoke leaf extract seals cuticles and protects hair color from oxidative degradation.

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 

Our rich, natural cleansing cream with Soap Bark deeply cleanses to remove dirt, excess oil and make-up.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water

Infused with the hardy, moisture-loving botanical Clary Sage, Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water is clinically proven to give skin an instantly nourishing, pH-balancing boost of hydration. Use it before your favorite moisturizer for visibly smoother, softer skin.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

A newly re-formulated, water-resistant, oil-free face and body lotion that protects from sun’s rays, defending skin from photaging and dehydration.

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary

An innovative three-in-one mist that sets makeup, helps control oil and shine, and refreshes your defense against photoaging UV rays with an uplifting scent of rosemary and mint.

Percy & Reed Moisturising Shampoo, Conditioner and Wonder Treatment Oil

I am currently using these products and love how soft and smooth my hair is after using. Also, the Oil serves as a miracle pampering treatment. You can use this treatment before and after washing your hair.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

An innovative toning mist that sets makeup, provides an instant burst of radiance, and tightens the appearance of pores—inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous elixir of youth. Beloved by celebrities and makeup artists worldwide, the Beauty Elixir is the ideal priming base and setting spray between layers of makeup for a long-lasting and smooth finish. Also a great aftershave for men, the formula contains essential oils and plant extracts to clarify and brighten the complexion. I have used this before and thought it is indeed hydrating and useful.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting

A highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance. Highly concentrated with naturally powerful Viniferine, this satiny serum reduces the appearance of existing dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and damage revealing a brighter, more even complexion.

LaQa & Co Avo Lip Butter

A creamy whipped formula with 12% natural Avocado Oil, this superfood lipstick creates a powerful yet gentle skin moisturizer. Avocado oil contains natural peptides, boosts collagen production and heals cracked lips. My fave shade is Olive Rose.

Each box is printed with original artwork and the same artwork is water printed on every barrel. This rare type of artistic transfer ensures that no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Carry an unique piece of art with you everywhere you go, while pampering a gorgeous healthy pout.

Stila Magnificient Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Bronzed Bell

Stole the hearts of my friends! I applied a thick layer over my eyelid at the Guerlain event and everyone asked me what brand was it. Its a very pretty shimmery shade and its my first time using a liquid eye shadow.

My Buys From USKOOP!

Enjoy Online Shopping? Me too! There are many perks that comes along with online shopping. I especially love to ship things from overseas because thats when its more unique as local Singaporeans don’t really have access to them! I have been purchasing from a few shopping portals previously and thought they were really slow and expensive when it comes to the shipping portion so I went on a hunt for a better shopping portal and guess what, thats when I discovered USKOOP! Have you heard of them? If you haven’t, you are missing out!

Uskoop IS your NEW best friend when it comes to online purchases! They are an online concierge who specialise in helping shoppers buy and get their purchases delivered with a simplified and integrated shopping process.

They are an one-stop portal that helps online shoppers enhance their global shopping experience. With their platform and services linked to merchants in the US and UK who sell authentic and quality products, shoppers (like me and YOU!) who desire to buy from overseas merchants overseas can simply use Uskoopto buy the products they want and shipping will be coordinated and managed by Uskoop. Avid shoppers no longer have to navigate different web sites to buy and arrange shipping separately OR fear not being able to buy products that overseas merchants do not ship internationally.

Striving to make the shopping process as simple as possible, the purchasing process is really easy. There are only 4 steps to it!

  1. Head over to USKOOP
  2. Visit the Global Merchant websites
  3. Paste the products’ URL onto USKOOP portal
  4. Checkout

This saves so much time, shipping costs and agent fees as well without the hassle to navigate and checkout from various online stores. As a bonus,  they even help shoppers source the products WE desire AT A BETTER PRICE from lesser known merchants and provide full service support to follow up with the merchants on their orders. Don’t you think we will benefit in saving much time and costs when shopping great buys from overseas merchants with Uskoop?

If you are a makeup and brand addict, some of the items you can get are the LIMITED EDITION HOURGLASS Ambient® Lighting Surreal Light Blush, Bronzer & Strobe Powder Palette from Nordstrom, LORAC palette, Anastasia Beverly eyeshadow palette, designer bags, wristlets and shoes from Macys or 6pm at a very reasonable rate. Other trending stuffs like beauty products from BH Cosmetics, designer bags from Coach US or Kate Spade US or even luxury items like Christian Louboutin US are also available too!

I bought this gorgeous fully customised Adidas Superstar from them and guess what, they perfected my customised features for me! No other portals that I know of are able to do that for me. Thank you USKOOP for going through the pains of understanding my customisable features and getting it for me. Now you guys know my secret. You too, can get this from USKOOP! Don’t say I never share.

 

Oh and make sure you follow their FACEBOOK PAGE or INSTAGRAM PAGE for more of such promotions and offers. Hop onto #USKOOPBUYS to checkout what other people bought too!

 

A Day with ACUVUE Define Lens!

So I am not exactly a fan of Contact Lenses because they are mostly uncomfortable especially the coloured contacts I like! Not only are they uncomfortable they can be rather drying and becomes very difficult to take it out after a day of wearing as it tends to stick to the eyeball. These issues made me resist wearing contacts on a daily basis and knowing I have these issues, my good friend recommended me to try out ACUVUE Define lenses which I did and I am now a true convert. Their beauty lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® Define® keeps my eyes moist throughout the day, adding that natural shine to my eyes making them look sparkly and sharp. You might want to stay tune to the end while I tell you how the lens keeps up with my demanding days!

Committed to bringing healthy vision to everyone, everyday, ACUVUE® users can look forward to a premium and comprehensive  contact lens fitting experience at ACUVUE® Experience Centres (AEC).

For the first time, I went through a comprehensive eye health check provided by Choy Peng, my Eye Care Professional (ECP) at Optique Paris Miki (Takashimaya) LEVEL 4 TAKASHIMAYA DEPARTMENT STORE, SINGAPORE 238873.

First eye vision check

Besides the comprehensive eye health assessment, I was given a personalized consultation which allowed me to understand my lifestyle and vision correction needs. During the session, I was given an accurate vision measurement and prescription. I was also given advice on contact lens fitting, removal and maintenance.

Air pressure test going on

The comprehensive check includes checking against eye pressure, and you will be referred to the specialist if the eye pressure is too high. I then went through their slit lamp biomicroscophy and was checked against any inflammation, infection, tumours. My lashes, cornea and eyelids were thoroughly checked as well.

My ECP was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. During the session, I got to try on the lens and see how it fits. The lens fitted well and I was completely SOLD.

Washing my hands clean before fitting on lens

Honestly, wearing contact lenses may appear daunting at first but with a little practice and patience, you will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it is!

My ECP guiding me through

The lens goes on like a glove!

 

 

the test that checks if there’s any abnormalities after fitting lens on
My ECP going through and seeing if there’s any abnormality after fitting the lens on

BEFORE AND AFTER

Check out my before and after, my eyes look aesthetically bigger and certainly more attractive!

BEFORE
AFTER

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MARC JACOBS AIR BLUSH SOFT GLOW DUO BLUSH REVIEW

There are five shades in the range, each consisting of 2 colors of blush with wider blocks of a lighter and deeper tone at opposite ends that alternate into thinner stripes of color reaching the middle, a beautiful and unique pattern inspired by a Marc Jacobs dress design. The lighter and deeper tones can be used separately to customize your color or blended together.

500 Lush & Libido: a cool baby pink and cool hot pink

502: Lines & Last Night: soft creamsicle and tangerine

504 Kink & Kisses: a pale petal rose and a bright coral pink

506 Flesh & Fantasy: an ivory shimmer and a tawny light bronze

508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff: a bright warm pink and a light cherry plum

I like to use my blush by blending both shades together, sweeping my brush back and forth over the surface. The color looks very natural on the skin, providing a radiant finish and a soft-looking glow, without emphasizing pores.

TOOFACED Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer Review + Swatches

Being a huge fan of TOO FACED products especially their eyeshadow palettes (I have almost every one of them), I am really happy to review their ALL NEW Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealers in every shade available! Thank you Sephora Singapore and Too Faced for spoiling me with these goodies.

These amazing #TFBORNTHISWAY concealers instantly hides any imperfections, vanishes the appearance of dark circles and blur the look of lines and wrinkles for complete coverage so undetectable, they will think you were Born This Way. PS. I have to say I really love the description of this product, its one of the most interesting copies I have heard.

Infused with skincare benefits, including coconut water to replenish moisture levels, Alpine Rose to brighten and boost radiance and Hyaluronic Acid for a smoother more youthful appearance. The result is this very creamy and smooth texture that glides on and blends very easily into the skin. I like the packaging of the concealer as it comes with a wand that dips into the very classy glass tube.

Produced with a proprietary lend of colour correctors that helps to create flawless skin, I thought my complexion looked naturally radiant when applied over or under foundation and even when worn alone.

From Left to Right the shades are Very Fair, Fair, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Deep Tan, Deep, Dark

If you are unsure what’s your shade type, go try out their QUIZ!

A simple breakdown of what the shades seems like and their undertones (Not all shades will be available in SEPHORA SEA, only those in bold will be available):

Very Fair – Pale with pink undertones

Fair – Light with pink undertones

Light – Golden undertones

Light Medium – Medium with peach undertones

Medium – Tan with golden undertones

Medium Tan – with pink undertones

Tan – with golden undertones

Deep Tan – with golden undertones

Deep –  with pink undertones

Dark – with golden undertones

Of course, you can use these shades on its own or mix and match to create your ideal shade (thats the reason why there are 10 shades available). I like to mix and match their Fair and Light shades to create my ideal shade of pink and golden undertones. This concealer comes on like a dream and is super light on the face too! Check out how I look before and after applying Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer

This concealer joins the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, which is an oil-free, medium-to-full coverage product that’s designed to be undetectable and to diffuse the line between makeup and skin.

AND great news! Too Faced is available on Sephora.sg and will be available in Sephora retail stores on the 18th onwards, so go check it out now ~

INGREDIENTS

Thank you TOO FACED and Sephora Singapore once again and I hope this helps in deciding whether what shades you should get.

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.

 

AbracadaBROW! BENEFIT’S latest brow collection

Attended the launch of Benefit’s latest brow collection previously and was so excited! If you read my previous post, you would know how much I adore the Gimme Brow brow gel. It is my favorite item of the recent launched brow collection. Of course, I found a few other favorites like the ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel color for a more intense look and brow zings eyebrow shaping kit for a perfect soft look. Received this cute wardrobe filled with Benefit’s latest brow collection. Felt so blessed!

ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel color – cream-gel brow colour with brush

Brush on rich, buildable colour! This all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. Plus the built-in hard-angled brush magically converts to a full-size brush for precise control & effortless application!

I find that this builds from natural looking to dramatic tones. It also looks similar to cream-gel color and is 24 hour waterproof. I like that it adds a edgier look to my soft features and leaves an angled brow end.

goof proof eyebrow pencil – super easy brow-filling & shaping pencil

Everyone’s an expert with this super easy filling & shaping eyebrow pencil. It features a custom, non-sharpen “goof-proof” tip, soft colour and a glide-on formula for easy & fast brow filling. Comes complete with built-in blending spoolie-brush and is a 12-hour* waterproof** formula. It becomes easier to fill and shape beautiful brows.

BROWVO! conditioning eyebrow primer – nutrient-rich primer for fuller-looking brows

It’s a brow RE-appearing act with this nutrient-rich eyebrow primer! Worn alone BROWVO!conditions & smooths brows.  Worn as a primer it enhances & extends the wear of other brow products.  This conditioning formula contains keratin & soy proteins known to help brows look THICKER, HEALTHIER & FULLER. A all-in-one eyebrow serum, this clear gel suits all brows and has a custom soft-touch applicator.

brow zings eyebrow shaping kit – total taming & shaping kit for brows

Our famous pocket-size eyebrow kit is NEW & improved! Brow zing’s perfectly paired eyebrow powder & wax, mini slant tweezers and NEW dual-sided extendable applicator is everything you need to sculpt, shape and fill brows. Available in 3 NEW shades so every girl can get amaZING brows. A natural-shaded setting powder, you can achieve soft, pigmented eyebrow shaping waxed eyebrows and a full 12-hour wear.

precisely, my brow eyebrow pencil – ultra-fine brow defining pencil

Say hello to precised & defined eyebrows! This ultra-fine eyebrow pencil draws incredibly natural-looking, hair-like strokes that last 12 budge-proof hours. A few strokes of the rich yet blendable colour will transform brows from shapeless & undefined to filled & defined eyebrows. Featuring a twist-up, non-sharpen tip, this has a built-in spoolie-brush and is a waterproof eyebrow pencil

high brow eyebrow highlighter – creamy brow highlighting pencil

This creamy eyebrow highlighter accentuates arches for brighter, boosted and younger-looking eyes. Ideal for all skin tones, the natural-looking linen-pink pencil glides onto brow bones and blends in like a dream. This effctively lifts brows and features a NEW creamy, blendable formula ensuring brows look natural-looking, with a matte finish.

3D BROWtones eyebrow enhancer – subtle brow-enhancing highlights

Brows come to life with this brush-on highlighting gel! The custom mess-proof brush applies evenly from root-to-tip. It softens the look of darker brows with subtle highlights and enhances lighter brows with depth & dimension. Wear alone or with your favorite brow pencil. This provides instant brow highlights and as it is water resistant and provides 12 hour wear, it offers mess proof application.

ready, set, BROW! clear brow gel – 24-hour invisible shaping & setting gel for brows

This 24-hour, clear brow gel shapes & tames brows and locks on makeup so brows don’t pull a disappearing act. The custom-molded, dual-sided wand coats hairs from root to tip and the flexible, flake-free formula is easy to apply and quick to dry! Providing an invisible-finish, the formula keeps your brows strong yet with a flexible hold but controls brow hairs. I usually use this after I powder my brows with brow zings eyebrow shaping kit.

gimme brow volumizing eyebrow gel – brow-volumising fibre gel

The cult-favorite gimme brow tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom, tiny tapered brush blends easily while the precision tip shapes hairs into place. Available in 3 shades, including a NEW MEDIUM SHADE, so every gal can brush on fuller-looking brows. I am using shade #3 and love how natural it is. It enhances/tames the brow shape/brows and further defines it. It is also long wearing – lasts the whole day and water resistant too!

Available from 23 June onwards, if you want to get first hand opportunity with these babies, don’t forget to check out their sneak preview flash sale happening at @sephorasg ION/NEX/Westgate on the 10/11 June (TODAY and tomorrow) and stand a chance to WIN their NEW brow collection and a @benefitcosmeticssg hamper worth $1000 in total! Three hampers are up for grabs so head there naw ~

BIG thank you to Benefit Cosmetics team for this wardrobe filled with the MASSIVE brow collection! Made my day <3