{Sponsored} Bio-essence Royal Jelly + ATP V-Face Series – 3 Treasures

Jun 2, 2013 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

It has been a long time since I have done any product review, due to a pimple outbreak caused by a product which I have used. My ROM date is drawing near, and I’m glad to be given a chance to review the 3 treasures in the Bio-essence Royal Jelly + ATP V-Face series! Hopefully my face will be sharper on the big day ;)

Bio-essence Skincare regime for younger looking, V-shaped face -

(1) Deep Cleansing Milk with Royal Jelly & ATP

(2) Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly & ATP

(3) Nourishing Deep Cleanser with Royal Jelly & ATP / Nourishing Foamy Cleanser with Royal Jelly & ATP

(4) Deep Nourishing Toner with Royal Jelly & ATP

(5) Radiant Youth Essence with Royal Jelly & ATP

(6) Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly & ATP

Star ingredients - Royal Jelly which has advance anti-ageing effects and ATP (energy source) which helps to improve micro-circulation to renew and repair skin.

I was given the 3 treasures of this new series to try out, and they are the Deep Exfoliating Gel, the Radiant Youth Essence and the Face Lifting Cream.

Deep Exfoliating Gel

This product, on top of the Royal Jelly & ATP, contains Angelica and Wolfberry extracts which provide nutrients and vitamins for nourishing your skin. It is a mild and gentle exfoliator which can be used daily.

The gel reminds me of a certain exfoliating gel I used back in my JC days. It works in the same way – apply to dry skin and massage in a circular motion until small flakes of dead skin and dirt appear. Then, rinse off with water and use a cleanser. I’m pretty charmed by the Bio-essence Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly & ATP because it simply works; my skin feels very smooth and looks refined after using this gel for just a couple of days in a row. After using it for a longer time, I’m convinced that daily usage will reduce the formation of black heads and pimples as the dead skin and dirt will not be able to build up.

Radiant Youth Essence

The essence contains green tea extracts on top of other great ingredients to slow down aging. It claims to help lock in moisture and keep skin soft, smooth and healthy.

When I first tried out this product, I was very shocked at the oily texture. It’s so oily that I consider washing it off. But after reading the directions once more, I decide to massage it into my skin and wait for the essence to be absorbed. Thankfully, the absorption was good, and my face didn’t end up looking like an oil slick. I haven’t used it long enough to experience the anti-aging benefits, but this essence definitely helps in makeup application. Normally, when I use foundation, I will notice that there are drier areas on my face where the foundation cake up, creating a powdery look. I hate it when that happens! But after using the youth essence, I noticed that this problem has lessened, perhaps because of the moisturizing effect it provides. So, kudos to this, my favourite product out of the 3 products I have received.

I also tried using the essence on my arms and legs, especially since I have dry skin at those area and I don’t want to look scaly on my wedding day. On my arms and legs, the essence gets absorbed super fast, so I’m guessing my skin at those areas is really dry and thirsty!

Face Lifting Cream

One interesting ingredient used in this cream is the Bio Rice Fermentation Essence. Doesn’t this remind you of the SK II Piteria, which is also from rice? (In fact, the steam from steamed rice is extremely nourishing for our face, so, do steam your face with that whenever you open up a pot of freshly steamed rice!)

I haven’t actually notice any visible slimming or tightening of my skin after using this lifting cream, but I guess this will not be an overnight process. What I like about this cream is that it’s very easily absorbed by the skin and doesn’t cause any shine. It’s a great moisturizer to be used in the day before makeup application. Hopefully, the V-shape effect will happen over time. :)

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You can find Bio-essence products at pharmacies like Watsons and Guardian. To know more about their products, do visit the Bio-essence Facebook page. There is also an ongoing UNLOCK YOUR FEMININE CHARM Facebook game where participants stand to win daily prizes! Head there now!!

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{Sponsored} Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion and SHA Moisturizing Eye Cream

Aug 13, 2012 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

Many thanks to Hada Labo, I am able to review and share with you 2 fantastic products today. I’m so excited to share them that I don’t know where to start! ;)

Hada Labo is a skincare line researched and developed by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. Japan and The Mentholatum Co. It has a philosophy of ‘Perfect X Simple’. Hada Labo uses only the purest of ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, with no unnecessary additives and manufacture their products under strict pharmaceutical standards.

A few days ago, I received a cute package for Hada Labo, consisting of the SHA Hydrating Lotion with new nano formula, as well as the SHA Moisturizing Eye Cream. I am wow-ed on the first use, and now, I am going to tell you how great they are!

Before I start, I must first say that Hada Labo really did change my impression of drugstore brands. When I first started a proper skincare regime, I was using Witch products from Watsons. I can’t manage to find the entire range there anymore, but it was great for my then-young skin. I also did try the Clean & Clear range, as well as some other cheap drugstore brands (but eventually, Witch proved to be the best). After that, when I have more disposable income, I tried fancier brands, like ettusais, Clinique, Chanel, etc. Most didn’t work for my skin except for Clinique and now, Jurlique. They are expensive, and so, I have always have been trying to see if I can find a brand which is cheaper and yet can deliver as well.  There came Hada Labo, and I was very impressed. You don’t need a million steps (think Korean skincare) to get the same dewy, soft skin. And best of all, you can find it at drugstores near your house, and they are very affordable – nothing over S$40, I think. I don’t know how else to say how much I love this brand – you will have to try it out, to understand how wonderful it really is.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Lotion (with new nano formula)

The new hydrating lotion contains of a cocktail of 3 different types of hyaluronic acid, and they are the Nano Hyaluronic Acid (with molecules that are 1/20 the size of the normal hyaluronic acid, to enable easy penetration into the skin for deep hydration), the Super Hyaluronic Acid (yes, this is the SHA which is in almost all Hada Labo products, and it has twice the moisture retention capacity of the normal HA, and can keep the skin hydrated and smooth for a longer period of time) and the Hyaluronic Acid (the HA, which is able to hold 6 litres of water in 1gm, to effectively lock-in moisture on the skin).

These 3 hyaluronic acids work together to deeply penetrate the skin to nourish and help to restore the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss.

If you still do not know what the hydrating lotion is, well, it’s simply the toner. You are supposed to use it after cleansing your face and before slapping on moisturizer. Just gently pat it onto your skin until fully absorbed.

The first time I tried the old Hydrating Lotion, I felt that it moisturizes well, but was a bit too viscous for absorption. As a result, I always notice a sheen when I use too much of it, prompting me to only use the lotion at night. With the new nano formula, the lotion is very very light. It’s much less viscous, and hence it gets absorbs fully very fast – I can apply alot (for experimental purporses!), and it still get into my skin fast, leaving no sheen or stickiness. It also moisturizes the skin to the same extent -think bouncy and soft skin! Needless to say, I was sold. I am using this bottle daily now!

I would recommend this to everyone – those who are tired of using expensive brands with no visible results and those who are young and are just starting to have a proper skincare regime. You wouldn’t go wrong with Hada Labo – it has fantastic moisturizing properties (say goodbye to fine lines and oily T-zones) and you can get them all at wallet-friendly prices. What not to love?  Read more…

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{Sponsored} Sentosa BBQ by the Beach

Jul 16, 2012 by
in Adverts, Flavours and aromas, Reviews

Thanks to omy.sg and Sentosa, XY and I attended the media preview of the Sentosa BBQ by the Beach! Yes, a barbeque right on our very own Siloso Beach – that beach where we all used to go for class gatherings, playing beach volleyball and lazing around. It was a great night!

Part of the S)ngapore Food Festival 2012, and in conjunction with Sentosa’s 40th Anniversary, from 13 July to 22 July 2012, you can enjoy a scrumptious BBQ feast right on Siloso Beach.

Information:

Date: 13 to 22 July 2012
Time: 6pm till midnight (last order at 10.30pm%r9
Venue: Siloso Beach (between Coastes and Azzura Beach Club) – alight at the Beach Station
Price: $r9.90++ (Price includes $30 worth of vouchers,kredeemable for food and beverage items)

Sentosa usual admission charges apply.

Get tickets by:

- Calling 6279 1767
- Emailing exquisite_tastes@sentosa.com.sg  
- Purchasing at Sentosa Ticketing Counters 

The weather was great that day, so when we first arrived at Siloso, XY and I started looking for a good location t/ view the sunset. And it was AWESOME.

Imagine starting a romantic dinner with this be!utiful sunset, feels pretty good huh? :) I didn’t bring out my usual Lumix camera that day, so we were shooting using my new Samsung (a birthday gift from the bestie, which I will blog on in another entry).

We looked awesome, thanks to the lovely sunlight and the camera. Kudos to Korean cameras! ;)

The wind was very strong, so our hair was all messed up. Look at how radiant and perfect our skin looked! Mine was actually all red and pimply from the morning’s facial and hormones!

Anyway, it was a nice start to dinner.

The tables were set up near the beach and there’s a platform stretching out into the sea. Perfect spot to catch the evening’s breeze. I love how the sunset was casting such a lovely feel onto everything.  Read more…

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{Sponsored} Mentholatum Lip Gels

Jul 15, 2012 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

Many thanks to Mentholatum, I was given the opportunity to test out 3 of their new lip gels – the Mentholatum Vitamin Lip Gel, the Mentholatum Q10 Lip Gel and the Mentholatum Hyaluronic Acid Lip Gel. These lip gels are newly launched and they use a special gel formulation to allow direct penetration deep into the lips. They are packaged in easy-to-use squeeze tubes for gliding onto lips.

Here are my reviews of the 3 new gels:-

Medicated Vitamin Lip Gel 

Benefits – Protects and repairs dry chapped lips; with Vitamins A (moisturization), B2 (prevents chapping), C (for suppleness) and E (for youthful looking lips); with Avocado and Jojoba oils for moisturizing effects; with Menthol for a soothing and refreshing feel.

Medicated Q10 and Ceramide Lip Gel

Benefits – Helps improve elasticity of lips and to reduce the appearance of fine lines; keeps lips soft and supple; with CoEnzyme Q10 for maintaining healthy and youthful looking lips; with Ceramide to lock in moisture for long-lasting protecting; with Maxi-Lip to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and to keep lips supple.

Medicated Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen Lip Gel

Benefits – Long-lasting, intensive moisturization for soft and supple lips; with Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture and for deep moisturization; with Vitamin B5 to prevent chapping; with collagen to improve lip texture and elasticity.

All the 3 lip gels are pretty moisturizing, but the one I feel which keeps my lips hydrated for the longest time is the one with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen. However, I like to use the Vitamin one on a hot and sunny day, because it has Menthol and is super cooling and refreshing on my lips!  Read more…

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{Sponsored} Acnes Medicated Skincare

Jun 12, 2012 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

Last week, I received 2 new products for review – the Mentholatum Acnes Daily Facial Scrub and the Mentholatum Acnes Creamy Wash.

Acnes Daily Facial Scrub

This is a gentle scrub for daily use. It contains a mixture of green and blue beads – green beads for deep cleansing and blue beads for a cooling sensative. It is anti-bacterial, helps to unclog pores (yay!), has moisture retention and anti-oxidant propertes and is also soothing and refreshing.

Verdict – I love this scrub! It isn’t harsh and rough on the skin. Instead, it feels very gentle and yet effective at the same time. I think it did help me clear a bit of my blackheads up, after using it daily for only about a week. (I have an irritating black/white heads issue.) It’s cooling too, so I like to use it after a hot evening out. I would buy this myself, because it’s affordable and effective for me.

Acnes Creamy Wash

This medicated creamy wash removes excess sebum to keep the skin soft and moist. It is mild and non-irritating. Besides the usual cleansing stuff, it has got Vitamin C for moisture retention and Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant to preserve the skin’s elasticity.

Verdict - I feel that this is a tad too drying for my skin – it’s made for oily skin, and I have combination skin. After washing, I feel a bit too tight at the forehead and cheeks (my dry zones). However, it does help to keep my oily nose area oil-free for a longer time. I am not sure if I would purchase this myself, but I would recommend it to teenagers with an acne problem, for it feels effective, is gentle enough and is also quite value-for-money!

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Like it?  Try it! Like Acnes (SG) Facebook page to redeem a 3-step kit sample or alternatively, hit this link http://on.fb.me/L1xX7Z now!

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