Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Black Paint

I haven't been taking care of my face well recently that I found peeling skin, blackheads and whiteheads. And I found a saver named Black Paint from Japan.

Black Paint is an organic skincare brand, established in Kyoto 15 years ago by Miyuki Maeda. She found the formula to solve skin problems rooting from skin pores. The products are made from natural and organic materials which are blended from more than 100 types of plant oils, more than 50 types of essential oils and Kishu Binchotan Charcoal. It is known to have powerful beauty effects.

Look what's in the box?

It's time to start the cleansing and caring process while I talked about the individual products.

The Black Paint Soap is handmade using a high-grade white charcoal named Kishu Binchotan Charcoal. It cleans pores and removes oil and dirt gently and thoroughly. The thing I like best is that it doubles as a make up remover which means I only have to clean my face including my eyes once. It also nourishes skin with 23 types of plant oils, amino acids, silk powder and vitamins in honey and brown sugar.

Before I start cleansing, this was my nude make up of the day.

1) Remove the packaging of Black Paint Soap and put it into a bowl.

2) Add warm water of about 40C, making sure the soap is soaked in it. If you add hotter water, just be more careful and don't add too much. Add tap water to it to put the temperature down.

3) When the surface of the top has turned buttery or texture of black sesame paste (in about 40 seconds), you can start using it on your face. Try to use all melted sides of the soap as it will preserve the soap and its usability during drying.

4) For hard to reach areas like sides of the nose and eye area, I would use my fingers.

5) Massage your face for a minute to allow the charcoal particles in the soap water to sip into the pores and adhere to whiteheads and oil deposits for more effective cleansing.

6) Rinse face with warm water and massage gently. Try not to use too much force as it will cut off partially exposed comedones which will be removed later.

7) Dry the soap naturally on an open dish in an airy place.

Here's my face after cleansing. No eye make up remover or facial wipes were used at all.

The Black Paint Soap really removes my full face make up including the eyeliner and eyeshadow. Although it did get quite messy with the soap dripping and wasting a fair bit of it. I did got a bit of the soap into my eye but it didn't make my eyes red and stinging pain. This shows how gentle it is. 

After cleansing and partially exposing the comedones, we need to remove them using the Black Konjac Sponge. It is made from konjac fiber kneaded with the same charcoal in the Black Paint Soap and other minerals that enhance absorption ability, remove excess oil and dead skin cells delicately.

1) Soak the Black Konjac Sponge in warm water for 3 to 5 mins until it's completely soft.

2) Squeeze out the excess water in the sponge but do not twist it.

3) Massage face with the sponge in a circular motion to extract the partially exposed comedones.

4) Rinse the sponge thoroughly and use both palms to press out as much water as possible. Hang the sponge by the white spring in an airy place to dry.

Here's how I look like after using the Black Konjac Sponge. Don't you agree that my face looks brighter?

First step is to use pore-minimizing toner toner. Best Water contains 30 types of minerals that deeply penetrates the skin to nourish and help restore skin's natural barrer to prevent moisture loss. It also prevents wrinkles due to dryness.

1) Pump 3 to 5 times of Best Water onto palm and use fingers to pat onto skin. Add a bit of pressure using palm for better absorption.

Here's look how I look after applying the Best Water.

2) For dryer areas like jawline and forehead, it is advisable to apply Best Water on facial paper and use as a mask twice a week. I put it on for 5-10mins.

Now we need a Lotion named Oil Water Rose. It is a 2-layer emulsion with the top layer made of Damask Rose Oil, Argon Oil, Olive Oil and 8 types of plant oils which improve fine lines, wrinkles and other aging signs. The bottom layer is Damask Rose Water which contains extra vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to skin. 

1) Shake the bottle vigorously for at least 20 times until the 2 layers have been mixed well to become a milky solution like the picture below.

2) Pump 3 to 5 times onto palm and use fingers to apply onto face.

Here's how I look after using the Oil Water Rose. By now, my face is already smooth that even I can't help but to use my palm to feel it continuously.

Last but not least, I applied the moisturizer Water Cream. It contains Morocco's Argan Oil which improves skin metabolism and promotes moisture retention. Combined with  different types of flower oil and polymeric silicon, it forms a protective veil against external environment. It is also scented with Lavender Oil and calms you down at the same time. Water Cream can be used this as a make up base too.

1) Take a pearl-sized amount of Water Cream and spread onto face

2) You may realize formation of water droplets while application. That's how hydrating it is.

The texture of the Water Cream feels light on the water and gives a slight cooling sensation.

Here's how I look after using all the Black Paint products. I must say I am impressed with how well the products work for me.

I do agree there are a lot of steps to take but trust me, you would be thankful that you did in the long run. 

Black Paint and SampleStore is now having a contest for 3 lucky winners to win a trial set (worth $120). SImply click on the visual below for more information and Good Luck!

Black Paint products are available at Takashimaya B1, Isetan Westgate B2 and the
Black Paint Soap (120g) - $49.90
Black Konjac Sponge - $14.90
Best Water (100ml) - $59.90
Oil Water Rose (100ml) - $49.90

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: ClearSK® V-Face Shaper

Recently, I have been getting my face shaped to a sharper jawline without any injections or needle. 

ClearSK® is known for their treatment V-Face Shaper and it's the first of such treatment in Singapore. The best part of all, it's quick, painless and non-invasive. 

Allow me to explain the technology behind the ClearSK® V-Face Shaper. It uses the combination of RF (Radiofrequency) and Focused Ultrasound waves to breakdown fats around the face and jawline, thus you get a shaper jawline. Even if you don't have extra fats on your face, you do get firmer skin. No one wants a saggy face like a bulldog.

Let's take a look at how the aesthetics centre looks like first.

The interior does look futuristic and scientific right? They also showcase their own range of skincare products so you can explore in case you are waiting to be served.

So what does the ClearSK® V-face Shaper involves? The therapist will first gently cleanse your face and neck, followed by application of a layer of vaseline to run the roller smoothly.

It felt like a warm face massage and it was so comfortable that I dozed off. I do feel slight warmth during the treatment but at any time if you do feel that the heat is a little too much, you can inform the therapist to make adjustments.

This is my face after using the machine for the first time. Immediately after the treatment, I do feel that my face is tighter on the jawline. Please read on and I will show you my before and after 2 treatments.

After which, the therapist will put on a facial mask on you. It is quite cold but the therapist would inform you before placing it on your face.  And yes, I can sleep for another 10-15 mins.

Last step, it's the basic skincare regimen of toner, moisturizer and sunblock before you leave the centre.

The whole treatment including cleansing takes 40 mins so you can make use of your lunchtime. No worries of downtime as well.

This is what you have been waiting for after 3 sessions.

The most significant difference that I can is that my cheeks are more defined now, especially on the right side. Now I don't need that much bronzer below my cheeks. My laughing lines appear to be less visible, must be due to the effects of firming.

It is recommended to have at least 12 treatments of ClearSK® V-Face Shaper to maintain its effectiveness. 

Rating from a scale of 1 - 10, here's how I rate the treatment.

Service - 9 (All is good except that appointment usually doesn't start on time)

Treatment Effectivess - 8 (Skin does feel firmer but not very significant sharpness on my jawline, probably because I don't have much fats on my face to burn)

Ambience - 10

With compliments from ClearSK, I also received a voucher for doctor's consultation of skin analysis at CSK Laser Aesthetics. Thank you, ClearSK for the wonderful treatments.

Friday, September 26, 2014

YJ's Birthday Birthday at Concetto

24 Sep 2014

Met the ladies to celebrate YJ's birthday in advance at Concetto. It was all of us's first time at the affordable Italian fine dining restaurant.

The ambiance was good for friends to catch up with a simple and casual setting.

We began with Caesar Salad and one of the chef's recommendation, Grilled Octopus which I really liked. The octopus was fresh and the portion is good for sharing.

I picked Prawn Aglio as my main course. Prawns were fresh and it wasn't too spicy and oily.

The rest of them had Allo Pollo (half spring chicken), Duck Tortellini, Cod, Salmon and Pink Tagliatelle.

A Dark Chocolate Tart rather than a typical birthday cake for YJ.

We also had the Pistachio Panna Cotta which is my favourite dessert among all 3.

Get a free tiramisu worth $10.90 if each pax spent at least $25 and you foot the bill by Citibank SMRT Visa Card.

We spent about $180 in total

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 PA++

NIVEA came out with another new product named Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 PA++ which is suitable for very dry skin (like mine) and repair 10 signs within 24 hours. Impressive isn't it?

So what the 10 signs?
  1. Flaky
  2. Itchy
  3. Uneven
  4. Scratched
  5. Rough
  6. Cracked
  7. Stressed
  8. Dull
  9. Peeling
  10. Tight
Myself suffer from Uneven, Dull and Peeling especially on my calves,

The NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum SPF 25 contains 100X concentrated Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil (I could kind of smell grapes in the serum), Avocado Oil and hydra IQ technology. I bet you could tell that the product is very moisturizing and anti-aging.

Vitamin E and Grape Seed Oil have strong antioxidant properties and defend our skin from sun induced problems like freckles and free radical damages. They also prevent the loss of moisture from skin.

Avocado Oil is one of the easiest natural oil to be absorbed by skin and penetrates deep into the skin. It relieves dryness and itch, helps in skin regeneration and rejuvenation and repairs dry damaged skin.

Hydra IQ increases the water channels in the skin cells by 3 times thus water can flow better and faster between cells and penetrates deep into the skin.

Last but not least, SPF 25 and PA++ to protect skin against the sun. You can simply skip your sunscreen and save more time for more beauty sleep.

If you are thinking that the NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum is thick and greasy, then you are not wrong. It gets absorbed fast and doesn't leave a sticky feeling. Takes only a minute to apply all over the body.

Let's see the before and after. The shine on my forearm is the first thing I noticed which proves radiance. Skin looks less dull.

Samplestore has free samples of NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum for you to redeem. Simply sign up an account if you haven't and head on to here. You will also receive an A5 brochure with the magnifying glass cut-out to participate in the Instagram contest.

There be 2 grand prizes of shopping vouchers worth $200 and NIVEA hampers worth $100

To participate in the Instagram contest, fill up the blank with your most noticeable skin benefit first. Place the magnifying glass cut-out on the area where you applied the NIVEA Intensive Moisture Serum and snap a photo. Upload onto your Instagram with #NIVEAsg #IntensiveMoistureSerum. The contest ends on 30 September 2014 and winners will be announced on 01 October. Good Luck!

You can now purchase NIVEA Body Intensive Moisture Serum at leading personal care stores and supermarkets like Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, NTUC Fairprice and major retailers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Biore Micellar Cleansing Water

I put on make up to work sometimes when I am a little more hardworking and have some time to spare in the morning. I do find it as a hassle having to remove it at the end of the day but with Biore's Micellar Cleansing Water, I think I can't use 'hassle' as an excuse anymore.

Biore Micellar Cleansing Water is made using Watery Micellar Technology that effectively dissolves and lifts off all make up including eye make up. It contains Natural Mineral Water from Northern Japanese Alps for a gently and soothing formula, Enriched Collagen and White Tea Extract for brighter, softer and suppler skin.  The formula is anti-bacterial so it can prevent pimples and breakouts, and minimises pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Here's how I look with nude make up on. I applied liquid foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil, eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, eyelid tape on my right eye and blusher,

Let me show you how to use Biore Micellar Cleansing Water to remove your make up easily and totally.

1) Pump an appropriate amount of Biore Micellar Cleansing Water onto cotton pad. Note that it is watery so make sure has cotton pad has absorbed the product before you pump more.

2) Gently wipe off your make up with the soaked cotton pad. For eye make up, place the soaked cotton pad on your closed eyes for 5 seconds and gently wiped off.

Look at the foundation on my used cotton pad

After make up on the right of my face being removed

3) You will need more than just 1 cotton pad for your entire face so do repeat the steps as necessary till the cotton pad is clean.

Here's how I look after removal of make up which took me less than 5 minutes.

There's no sticky residue, greasiness or stinging feeling. 

Imagine you are on a long flight and you need to remove your make up in the plane before getting your beauty sleep, you can simply stay on your seat and use Biore Micellar Cleansing Water. You don't even need water to rinse your face. All you need to prepare is a pocket-size mirror and cotton pads. How easy it is for travelling right?

You can now get Biore Micellar Cleansing Water from hypermarkets, supermarkets, major departmental stores and pharmacies at $18.90 for 300ml. It is suitable for all skin types, even for sensitive skin.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Tsubaki Hair Oil

Ever since my hair length passes shoulder, my hair ends start to tangle and they look like hay. If I don't put more effort to take care of it, I think my hairfall issue will worsen.

I tried the Tsubaki Hair Oil which contains selected Camellia Oil, known for protecting, moisturizing and repairing hair to give a luxurious shine. It protects hair from the damage by UV rays and heat from blow-dryers and styling equipment. And they can prevent split ends and hair breakage, just what I need.

A plus point if you want your hair to smell good as it is lightly scented with floral and green notes. Very soothing.

Here's how my hair looked like when it's semi-dry. You can tell that it's flat and the hair ends are a little frizzy and dry.

A closer look at my hair ends

So how to use the Tsubaki Hair Oil? There are 3 different methods to use Tsubaki Hair Oil depending on what you need. If you want to apply evenly, here's how to do it.

1) Drop a 20-cent coin's size amount of Tsubaki Hair Oil on palm

2) Warm up the product by rubbing your palms together.

3) Apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil onto hair like how I did in the picture..

4) Repeat Steps 1 - 3 but apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil on your the areas that need extra application like hair ends.

If you want to avoid flat hair, you can apply the Tsubaki Hair Oil from your hair ends towards the roots for volume.

But if you want to reduce hair volume or prevent dry hair, you can use the Tsubaki Hair Oil on wet hair then blow-dry. Do drop a small amount of Tsubaki Hair Oil on your palms and apply on the hair below your shoulders.

I applied the Tsubaki Hair Oil on the right side of my hair (left on the picture) and you can notice that there's a volumizing effect and hair looks healthier and more tame.

I like that the Tsubaki Hair Oil isn't greasy and feels light on my hair. It's easy to work through hair and Its instant effectiveness speaks for itself. I was so addicted to feel my smooth hair the whole night. Best of all, no hair-tangling when I combed my hair on the following morning.

Here's a piece of good news for you if you want to win one for yourself and 2 friends. Like Tsubaki's Facebook page., share and tag 2 friends on the post with the picture below. The contest starts from 12 September 2014 so remember to keep a lookout!

Tsubaki Hair Oil is only available at Watsons for $26.90 from 11 September.