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.

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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.


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

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).

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

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Fash-Review: diptyque L’Art du Soin Skincare Collection

The legendary French perfumer and luxury candle maker, diptyque Paris will be launching their first skincare collection, L’Art du Soin in June in Singapore. I attended the bloggers preview at the Ritz-Carlton Singapore to try the new 5-piece skincare collection. Inspired by traditional cosmetic methods, L’Art du Soin adopts the “slow infusion” method which includes the gentle distillation of flowers, leaves or seeds that conserves all their qualities plus the usage of natural wax with soft, protective properties for radiant, healthy skin. diptyque uses their strength in natural fragrances and their extraction in producing amazing textures that melt on your fingers, transforming powders into airy foam and turning oil into lotion.

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

Infused Facial Water
A substitute for water, the Infused Facial Water is full of vitamins, minerals and moisturising agents. Made from 84% hydrolate of Damask rose, Nasturtium Extract and a blend of nine traditional plants and flowers, the Infused Facial Water is fresh and absorbent, toning and restoring as well as moisturizing. It should be applied before cream for ultimate moisturisation.

Radiance Boosting Powder
Inspired by Japanese rituals, the Radiance Boosting Powder transforms into a light, airy foam within contact with water that gently cleanses skin with its white clay infused with rose petal, jasmine and sweet orange blossom powders. It has an invigorating scent of verbena and neroli. A quick perk-me-up for your skin.

Nourishing Cleansing Balm
This is one of my favourite products from the range: The Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the face is a white balm made from wax, scented with geranium and roses – that transforms into a fine oil between your fingers, then into a milky emulsion upon contact with water to cleanse your makeup, dirt and oil from your face. Best of all, it leaves your skin silky, velvety soft. It is made of sweet almond oil blended with three essential waxes: refreshing ylang-ylang, softening mimosa and astringent geranium, and can be used as a mask.

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay
Enriched with marble powder, the Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay makes skin pure and light with its super fine kaolin, softening rice and oat powders. This exfoliant can also be used as a mask, then rinsed off with a towel soaked in warm water. Here’s a tip: Add a couple of drops of Infused Facial Water to the mask for double freshness and invigorating action!

Protective Moisturizing Lotion
This versatile lotion can be used on its own, before another cream or even on top of your foundation. You’ll love the intense moisturizing action as well as SPF15 for sun protection. A combination of refreshing Damask rose hydrolate infused with extracts of white lily and calendula, which moisturise, calm and soften, and grape extract which brightens the complexion and acts on pigmentation. It blends the scent of orange blossom with the tangy freshness of Petitgrain Paraguay.

Fash-Review: I also received a mini set of the L’Art du Soin to try during my recent weekend getaway to Penang (since its miniature size is perfect for traveling!). Essentially, this is a basic 5-piece skincare collection. If you are a fan of diptyque, you will appreciate the benefits of its natural, traditional skincare products. For me, I’ll need to supplement this skincare ritual with serums to target my problem areas such as dark spots, wrinkles and etc. I like this skincare range because of its beautiful scent and amazing texture, but I’m certainly not crazy about it. It’s good to try during my weekend holiday but at some point, I need science to fix my problem areas.

diptyque L’Art du Soin will be available from June 2014 at Escentials Paragon #03-02/05 (Tel: 6737 2478) and Escentials Tangs Orchard L1 (Tel: 6734 2122).

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

diptyque L’Art du Soin price list in Singapore dollars:

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face, 100ml (S$ 100)         
Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face, 40g (S$90)   
Infused Facial Water for the Face, 150 ml  (S$85)  
Protective Moisturizing Lotion for the Face, 50ml (S$103)
Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the Face, 100g (S$ 103)  

diptyque L'Art du Soin Skincare Collection

How to use the Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face: Moisten hands and face with warm water. Place one dose (approximately a half-teaspoon) in cupped palm and work the powder into a creamy lather with the ball. Gently massage face with small, circular movements, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water or soak a washcloth in warm water and gently wipe. INTERESTING!

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Fash-Preview: Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

Life is like a bed of roses and I want to rub my face all over it! Ok, minus the thorns. I attended Fresh Summer 2014 collection preview at the lovely setting of Capella Singapore. I had my first Fresh experience with the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask from Sephora Singapore and I was immediately sold by its pure, natural ingredients and beautiful scent. You can imagine how excited I was to try their latest Summer 2014 collection which include the new Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream from the Fresh Rose collection, Fresh Life EDP and the new shade “Tulip”  from the Sugar Lip Treatment collection. Here is a sneak peek of the latest collection which will be launched in June and July (respectively):

Fresh Summer 2014 collection is available at all Sephora stores in Singapore.

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

Laila (Rock The Trend) and I posed at the beautiful “FRESH” rose wall.

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

YAY! Each blogger was given a tray of Fresh Summer 2014 collection to try out on the spot!

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

The Fresh Rose Collection featuring the new Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream ($78) which will be launched in June. Other key products from the range include:

Rose Cleansing Foam ($63)
Rose Floral Toner ($63)
Rose Hydrating Face Serum ($88)
Rose Hydrating Gel Cream ($68)

Rose Face Mask infused with real rose petals ($95)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

This is my new favourite scent, Fresh Life EDP captures the earthiness of velvet bergamot, vanilla grass and dreamy cypress; the sweet air of  grapefruit, lilac leaves and transparent Magnolia; the brightness of silk amber, warm orange and tonka flowers; the clearness of sweet cucumber, sparkling moss, morning dew. The Fresh Life collection will be launched in July.

Fresh life eau de Parfum 3.4oz ($144)
Fresh life eau de Parfum 1oz ($80)
Fresh life eau de Parfum Rollerball ($36)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

The new shade, “Tulip” which is a sheer hot pink tint will be available in June. I’ve been using Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 for awhile now and I love it! It is my go-to everyday lip treatment as I do suffer from dry, chapped lips. The Sugar Lip Polish is such a dream and sometimes, I like to lick it off my lips (don’t try this at home!). I can’t wait to try the Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy that might help with keeping my lips moisturised in wintery New Zealand next month.

Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15 ($33)
Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($36)
Sugar Lip Polish ($33)
Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($31)

Fresh Summer 2014 Collection

A quick swatch of the delicious Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Collection: (from left) Tulip, Berry, Plum, Passion, Cherry, Coral, Rose, Petal and Honey. Which is your favourite shade?

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Fash-Review: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Makeup Removers

GOOD SKIN starts with the first step of removing your makeup/sunscreen before cleansing. L’Oréal Paris introduces the new Sublime Makeup Removers to provide skin-perfecting cleansing solution for every skin types and needs. Ultimately, the goal is to reveal a healthy, glowing skin! There are three innovative and high-performing makeup removers suitable for everyone: Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution (for dry and sensitive skin; no perfume, no alcohol, hypo-allergenic, suitable for face, eyes and lips), Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (for dull and tired skins, all skin types; suitable for face and eyes) and Sublime Fresh Deep Pure Foaming Water (for normal to combination skin; no soap, no alcohol, suitable for face and eyes). Scroll down to read what my thoughts are on these new makeup removers:

The new L’Oréal Paris Sublime Makeup Removers are now available at leading retailers including Watsons, Guardian, SASA, selected Department stores, major supermarkets and hypermarkets.

L'Oreal Paris Sublime Makeup Remover

Price List:

Sublime Fresh Deep Pure Foaming Water (150ml) $15.90
Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution (200ml) $17.90
Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (150ml) $19.90

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Makeup Removers

My personal favourite: Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution (200ml) because I like how it aims to remove face, eye and lips makeup instantly and it is perfect for my sensitive skin. The 3-in-1 solution helps dissolves makeup, unclog pores and removes impurities as well as tones and soothes skin. The micellar particles is like a purifying magnet to attract oil and impurities – ultimately, lift them off the skin surface in one easy sweep! I love how my skin feels soft and moisturised even after cleansing. Most importantly, it’s hypo-allergenic. and very gentle on my skin. I’m wearing Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 551 Aventure and see how quickly it removes my lip makeup!

How to Use:
Apply using a cotton wool pad onto dry skin. Hold over the lashes, lids and lips for a few seconds then gently sweep away. No need to rinse or rub. Use in the morning and evening.

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The Sublime Fresh Deep Pure Foaming Water (150ml) is suitable for normal to mixed skin (which is works great on my skin as well).  The water transform into air-light foam that deeply purge pores of impurities with millions of active purifying bubbles. Its purifying active ingredient, Salicylic Acid, removes dead cells and impurities with its microexfoliation action. I love how fresh and invigorated my skin feels after cleansing!

How to Use:
Pump two times and massage the mousse onto damp skin. Rinse well with warm water. Use in the morning and evening.

Finally, the Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (150ml) is suitable for normal to combination skin. There is no photo because this isn’t suitable for my skin type. WHY? Typically, I’m not a fan of oil-based makeup removers unless I’m wearing waterproof makeup. It’s a personal preference, but it doesn’t mean this makeup remover doesn’t work for you. Formulated with 90% pure oil, this cleansing oil can dissolve makeup including waterproof and long-wearing makeup 3 times faster than regular cleansing milk. Best of all, you don’t get that greasy finish after usage.

How to Use:
With your fingertips, apply 2-3 drops onto dry skin, massaging over the lashes, lids and lips. Then, rinse well with warm water. Use in the morning and evening.

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Fash-Review: Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Skincare Range

If you can nourish your skin with superfood, you can just imagine the amazing results – supple, nourished and glowing skin. Who doesn’t want that? The new Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food skincare range uses superfood type ingredients such as Super-Omega Complex 3, 6, and 9 oils (prevents skin sagging, soothes inflammation, hydrating,soothes eczema, accelerates repair of damage) , Marula Oil (anti-ageing, hydrating and moisturising), Vitamins A (reduces skin roughness, prevents wrinkles, skin rejuvenating agent), B5 (plumps skin), C  (reduces redness plus pigmentation, instant brighteners and stimulates collagen synthesis)and E (anti-aging, rich moisturising agent) combined with the PhytoCell™ Alp Rose stem cells to provide complete nutrition for the skin.

What are PhytoCell™ Alp Rose stem cells? The Alp Rose stem cells are known to live more than 100 years and highly resistant to harsh environmental factors – which are able to preserve the function of human stem cells. Hence, it helps increase the vitality and stimulate the human skin’s own stem cells to regenerate at a faster rate. Ultimately, it has been clinically proven to increase moisture levels in skin by 39%.

I had the chance to try the Rodial STEMCELL Discovery Kit for a couple of weeks before writing this review. Scroll down to read about my thoughts on this new skincare range:

Why not try before you buy? The Rodial STEMCELL Discovery Kit is available for sale at $79 online at www.rodial.com.sg or at selected Guardian outlets: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-49 , Paragon #B1-20/24 and Ngee Ann City #B1-15-23 (Guardian Plus).

Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Skincare Range

The Rodial STEMCELL discovery kit includes the following items:

1 x STEMCELL Super-Food Cleanser (50ml)
1 x STEMCELL Super Food Facial Oil (10ml)
1 x STEMCELL Super Food Day Cream SPF15 (20ml)
1 x STEMCELL Super Food Glam Balm Multi (10ml)

Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Skincare Range

The STEMCELL Super-Food Cleanser (200ml, $59) is a dual-action cleansing cream designed with advanced stem cell technology. Made from a combination of Rose Hip Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Rose Wax and Cocoa Butter work to gently melt away daily dirt and grime while gently feeding nutrients into the skin for a hydrated, nourished complexion.I personally like it because I have dry and dehydrated skin. This cleanser doesn’t strip away the natural oils on my face and my skin feels soft and supple after cleansing. However, this cleanser may not be suitable for those with oily skin as the texture is quite creamy and thick. This works best if you are traveling to cold countries!

Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Skincare Range

The cleanser also comes with a 100% cotton muslin cloth to help exfoliate your skin to reveal a radiant glow.

Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Skincare Range

Next, the STEMCELL Super Food Facial Oil (30ml, $129) is a unique facial oil with a concentrated blend of active ingredients such as anti-oxidants and Vitamins A, B5, C and E to nourish and hydrate skin. The Phytocell Alp Rose protects skin against environmental stress and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Personally, I find this too oily for the face – but you will need to massage it into your skin for maximum absorption before applying the day cream. It is the perfect solution for dry, wrinkled skin. This would be great if you are in an air-conditioned or dry environment all day.

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Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

Tired? Burnout? Exhausted? Fatigue? Does that sound familiar? Welcome to the life of the urbanites like you and me. Unfortunately, these environmental factors and of course, stress reflect in our eyes (damn computers!). Thanks to skincare science, the new Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream (S$98) is here to help us say goodbye to sleepy eyes! The new Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream is a luscious gel-cream that absorbs instantly into your skin to create plumpness and protection as well as freshness and softness. Your eyes will look invigorated and fresh like you had 8-10 hours of sleep! This eye cream is best used together with the Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Concentrate and the Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye Illuminating Youth Activator. What do I love about this eye cream? After 7 days of daily use, I could instantly feel my eye contours much softer and brighter. Of course, my fine lines have improved with plumper, more hydrated skin! The texture may seem a little thick to begin with but I spend time lightly massaging it into my eyes – trust me, it works!

I had the chance to try the complimentary 15-minute eye illuminating service at the Lancôme Maison located outside TANGS Orchard from now until Sunday, 11 May 2014 (which you can also do the same!). Mother’s Day Special: You and your beloved mother can receive a complimentary pampering service and make-over, and receive an Advanced Génifique sampling kit worth $50. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/lancomesingapore

Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

The 3-step to beautiful eyes: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux range.

Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

STEP 1: The advanced dropper of the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Concentrate will give you a more radiant and smoother skin in just 7 days. Try it!

Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

STEP 2: Next, use the Lancôme Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye Illuminating Youth Activator. You will be thrilled that its rotating and massaging applicator will give you amazing eye contours.

Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

STEP 3: Last but not least, the new Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream which wakes up your eyes and gives you softer, smoother eye contours after 4 weeks.

Fash-Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream

I was pampered by Lina Tock, National Makeup Artist of Lancôme Singapore at the Lancôme Maison. She did such an amazing job that my eyes looked fresh after the 15-min treatment! I can’t wait to massage my eye area with the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream for similar results (let’s hope my kungfu skills is nearly as good as Lina’s, hahaha).

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ettusais x AMPHI Limited Edition Collection

SUPER-KAWAII! ettusais collaborates with Japanese lingerie label, AMPHI to launch a limited edition AMPHI collection of lip and nail products. Designed by Tokyo illustrator Aya Ota, you can’t simply resist the kawaii-ness of the playful etchings of birds, butterflies and of course, lingerie! Best of all, the limited edition collection features two of my favourite ettusais products: the gel top coat / color coat ($24) as well as the lip essence ($31). The collection also introduces the reformulated ettusais lip essence N stick ($26), which is enhanced with collagen glycerin, royal jelly extract, honey, beeswax and DPG (dipropylene glycol) for the ultimate baby-smooth lips with a soft sakura tint! I can’t wait to try it since I’ve been a lip essence fan for years.

I’ve already finished using two bottles of the gel top coat (it’s great on Gummi Nails!) and this limited edition ettusais x AMPHI gel top coat is a definite must-have for me. I’m also a fan of the gel color coat for the au naturel healthy nail look or a great overlay over my french manicure. The lip essence restores dry, chapped lips to a glossy lustre and of course, it’s anti-aging! It prevents fine lines and UV rays 24/7 and I’ve been using mine every day.

ettusais x AMPHI Limited Edition Collection

ettusais x AMPHI collection is available exclusively at Sephora ION Orchard.

ettusais x AMPHI Limited Edition Collection

For delicious, plump baby lips: ettusais lip essence N stick ($26) and ettusais lip essence ($31)

ettusais x AMPHI Limited Edition Collection

For gel-like, perfect manicure: ettusais gel top coat ($26) and ettusais gel color coat in pink ($26)

ettusais x AMPHI Limited Edition Collection

I love using the gel top coat on my 100% real nail polish wraps by Gummi Nails.

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Bioderma: H20 Cleansing Water For All Skin Types

“A bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H20 is sold every 3 seconds worldwide”

You’ve probably heard of tourists lugging back bottles of Bioderma from France – or perhaps, you’ve bought or ordered a couple of bottles via your trusty friend or family members. It is the must-have skincare fix for supermodels and makeup artists during Fashion Week. I’ve been using Bioderma Sensibio H20 for the past 2 years and I swear it works effortlessly. It all started with Bioderma Sensibio H20, the miraculous micellar water that combines the freshness of water with the cleansing prowess of oil to take off dirt and makeup from your face. Since the roaring success of the first Bioderma H20, Bioderma has created different H20s to suit all skin types and conditions:

Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($15.90 for 100ml, $29.90 for 250ml, $39.90 for 500ml)
For sensitive skin. This star product is suitable for all especially those with sensitive skin because of its patented natural complex and a soothing cucumber extract to ensure skin’s natural pH is maintained. It is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Use it as a daily cleanser to remove makeup from face and eyes.

Bioderma Hydrabio H20 ($29.90 for 250ml)
For dehydrated, dull, uneven and flaky skin. This product irrigates skin, instead of just hydrating the top layer so your skin is refreshed and rejuvenated from deep within. Ultimately, you will have a healthy, glowing skin. It is hypoallergenic. Use it as a daily cleanser to remove makeup from face and eyes.

Bioderma Sebium H20 ($15.90 for 100ml, $29.90 for 250ml, $39.90 for 500ml)
For oil-prone skin or dilated pores. This H20 purifies and regulate your sebum production without drying your skin with its copper sulphate and zinc gulconate. It is also colourant-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Use it as a daily cleanser.

Bioderma ABCDerm H20 ($15.90 for 100ml, $39.90 for 500ml)
For babies. Yes, babies can use Bioderma H20 too! This product is a high-safety and high-tolerance demo-paediatric cleanser made for babies and children. You can ensure your baby’s skin is natural physiological balance is restored and preserved with its gentle formula and delicate texture. Best of all, it doesn’t leave any residual oily film and does not sting the eyes. It is also hypoallergenic, paraben-free, soap-free and alcohol-free. Use it as a daily cleanser for diaper area, skin folds, face, eyes and hands.

Bioderma H20 cleansing water is available at all Guardian Pharmacy, Nishino, Robinsons and John Little.

Bioderma: H20 Cleansing Water for all skin types

From left, clockwise: Bioderma Sensibio H20, Bioderma Hydrabio H20, Bioderma ABCDerm H20 and Bioderma Sebium H20.

Bioderma: H20 Cleansing Water for all skin types

Here’s how you use your Bioderma H20 cleansing water. Firstly, pour out the H20 onto a cotton pad.

Bioderma: H20 Cleansing Water for all skin types

Next, sweep it across your skin without scouring. You’ll notice the dirt or makeup will come right off onto the pad. It’s easy as ABC!

Bioderma: H20 Cleansing Water for all skin types

VOILA! Everything comes off without leaving any stains or residue. I love Bioderma, and so should you!

images: Fash-Eccentric

ettusais Skincare Master Cleanse with the new Peeling Milk N

ettusais’ newly formulated Peeling Milk N with Lemon Extract Glycerin promises 20 seconds to skin perfection! This new exfoliator combines softener, ultra-gentle peel, clay purifier, moisturising milk and complexion brightener in one simple, fuss-free application. What’s the secret? The new gentle and efficient Lemon Extract Glycerin which softens the skin so that your dead skin cells and debris can be easily lifted off and pores will be effortlessly unclogged for the ultimate baby-smooth and blemish-free skin. This mildly acidic Peeling Milk N is ultra gentle, alcohol-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested suitable for all skin types. The new formula also consists the following ingredients:

  • An improved version of plant-derived fibre for a more powerful peel and buff without stressing your skin!
  • Abyssal Clay to soak up excess sebum and purify your skin.
  • Trehalose to rehydrate skin and fortify its lipid barrier.
  • Peony Extract to illuminate and brighten your skin.

How to use: All you need to do is massage a cherry-sized dollop onto your cleansed, skin in circular motion for 20 second, and rinse off. Avoid your eye and lips area.

Fash-Review: Previously, I have bought peeling gel or milk products from Japanese drug stores. They are usually quite harsh on my sensitive skin. The ettusais Peeling Milk N is definitely more gentle and equally as effective as compared to the ones I’ve used before. I immediately notice how radiant my skin is after the exfoliation (see Before & After image below). You’ll notice these white “eraser dust” like balls on your fingers after 20 seconds of exfoliation. I love the smell of the Lemon Extract Glycerin that makes my skin refreshed! Best of all, it doesn’t leave my skin dry and tight like most exfoliation product as it contains Trehalose that rehydrate skin. Definitely a must-try!

ettusais Skincare Master Cleanse with the new Peeling Milk N

ettusais Peeling Milk N is now available at all ettusais beauty counters at S$26 each.

ettusais Skincare Master Cleanse with the new Peeling Milk N

Testing out the new ettusais Peeling Milk N! Ok, you need more than this – a cherry-sized dollop.

ettusais Skincare Master Cleanse with the new Peeling Milk N

Before… EXFOLIATE… After!

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