Review: KISS ME HEROINE Make Impact Eyeliner

Dec 26, 2012
When I first started this blog, I didn't plan to blog about any make up items, obviously that's why it's called skincare mummy. The reason is because, I am super clumsy with makeups although I've learned a lot of complicated theories from magazines and TV, such as what color of makeup base can cover what type of dark eye circles.

But do I use make up products? Yes! Just like any other girls. Of course I don't wear full make up with fake lashes or liquid foundation. And only till recent years, I started with applying eyeliners as I noticed the big difference that two clean lines could create on my eyes. The unfortunate truth is, almost ALL types of eyeliners I've tried, give me racoon eyes at the end of the day, if not at the beginning of the day =(..

I was attracted by an advertisement played on a 5 inch digital screen at one of the Watsons stores, which claims this KISS ME HEROINE Make Impact Liquid Eyeliner to be extremely easy to apply and stays on perfectly all day long. It costs SGD19.95 only so I just bought it for myself as a Christmas present since I am quite a fan of KISS ME HEROINE mascara.

The brush is pretty easy to use, although I would prefer a felt tip brush which is thinner and softer. I like the excellent pigmentation as the black color is really deep and a bit shiny. As usual I didn't wait for it to dry before I opened my eyes. So, it smudged just as expected, some of the color got on to the lid of my eyes and here's what has left over when I stepped out of the house.

You can see the line is not smooth, not precise, not clean, not full and, just not nice basically. I could blame it on my lousy skill  for sure, but I know I got better result (at least slightly better result) with some other eyeliners I owned so, I am definitely not going to purchase this again. I've read many reviews about how smudge proof this eyeliner is, in fact I know many times, the exact same eyeliner smudges like crazy on me but works great for my twin sister, so my eyelids are just extremely oily I guess and only 2 tips work a bit better for me, one is to apply a good makeup premier and set the makeup with powder, and another tip is to apply eyeliner on the inner lash line instead.

Rating: 6/10 
SGD19.95

SKII tea party @ Tampines Mall

Dec 17, 2012
I attended my first ever SKII tea party on November 24, at Tampine Mall after receiving a super warm invite from their beauty consultant, Chanel.

It's strange that despite being a SKII advocate for more than 10 years, I have never attended any of their events for some reason, I am not sure why, either I am out of town during the event, or I just replenished my stock before the event.

This time, I went together with my hubby and it was a super short visit because we have to attend our friend's wedding dinner right after that. Chanel did a great job by packing the items I intended to get before hand, so I could just grab and go before the event officially starts.

And here's what I bought for SGD$460 in total:
- SKII Stempower Cream Compact Foundation
- SKII Stempower 80g
- SKII Facial Treatment UV Protection (SPF25) PA++
Look at the freebies I brought home together with my hauls:
- A big Christmas gift box in classic SKII maroon color
- A white color SKII jewellery box
- Stempower 15g
- Facial Treatment Essense 30ml
- Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 40ml
- Facial Treatment Repair C 15ml x 2
- Facial Treatment Mask x 1pc
- Cellumination Mask-in-Lotion 30ml
- Facial Treatment UV Protection 0.6ml x 2
- Stempower 2.5g x 4
- Facial Treatment Essense 10ml x 4
- Facial Treatment Repair C 6g x 4
- SKII mineral water x 2
- SKII macarons 3pc x 2

On top of that, I enjoyed double crystal club member points and a 10% rebate voucher (45 dollars) from Isetan Tampines with my privilege member card. 

In fact I usually get my SKII products from Taiwan during their yearly sale around October as I have friends visiting Taiwan frequently. But I just made up my mind to stock up SKII products during such kind of events throughout the year in Singapore instead, for the wonderful experience of swiping my own credit card, and splendid service received from the consultant who treats me as a real VIP =)..

REVIEW: SKII Stempower Cream

Dec 6, 2012
I was pretty upset initially when I heard that the SKII Skin Signature cream is going to be discontinued, and SKII will replace that with the newly launched SKII Stempower. Because the Skin Signature cream is a moisturizer I have been diligently using for the past 10 years+ and I love the wonders it did on my skin for sure.

I was given a few samples of Stempower by a very sweet beauty consultant at their Tampines counter, and used it in the morning after my SKII Facial Treatment Essense but I did not really notice how good this product is.

Till recently, I've learned that this Stempower cream is able to improve radical firmness in 10 days, I was like, you kidding me? 10 days? I can never believe in that.

So, I went ahead to purchase the full size product during their tea party after I finished the last jar of my Skin Signature cream, and this time, I decided to use the Stempower both day and night, then take photos of  my face for comparison purpose. A picture really speaks a thousand words.

Day One: 
I found the texture of the cream extremely good, it's lightweight, it's smooth, it's moisturizing but it's not greasy at all. I really have problem dealing with most of moisturizers, either too rich and thick to be absorbed although it provides better anti-aging result, or too light that basically does not do much to my skin. But this Stempower cream, I have to say it's a lot of times better than my favorite Signs Signature cream, at least in terms of texture.

Day Seven:
Look at the lines on my face. They are a lot less obvious as compared to day one. And in fact it's my PMS period where my skin is in worst condition but still, you can see how much improvement in terms of reducing the appearance of lines.

Day Ten:
I feel that my skin looks slightly brighter and firmer.I do not feel my cheeks getting super dehydrated in air-conditioned room with just Stempower on my face. And it all happened in just 10 days, isn't that amazing?!!!



Here's a guide on how to apply this product with a special massage technique:
  

Rating: 10/10 
80g/ SGD$219

REVIEW: LIESE Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist

Nov 12, 2012
When comes to hair care products, I have to admit that I am quite lazy, nope I do not actively take care of my hair. I seldom do chemical treatment like coloring, perming except for rebonding once every 2-3 years. My hair condition is not as bad but definitely getting a little worse after having kids.

So I was just looking around for some interesting/cute items to purchase on my birthday month at Watsons, to earn 5 times more points, and I spotted this hair product - LIESE Juicy Shower Moisturizing Hair Mist. This is a popular brand from Japan and I love their attractive packaging so I just grabbed a bottle on a whim to try out.

The design of the bottle is a failure in my personal opinion. The spray head is not strong enough hence causing quite a bit of wastage. Basically when I spray, the liquid from the bottle goes downwards instead of straight onto my hair.

Anyway that's probably my only complaint about this product. It definitely works great in making my hair soft and smooth. I adore the berry smell so much although I don't think it lasts for too long. The serum like mist is not greasy at all, which makes it safe to apply even on the root of my hair. And I do not carry a comb with me so it's very convenient to just spray this on, and tame down my hair with my fingers. At this moment, I am super addicted to this hair mist as it is so far the best anti-frizz product I've used.

Rating: 7.5/10
50ml / SGD$13.50
340ml (refill) / SGD$13.50

Review: KIEHL'S Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

Oct 12, 2012
I've received a sample of this mask while I was purchasing some other products from Kiehl's. Okay I have to admit that the packaging of the brand Kiehl's, never seems appealing to me so in fact I am not too interested in their products. But after using the mask for just one time, I fell in love with it!

Unlike many other deep cleaning clay masks, I find the texture of this RARE EARTH mask slightly watery and light. Maybe because it's not that thick, I find it pretty gentle on my skin, and there's not much of burning sensation when I apply it on.

The thing I love most about this mask, is that it dries up pretty fast. I have oily T zone and a lot of times, when I use other clay masks, my cheek area dries up but my nose area is still wet, by the time my nose area dries up, I already feel very dry on my cheek that I have to seriously worry if lots of wrinkles will just appear suddenly after I remove my mask. But for this RARE EARTH mask, it dries up nicely and evenly within 5 minutes, and of course I usually just leave it on for another 5 minutes or so before I rinse it off thoroughly with water.

So far I am enjoying the result, although I do not think it really helps in minimizing my pores, it did help to drain all the oil and my skin is softer and brighter after every use. Do remember to moisturize your skin immediately after you remove the mask as after all, it's a deep cleansing product which definitely causes some dryness on the skin.

This tub will definitely last me for a long time as a reasonably small amount of the product can be easily spread all over the face!

Rating: 8.5/10

Review: BEAUTYTALK OxyMask

Oct 8, 2012
This is a very interesting product I bought last year from SASA, it cost me a freaking 98 bucks and I've used it for, no more than 5 times so far? Let me explain why.

I got to know this mask through my ex-receptionist in office. I was desperately looking for skincare products that has firming effect at that time, okay I should say all the time! And then I was introduced to this product as she basically swears by it. Honestly, it is not that she has super beautiful skin or anything, girls being girls, just get influenced easily by peers, and when it comes to skincare, both my IQ and EQ can drop to a super low level even beyond my own imagination.

So, I went ahead to do my homework by searching for reviews on the internet, somehow, it seems all the things I read about this mask is pretty positive. And finally after viewing this popular video on youtube, I was sold!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnQeopZGv4Y

Unfortunately, I do not think this mask works wonders like what it claims to be. I guess maybe it's because I've used many types of masks from different brands, and besides the interesting fact that this mask will FIZZLE, I seriously have no clue how it helps to improve my skin condition. Sorry to say but this is probably one of the lousiest products I've ever used! I have no doubt that it might work great for many others, but if you do have fair skin with pretty fine texture like me, give it a miss!


Nope, it does not brighten up your skin tone, a whitening mask will do a much better job.
Nope, it does not treat your clogged pores, what you need is a deep cleansing clay mask instead.
And nope, do not expect any sort of firming effect, skin lifting is probably the toughest effect to achieve with basic skincare products, and that's the reason why I have been sourcing for a good one, for ages...
And like I said if you have very fine skin texture, this products could be a little harsh. It creates a lot of bubbles at first but after a while, the bubbles disappears and the gel gets absorbed into my skin, makes it very dry and irritated.

When I did my stock check yesterday, yes I basically have too many products at home that require me to do regular inventory updates, LOL, I realized I still have almost the full bottle lying in my cabinet. And this is the first product I decided to take a picture of and start blogging about, if I've ever came across such a review like mine before, I am sure I would have invest my money else where..

Rating: not going to rate this as I do not recommend it
50ml / SGD98+

Review: VASELINE Healthy White Perfect 10 lotion

Sep 3, 2012
I've always related the brand VASELINE to old-school stuff that my mum or even grandma  likes to claim as holy grail kind of moisturizer. And this Perfect 10 lotion is a sample given to me by hubby's lovely colleague, she didn't expect me to use it actually, as I am quite particular with skincare stuff and seldom get thing off the shelf (yes I visit departmental store instead for skincare products).

I've been using it for nearly a month and basically I use it as a hand cream in office. And to my biggest surprise, it works so well on my hands that I believe it can even beat two of my all time favorite hand creams which are way more costly. The texture is smooth and silky, but not sticky/greasy at all. It simply melts into the skin and gets absorbed so well. The smell is really nice and soothing. It claims to provide 10 benefits to our skin but honestly I am not too concerned about that since it takes time to see the result.

I guess I will make it a point to apply this lotion onto my whole body on a daily basis from now onwards. I don't have a habit to apply body lotion in the past as most of the products are too greasy but I am sure this perfect 10 lotion will work wonders!

P/S: Update in July 2013..
I've noticed that my foreign domestic worker from Philippines is getting fairer, and when I asked her why, she said she used the big bottle of VASELINE perfect 10 lotion I gave her last Christmas, on her face, so now I understand why it's called "healthy white"...

Rating: 9.5/10

Review: Clarisonic Mia PART II

Aug 30, 2012
Alright I've been using this little device on my skin for more than a month, and, I am still loving it! Well indeed I can't live without it anymore!!

Why did I say so? If you know that you could never clean your face this thoroughly and achieve such brilliant result with your hands only, you would agree with me that this product is not just a "great to have" but a "must have" then.

The only thing here is, like I mentioned in my first review about MIA, you have to spend some time and $$ to invest on different brush heads, test them out and find the most suitable one for your skin type. I am really enjoying the Deep Pore brush head and in fact, the other 2 brush heads I purchased had been chucked away and I don't think I will ever need them.

I also mentioned that the only think disappointed me a little was that MIA does not create richer and foam lathers while I cleanse my face with my normal cleanser. But after 1 month of experiment, I finally found out the best combination -  CLARISONIC MIA+ CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Refreshing Cleansing Foam cleanser!!

 Look at the foamy lathers on the brush head! My suggestion is to use a cleanser that is richer in texture together with your MIA for best result!
I've just went to SKII counter for my skin analysis recently, and noticed that my Tzone is a lot more clean and less oily, because I do not see much "bright dots" (those are excessive sebum according to their beauty consultant) on their machine as compared to before, that's definitely a result of using CLARISONIC MIA since it is the only product being introduced to my daily regime so far, I am truly happy to have found it!!

Rating: 8.5/10
SGD$180 
(Brush heads @ SGD$60 for 2)

Review: CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Base

Aug 16, 2012
When I first started my blog, I didn't plan to blog about any makeup product, since I am not good at putting on makeup at all. But since this is CHANEL, I think it is worth talking about it, although the fact is it is not worth buying it. LOL.. Let me tell you why..

Many years ago I used a CHANEL product that is very similar to this, I do not remember the name of it, it's a white cream comes in a tub, I am guessing it must be the predecessor of this CHANEL Illuminating Base since they both smell the same and suppose to serve the same purpose like a premier/makeup base. Anyway I do not think this base works as well as the previous version. The very reason I got this, was because I decided not to put on any makeup (well if you recall how upset I was after knowing my twin sister's skin is just as good, or even better than mine despite not using any skincare products), as I somehow feel that makeup products might do harm to my skin. But I can't afford to bare my skin as I do have all the concerns other girls know and hate, such as uneven skin tone, pigmentation, wrinkles etc. So I wanted to apply something like a base to just make my skin look a little better.

Unfortunately, the CHANEL Illuminating Base is just not the right product I am looking for. I am not sure if it works better for darker skin tone, but for me, my skin is pretty radiant to start with so I do not see any brighten up effect at all. The texture is slightly sticky and I feel like wearing a layer of thin canvas on my skin. Since I do not use liquid foundation, I usually just apply  two way cake or pressed powder on top of it. As compared to most other makeup base, which claim to provide benefits like moisturizing the skin, leaving makeup stay for longer time, or helping to even out the complexion, it seems that this base, did nothing to my skin.

Well I guess it's hard to blame on this product alone. When i went to the CHANEL counter, I told the beauty consultant that I need one product, that could make my skin look perfect without the need of wearing makeup at all. And I want something so light and natural that others won't even notice it. She suggested this but end up I am complaining that it is doing nothing to my skin, isn't that what I wanted in the first place? LOL..

Anyway so nope, this is not worth investing in my honest opinion.

No rating given as I am not recommending it, for sure I am not going to repurchase it either

Hooray!! I am a SK-II Compliments contest winner!!

Jul 25, 2012
Sounds too good to be true? But yes it is true!!

A few months ago, I learned about this contest of sharing compliments we receive after using SKII, from their Facebook page. As a huge fan of more than 10 years, of course I have something to say about my favorite brand. But being someone who is not too good with my words, I didn't expect to be one of the lucky winners as there were more than 200 fans submitted their stories within days.

Anyway on one of the days in July, when I was browsing through their facebook page for updates, I have to tell you SKII has one of the best facebook page for the fans, so since I "LIKED" them on facebook, I've been visiting their page daily. And to my big surprise, I found their announcement on the compliments contest winners, yes finally.. My name was the first on the list so it's not too hard for me to realize that I'm one of the lucky ones.

I was extremely overjoyed, the feeling was way better than striking lottery (okie, I admit, I only won a SGD$60 dollars prize from buying 4D once in my life time), because that's my favorite SKII!! And the followup on the redemption of the prize is a truly pleasant experience, all I could say it that SKII has a bunch of professional people who really care about their customers.

See what I've collected from SKII counter at Tampines Mall!!! So nicely wrapped in a gorgeous SKII gift box!!!
FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE (75ML)
SKIN SIGNATURE CREAM (50G)
CELLUMINATION ESSENCE EX (30ML)



And if you are still following my post to this point, please go ahead and LIKE their facebook page here:
http://www.facebook.com/skii.singapore and I am sure you will have great experience with them, and maybe even get surprises like I did =)

Review: Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System

Jul 22, 2012
It's been a good 2 months since I last did product review on my blog. Am I being lazy? Nope, never when comes to taking good care of my skin. I was just being busy after delivering our 2nd bundle of joy.. Now with 2 boys, I don't have that much time for myself but I will still try my best to test out different products and write reviews.

Well alright,  call me the vain pot! I was having my one month of confinement during the whole month of June, and now it's not even the end of July, I've got myself a new toy, err, I should say a new gem over the internet - CLARISONIC MIA!!!!

I am sure you could find tons of reviews on internet, especially on Youtube where many fans even demo on how to use this product. You could imagine it as a "giant toothbrush" for your face, it claims to cleanses your face 6 times better and more efficiently than using your hand. It's quite an investment but I got mine with a very reasonable price from here: http://www.facebook.com/TlesVanity

The main push factor for me to get this, is because during my confinement month, I didn't really wash my face, sorry that sounds crazy but I am sure all mummies will understand me on this. And every time I touch my skin, I could feel a layer of dirt and oil which even my favorite top 3 cleansers could not do miracle to it overnight. I know it is time for me to dig out my KIEHLS's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, or purchase a good scrub for my skin. But thinking of muddy clay on my face, or the hassle of searching on gentle yet effective scrub (I am always on a look out for that so if you have any good recommendation, please do share), I decided to give CLARISONIC MIA a try.

Guess age is really catching up and I suddenly find things in pink color very cute, so I opted for a pink MIA instead of my favorite purple. It is really compact and the best feature I love about MIA, is that it is waterproof!!! This is so important because I am sure many girls are like me, who find it rather convenient to deep cleanse the face during shower time. So now I can bring it into the bathroom everyday and even leave it there.

The CLARISONIC MIA comes with a brush head for Sensitive skin type, but I purchased their Delicate and Deep Pore brush heads separately to try out. So I tested them out one by one on first 3 days. I used the same CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Refreshing Cleansing Foam cleanser every time. Just spread the cleanser on my face and move the MIA around in circular motion, to cover different face areas for a total of 60 seconds. The soft bristles on the brush head doesn't irritate my skin at all, but it does feel like rubbing the skin with a toothbrush, not the most comfortable and luxurious experience and I was a little disappointed that it doesn't create more richer and foamy lathers, but the result is all it matters, isn't it?! My skin has never felt so clean, at least not for the past 2 months. It's like using a super effective dishwashing detergent to wash plates, you can feel the plate is not slippery with too much detergent residue, nor sticky with too much oil on it. My face is just completely squeaky-clean! That makes me feel all my skincare products applied later on are much more well absorbed. It's definitely a must have addition to my daily skincare routine.

The only thing I want to highlight is, it is best that you try out different brush heads, if your MIA does not to the work as you expected. I always think I have pretty sensitive fine skin, so I would think either Sensitive or Delicate brush head could work better for me, but in the end, I love the Deep Pore brush head the most which is to my surprise, as I expected it to be too harsh for my skin at first. And I also came across many reviews about MIA helps to clean up the breakouts on acne skin, I do not believe in that. But since I do not have acne skin, indeed I seldom have pimples on my face, I could not comment much on that, but if you want a crystal clean face, you need a proper skincare routine with a balanced diet, even exercise plays a part so don't just rely on one single product please!


I will continue using my MIA and provide more feedback in another 3 - 6 months, to see if it really helps to reduce my pore size, as of for now, I am definitely more than happy and satisfied with my "miracle toy"!!

Review: SKII Facial Treatment Mask

May 18, 2012
Heard of people applying this mask right before makeup every morning?

Heard of people bringing this mask during travel for DIY in-flight facial spa treatment?

Heard of people using this mask for 14 or 28 days consecutively to become most beautiful bride?

Guess what is my secret with SKII Facial Treatment Mask?

It was the ONLY skin care item I packed into my hospital bag during my delivery back in 2009. Sounds crazy isn't it?!! After almost 20 hours of painful labour process, the first thing popped up in my mind (of course after doctor cleaned up the mess and handed over my lovely boy into the good hands of kind nurses), was to put on a piece of my favorite Facial Treatment Mask and sleep!!

The next morning when my friends came to visit me, despite waking up a few times during midnight to breastfeed my newborn, almost everyone commented that I was glowing and I did not look exhausted at all. That was truly a great compliment!!

I know there are many different brands of facial masks in same kind of sheet form in the market, some are extremely cheap and some are about the same price, or even more expensive than SKII Facial Treatment Mask. But so far, from all those I've tried (I was testing out 美容大王大S' method of 1 piece of sheet mask per day, hence I stocked up more than 50 pieces of masks from different brands), none of them can really deliver same, or even similar result as SKII Facial Treatment Mask.

One thing I love most about this mask, is that it does not cause any irritation on my relatively sensitive skin at all, even if I wear it to sleep for a whole night. Because 3 out of 5 other brands of masks I use, usually gives me a tinging feeling. The gel essence is rich in texture, and I always see some remaining essence in the packet which i will pour out and apply on my neck and body.

A small tip to share although I do not do this anymore nowadays. If you apply this mask for 15 minutes only, while the mask is still wet with loads of Pitera essence,  put it back into the packet, seal it up and store it inside your fridge, the next time when you bring it out, add in a bit of mineral water till the sheet mask is all wet, and re-use it again. The result is not as brilliant as first time usage for sure but it's just so economical with minimum wastage of their signature Pitera!!! Of course I stopped doing it nowadays due to hygienic concerns, when the mask gets more affordable to me (yup 10 years of usages => more stable financial status, LOL)..

I am not sure the result from this mask can last for how long, but at least for the next 1-2 days after usage, applying makeup is such an easier and quicker task. The skin feels so radiant, hydrated and rejuvenated. I really couldn't find any downside of this mask and as long as finances allows, it will remain as my TOP #1 product to be restocked every time!!

Rating: 9/10
Box of 6 or 10 pieces

Review: SKII Cellumination Mask-In Lotion

May 16, 2012
I bought this product in April for a simple purpose of trying out new item from my favorite SKII range. I was super excited about it since SKII is pretty focused with their basic / special care product line and they do not really launch new products as frequently as most other brands. I meant you can easily find 3-4 basic skin care range of products from LANCOME or CLINIQUE which target at dry, oily, combination or aged skin separately. But for SKII, it's more like one range suits all kind of skins.

From their official website, this product is introduced as a toner. "This unique everyday lotion delivers a mask-like experience on top of its skin conditioning function. It provides intensive moisturisation while boosting skin’s Aura- Lucency, delivering hydration and whitening benefits to the skin."

I was told to use this before SKII Facial Treatment Essence as it has a double cleanse effect to remove dead skin cells and brighten up the skin. Just use a few drops and pat over the face, or pour the fluid onto cotton pad and wipe the whole face with it. The texture is thicker than a toner, in fact even thicker than the Facial Treatment Essence, but non-sticky at all, and indeed it's super hydrating. The smell is so fragrant that I even wonder if it's a product from SKII, as I can't find a trace of sour Pitera smell in it.

To say that by simply applying this lotion gives a "mask-like experience" is an extravagant praise in my humble opinion. Instead of using it as a normal toner or lotion, I found it the most effective and suitable product to be used with 佐伯千津's "3 minutes facial mask using cotton pad soaked in any kind of toner" method. Of course that means I need to use a more generous amount of Cellumination Mask-In Lotion to soak the cotton pad thoroughly first, then split the cotton pad to a few pieces and place them on my face for at least 3 minutes. After all it is still cheaper than using their signature SKII Facial Treatment Mask but I do prefer this lotion because you can control the amount of it being used every time. Whereas for the Facial Treatment Mask (will do a review), I often find overdoes of fluids in every pack, which is a kind of waste, although the result is definitely more significant and the experience of using the mask is way more luxurious for sure!! The hydrating effect from Cellumination Mask-In Lotion is pretty long lasting, and my skin feels so radiant, supple and crystal clear instantly. Now it's not hard to figure why it's called "Mask-in Lotion" and yes, I do achieve a similar effect as I just had a mask!!

So I love to use it at night, if I am lazy and just want to apply one and only one skin care product before I go to bed. Or use it in the morning as a hydrating serum, it's a perfect substitute for the 2 serums I reviewed in the past: SKII Aqua Physics Serum or COSME DECORTE Moisture Liposome

Rating: 8.5/10
100ml / SGD$114

Review: Totalife vs. Herbalife, and.. 大麥若葉/青汁

May 11, 2012
I am not quite sure about how to kick start on this topic, as this is not 100% skin care related. Anyway I've been having a need to lose weight for the past 20 years. I am not extremely fat, but slightly over weight during most of my life time. I've tried many ways to slim down and I would really love to share with my readers on these 2, and only 2 methods which worked for me so far.

1. Eat less, exercise a little (French women's way of diet) - I managed to lose about 6kg in 2 months by reducing food intake to 700 - 1100 calories a day, with very little workout like stretching and aerobics. I will probably share more about this French women's way of diet in a few months time, if I could successfully lose all my excess weight gained during my pregnancy this time.

2. Nutritional Food Replacement Meal -  I managed to lose about 4-5kg a month with TOTALIFE and about 2kg a month with HERBALIFE in the past. So let me share more about these kind of food replacement meal here.

TOTALIFE:
I was introduced to this brand by an ex-colleague in 2005, and joined as a distributor after seeing pretty remarkable result from her weight loss program with TOTALIFE. There are a whole range of weight management products to choose from but I mainly used TOTALIFE Total-Diet 8 Plus + Total salt + Total sweet, and Lipoleen A + B when I tried it for the first time. The effect is pretty promising as I managed to lose almost 5kg within the first month. I stopped it due to 2 reasons. First thing is, it's super expensive. A week's supply cost me about SGD$190 back then and I am sure it's getting more expensive nowadays. Second reason is because I hit my bottleneck after one month and my weight was not going down anymore. So eventually I stopped this product for almost 2 years and tried it again, this time with only Total-Diet 8 Plus + Total salt + Total sweet in 2007 before my wedding. The result was not as obvious, just 1-2kg loss in a month but I could feel that my body is more toned up. Then in 2009, after I delivered my lovely son, I used TOTALIFE again to help me lose about 4kg in 2 months time. The only drawback of TOTALIFE product, is that I still feel hungry easily and the taste of the powder mix is not that appetizing.

Overall I think it's the most effective "slimming product" I've ever tried. What I love most about TOTALIFE is that, it helps me to slim down my whole body, including my limbs. Not like most of the slimming products which mainly target on tummy, hip and thigh area. And it's a nutritional product that helped me maintain a healthy body without any side effect. My digestive system is forever so healthy ever since I started Totalife, and even after I stopped using it for years. And if you are in a hurry to lose weight for whatever reason, I think it's a great product to start with, especially for those with high BMI and find it hard to shed away the fats easily and rapidly, it will help to lose a few kg in short period of time, so that you will have confidence to slim down further and maintain through other healthier methods like cutting down food intake or doing more exercise.

HERBALIFE:
I heard about this brand way more before I tried TOTALIFE, but back then I wasn't really convinced by MLM products. The concept is almost the same as TOTALIFE but their Formula 1 mix shake definitely tastes better than TOTALIFE Total Diet-8 plus, and I feel more filling after taking it as a meal replacement. Effect wise, it's really not as obvious, as I do not have much bowel movement like the time when I took TOTALIFE products. And I remember many of my friends kept commenting that I look slimmer while I took TOTALIFE products, but when I was on HERBALIFE, I could only convince myself that I am slimming down when I stood on a weighing scale, but I only manage to lose about 2-3kg in 6 weeks time. Of course HERBALIFE is way more affordable, I just need to spend around SGD300 for about 2 months of supply.

Now let me introduce something interesting here, 大麥若葉
大麥若葉 is a  popular product from Japan, being widely used to supplement insufficient daily vegetable intake. It's a combination of barley green grass and some other type of vegetables like spinach in a powder form. I think FANCL has some similar product like this. I got mine from the Japanese supermarket at Isetan Scotts Shopping Center. The taste is not very pleasant, but for me who's always trying out different weight management products, I've tasted something a lot worse for sure. LOL..

Some people said it helps in weight loss, I am not sure about that but after taking 2 sachets daily with water, I am surprised to notice that it works almost the same way like TOTALIFE & HERBALIFE on me. It helps to detoxify my body and I am having 2-3 times bowel movements (instead of 1-2 times daily), with light colored and smooth surface stool (sorry a bit gross).. Also if I take this after a heavy meal, I feel less bloated immediately, and if I take it before meal, usually I won't eat as much, because I already feel quite filling before food.

I am not giving any rating for these products as I believe all of them are great supplements to add to our daily healthy, beauty or slimming regime, as long as you have the budget. Bcause we are definitely not able to get enough nutrients from the food we eat daily. And all these products help to promote skin clarity by maintaining and balancing a healthy digestive and intestinal environment.

空瓶記: 2012年5月

May 10, 2012

我似乎有永遠用不完的護膚品, 所以決定每幾個月堅持記錄一下用完的瓶瓶罐罐。 也提醒一下自己其實還有很多存貨,不用急於購買新的產品呢。

CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Anti-Age Spot Serum
只記得好貴,味道是非常高雅的香氣。 塗在臉上的感覺稍微有一點點粘。 效果就真的沒怎麼看出來。 其實多數美白產品都很難評估其效果的,我都不會太執著,就是有用有保疪的心態罷了。

應該不會再購入了~~

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SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
詳細評論過的絕對好物。 用完了個sample, 決定把手上所有的sample用完后就再買個正裝了。 實在是有用它不覺得寶貝,沒用它卻會時常想念的產品呢。

一定會堅持購入的產品~~

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SKII Aqua Physics
漿糊,絕對的漿糊。 用了這個再用什麽產品都會面對“搓泥”的命運。 實在不知道這個東西是做什麼用的。用完了皮膚悶悶的,有時候甚至會粘到整個皮膚發癢。

絕對不會再考慮的產品~~

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SKII Aqua Physics Serum
也曾經寫過評論。應該是時候尋找替代品了。 不過暫時沒有保濕精華,皮膚狀態也還好。畢竟新加坡又熱又潮濕,對於保濕,做好基本功夫就好了。

不介意再購入的產品~~

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Review: SKII Facial Treatment Essence

May 7, 2012
I remember one of SKII's spokenpersons QiQi mentioned in the advertisement about using Facial Treatment Essence for 10 years when I first got to know this product (well this brand actually), I was like wow, that's a really long time!!! And without me noticing it, I've been using this legendary "miracle water" for more than 10 years also!

I am sure everyone has heard about the interesting story of SKII, or rather "Pitera". Back in 1970s, a chance observation of soft and youthful hands of sake brewers in Japan, inspired the research into the yeast fermentation process. And "Pitera" is discovered as the secret ingredient of rice yeast that keeps the skin crystal clear. Facial Treatment Essence is their star product which contains a whooping 90% of Pitera!!

I couldn't express enough about how much I love this product!! It's not something that works overnight like miracle, but I assure you that if you stop using it, you will miss it immediately as you can feel the change in skin texture immediately. Many people might think it is a toner, but indeed it is an essence with a toner like texture, that keeps your skin's natural pH balance,  you should use another toner - SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion before this miracle water for best result.

This essence has a strong sour scent, which often reminds me about the smell of ink used in Chinese calligraphy. Not pleasant for sure but I am very used to it after all these years. Upon usage, I do not notice any immediate difference on my skin but after a few days, I can tell that my skin is definitely softer, smoother, brighter, more radiant and looks healthier for sure.

There are 2 ways to apply this essence, either just splash some liquid onto the palm and dab on the face till it is fully absorbed, or soak a cotton pad in it and pat over the whole face gently. I don't really have any preference on the way to apply it, usually when I am in a rush, I use my hands to apply as I have this habit to pat all kinds of skincare products onto my face, for better absorption and blood circulation. On certain days when I am in the mood, well indeed when I feel more dehydrated, I will soak a cotton pad in more essence, pat on my whole face, and then split the cotton pad into 2 pieces, and put on my cheeks for about 3 minutes. I learned this method from a Japanese beauty expert 佐伯千津, who introduced the "3 minutes facial mask using cotton pad soaked in any kind of toner" method, in this case, I use the Facial Treatment Essence. It helps to deeply hydrate the skin and promotes better absorption of skin care products applied after that. And putting this essence on spots and blotches does help in faster recovery without leaving an ugly acne mark.

One more tip for using this essence in our hot and humid Singapore weather, is to store the Facial Treatment Essence in the fridge, I used to have a small fridge for my skin care products. It makes the essence more cooling and less smelly.

After years of usage, I still love this product for its amazing effect on balancing up both the oily and dehydrated areas on my face. But I do know some friends who get frequent breakouts from using it, so the best advice I can give, is still to try out a sample before investing on it since the price is not cheap at all. Maybe SKII Facial Treatment Essence is really more suitable for oily to combination skin, just like mine...

Rating: 10/10
Comes in different sizes and I lost track on the price nowadays... (probably the only product I will keep on restocking without even looking at the price)

Review: SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

May 6, 2012
I've mentioned a little bit about the importance of double cleansing, in one of my earlier post about SHU UMEURA's Skin Purifier cleansing oil. In the past I've always thought it is not necessary to do that and I never find SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion a product worth investing on because it seems to be just another toner, and with SKII Facial Treatment Essence which has almost the exact same texture like toner, I seriously doubt why do I need this Clear Lotion.


But I found my concept completely wrong when the sales consultant once showed me how effective this toner works especially for double cleansing.

First, Look at the picture below, I wiped my left hand using SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, well many people might not be able to tell much difference here with naked eyes. But I can see, and feel that my skin is extremely clean and it feels like my pores have all opened up. It does looks fairer and brighter than my right hand skin.
Now, let's have a look at what happened when I apply my SKII Facial Treatment Essence after using this toner. You can see from the picture below, on the left, my essence stays on the surface of my skin and flows around when I did not apply the Clear Lotion before using my essence. Whereas from the right side of the picture (which is my left hand that I wiped thoroughly with Clear Lotion earlier on), half of the essence (indeed I poured more essence on this hand) has already been absorbed in before I even pat my hand dry, if you do understand what I meant here.
Since then, I swear by this product and have bought one full sized bottle so far. Well I've been surviving on their samples for quite a long time, interestingly SKII always include this product in their gift with purchase pack. Now you can imagine how much SKII products I've stocked up throughout the past years, in order to get "unlimited supply" of my Clear Lotion...

Rating: 9/10
I will update the price again when I get my next bottle, soon...

Review: ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Capsules

May 3, 2012
I bought this pot of gold capsules a year ago from Changi Airport, the full name is called ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat.. *Phew* that's a long one.. Ok at airport duty free shop, they usually have this promotion of "purchase with purchase", meaning that with purchase of any cosmetic product, you can purchase this item at SGD$39. The retail price should be at least SGD$68 but I am not very sure. They do have a set of 3 boxes selling at SGD$127 if I remember correctly which is pretty worthwhile too!

I finally opened it up a few weeks ago after reading some pretty good reviews online. The interesting part it, I thought this is purely a skincare product, which supposed to support natural collagen levels of skin, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But from this famous blog here (if you can read Chinese), I read a post about using it before makeup to set the foundation nicely.

For the effect, I am not so sure about how good it is in terms of anti-aging, since I've been using it in the morning most of the time, and I haven't seen any visible improvement on my skin so far. But one thing for sure, if you are traveling, this is a perfect solution for your daily skincare regime. Why? It's just so easy to bring a few capsules, and you can even use it right after cleansing your face, no toner, no serum, no moisturizer needed, I am not kidding...

Twist it open and smooth the content onto face, and neck, lightly massage till it's completely absorbed into the skin. It looks oily and shiny at first but not greasy at all, and after massaging gently for a little while, you can see a totally smooth and firm skin without any oil. I am amazed by how effective it keeps my oily/combination skin totally mat all day long!! And it feels so easy to apply my 2 way cake after that. My skin looks radiant and smooth and most importantly, oil-free!! My make up really lasts longer throughout the day, and I must say it beats all my expensive, well known makeup base/premier in every possible aspect!

There are 30 capsules in a pot and if you use one daily, it's going to last for a month. Keep it in cool and dry place, or else, after 1 year, it might look like this in our hot and humid Singapore weather, gross right?!! But still can be used (tested and proven).. LOL..

Rating: 8/10
30 Capsules / SGD$39 ("purchase with purchase" at Changi airport)

Review: SHU UEMURA Skin Purifier

Apr 24, 2012
It took me a few years, before I finally decided to get this product while I was in a mood for "retail therapy" one day. Why not earlier? Okay the reason is simple, I am not a make up person who needs such expensive cleansing oil to remove makeup daily.

But I did tried quite a deluxe sized sample some time back, and was hooked to it immediately. The sample is in purple color bottle which is meant for whitening. This cleansing oil comes in different formulas to suit different skin type. It didn't take me too long to decide which type to get while I was at the counter, right after hearing the key word "Anti-aging" from the sales consultant. I tried to figure out how a cleansing oil (make up remover to be exact) could work on anti-aging then to found out that, this cleansing oil is "empowered with Green Tea and specially selected Gingko Leaf Extract contains flavonoids, recognized in Japan for strong anti-oxidant and micro circulation properties that help to promote transparency and radiance to fatigued skin."

It's pretty easy to use, just like any other cleansing oil. I usually remove my makeup on my eye area (if I do wear any) with normal make up remover, then use this cleansing oil to deep cleanse my entire face. Apply about 2 - 4 pumps on dry face, massage in circular motion and then wet hands and continue massaging (to emulsify the oil - meaning to mix oil with water and the oil will turn milky-ish). Then rinse it thoroughly with water again. I will then clean my face again using my normal cleanser. One thing to mention, I do feel that certain whiteheads around my nose area were "squeezed out" during massaging, which is a plus point for sure.

From my knowledge, the emulsification process is very important while using cleansing oil. If that's not done properly and the oil is not dissolved, it might leave your skin with oily residue that causes breakouts.

Let's talk about the result now. If you are a supporter of double cleansing, this is definitely a product for you. Look at the below pictures. After washing my face, I poured SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion on a cotton pad and wiped my whole face. You can see the difference as the cotton pad turned a bit yellowish in the top picture, because I did not use SHU UEMURA Skin Purifier before my cleanser. I can't describe much about how it feels while using this product, it's just like any other cleansing oil but just look at the result, I am sure you can tell how thorough this product can clean the skin.
I am sure I will repurchase this product but I'm definitely getting the whitening formula instead, as the scent is so much nicer and soothing. My hubby thought it's a giant bottle of hand soap at first due to the floral design on the bottle somehow, it supposed to be limited edition but I just don't know how to appreciate that, the original bottle looks much chic and gorgeous to me. And I have to remind him that the so-called "hand soap" cost me a freaking $155 bucks!!

Rating: 8/10
450ml / SGD$155

不保養,皮膚更好??

Apr 19, 2012
這是誰的理論?其實有沒有這樣的道理我並不知道。 不過我有個twin sister,幾乎從來不保養的。 我和她根本是兩個極端,我是那種沒有護膚品就不能生存的人,即使家裡的存貨多到可以用上三五年,還是兢兢業業做功課,不斷嘗試不同品牌的產品。 妹妹她確可以清水洗臉就出門,更加接受不了白天晚上一堆瓶瓶罐罐的塗在臉上。 她倒是比我有優勢,從小皮膚就比我的好,也可能因為這樣我才拼命想辦法補救。

不過可能好皮膚真的是天生的,最近一段時間我更加開始相信這一點。以前常常“威脅”妹妹加入保養行列。最常用的那句話就是,“你天生皮膚好,年輕不覺得,過了30歲你就知道分別了!!”


如今轉眼間真的過了30歲。 前幾天閒來無事陪她去SKII counter做皮膚測試。 不是我心存僥倖,不過潛意識里真的覺得這么多年不同保養觀念,皮膚的健康程度總會有所差別把。 結果呢,真的是有差,不過是我的更差!!

Texture Refinement
姐姐78% < 妹妹 84%

Firmness Power - 75%
姐姐75% < 妹妹 78%

Wrinkle Resilience
姐姐93% < 妹妹 94%

Spots Control
姐姐83% < 妹妹 88%

Radiance Enhancement
姐姐99% > 妹妹 98%

暈,狂暈!! 我這十幾年的心血算是白費了?!!
我當然也知道每個人的皮膚在不同的時間會有不同的狀況。比如生理期特別差。而且皮膚測試因為會在臉上不同部位進行,效果當然也會有差別。但還是忍不住想找找看究竟是什麽原因,讓我這個一向注重保養的人也要甘拜下風。

總結
1.妹妹是個超愛喝水的人,一天3-4公升的水還要常常嫌不夠。
2.妹妹比較熱鍾室外運動,雖然我也愛yoga之類的,但可能少了大自然的新鮮空氣,還是有差!
3.妹妹好少化妝,即使有時有畫眼線,也從來不用粉類的底妝,對皮膚造成的負擔和傷害應該比較小。

所以下定決心,從現在開始不化妝了。發張素顏照留個紀念。不過大肚婆不上妝真的沒辦法見人,還是塗了睫毛膏哦,哈哈

Review: COSME DECORTE AQMW

Apr 13, 2012
Last May, I asked my sister to bring back a whole set for COSME DECORTE AQ basic skincare for me from HongKong, after reading a lot of nice reviews about their products. You know I am a SKII lover but after having baby and entering into early 30's, I feel that my skin is really aging faster than ever, hence I started to target at high end anti-aging products.

The AQ range under COSME DECORTE is very expensive, especially in Singapore which costs around SGD$600+ for a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. So I asked my sister to get the same set for me in HongKong for less than SGD$400. Unfortunately, all my products were dumped into dustbin at the custom as my poor sister put them into hand-carry luggage and totally forgot about the rule on cosmetics products since she didn't have any check-in luggage for her short trip.

Fortunately, she managed to bring back the free gift with purchase for me since they are of much smaller size, and I got to try out the other range under COSME DECORTE, the AQMW(Absolute Quality Miracle Wonder) range!! It turned out to be a "beautiful mistake" as I have the chance to test out this newer range which seems to suit my skin even better than the AQ range I intended to use initially.

The travel sized samples lasted me for a good 20-30 days and I decided to get full sized ones in Singapore right after that. AQMW range has adopted a stylish package design which my husband is totally impressed with. I personally is more impressed with the content inside these beautiful bottles. This prestige line is selling at slightly more affordable price to target a younger generation, and the overall texture is way lighter than their AQ range which is being slowly phased out in Asia market.

I did not get the cleanser from AQMW range as it comes in a soap bar, which I always find a bit unhygienic and difficult to take care, since all my cleansers are usually stored in the bathroom. So I got the Gentle Pure Washing Foam under AQ range instead and it is now my No#1 favorite cleanser.
As for the toner and moisturizer, here's the interesting part. COSME DECORTE is one of the Japanese brands I know of, that has this regime of cleansing face, using cotton pad to apply lotion first then toner. (Another famous brand is of course ALIBON). If you think the moisturizer is like a softener that penetrates into skin first, then you won't find it odd to use it before the toner.

COSME DECORTE AQMW Repair Emulsion
Rating: 8.5/10
It's light in texture and has this wonderful smell with the sandalwood extract added (meant to minimize the stress of daylight on skin). I use normal cotton pad to massage it onto my skin, and lightly dab my skin with hands for better absorption. My skin becomes so soft and supple immediately after applying this emulsion.

COSME DECORTE AQMW Repair Lotion
Rating: 8.5/10
It has the same sandalwood smell (just not as strong), and I use another piece of cotton pad to apply it right after the Repair Emulsion.

Overall this range is very moisturizing. I just need to apply a sunblock after these 2 products and my skin feels hydrated the whole day. And what I love most is the idea of using moisturizer (they call it emulsion but it's more like a softener to me) before the toner, that makes me feel that every layer of my skin care products applied later on, gets penetrated into my skin more effectively!

They are not whitening products but after a few months of usage, I feel that my skin looks brighter and glowing than before. As for the anti-aging effect, it doesn't work over night like miracle but it does have certain firming effect which takes time to show though.

Review: No#1 most effective skincare product

Apr 11, 2012
If you have been following my blog posts, by now you should have figured that most of my skin care products are from Japan. Well basically I've tried different brands from different countries and found Japanese brands work the best on Asian skin. But, so far my No#1 must have Holy Grail item, is from Switzerland, Europe!!!

Valmont Renewing Pack - the only product I tried from this brand and here's a brief introduction on essentialdayspa.com website:
"Rebalancing treatment mask which gives skin an instant beauty boost. Responding to the essential needs of the skin (hydration, oxygenation, nutrition, repair, etc.) and in addition offering a range of solutions adapted to the most delicate areas, such as the area around the eyes, the throat and décolleté, and even the lips and lip contour."
If you are like me, who stays in full blast air-conditioned environment, looks at computer monitor screen for the full day at work, needs to attend to kids at home and does not get enough beauty sleep all the time; but sometimes still needs to look perfect on special occasions like a dinner event or morning meeting with important client, then this product is definitely a "pick me up" mask you must have for your tired skin!!

It could be used daily in the morning, apply a thin layer on whole face, massage and leave it on for about 3 minutes, then wipe off the reminder with cotton pad soaked in lukewarm water or toner. Or it could be used as a mask twice a week, apply a much thicker layer, massage and leave on for 15 minutes or just sleep with it on overnight.

The packaging is so simple that I am sure it's the last item I would give a second look at in my beauty junkie life.. Luckily I do a lot of research before buying a product, or else if I "judge a book by its cover", I would never consider this brand. The texture is creamy but not oily or heavy, and a tiny bit can spread evenly on the whole face so although it's just a 50ml jar, i am sure it could last for a long time. At first there's a slight tingling sensation but after a short while it's gone completely. I usually do very simple massage and just wipe off the reminder if I use it as a mask at night, then I will go to bed with it on. The next morning, I can see immediate result as in my skin is more hydrated, radiant, smooth and firm, and most importantly, less tired!! You will never understand how much I hate it when those not so closed colleagues comment "You look so tired, are you okay?"....

Anyway I do not own a high end camera and I am not good at taking nice pictures. This is what I've taken with my Sony Ericsson Xperia front camera (bad resolution of course), but I find the before/after result pretty obvious (to me at least!).
The only reason I am not giving it a 10/10, is because I am not sure if this product works to improve my skin in the long term, or it's really a "secret weapon" for emergency usage.

Rating: 9.5/10
50ml / SGD$230+ from strawberry.net as this brand is not sold in Singapore

Review: Massage creams

Apr 10, 2012
I am quite a big fan of massage cream, why? Because I seldom, or I should say never, go for facials at salons and the most essential product I need for a mini facial at home, is always massage cream.

I grabbed this BEAUTE DE KOSE ULTIMATION Massage Cream during KOSE warehouse sale last November for may be SGD40 bucks? The cream is thick but in very smooth and sleek texture, like soft yogurt. It smells good. And it's so easy to spread evenly around face and neck with just one application. I do not like massage cream that dries off after a while and requires you to keep on applying layer after layer. It's not oily and indeed a bit watery so it's very easy to massage with this cream. As for the effect, I can only say it's more like doing a mask, overall my face is brightened up and feels soft and smooth, just can't expect miracle overnight right?!

Rating: 7/10

CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Cream de Massage seems to be a product on my wish list forever. I've tried quite a number of products from this brand and I know how good their products are, but somehow, i just never considered buying the full sized massage cream until I tried 2-3 small samples given by their friendly beauty consultant. And there was once I went for their complimentary facial behind their counter, they used this massage cream on my face and gosh, I adore it so much!! So yes, I am definitely going to get this item soon!

The cream is a bit yellowish in color, very rich in texture and needs a little bit of efforts to apply. And it feels a bit dry when I first put it on but after a short 1-2 minutes it melts into my skin and becomes slightly watery, and covers my face nicely for a full massage. It has this expensive signature smell from this brand, well let's just say it smells heavenly!! As for the effect, I think it works better than BEAUTE DE KOSE ULTIMATION Massage Cream, you can definitely expect a clean skin flowing with moisture after a busy tiring day at work.

Rating: 8.5/10
In the past I used to follow whatever instruction given that comes together inside the product packaging, to do the massage, or try to imitate those beauty consultant's method. Until I finally came across this Japanese Beauty expert Yukuko Tanaka who introduced her famous Zogan face contouring massage techniques.

I only managed to find a simplified version of the video in Chinese, the model is doing her own massage so it's super easy for you to follow it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowFzIavilk&feature=related

So following this technique, I feel that I am able to better utilize massage creams and maximize the effect nowadays =)

Review: Glow from within - Collagen drinks

Apr 5, 2012
Most of us ladies know that Collagen is a common substance in the body and vital for the youthfulness of our skin. But how well will collagen drinks work to make us look younger? I really do not know.

I decided to give Collagen drink a try some where last year because my skin was in super bad condition, oily, dehydrated, dull, uneven tone, big pores, etc.. I wasn't sure about the cause but it could be due to some detoxifying supplements I was taking at that time, which was flushing out the toxins in my body and somehow reflected on my skin.

I've done a little bit of research but honestly speaking, there's nothing much I could find online which tells me exactly which brand is more effective. So I bought these 2 popular brands: FANCL Tense Up Ex and DHC Collagen.I was expecting to see better result from FANCL since it's so popular and I know a lot of Singaporean girls purposely fly to Japan to stock up on this product. But somehow I feel nothing, really nothing at all after consuming 2 boxes.

On the other hand, DHC is really showing promising result. The sales person told me most people will get to see the result only after about 15-30 days unless you are someone who's very sensitive and always notice even slight changes about your skin. Well I happen to be that lucky someone. So after taking only 2 bottles, I could tell for sure it's working on my skin!! It plumps up my pores and I can see some of the "teardrop shaped" pores become "round shaped". What does that mean? Okay some Taiwanese skincare experts categorizes pores into 3 major types.
Round Shaped - Too much excess oil on skin
Oval Shaped - Dehydrated skin
Teardrop Shaped - Saggy, skin lack of elasticity

Besides obvious effects on my pores, I could also notice visible improvement on my fine lines under my eyes, overall my skin brightens up and make up lasts longer.

Taste wise both are too sweet for my liking but I prefer DHC's white grape flavor, and it's better to have it chilled before drinking so the taste is more acceptable. I am sure it's quite heaty though as my whole body feels warmer immediately after drinking and the next morning, I get slight sore throat and needs a lot of water.

Advice given from sales person is to drink continuously for 30 days (3 boxes), and then once every 2-3 days. So after 1st month consumption, it's about 1 box per month which costs around SGD50 and that sounds very reasonable to me as the effect is faster than skincare products applied on the face. Hence I am definitely going to invest on a long-term basis!!

FANCL Tense Up Ex
Rating: not going to rate this as I do not recommend it
Collagen Content: 2600mg / about SGD$55 per box during promotion

DHC Collagen
Rating: 9/10
Collagen Content: 7000mg / about SGD$45 per box during promotion

Review: TOP 3 Cleansers

Apr 4, 2012
I never believe that investing on a cleanser of topnotch quality is necessary, because I used to think lotion, cream, serum give our skin the nourishment we need so it makes more sense to spend on those items, whereas cleanser is just for a basic purpose of removing oil and dirt on our skin. But after so many years of experiment, these products have definitely proved me wrong!

To tell whether a cleanser is good, there are 2 key things to look for in my opinion. One is when you add some water to your cleanser and rub it, whether the lather created is foamy enough as the thicker the lather is, the easier it will "sink" into your pores and clear away dirt and excess oil efficiently. And the second thing is after cleansing, whether it leaves a dry and tight feeling on your skin. Because some cleansers might be too strong that basically deep cleanses and washes away the healthy sebum that coats and protects your skin. And based on these 2 points, I've rated these 3 products to be my favorite!!

TOP No#. 3 - SKII Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
I can't recall how many of these I've finished up to date, at least 5 tubes I guess. I was first attracted by the advertisement slogan "連洗臉都在保養呢!!". I couldn't really imagine how to "nourish the skin" while "washing the face". So I decided to give this product a try and boy, I thought I would never need another facial cleanser after using it year after year!

It has the usual "Pitera" smell especially if you leave it exposed to wet/humid environment like the bathroom. Most SKII fans won't mind about such smell since it's their key ingredient in most of their star products. The texture is a bit on the slippery side as if there's silicon in it. The lather is rather loose and thin so I don't think it works on T-zone very effectively as I have pretty oily T-zone with a bit rough skin texture due to white heads. And after cleansing, my skin feels a little bit dry but 5-10 years back I am sure this was the best cleanser I've ever tried, and, it's definitely a great cleanser to have for those with sensitive skin!

Rating: 8/10
120g / No idea about the price now as I stopped buying it for quite some time

TOP No#. 2 - CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE Refreshing Cleansing Foam
I stopped stocking up on SKII Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser after trying out this cleanser. And CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE is the most atas (posh, high class) range under Shiseido, that has a strong fan base of celebrities and rich taitais.

This cleanser is definitely value for money as one tube could easily last me 10 - 12 months. The experience is totally luxurious while using it. It is very rich in texture, and the lather created is very thick and strong, which makes cleansing much more effective. Even T-zone area becomes smoother after cleansing. Skin does not feel too dry after every usage. I think besides the texture being a bit too rich which makes application slightly difficult, the only other problem I found with this cleanser is the packaging, i have to cut it into half in order to get the cleanser foam at the tip of the tube which is pretty unhygienic and inconvenient.

Rating: 9/10
100g/SGD$89

TOP No#. 1 - COSME DECORTE AQ Gentle Pure Washing Foam
Wow what can I say about this product?! Brilliant!!! My ultimate Holly Grail!!

It somehow has the best merit of SKII and CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE cleansers and although it's the most pricey one among all, I am still willing to continue with it, indeed I already stocked up one more bottle at home! The texture is light and watery, but surprisingly one gentle pump is enough to create super rich and foamy lathers that covers the whole face and neck. It cleanses pores thoroughly, and leaves my T-zone skin equally supple, smooth, glowy and radiant just like the skin around my cheek area. Finally my pores can "breathe"!!! For someone with rather fine skin texture and do not enjoy deep cleansing much, this is the best cleanser I could find for daily usage without much need of a clay mask or scrub. There's no tight after-feel at all even if I do not put on my toner and moisturizer right after cleansing.

Yes the only drawback is the price tag, and although 200ml sounds a lot, it does not last as long as CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE cleanser. So I think I will keep buying it as long as budget allows, and switch to CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE when I do not wish to burn a big hole on my pocket.

Rating: 10/10
200ml/SGD$140+

Review: Luxurious hand creams

雙手是女人的第二張臉!! I used to spend about $5-10 bucks on any brand of hand cream from Watson's, depending on which brand is having promotion at that month, or which brand has more attractive packaging in my eyes.

Just in recent years, especially after having kids, I noticed that my hands get super dry throughout the day and putting hand cream on my office desk and in my bag becomes a must to me nowadays, and I started doing research and testing out different brands of hand creams to find my Holy Grail hand care product.

At last, I decided to stick to these 2, at least for the time being..

COSME DECORTE Hand Renew Treatment
I chanced upon some good reviews about this product and since I am quite a fan of COSME DECORTE, I bought this product and it being my very first expensive hand cream, didn't disappoint me at all!
It has a light and soothing fragrance, just like most of other products from this brand. I find the packaging simple and luxe. And 100g is really quite a big tube for a hand cream! I think it could last me for a year or so even though I do apply it a few times a day. The texture is more lotion to cream form, quite watery, very easy to spread and absorbs wonderfully into the skin. It's not sticky at all but give enough moisture and protection. The only reason I rated it slightly lower than JURLIQUE Rose Hand Cream, is because it takes a little while to set into the skin so before that, there's a slight astringent feel which I do not really like.

Rating: 9/10
100ml / SGD$70+

JURLIQUE Rose Hand Cream
It's a bit yellowish in color, the texture is more like gel, or wax, pretty thick but easy enough to apply. The smell is just too strong for my liking but it subside after a while. It's a small tube of 40ml but amazingly lasting. Maybe it's highly concentrated and very rich, hence just need to squeeze out a little bit for both hands.

Both hand creams are extremely good and value for money although they come with hefty price tag. I would definitely re-purchase both, COSME DECORTE for office use as it's not so rich as JURLIQUE's, therefore suits my typing work more. As for JURLIQUE, it's definitely a must have fast remedy for dry hands, especially when being used overnight!

Rating: 9.5/10
40ml / Price unknown as it's a gift from colleague