Introducing the new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream

AGELESS BEAUTY. Yes, it is now made possible with the brand new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream. In this modern age, our eyes reflect our unhealthy and hectic lifestyle. We are constantly fighting our age-old battles of ageingdark eye circles and eye bags resulting from the lack of sleep and fatigue throughout the years:

20s: Our eye bags start sagging…
30s: Our eyelids start developing wrinkles…
40s: Our eyes start developing “crow’s feet”…

It is time to bid goodbye to tired, panda eyes! The new STEMPOWER Eye Cream targets 3 critical points around the eyes (under eye area, the eyelid and the corner of the eye) for the sharper, younger eyes with its potent Stem-Acanax Eye Complex ingredient. You can see visible changes to your eyes with the STEMPOWER Eye Cream - firm eyelids and under-eye area, sharper looking eye corners and even skin texture around the eyes. You can even track your eye progress by visiting any SK-II beauty counters to try our the upgraded Magic Ring.

Fash-Review: I have been using the SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream for the past couple of years. Trust me, this tiny bottle of eye cream goes a long way! I was excited to try out the new STEMPOWER Eye Cream in addition to my current STEMPOWER range. You can feel the difference with just a tiny dab of the STEMPOWER Eye Cream on the very next day. I recommend using the eye cream with the correct method (I can’t stress this any more!!) and say “yes” to brighter, youthful eyes!

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream (15g) is now available any SK-II beauty counter in Singapore at S$144.

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

The BEST spot to try out eye creams is the skin creases between your thumb and your forefinger.

images: SK-II & Fash-Eccentric

Introducing the New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Can you achieve flawless skin everyday with minimal effort? OH YEAH. Say “hello” to the new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream. This is the first CC cream by Olay that boasts the combination of 7 benefits in 1, the ultimate multi-tasker for airbrushed finish, even skin tone and reduced-sized pores with everyday use. My mum used to tell me that if your pores are huge, your skin will look old. Pfftttt… really? Hey, it’s all true. Your skin texture and pore appearance tells the “perceived” age of your skin. The new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream is inspired by color-polarized clinical imaging, the Smart Color + 3D Pore Coverage technology to reduce glare and diffuses light. reflecting off the skin to reveal your luminous, radiant and reduce appearance of your skin pores. You can use it on its own or as a makeup primer.

Available at most leading department stores and pharmacies (Guardian & Watson) in Singapore at S$32.50 (50g) where Olay products are sold. 

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

“Pores are the new wrinkles!” Combat it now with the new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream.

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

The new Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream comes in two shades: Medium (2) and Light (1).

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Gently blend a 20 cent coin of the CC cream on to your face, that’s all you need! Just one simple step.

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Let’s see the difference on a model in her 20s.

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Model in her 30s: Notice the difference?

New Olay Total Effects Pore Minimizing CC Cream

Model in her 40s: See how her skin looks more even on her right.

images: Fash-Eccentric / Olay

Fall 2014: “Back To School” Campus Style

This Fall, it’s time for an upgrade (gosh, wardrobe overhaul please!). Who doesn’t love new campus gear to kick start a brand new semester? Shopbop has an awesome selection of Back To School” campus styles and of course, ASOS always have something affordable for those on a budget. Here is the key to your ultimate Campus Style:

  • Pick statement pieces or conversation pieces – get your friends talking about it! Like an awesome iPhone/Android case.
  • You can never go wrong with a basics (i.e. classic cross body bag, tank tops, sweaters & sneakers). Love Superga!
  • Play with colours – hey, it’s school and there are no rules against fashion!

Shopbop "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Sea Trouble Sweatshirt (US$195.00)
  2. Tory Burch Modern T Sunglasses (US$165.00)
  3. Madewell Twin Pouch Cross Body Bag (US$138.00)
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Mid Volume Backpack (US$55.00)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Manga Scarf (US$185.00)
  6. Superga The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic (US$125.00)
  7. Zero Gravity Lil Picasso iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$24.00)

ASOS "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Eleven Paris Sweatshirt with All Over Minnie and Mickey (SGD$148.52)
  2. ASOS Sushi Socks (SGD$7.43)
  3. Paperchase 5 Pack Cat Highlighter Pens (SGD$7.43)
  4. Criminal Damage Checked Shirt With Back Number Detail (SGD$111.39)
  5. Casio LA680WEGA Mini Digital Gold Watch (SGD$136.15)
  6. NARSissist Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (SGD$123.77)
  7. ALDO Kingarett Backpack (SGD$111.39)
  8. ASOS ADRIFT Cut Out Ankle Boots (SGD$86.64)

images: Shopbop & ASOS

How The Sun Sees You: Best Sunscreens For Your Face

You’ve probably seen Thomas Leveritt‘s “How the sun sees you” Youtube video circulating on Facebook. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, watch the video below. Trust me, this video is going to change the way to treat your skin. Do you hate applying sunscreen? Maybe. My mother used to nag me to apply sunscreen on my face and body – but all I wanted was a nice, golden tan. Well, turns out I didn’t look good with a tan. In my mid-20s, I started using sunscreen as part of my skincare routine. Let’s just say that I got on board a tad too late. Now, I’m in my early 30s and I’m spotting a couple of dark spots around my eyes and cheeks area. I probably can’t get rid of them completely with any amount of sunscreen and dark spots specialist products. However, I can control the situation by minimizing my dark and ageing spots before it gets out of control.

First of all, let’s start with the basics: SUNSCREEN for your face.

Watch Thomas Leveritt‘s “How the sun sees you” YouTube video and see how our skin actually looks like under ultraviolet. Get ready for barenaked freckles, dark spots and gosh, all kinds of skin problems hidden beneath the skin surface.

Now, who wants sunscreen? Let me rephrase that, who needs sunscreen? I’ve used multiple brands of sunscreen over the years and here are the best sunscreens for every budget:

Best Drugstore Sunscreens
If you have a budget constraint, no worries. These drugstore sunscreens have been tried and tested by yours truly and they work perfectly.  You don’t need to spend a bomb to get optimal sun protection!

How The Sun Sees You

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence with BB (S$19.90)

  • Long-lasting double UV block with SPF 50 PA+++
  • Weightless texture with BB coverage
  • 3D Brightening Effect for greater definition & more radiant complexion
  • Available at all leading pharmacies, supermarkets and hypermarkets

Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90)

  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Cellular Bioprotection® patent, protects cellular DNA against UV damage
  • Matte, no-shine finish
  • Available at Guardian pharmacy

Boots Dermocare Suncare Face & Body Sun Protective Fluid SPF50+

  • Reduce the premature signs of ageing
  • Protect skin against UVA and UVB sun damage and sun spots, whilst also containing Vitamin E and C
  • Contains Aloe Vera to cool and soothe the skin
  • Lightweight, non greasy formula
  • Available exclusively at Guardian pharmacy

Best Japanese/Korean Sunscreen
Whenever I travel to Japan, I will stock up on their drugstore sunscreens (because they are so cheap!). My favourite is the Shiseido Anessa range! Currently, I am using Kanebo Allie extra UV gel mineral moist SPF 50 PA+++ and I absolutely love its moisturising texture. I recently discovered Korean beauty brands such as Too Cool For School which recently open in Singapore.

How The Sun Sees You

Shiseido ANESSA Whitening UV Protector Sunscreen 60ml – SPF32 PA+++

  • Suitable for both face and body
  • Protects skin from UV rays, prevent spots & freckles by reducing melanin production
  • Contains whitening ingredient m-tranexamic acid
  • Can be used as a pre-makeup base
  • Available on Amazon or in Japan drug stores

Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist SPF 50 PA+++

  • Suitable for both face and body
  • Water-based gel
  • Contains hyaluronic acid EX for moisturizing
  • Can use as lotion, makeup base and UV care
  • Available on Amazon or in Japan drug stores

Too Cool For School Sunday Block (SPF 50+, PA+++)

  • Blocks UVA and UVB for optimum skin protection
  • Enriched moisturizing feeling
  • Light texture, mineral oil free
  • Soothes UV damaged skin with its aloe vera ingredient
  • Available at Too Cool For School Singapore outlets

Best Sunscreens to Splurge On
If budget is not an issue, here are some of the best sunscreens that are worth every cent. 

How The Sun Sees You

La Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid PA+++

  • Weightless fluid formula
  • UVA/UVB protection
  • Prevent the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and visible signs of aging
  • Available at all La Mer beauty counters

Lancome UV Expert GN-Shield™ High Potency Active Protection Make-Up Base SPF50 PA+++

  • For ultimate UV protection and color correction
  • 12 hours UV protection for instant fairness
  • GN-Shield™ neutralizes the main causes of spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Enriched with Pollusafe complex which preserves skin from environmental stress
  • Available at Sephora Singapore and all Lancome beauty counters

DIOR Hydra Life BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30

  • Moisturizing and protective powers of a skincare product
  • Complexion-perfecting and skin-evening properties of a foundation
  • Subtly tinted featherweight, smooth, velvety texture
  • Available at all DIOR beauty counters

 

[sponsored video] Can You #ChangeDestiny with SK-II?

I have aged another year in my 30s a week ago. The question is: How does my 30-something skin fare as compared to my 20-something skin? In all honesty, it is wayyyy better. I battled acne problems throughout my late teens and early 20s. I was even on Accutane to control my skin’s oil production but as a result, I ended up with dry and patchy skin. I have tried numerous skincare products but the one and only product that has stuck with me all these years is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Why? The formulation of the FTE hasn’t changed in the last 30 years -and the main ingredient Pitera is the secret to beautiful skin.

SK-II believes you can take control of your skin’s future and it is your right to beautiful, crystal clear skin. What you choose to apply on your skin today matters. In the Skin Destiny Study, SK-II has shown that if you start using the signature Facial Treatment Essence around your late 20s to early 30s, you will have more gorgeous skin than those who do not. Need proof? You can head down to any SK-II beauty counter to find out your  skin age with the Magic Ring according to Texture, Radiance, Firmness, Spot Control and Wrinkle Resilience.

SK-II Change Destiny

 

What I’m currently using now: (top, clockwise) Skin Signature Eye Cream (this one lasts forever!), Facial Treatment Essence (a must-have!), Cellumination Aura Essence (daytime skin regime), Facial Treatment Repair C, Stempower Essence (night time skin regime), Stempower and Facial Treatment Essence-Eye.


Watch to see this Skin Future Study video to discover how SK-II has transformed the skin of their loyal FTE users over a course of 10, 20 or even 30 years.  


Watch the SK-II Future Me video. I had a preview of this video at the recent Beauty Wonderland conference., and it is sooo cute!

 Note: This post has been sponsored by SK-II, but all thoughts are my own.

Fash-Review: Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

I’m absolutely a lips-kinda girl – lip stick, lip gloss, you name it. If there is a new lip product in town, I can’t wait to try it like the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick. This innovative lip hybrid of a gloss, lacquer and lipstick sounds like a winner. It combines maximum colour impact, glossy shine and comfortable feel as if you are not wearing any makeup in a single stroke. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out.

The new Dior Addict Fluid Stick is formulated with water, not wax like a lip gloss. Once applied, the water evaporates leaving an intense, highly pigmented colour and moisturised lips. Available in 16 luminous, eye-catching shades for the ultimate fashionista.

Fash-Review: I had the chance to try four of its show-stopping, must-have shades: Pandore, Mirage, Aventure and Wonderland. At first application, the texture is definitely watery – unlike most lip product I’ve used. It does make it a little hard to be precise around the lip line (yup, it was a messy first trial!). It took practice to get myself applying the Dior Addict Fluid Stick like a pro. I love the  four “IT” colours especially Pandore – probably my favourite shade this summer! It looses its shine after meals, but nothing a single stroke of top up wouldn’t fix. Ultimately, this is a great, comfortable lip product which is great for summer. My lips definitely felt really moisturized throughout the day.

 Dior Addict Fluid Stick

The Dior Addict Fluid Stick is now available at all Dior beauty counters at $47 each.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Addict Fluid Stick’s must-have  “IT” colours:

  • Pandore – A pure, radiant flamboyant red
  • Mirage – An incredibly lively tone, beige with a hint of pink
  • Aventure – An electrifying coral
  • Wonderland – A rush of pigmented fuchsia pink

images: Dior & Fash-Eccentric

NARS Summer 2014: Unlock The Summer

NARS Summer 2014 Collection

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I’m currently battling the cold, winter weather in Auckland. Honestly, a part of me is missing summer – the fact that I can strut around in just one layer and wear summer colours (instead of blacks, blues and greys zzz). I can still pretend it’s bikini summer in NZ and take a cool dip with the new NARS Summer 2014 collection.

  NARS Summer 2014 Collection

Introducing NARS Summer 2014 collection: (right, clockwise) Libertango Nail Polish  – Geranium ($30), Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – smoky rose quartz ($38), Malacca Single Eyeshadow – iridescent peacock($38), Baalbek Eye Paint – bronze($40), Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow – neon lemon lime and icy lavender($50), Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow – golden pewter and lilac snow ($50), Hot Sand Illuminator – peach champagne ($45).

NARS Summer 2014 Collection

A quick swatch of the Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow featuring bright neon lemon lime and icy lavender shades. Pop colours for the summer? Definitely.

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Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

#THEHAUTELINE is here! I received a box of liquid and pencil eye liners from Sephora Singapore *jaw drops* which include 17 hottest eye liners from Lancome, tarte cosmetics, stila cosmetics, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay, benefit and Sephora. Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start by reviewing the pencil eye liners.

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

#THEHAUTELINE: It’s time to put these 17 eye liners available at Sephora Singapore to the test!

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

Let’s start with these pencil eyeliners!

Fash-Review: Pencil Eyeliners from Sephora Singapore

Fash-Review: 

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in M Green Blk 02 - I love how smooth this pencil eye liner glides and the colour is intense. You don’t need to draw your eyes twice! I find it very easy to blend all over my eye lids for an overall colour. Surprisingly, I find this shade very wearable. Best of all, it is long-lasting without having to use a primer. RATING: 7 / 10

tarte Skinny SmolderEYES™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Moonstone Brown – This is one of my favourites! The colour is rich and simply gorgeous for my skin tone. I love how easy it is to apply this  eye liner – it is the smoothest of all the pencil eye liners. You can use the other end to soften your eye liner. I had to use a primer beforehand as the first time I used it, I ended up with smudges around the bottom lash line. Otherwise, this is my favourite – hands down!

Lancome Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof in 01 Noir / 02 Brun - This long-lasting Khôl Hypnôse Waterproof is water resistant, which is great. I didn’t suffer any smudges at all. It wasn’t as precise as I had to redraw my lash line a few times. I love its intense colour and creamy texture which are great to create smokey eyes.

SEPHORA Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof in 01 Black Lace / 09 Girls Night Out Gold – Alright, I broke the tip of 01 Black Lace almost immediately. Talk about first impressions! However, I love the face that it is long lasting and waterproof. For its price-point, this is an affordable eye liner that does its job. There are so many other colours that you can experiment  with. Unfortunately, gold eye liners just don’t work for my skin tone.

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Holy Mama! Fann Wong for Marie France Bodyline

Ah Jie, Fann Wong is the new celebrity spokesperson of Marie France Bodyline and boy, she’s lookin’ hot in her third trimester. As you know, local actors Christopher Lee and Fann Wong are expecting their first “horse baby” in a few weeks time. So, guess we know her secret in bouncing back to her pre-pregnancy bod after popping little bubs! I can’t wait to see if she’s having a boy or a girl – my guess: BOY.

Fann Wong for Marie France Bodyline

image: Marie France Bodyline

2014 Summer Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Summer is HERE! As the temperature rises, bring out your bikinis, sunblock and sunglasses – because things are beginning to heat up in Singapore. What do you need? We love our sun dresses and bikinis but don’t forget your beauty needs (who wants dark spots and pigmentation problems?!). Here are my 2014 summer fashion and beauty essentials to stay cool and chic:

Agent Provocateur Bikinis

It’s time to bring sexy back with Agent Provocateur bikinis. I instantly fell in love with the Mazzy Bikini & Lexxi Bikini. Can you blame me?

Topshop Summer 2014

Packing for your summer holiday? Don’t forget the Topshop Tropical Print Jumpsuit by Boutique (£120.00) and Topshop Straw Circle Brim Floppy Hat (£28.00). Simply irresistible!

Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

These Shiseido UV Protective Foundations in Liquid, Compact & Stick are water-proof and sweat-proof and promise to last all day! Tried and tested, this is my favourite go-to foundations for this sweltering summer.

2014 Summer Essentials - Sunblock

The key is never leave home without your sunblock – whether it’s summer or not. I’m completely sold with the new Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90), Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+ UVA 38 (S$44.50) and Lancome UV Expert Ultimate XL UV Protection BB Complete SPF50+++ (S$80).

SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist and Whitening Spots Care and Brighten Day Cream

Before applying your sunblock and makeup, we need to fight our underlying problems – melanin production before our dark spots appear! Add this to your skincare routine: SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist (S$176 – 30ml, S$258 – 50ml, S$339 – 75ml ) and SK-II Whitening Spots Care & Brighten Day Cream (S$167).

Brow Threading 101 with Browhaus

How do your tame your wild brows? Well, I like my Classic Threading with Singapore’s Brow Salon, Browhaus. Truth to be told, I have been going to Browhaus for years. Why? Because there are plenty of outlets around the city (convenience is key!) and their therapists are well-trained. You’ll need to get your brows threaded every 6 weeks for an awesome price of S$17.00 per session. Of course, you get a better deal if you buy a package of 10 sessions. If you’re a Brow Threading virgin, this is what you MUST KNOW before booking your appointment at Browhaus:

  • Always communicate with your therapist about what you want – if you want to maintain your natural shape, create a sharper arch or thin your brows. Sometimes, your therapists may have suggestions on what to do with your brows. Ultimately, they are YOUR brows, you are responsible for the final look with the help of your therapist.
  • Ask for ICE-CREAM or cooling lotion to be applied on your brows after your session. Trust me, you will love how fast your post-threading redness will disappear.
  • Wait at least 2 hours before applying any makeup or moisturizer over your brows to avoid bacteria infection. So, if keep your brow pencil in your purse. Patience is key.
  • Book your next Brow Threading appointment after your first! It’s important to stay on top of your brow grooming. It’s a great habit to make your next appointment immediately so you don’t forget!

Browhaus The Cathay

Look for Alice, my therapist at The Cathay outlet (2 Handy Road, #02-10, The Cathay Singapore 229233 Tel: +65 6737 0335) for the ultimate brow threading experience!

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

What happens during Brow Threading?

  • Firstly, your therapist will thread your brows into shape with your eyes closed.
  • Next, she will ask you to assist in pulling your skin tight with both your hands – the tighter your skin, the less pain you will experience.
  • Finally, she will tweeze the random hairs that couldn’t be threaded and also trim your eyebrows with a pair of scissors.

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

Ta-dah! See how my unruly brows were tamed in just 10-minutes.

Brow Threading at Browhaus Singapore

A close-up on my post-threading brows. All I need is a brow pencil to fill up the gaps for defined brows! Thanks Browhaus!

images: Browhaus & Fash-Eccentric

SK-II Beauty in Wonderland: Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

Last month, I had the golden opportunity to join global online influencers at the two-day SK-II Beauty in Wonderland event for the ultimate SK-II experience. It was lovely meeting famous online bloggers/vloggers such as as Jenn Im (Clothes Encounter), Willabelle Ong (Pale Division), Rae (The Raeviewer), Asahi Sasaki (@sasakiasahi) Pupe (Pupe So Sweet), Grace Tan (Working With Grace), just to name a few. On Day #1, we had an early morning exclusive online chat with the one and only, SK-II ambassador and award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett. What’s her secret to her flawless, ageless skin? Let’s find out.

Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

Hello Cate!

How long have you been using SK-II? How did you discover the brand?
I discovered SK=II 11 years ago when I was 31. MY friends introduced me to the whitening range after their travels to Japan and I was confident by their recommendation. Because it worked, I stuck with it. My skin is  better now than 11 years ago.

What’s your skincare secret?
Keep my skin spot-free with the SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask. Keep my SK-II Signs Eye Mask in the freezer to reduce swelling and better infusion for the eyes. Keep my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in a spray bottle – it’s great to spray on top of your makeup after a long night. My skincare routine includes the SK-II Luxury Pitera or LXP range. When traveling, use SK-II Skin Rebooster.

What’s your makeup secret?
I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation because it is infused with Pitera. I usually do my makeup in the car. I don’t like to wear too much makeup. I think it is important for women to have confidence in their skin.

What SK-II product you can’t live without?
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence because you can use it in many ways. It is the vitamin drink for my skin. If I could drink it, I would. I’m using the FTE from the LXP range as it has the most concentrated amount of Pitera.

Best thing about being an SK-II user.
It is a real gift to spend less time thinking about how I look. There is no need to panic about ageing especially in your late 20s. Be in control of change and not be self-obsessed.

Exclusive Chat with SK-II Ambassador Cate Blanchett

images: SK-II Singapore