Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday Peach x M.A.C.

I attended an event hosted by Sunday Peach and M.A.C. last Saturday at Ion Orchard.

Of course, I had to buy cosmetics to satisfy myself. Here's what I bought.

 

M.A.C. Prep + Prime
 
I realised the importance of using a lip primer when I want to use a matt lipstick. It is similar to a lip balm just that it feels more velvety and less oily. It reduces the appearance of fine lines on the lips and makes the lipstick last longer.
 


M.A.C. Retro Matt Lipstick in Back in Vogue
 
 
I have been using glossy lipsticks and decided to try matt lipstick since it is the craze nowadays.
 

 
I wanted a shade that is more nude but I still ended up picking peach. I am that afraid of looking pale.
 
I merely had the lipstick on for about 2 hours, no peeling or cracking of lips which means it works for me. Perhaps I can invest in other colours too.


Friday, February 3, 2017

You Know You Want It

If you are a makeup user, I am sure you have heard of the brand Bioderma which is famous for their micellar water for makeup removal.

Thanks to SampleStore, I am lucky to get to try their Sensibio range for sensitive skin. I have relatively dry skin and suffer from redness at the cheek area. I am excited to see how effectively it works.

Let's find out more about the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water and see how it fares.


Bioderma Sensibio H20 is formulated with highly purified water, this is the highest grade of pharmaceutical water that is completely free of impurities and irritants, making it a clear choice for sensitive skin.

It is also soap-, alcohol- and fragrance-free. When I am lazy to clean my face, I will just use Bioderma Sensibio H20 and cotton pad since no rinsing is required.


This is my face with makeup. My foundation was medium-high coverage and my eye makeup was light.

I managed to remove half of my face and eye makeup using 1.5 cotton pads easily without much force.


Here is half of my bare face and the other still with makeup.


Super impressed with its efficacy. I only had to use 3 cotton pads to remove my makeup. 


Best of all, I had totally no discomfort from removing my eye makeup. No pain, redness or stinging. Such a breeze and there is no rinsing with water required. No stickiness or tightness after makeup removal too. Now I could understand what the craze was about.

And if you do wonder how my full bare face is, here it is.


Prices of Bioderma Sensibio H20: $15.90 for 100ml, $28.90 for 250ml and $41.90 for 500ml

Next up is the Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant which is a gentle facial cleanser which also hydrates and soothes sensitive skin. You can use this day and night, even on eye areas.


So how do I use it? 


Just 1-2 pumps and apply it on damp face in circular motion. Foam will develop as you cleanse. 


After which, just rinse with water and you are done.

Price of Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant: $33.90 for 200ml

Last but not least, it's the Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water. 


It soothes skin while maintaining healthy skin cells. It contains soothing agents that can provide quick and lasting relief to sensitive skin. 


You can use it to freshen your face or remove balance of mask left behind on face. I like to use it to freshen my makeup and I do not need to pat my skin dry.

Price of Bioderma Sensibio Dermatological Water: $19.90 for 150ml

So where can I buy the Bioderma Sensibio products? You can buy it at Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Robinsons, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Skin Centre.

So what if I want to try first? You get to experience the Bioderma Sensibio H20 range for yourself too. Go to this link and you can redeem a free 3-day trial. Thanks to Bioderma Singapore for sharing the love!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Review: 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism

I have been wearing glasses since primary school and I can't live without it. It was convenient, no worries about hygiene but I probably don't look that good. It was only when I reach late teens when I started wearing contact lenses for beauty sake.

My first pair of contact lenses were 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism but of course, that was almost 10 years ago and Acuvue has improved their products through technology to suit the various needs of their customers. I have been switching brands ever since out of curiousity.

Just recently, I received an invitation from SampleStore to review their 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism.

I had an eye health check done at Nanyang Optical at Clementi Mall. I was served by their Eye Check Practioner (ECP), Jingli who helped me to check if my eyesight and eye health has changed.

In the past, we were only asked to do a basic eye examination by checking for any eye disease and test of vision. 





You should remember being asked to read out alphabets from a screen. Nowadays, our eyelids do get checked as well. It is really good to know as the eye health can be a symptom for other health issues like high cholesterol.



Jingli was patient and helpful throughout the eye check in the patient refraction room. Thankfully I don't have any other eye health issues other than increase of astigmatism for both eyes.

Finally, it is time to try on the contact lenses. As I have astigmatism, I was advised to 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism. It has the Eye-Inspired™ Design with Auto-Focus ASD Technoogy (Accelerated Stabilization Design) which stabilizes the lens quickly and keeps it in the right place.



Each box contains 30 pieces.



The contact lenses were soft and it was easy to determine which was the right fit, as in which side. There were 2 thin lines on each contact lens and it is advisable to align them at the top and bottom on the eye so it doesn't have to auto-align after you have worn them.



Are you able to tell which eye was wearing the 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism? I was only wearing it on my right eye. Yes, it is hardly visible unless you take a very close look.



I hardly feel the contact lenses on my eye.

Looking good on a weekday morning to work.



After wearing for 10 hours, this is how my eyes look like.



I only observed appearance of tiny blood vessels, this might be because I'm still getting used to the contact lenses. Thanks to the exclusive LACREON® Technology which permanently embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent, providing the fresh lens feeling and all day comfort. 

This is really not bad and suitable for day-to-day wear. It will be much more convenient to move around and do sports wearing contact lenses. Seriously considering to switch from glasses to 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism.

1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism blocks 97% UVB and 82% UVA so who wouldn't want to prevent cataract by preventing the harmful UV rays from our eyes while making ourselves look better? 

Upon collection, the boxes are labelled with "L" and "R" for you if both eyes have different degrees. I won't have to worry about mixing up anymore.



Each box of 30-pieces retails at $69. Acuvue has multi-pack promotions so the more boxes you buy, the more you save.

You can now download a $30 e-voucher to try 1-Day Acuvue®Moist® for Astigmatism or their other products like Acuvue® OASYS® 1-Day, Define and MOIST® Brand Multi-focal. Try it for yourself to look different and feel the difference.

Visit acuvue.com.sg/e-voucher now Would recommend visiting Nanyang Optical at Clementi Mall for their professional service!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yan Ji Seafood Soup & Eyelash Extensions

19 Nov 2016

I finally had the weekend to myself after working a little excessively last month.

Made a trip to Marsiling to catch Pokemon and try the famous Yan Ji Wei Wei Seafood Soup 炎记威威食品.


I ordered the Crayfish Seafood Soup which cost $10. White rice costs $0.50 is at additional cost. Plenty of dory fish and minced meat. There were 2 shelled prawns in the soup too. Yes the soup wasn't a lot to go with the rice but it was flavorful. I think my cholesterol just shoot sky high after eating this for breakfast. But would I go again? I would if I am around the area to catch Pokemon again.

Went for eyelash extensions and classic pedicure at Cister's Studio (previously known as Gardenails). They are having 50% off for all services thus I was back there again. I paid $15 for the classic pedicure and $25 for the eyelash extensions.

I picked the silky lash which is more natural. As I don't have much eyelashes to work with, 50 eyelashes were enough. If you prefer a more dramatic look, you can choose diamond lash. I can always count on Michelle for advice.





The eyelash extensions definitely made my eyes appear rounder. You might think that my eyes look bigger because of the contact lenses but let's see this.


It has been 3 days since I had it done, I have not seen any fallout. The only difficult thing so far was cleaning of my face. I had to use a cotton pad to clean the eye area so as to avoid water from getting onto the eyelash extensions. Will I go for a touch-up when it looks bad? Perhaps I will if I intend to stop swimming for a period of time.

Whenever I put on makeup on a workday, I am reminded of what Mimi Ikonn said, "You never know who you will meet."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Beauty Can Be Drank If You Believe

Thanks to SampleStore again for sending the Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink to me. This is the very first All-In-One Orchid Stem Cell Beauty Drink here in Singapore.



Each box contains 50ml x 10 bottles of sparkling goodness which is mainly made of Cell Young ® Orchid Stem Cell, Premium French Marine Collagen and Acerola Cherry.




You must be thinking what is Cell Young ® Orchid Stem Cell and why orchid?

Orchids have been used by ancient Chinese to promote good health and cure diseases. The Greeks used it for fertility which is something new knowledge for me. Not forgetting Singapore's national flower, Vanda Miss Joaqium, is also an orchid.

Nowadays, there are many skincare products that use orchid extracts too. The good news is that researchers have managed to obtain orchid stem cells.which are powerful antioxidants and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. The young orchid stems cells protects skin from environmental damages while hydrating and renewing skin cells.



Yes, take a small bottle of this every day for 7 days and you will observe more supple and hydrated skin. Our skin renews every 28 days and that means taking Avalon Stem Cell  Beauty Drink for 28 days, you will see these numerous benefits.
  1. Rejuvenates damaged skin cells
  2. Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Restore skin firmness and elasticity
  4. Brightens skin
  5. Tighten pores
  6. Locks in moisture
So what is my preferred way of enjoying it? After dinner, I would have a chilled bottle of it.


Taking it from a straw.


If you take oats in the morning like me, perhaps you can try adding it in to your breakfast to make it tasty. However, taking Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink before bedtime is recommended.

I have tried other brands of beauty collagen drinks and most of them smell fishy. The Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink has a light fishy smell too but it is easier to drink as it contains sparkling water. In fact, sparkling water helps to boost nutrients absorption and promotes skin metabolism, I didn't know that.

If you think that collagen is sufficient, it isn't, Collagen only fights aging signs and doesn't improve the skin itself as much. Healthy skin cells is actually the key.

And if you wonder how the beauty drink looks like. It is more sparkly than what you see below.



If you need to find out more reviews about Avalon Stem Cell Beauty Drink, you can check out here.

It is now retailing at $69.90 for a box of 10 bottles and you can get it from Watsons, Unity Pharmacy, ALT, OG, Robinsons, Yue Hwa and www.hibeau.com.

And just for you (Yes, my reader), you are entilted to 20% off when you checkout here using code TSS-20OFF

Not just a discount code, stay tune to SampleStore's Facebook for a giveaway happening on 17 October.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Shiseido Ultimune Party with Fann Wong

If you have been following Shiseido's Facebook page, I am sure you know that Fann Wong has became their ambassador for Shiseido Ultimune and they have held an event at Tangs Orchard.

I got to say that most of us were there because we knew that Fann Wong was going to be there. Of course, there were attractive promotions, lucky draw and triple points for Shiseido members.



Ok, I am not the lead but Shiseido Ultimune is.



Shiseido Ultimune comes in 3 sizes of which the biggest is 75ml. This is of course more worth it compared to the smaller sizes.



Desiree Lai was the emcee for the event and Erica was the beauty adviser to introduce the product to us.



There was a dance performance by the dancers from NUS Dance Club if I didn't recall wrongly.



The hour-long wait for Fann Wong was worth it. Everyone was cheering and preparing to take photos and videos of her. Just look at the number of people crowding around her other than the guards.





Fann Wong shared about what she likes about Shiseido Ultimune and also bits and pieces of her life after having Zed.

The 80 customers who purchased Shiseido Ultimune had the chance of taking a photograph with Fann Wong and also a skin check done by her. And yes, I am one of the lucky ones.



Credits to Tangs for the photo taken during the skin check

Look at the amount of stuff I had when I left the event.



I bought the Ultimune Set which consists of 50ml Ultimune, UV Sun Protector and the White Lucent Travel Set. There was an instant lucky draw  when you spend at least $100 and I got a set of deluxe Shiseido Ibuki Travel kit consisting of the gentle cleanser and softener.

The door gift consists of the UV Sun Protector and White Lucent Facial Cleanser, Emulsion and the travel size Ultimune.



The most unique item got to be the Ultimune Aromatic Essence which can be rolled onto the neck areas to relieve stress. This is not for sale in Singapore.

I am glad to have attended the event and bought home lots of Shiseido products for future skincare.

Review: The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

The Body Shop has came out with a new series of face masks for different skin types and I redeemed a sample on their Facebook page recently.

My skin is on the drier side thus the staff recommended me to try the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.



The sample sachet of 5ml is more than enough for me.

Application is easy and you only need to use apply the face for 5-10 mins. I may look like I got a sun burnt but that's actually the colour of the mask.



Let's see the before and after.


I couldn't spot any visible differences from the pictures.I do feel that skin is smoother and pores on the cheek areas are less visible.

Would I buy it? I will consider since they are selling 2 for $49.90 now.