Monday, 29 June 2009

What makes me happy....

.... packing and looking for new space to put my ever-growing beauty collection.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Bio-essence 24K Bio-Gold 100 People Challenge

I attended the Bio-essence 24K Gold 100 People Challenge with my 2 girlfriends.

It was a Guinness Book of Records attempt to achieve the title for "Most number of people having a facial at the same time".

We were like one of the VERY few younger ladies there.
Especially since the 24K series is targeted at older women to combat aging.

But we were still eligible since women should start on anti-aging by mid-twenties.
It's never to early to start when it concerns your skin.

Laid on the table infront of me were a mirror, two bowls with water & a sponge in each for the cleansing & exfoliating and not forgetting the 24K Bio-gold products as well as some from the other range too.

The 'facial' consisted of cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing and was finished off with sunblock. It wasn't really a proper facial but more like a mass sampling event where everyone got to try out the products on their skin.

Aileen Tan, the ambassador of Bio-essence for 6 years graced the event together with founder, Dr Toh.

Haha, we caught a few participants taking a quick nap during Dr Toh's speech.
Also in this same photo below, you can see the ONLY male participant. LOL!

At the end of the event, we got to bring home our own set of the 24K Bio-gold full sized products worth $209!

Rated: .5

Cuz the official timing for the event was 3-5PM but we were told to arrive at 1.30PM.

Freebies I received (Clinique, Bio-essence & Simple Skincare)

This week's freebie haul......
From SIMPLE's lucky draw
From Her World's Project Makeover
From Bio-essence 24K Gold 100 People Challenge

BUT I LOST MY MOBILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Photobucket

Life is somewhat ironic....
I came home with FREE skincare items totaling up to $319.
But I lost my mobile phone in the ladies toilet of Takashimaya Level 2, beside Watsons. I know chances are slim but if anyone has taken my SE G705 in Black, PLEASE RETURN IT TO ME!!! :(

Thursday, 25 June 2009

GLOW Watsons Magazine Beauty Panel & ZA Reviews

Hey people, Watson's quarterly magazine GLOW is out in stores now.

And they have an article on which skin care would suit your skin care type.
Something which I'd suggested on their face book page!!
Do check out this article because I found it informative, useful and interesting.
Another article which I enjoyed was 'SOS - Save Our Skin' about the types of acne and how to prevent them.

The magazine is thicker (better quality paper too) and contains much more articles this time round. Some pretty interesting ones which touch on aesthetic treatments and even health screening.

Best of all, it's still priced at $2 only! What a steal, right?
Furthermore, it comes with a FREEBIE!!!

There're 3 designs to choose from as you can see from the above photo.
I'd picked the bird design which pretty much resembles something similar
to LeSportSac's.

So there's really no reason why you should be caught without a copy!

I'm one of the 5 chosen reviewers to be featured alongside my fellow beauty junkie pal, HM and a few other familiar faces such as Jaccy (Supergirl), Kimoko & Winnie (All are fellow cotter/blogger IIRC).

It was a great pleasure for me & fellow beauty junkie, HM to be part of the Watsons GLOW & ZA review panel.
We were invited to try out ZA's blemish shoot range for a month after which we had to submit our reviews to the GLOW team for the next quarter's issue. How exciting!
Especially since I was quite a fan of ZA products to begin with.

These were the 5 products which we had to review:
1) ZA T-Zone Cleansing Mask
2) ZA Skin Conditioning Mist
3) ZA Pore Smoother
4) ZA Concealer
5) ZA Two-way Foundation

And we were given additional ZA products to try out as well.

My favorite product would be their moisturizer from this range.
You may refer to THIS post for the review.

Another product from this Blemish Shoot range which I adore is their \ZA Pore Smoother, it was a big hit and sold out within days at most Watsons stores.
You can read more about my review of the ZA Pore Smoother HERE
I even have photos for comparison as well in the review.

OK, I shall not digress any further but share with you my full reviews for the other 4 products.
The magazine did not publish our entire reviews. So I guess sharing it here would be beneficial to those who wish to have more information before they decide on their next purchase. Once again, I welcome all questions, you may tag me or email me :)

ZA Skin Conditioning Mist

More info HERE

Most facial mists have only one use – hydration. However, the ZA Skin Conditioning Mist also has anti-acne properties. I like its versatility of it since I can use it prior to and after applying makeup. This facial mist soothes blemish-prone areas and refreshes the skin. It is lightweight and neither mess up makeup at all nor leaves the much dreaded sticky feeling.

I could bring this out in my handbag due to its compact and handy packaging, this makes it very convenient as I could use this practically anywhere and anytime. Currently, I am using it everyday after applying makeup and whenever I need to in my air-conditioned office. I am very pleased to see that my skin appeared more matte and less oily in the T-zone area. The number of times I needed to blot has been reduced as well. I have been using it for over the past 3 weeks and I feel that there are fewer pimples forming. On top of that, my skin feels adequately moisturized too.

I also like to use this to calm the inflamed area after I’ve squeezed out some clogged pores. The redness usually subsides a little after using the ZA Skin Conditioning Mist. I would then finish it off by dabbing the inflamed areas with the ZA Blemish Shoot Pore Treatment Gel. I like this product and will definitely buy it again.


ZA T-Zone Cleansing Peel-Off Mask

More info HERE

The ZA T-Zone Cleansing Peel-Off Mask is a silica mask which is lightweight and easy to apply. I this mask before and I felt that it did nothing for me as it did not even pull out a single blackhead. Little did I know that I had been using the wrong method.

I’ve learn that most of our pores face downwards. Hence, while removing the mask, it is advisable to peel it from bottom up. This method prevents unnecessary tugging that may cause skin to wrinkle and sag. And it will also ensure that all the comedones on our face are pulled out along with the mask.

I think it is important that the consumers are educated on how to use this product correctly as that they would be able to see the results.
So the next time when I tried on the mask, I remembered to remove it the correct way and though it was not as efficient as a pore strip. It did pull out some of my blackheads. My nose felt cleaner after using it. However, I found this product pretty average. There are other better deep cleansing masks available in the market.


ZA Concealer

More info HERE

I went to buy this concealer after sampling it at a ZA workshop. It comes in a tube which allows ease of application. A little goes a long way as you just need to dab a tiny bit onto your finger before applying it on the area you want to conceal.

The texture and consistency is just right for me and blending is not a problem. The coverage was sufficient and it does not cake much or fades off as the day goes by.
Another good thing is that it did not clog my pores too. Furthermore, it is reasonably priced. I will definitely purchase this item when I finish up mine.


ZA 2-way Foundation

More info HERE

It is no secret why this foundation is well-loved by many. It is not only an excellent product but also pretty reasonably priced. I like the versatility of this product as you may use it with either a wet or dry sponge, depending on how much coverage you require. However, for me, I usually use it with a dry sponge.

The soft and fine powder does not clog pores and evens out one’s complexion. It gives me a smooth, matt and flawless coverage. For minor blemishes, no concealer is needed as the foundation is able to conceal them all. I find it lasting and it has adequate oil control. My T-zone only started to shine many hours later.

I also like how ZA is always coming up with different designs for their foundation casings for limited periods. Dear ZA, do keep it up and I hope to see another new look very soon.


Monday, 22 June 2009

Oxy Miracle Peel Treatment at Skin Inc Review

Firstly, a brief intro to Skin Inc and since I am not familiar with them.
I took this off's website.

"Skin Inc is Asia’s first skin supplement bar, a concept designed for busy women (and metrosexuals). Just pop over and the consultants will help you select the right ‘cocktail mix’ of skin serums for your individual skin condition. The bar stocks the dermatology-based V-Solution 10 Series from Japan – touted as non-invasive alternatives to popular treatments like Botox and IPL – and dispenses treatments such as the Diamond Peel ($98), Skin Infusion ($198) and Collagen Crystal Mask ($35) that’ll only take between 45 to 60 minutes."

I've tried their diamond peel & skin infusion treatment at the Central branch twice.
Previously, I had raved about their black crystal mask in my blog before.
Check it out HERE

However, their treatments are freaking expensive.
Diamond peel treatment = diamond peel alone... no extractions, no mask included.
And it'll set you back at $98.
Normal facial places may charge around this price too but they include extractions and mask.

I so happened to be one of the lucky 50 who responded to their SMS blast and have gotten myself a FREE Oxy Miracle Peel Treatment. Hence, I went down to try out their latest treatment since they had a new machine and a newly opened branch at Orchard Central.

This Oxy Miracle Peel Treatment has a whooping ala-carte price of $128.
It's actually a deep cleansing treatment which uses only oxygen and pure water microdroplets accelerated to supersonic speed to deeply exfoliate, cleanse, and hydrate the skin. It is ideal for all types of skin and promises visible change of skin tone with just one treatment. The con was that it was a rather unpleasant experience for me. The gush of cold air (oxygen) emitting from the jet spray sure was uncomfortable.

When asked about the difference between this and the diamond peel.
Cindy, my therapist, explained that this treatment is more suitable for people with sensitive or dehydrated skin as it is less drying. Furthermore, diamond peels will thin your skin if overdone. She also mentioned that the diamond peel was actually more suited for those suffering from pitted scars.

Luckily, I am blessed with pretty decent skin. Hence, she told me that it'll be better for me to go for the Oxy Miracle Peel treatment instead.
She commented that my skin is a little sensitive.
See, the skin is a really funny, complex and complicated organ.
One moment I can be enjoying normal skin and the next, it's drying or sensitive.

Anyway, I got talked into topping up $68 for their Onsen thermal water treatment (flown in from Japan according to her),in which she would use the same machine on me but this time round with the thermal water instead.

The results were instant. My face appeared brighter and fairer too.
My skin tone looked more even and Cindy even offered to do extractions for me.
I was surprised but she was equally just as surprised to learn that the folks at the Central branch did not do extractions.

Anyway, Cindy's facial massage was pretty good. I hope that it'll give my face that extra boost and lifting effect.
I think most of Skin Inc's clientèle are older women or tai tais, I mean, seriously who can afford such pricey treatments.
Hence, it probably is no wonder why EVERY TIME I go over for a treatment. They'll gush over how young I am or look.

I ended the facial with their crystal black mask which I had brought down personally.
Cindy told me that it's not advisable to reuse the mask since your skin would have absorbed most of the nutrients and moisture. But it was alright to use it on other parts of your body like your neck etc.

How strange, since the lady at the Central branch mentioned that it can be used on 2 separate occasions and not exceeding 2 .... or was it 5 hours in total? While ANOTHER lady at the Central branch told me that she wore it to sleep.

I think Skin Inc should seriously retrain their staff. How can I have 3 Skin Inc staff telling me DIFFERENT things regarding the SAME SINGLE PRODUCT!?!

Anyway, I am rather satisfied with the treatment results today that I am giving it 4 out of 5 hearts.


Minus 1 for the hefty price tag and lack of comfort.
But 4 hearts for the results and Cindy's initiative to do extractions and a great facial massage for me!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome Week 2 Review

I think my makeup stays on longer ever since I've started on the Cosme Decorte Moisture Liposome. I actually still appear fresh-faced when I reach home.
With Makeup
Without Makeup

This is me AFTER 11 hours+ outside. (Photo below)
And I didn't have to touch up at all.
Neither did I have to blot.
Truth be told, I'm too lazy to do either anyway. Ooops.
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