Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Palmer's White & Even

Do you have pigmentation problems like freckles and uneven skin tone like I do? If you do, please watch the video below and read on for me to introduce Palmer's White & Even Dark Spot Corrector.

Palmer's White & Even range contains ingredients which are potent yet gentle to reduce hyper-pigmentation. Palmer's came out with the Whitening & Tone Enhancing Complex which is made of:

1) Cocoa Butter    - smooths marks and scars
2) Soy                   - restores luminosity
3) Synovea           - lightens age spots
4) Vitamin C          - brightens skin
5) Licorice extract - improves skin tone and texture
6) Niacinamide      - targets unwanted discolouration

It has been found that daily usage of the Palmer's White & Even range will lighten the surface skin cells and produce more even skin tone within 3-5 days. The deeper skin layers will be inhibited to over-produce melanin. As skin cells rise to the surface, you will have a more even skin tone within 4-6 weeks. Do note that all these are subjected to age, health and sun exposure.

The products does not contain parabens, harsh dyes and fragrances just to name a few. Best of all, it is suitable for all skin types and pocket-friendly.

Enough of words, let's take a look at the product itself.

The texture isn't too thick for a serum and it looks like there is glitter in it.There is a cooling sensation upon application which is good for Singapore's weather. 

It gets absorbed fast and leaves no stickiness. Skin feels slightly more moisturized and smooth.

There is also noticable glitter which I have yet to find out why. 

Time to try it on my face now.

I didn't see any significant difference after the first try. I didn't feel the cooling sensation on my face like I did on my hand but I did see the 'glitter' on my face.

Maybe the results will really only be significant after daily usage for at least 3-5 days.

The second product I tried was the Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment.

It comes with a safety plastic cap in case the product gets accidentally squeezed an leaked.

A closer look at the nozzle.

Usage of this product is easy. Squeeze out a little of the product on the metal nozzle and glide it gently onto your upper and lower eyelid. This is like an eye massage and it does feel good especially if the metal nozzle is cold.

Let's see the before and after.

Again, I didn't notice significant difference after first usage. I do feel slight tightness around the eye area which is a good thing if it can lift the eyelid area.I looked like I applied eye glitter due to the sheer luminizing brighteners in the product.

The Palmer's White & Even range can be found in Watons, Guardian, BHG, Robinsons, John Little, Essentials Pharmacy, Nishino Pharmacy, all leading pharmacies, departmental and cosmetics stores. The Dark Spot Corrector is $29.90 (30ml) and the Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment is $22.90 (15ml).

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review: Skin Shaper Facial

I have been visiting Skin Shape Club at least weekly to tackle my face pigmentation which has been proven successful on me.

Let me show you how the place looks like first. It is conveniently located in Orchard Central and just opened in April 2015. I like how cosy and welcoming the ambience is.

Skin Shape Club also worked with local and overseas dermal experts to come out with their own skincare products like essence.

I was greeted by my therapist Audrey and consulted by Cherie. I was asked to step on an technologically-advanced machine to interpret my body stats.

After Cherie has explained the procedure of the Skin Shaper Facial, I was guided into one of the treatment rooms. I was impressed that the bed comes with a warmer so I had no worries of feeling cold.

Let me explain what I was here for.

The Skin Shaper Facial uses a combination of light and heat energy to rejuvenate the skin, helps to renew collagen and clear acne. To put it simply, it helps in firming, pigementation and overall skin condition. It is a lunchtime non-invasive treatment of 30mins and there is no downtime.

You may find it similar to skin rejuvenation treatments but Skin Shaper Facial does not require the usage of cooling gel as the energy fluency is lower.

The first step of the facial is to cleanse and exfoliate the skin.

The second step involves the usage of the Light and Heat Energy (LHE) applicator. It will be placed on the skin and pulses of light will be administered for penetration. I did feel warmness during the procedure but it was bearable.

The third step is the application of the serum.

The last step is the mask to calm the skin.

It is recommended to go for the Skin Shaper Facial weekly for 3 months to achieve best results. Subsequently, monthly would be sufficient to maintain.

After treatment, I was presented with a healthy snack in their lounge. The snacks are prepared by their staff. I was impressed with how comfortable they made the lounge for customers. It's a privilege to enjoy the view and calmness.

I had 4 Skin Shaper Facials in about 3 weeks and took a photo after each treatment. From the left, the first photo was taken before starting the Skin Shaper Facial. The subsequent photos were taken after each treatment.

The above photo was taken right after my fourth treatment. Skin has definitely become more radiant and uneven skin tone has improved.

My greatest concern was the freckle on my nose. It has really shrink in size and colour. I do have a chicken pox scar on the right side of my face and it has become less obvious. My forehead was darker than the rest of my face and now the uneven skin tone has improved. The visibly enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks have also improved.

Because of the good results I see for myself, I signed up for their package which which you can find out more after going for a trial.

Each 30mins treatment of Skin Shaper Facial is $120. If it is your first time, you can enjoy 4 treatments at a price of $96, that means only $24 per treatment. 

However, if you have 1 hour to spare, you can upgrade to Skin Shaper Plus Facial which includes exfoliation and a serum-infused facial massage. It is $160 per treatment but only $128 for 4 treatments for new customers.

Skin Shape Club is located at #03-13/14, Orchard Central. You can reach them via their hotline, 6589 8331 or their website.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Journey to 3A Car Licence

I am now legally licensed to drive although it is just a 3A licence.

Let me share with you my journey to obtaining my licence.

I registered as a student under BBDC on 05/03/2015. As a school student, I am required to attend all theory and practical lessons in the school.

Basic Theory
The first thing I did after I have registered with the school is to book BTL 1.01 & 1.02. Each lesson cost $17.12 including 7% GST.

Once I have attended the lessons, I booked my BTE which cost $5.35. BTE is a must for school students to pass before booking for BTT. Private students do not have to take BTE.

Meanwhile, I also booked 2 BTP which cost $3.21 each and BTE at $5.35.

The questions asked in BTE are from BTP so I managed to pass BTE with full marks and booked my BTT immediately. The test cost $6.00.

I had BTT on 21/04/2015 and scored full marks as the questions are almost the same as BTP.

Final Theory
While waiting for my BTT, I also attended FTL 1.01 & 1.02. Each lesson cost $17.12 including 7% GST.

Upon completion of the 2 FTL, I proceeded to book my FTE which cost $5.35.

After passing my BTT, I booked my FTT which cost $6.00.

I took FTT on 11/05/2015 and got 49/50.

Once I have passed my BTT, I applied for PDL at the Traffic Police Counter at BBDC Level 2. The application cost $25.00 and PDL is valid for 6 months.

With the PDL, I started to block-book my practical lessons. 

Practical Lessons
I had a total of 24 lessons and 1 driving simulator lesson. The driving simulator lesson can only be booked after passing Stage 1.

After completing the 5 stages, I also had 2 revision lessons. I actually had another 2 revision lessons before 21/07/2015 but I fell sick, thus I had to cancel them.

Traffic Police Test
On 10/07/2015, I booked my Traffic Police Test on 23/07/2015, 12:55pm. Noticed that the waiting period was merely 2 weeks? I had to spent $235.72 for the car rental, warm-up fee and test fee,

12:55pm is when the warm-up started which is only about 30mins. I spent another 15mins in the Traffic Police Test waiting room.

Got called by the tester at about 1:45pm and followed him to the test car.

I began with driving in the circuit. From S-curve, ramp, slope, vertical parking, crank course, parallel parking to e-brake. Thank goodness I didn't hit the kerb.

I was given test route 10. The U-turn was completed without stopping as the traffic was very smooth. However, I encountered cyclist on the road and bus parking at the side of the road.

In less than 30mins, I completed the test and returned to the waiting area for the tester to compute.

When I saw him returned with just 1 sheet of paper, I was half-relieved as I guessed that I have passed. Indeed I passed with 16 demerit points. My weakness is mainly checking of blind spot.

I proceeded to wait at the same warm-up area at Level 1 BBDC to watch the graduation video. I knew I was the first to complete the test for my session as I was the only one waiting for the video.

It was only a 10-min graduation video and I proceeded to the Traffic Police Counter at Level 2 to get a queue number to apply for new licence. Be prepared to wait for an hour as the queue is always long.

All you need is a passport-sized photo, test result and $50 NETS payment. You will be given a letter as temporary licence so you can start driving while waiting for the real licence to be mailed to you.

Getting the licence is my accomplishment of the year.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover

Thanks to Samplestore, I got to try another Biore's new product. It's the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover which is able to remove eye makeup too.

Notice that there is a cap near the opening? I find it very useful as it prevents the kids in the house from pumping my favourite product for fun.

This is the first time I am trying a jelly-textured makeup remover. At first sight, it looks greasy to me but actually it is just a smooth consistency.

It is said to be able to effortlessly dissolve and lift off makeup in a gentle glide. So let me put it to the test.

I had applied CC cream, concealer, blusher, eyeshadow on my inner eye corners, eyeliner and eyelid tape and filled in my brows with eyebrow pencil.

2-3 pumps of the Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover onto my palm first. It is recommended to pump onto dry palms and make sure face is dry.

I spread the product evenly over my face and eye area and massage gently to dissolve the makeup. Please don't use facial cotton pads or tissue, your hands are sufficient.

My naked face with hyperpigmentation is appearing. Even my trusty eyeliner can be dissolved and ended up on my lower eye area where the dark eye circles were supposed to be. The most fantastic thing is that it doesn't sting my eyes at all.

I rinsed my face thoroughly with water and that's it. Don't even need to use cotton pads or tissue to go through my face and eyes again.

I don't feel any stickiness, greasiness or tightness after rinse.

I will definitely recommend Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover as it really works. If you are a lazy woman like me, you will find this product of great help in saving your time and effort when comes to removing makeup at the end of the day.

The Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is selling at $24.90 at all leading supermarkets, personal care stores, western pharmacies and departments stores,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Chanel CC Cream

Recently, I went to the Chanel cosmetics counter at Takashimaya and bought some skincare and cosmetics to try. I was also given some samples to try.

I am going to share my experience on using the Chanel CC Cream.

The shade that I tried was 12 Beige Rose which I felt it is a little fair for me. Anyway, you can see the before and after.

The texture of it is thin enough for blending with fingers. Although my face doesn't feel that sticky after application, I did apply Make Up Store loose powder after which.

My skin tone has definitely brighten and more even. Coverage wise is medium as my freckles can still be seen so I still had to use my Laura Mercier concealer,

SPF30++/PA+++ is sufficient for my typical day in the office.

After half a day, my T-zone didn't 'shine' as much as when I used my regular BB cream. The product didn't oxidize to make me look darker, 

I would consider buying it as a regular item if I have a little more to spend on.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Seoul Shopping Spree

I recently went to Seoul with Ama for a holiday or rather a shopping spree. So here I am share the details.

06 May 2015

Departed on a SQ flight for Incheon International Airport with a recovering flu. I was down with fever before the trip but thank goodness I managed to recover fast enough.

My first movie on the plane was "Women Who Flirt" starring Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming. It was a good laugh inside me since I can't LOL.

Slept for a few hours and got woken up at 6am for breakfast. I had baked eggs with pork sausage. The fruits were more tasty to me.

Not forgetting what I woke up seeing outside the plane.

My second movie on the plane was "Still Alice". I only managed to watch half of it as the plane was landing.

We arrived at Incheon International Airport at about 7:30am.

Immigration cleared pretty fast and we took AREX to Hongik University. The journey was about 45mins.

We left our luggages at the RAON Luggage Storage and walked to Hongdae. As we were very early and the shops were closed, we decided to go for a second breakfast at Zoo Coffee.

We had waffles and I was quite surprised that the portion was quite big.compared to those in Singapore.

Enough of food for now and it's time to walk and shop.

Ama brought me to a cafe which had 2 sheep as pets. So white and looked huggable.

The shops have finally opened . Let me show you photos of Hongdae.

My first task was to look for souvenirs for friends. Bought a few pairs of socks as it seems like a must to buy. It was 1000 won per pair, about $1.10 per pair.

I went into VDL and got some lip tints which I had been eyeing.

Please look at the amount of samples the retail assistant gave me. The Lumilayer Primer was bought on a separate day at another outlet but I don't remember getting any samples.

We just had to buy strawberries, just look at how red they were and you can't resist. If I look at this photo from a distance, I would think they are ang ku kueh.

Enough of buying for now although it was considered very little shopping. We collected our luggages from RAON Luggage Storage and hopped onto a cab to get to our rented loft at Chungmuro.

Our views from the loft. We could see the Namsan Tower but that didn't attract me for a visit.

Had a wash up and took a nap till about 5pm.

Took a walk at the Namsangol Hanok Village. There were a lot of tourists and mainly chinese nationals. I fed the koi and sparrows with bread from Paris Baguette while enjoying the weather and scenary.


Back in the loft, we sat at the sofa watching TV till 7pm while waiting for Ama's friends to pick us up.

We had dinner at Han Chu which was a famous korean restaurant in Garosil. We had fried chicken, super spicy toppoki and fried green chilli with minced pork which was heavenly. I wondered why Singapore don't sell this seriously. I am salivating while I uploading this photo.

Spotted Gingko trees on the streets.

Took a cab back to the loft and decided to sleep early since we already had a long day.

07 May 2015

Woke up at about 10am and we had breakfast at Ediya Coffee.

I headed to Dongdaemun Design Plaza while Ama headed to Dongdaemum market.

I was lazy to explore the attraction so merely took a few photos and left for the shopping area.

The first mall I went was Lotte Department Store which was levels of shopping. I was impressed by their clean and high-technology toilets.

Bought souvenirs and the UNIX hair curler which only cost about 14,000 won as it was on sale.

Next up was Hello AM PM. I got a headache when I entered the mall due to the amount of clothes displayed in front of me. I only bought a top for my mum which cost about 20,000 won as I couldn't focus.

Yes I can't focus but I still have to visit other malls. I went into Good Morning City and Migliore. Merely bought 1 outerwear and 2 long tops. Little wasn't it?

I also walked to Dongdaemun market for a look and left shortly as I wasn't intending to get anything from there.

I happened to walk past Tony Moly and bought their banana-scented hand cream. The scent is really soothing to me and texture is a little like mousse.

Received their masks as samples too.

Rested outside the malls and did people-watching. Bored enough to take a selfie.

Headed back to Lotte Department Store for lunch at a vietnamese restaurant. I had shrimp dumpling with pho. Glad that they gave so much beansprouts.

Waited for Ama to join me for lunch and did window shopping at Lotte Department Store.

Had high tea at O'sculloc since Ama was raving about their green tea roll.

We left for duty-free shopping at Shinsegae Department Store. I managed to get a Chanel Lambskin Classic Flap Wallet. See how smooth it looks?

We walked to Myeongdong street shopping area and had dinner at Yoogane. Luckily we didn't order too much as we wanted to get desserts.

With a happy stomach, it's shopping time. Got some hair ties for the ladies.

And course, cosmetics for myself.

We tried the famous tall ice-cream which was only 2.000 won.

Shortly after we were done with the ice-cream, we took a cab back to the loft. Watched TV till late and knocked out.

08 May 2015

We woke up a little earlier to go to Noryangjin Fish Market.

We bought a crab bigger than my palm and 4 abalones. Brought these delicacies to a restaurant at the 3rd storey for our lunch.

The restaurant we patronized

We requested the resaturant to cook fried rice using the eggs of the crab. It was delicious and not too spicy. It's a must try.

After a sumptous meal, we walked to Noryangjin train station and headed to Myeongdong again.

We continued our shopping from last night and here's what I bought.

Bought Laneige Sleeping Pack from Aritaum on behalf of friends and got some samples.

We chilled at a cafe while thinking of our itinerary for the rest of the day.

Went for ginseng chicken soup and abalone porridge at Baekje Samgyetang. Their ginseng chicken soup wasn't as strong as the ones I tried in Singapore.

They also served black chicken ginseng chicken soup but I was afraid it was too heaty so we still settled on the norm.

Headed to a nearby cat cafe and first drink was free.

Pardon me for the scary cat face as it was my first time
We headed to Wang Bijib to enjoy korean bbq. Yes it was a bit pricey but the beef was worth it. The staff recommended beef steak and another kind of beef part which I can't remember.
We also ordered seafood pancake thus I was full to the brim that I had to waste food.

We headed back to the loft with stomach satisfaction and my eyes couldn't bear for long that I slept earlier than Ama.

09 May 2015

We were hanging around in Chungmuro and went to Daehan Cinema to watch The Avengers: 3D.

Rushed back to the loft at 4pm for Ama to prepare to attend her friend's wedding. We cabbed to Gyeongbokgung Palace and I went to explore.

Too bad it was already past 5pm and I could only stay in the main hall area. However, I managed to catch a dance rehearsal.

With the map and guide book Ama passed me, I walked my way to Myeongdong. It took me about 30minutes but I felt a sense of satisfaction.

I had dinner at MOS Burger and a bun made of egg, sunflower seeds and sesame. It cost 2,000 won but totally worh it.

I also bought different tyres of masks for myself and friends.

Some samples that I received from Etude House.

I headed back to the loft to watch TV and rest while waiting for Ama.

Since it was our last night for this trip, we decided to go for supper at Two Two Chicken. We ordered Garlic Chicken and Fried Chicken with Sweet Sauce to share but wasted a fair bit.

Walked back to the loft and rested for the night.

10 May 2015

Had breakfast at Paris Baguette. The cranberry and chicken sandwich was tasty although a little pricey.

We walked back to the loft to pack up and left for Incheon International Airport.

We got to check-in 3 hours before the flight and I immediately go for luxury shopping.

My first purchase was a Gucci black cardholder which cost about S$320.

Last purchase was a Dior lambskin wallet.

Had high tea at Dunkin' Donuts while waiting to board.

Had baked chicken for dinner in plane and slept quite a few hours.

Arrived in Singapore at 10pm and home sweet home.