Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy 2011! What's your beauty(or non-beauty) new year resolution?

A Beauty Affair will be 2 years old in around a weeks' time.
Oh how time passes...
I hope all's well with all of you, dear lovely readers.

Sure, 2010 was a smashin' great year with lots of lovely product launches & events.
But I'm looking forward to more exciting stuff in this new year.
And of cus, I hope to bring more giveaways to you fellow beauty junkies :)

So I was just thinking about new year resolutions and the irony behind it.
People are often more enthusiastic in coming up with new year resolutions than keeping them.
I always wonder what's the use of doing up a list when it's just for the sake of coming up with one or because my friends are also doing up theirs and posting them on socia media sites like facebook & blogs.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

A Taste of Kinohimitsu J'pan Beauty Drink

"Kinohimitsu J’pan Beauty Drink is the most effective way to restore youthful vitality to skin – not only on your face but your whole body including the neck, bust & bum.

Kinohimitsu J’pan Beauty Drink , the functional, instant drink with a high concentration of Collagen helps to plump up your skin to make way for smoother, firmer, younger looking skin in just 6 days."

J'pan Beauty Drink

I finally got to try my first bottle today!
It has been a long, long month indeed with the crazy rush of preparations for the wedding and the year end festive parties.
I can finally let down my hair & relax for awhile.
 Or perhaps cus I am married now so it's less partying & more of just chilling out with loved ones and friends.

Anyway, as per instructions, I had it chilled before consumption.
You can take this before breakfast or bedtime.
I am however more used to taking my collagen supps at night before I go to bed.

When I had my first sip, I was amazed by the sweet, delicious taste.
My dear friend JY whom I gave a bottle to try out also said the same thing!
She loves the drink and finds it really taste-bud tickling.

I can't wait to finish the whole month's supply and see what great results could be achieved.
So yeah, stay tuned for my updates :)

My previous introductory post : Kinohimitsu Beauty Drinks
Thank you Confirm Trading for the chance to try out the Kinohimitsu J'pan Beauty Drink.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Bella Luna Spa makes a fool of themselves AGAIN

Remember the hooha Bella Luna created previously?
Demanding that I take down my review as they are extremely unhappy about it?
Guess what?
It seems like they have resorted to more lame, low life tactics.

Guess who registered a new account in Cozycot Forum just to defend Bella Luna?

You know what?
My toes are tickled...

Sunday, 26 December 2010

[REVIEW] Laneige Multiberry Goodies

The recent late nights out spent partying and boozing will only leave my skin dehydrated and lacklustre.
 Welcoming 2011 with dull-looking complexion is definitely not my idea of starting a brand new year.
However, thanks to Gleaming Skin, I can now repair & pre-tox my skin with an array of Korean beauty brands they carry.

Presenting the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack & Peeling Gel.

Gleaming Skin brings you the convenience of shopping for all the HOTTEST korean beauty brands under one website and they spoil you with their low, affordable prices. They operate on a pre-order basis so there's some downtime but the great savings are definitely worth the wait. There's Beauty Credit, Etude House, Tony Moly, Laneige and The Face Shop just to name a few.

Friday, 24 December 2010

A Beauty Affair wishes one & all... + Winner of Xmas Giveaway

Yes, it's the time of the year again where we get to indulge in sinful, delectable goodies & of course not forgetting to pamper ourselves with lovely presents too.
This entry will also reveal the winner of the Xmas Giveaway  :)

I have a guest judge for this Christmas Giveaway #3!
Because all of the entries were really good, I just couldn't decide on a winner so I had to enlist the help of my dear fellow beauty junkie pal, HM!
Do check out her blog at:Little Pumpkin Pies

And the lucky lady whose comment that caught her eye is....

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

[REVIEW] Dress Up Your Face with Dress Me Masks

I love facial sheet masks for their ease and convenience.
They provide care & moisture for the skin but eliminate the hassle that comes with using clay & gel-based masks.
A big thank you to Sample Store & Dress Me for the opportunity to try out and review these Dress Me facial sheet masks :)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

First time using my Dr Jart+ Premium Blemish Base [SPF45 / PA+++]

I seldom use BB creams and it's always refreshing to be given one to sample and review.
Thank you Confirm Trading for this Dr Jart+ Premium Blemish Base[SPF45/PA+++] in 15ml.
Today is my first time using it... :)

Triple functioning premium BB cream with Anti-Oxidation and skin treatment effect:
Whitening, Wrinkle improvement, and UV protection

Aids darkness of the skin and protects wrinkles from UV

Powerful UV protection (SPF45/ PA+++)
High SPF45/PA+++ isolates UV A and B together for superior protection

Contains effective anti-oxidation ingredients for wrinkle improvement
Anti-oxidation ingredients like BioPeptide, EGF, and Acasia collagen restore skin back
original condition.

White gold maximizing skin protection
Contains white gold which eliminates harmful ingredient and cleanses the skin boosting the
protecting ability. High level of coverage hides blemishes for a natural look and maintains soft
and moisture condition for a long time.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

[REVIEW] Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel & Jade Eye Roll Away

Once again, thank you Sample Store & Ginvera for the 2 sponsored items;

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel
Ginvera Green Tea Jade Eye Roll Away

I have been seeing these products whenever I go beauty products window-shopping in Watsons or John Little.
Yes, I admit that this is a little quirk of mine that keeps me happy.
I like to snoop around shelves of beauty products and check out what's new, maybe pick up an item and read off the instructions or ingredient list.

Anyway, I have also read quite a number of pretty positive reviews for the Marvel Gel.
So I was sure it was not gonna disappoint me during my trial.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Bella Luna Pte Ltd's ridiculous emails to me


I had no intention of blowing things up but with the ridiculous emails you had been sending me, I felt like I needed to write an OPEN letter to you and make this known to all.

Gosh, it has been such a long time since I'd written this review on Bella Luna's massage.
Check out my post HERE ! I paid for the service & I wasn't pleased so I had every right to blog about it.

Anyway, let's go back to the BASICS.
Marketing - most of us business grads would have taken this module before.
And even though I am currently not in the marketing line, I'm sure I have much more common sense when it comes to dealing with a dissatisfied customer & bad publicity.

What would you do if you were a marketing personnel from Bella Luna & you happen to have read about how dissatisfied a customer was with your service?

Would you....

1) Write a letter of apology & ask for more feedback on how you can improve your service etc?
2)  Perhaps do the above & also offer the customer another free treatment in hope that the customer would change their mind and give a positive feedback now.
3) Or tell the customer to shut up and retract whatever negative feedback that was posted on her personal blog

In this age of social media and technology, consumers are empowered with freedom and knowledge. The freedom to use & access the internet platform to gain more knowledge on whatever companies have to offer us. Check out review sites like where consumers all over the globe share beauty product reviews.

So this was what I did, I purchased an S$18 coupon via Cozyspree to indulge in a supposedly S$300 worth of treatments a day before my wedding photo-shoot. I was nice enough to exclude the fact that their masseur used so much strength that she ruined my manicure on 1 finger. I chose to close one eye on that...

However, I was not satisfied with the ambiance & the treatment so I decided to share my experience online. But Bella Luna sure wasn't pleased with my candid review....

Check out their email to me:

And these were their subsequent emails:


Firstly, what is with the "You have to remove all Bella Luna Pte Ltd reviews from your website immediately" ?!?!
This coming from a SENIOR marketing manager, I am indeed shocked by her replies.
She was not only rude but also made no attempt to find out what had gone wrong; why I wasn't happy with their service and so on.
Not only did she not bother to rectify the situation, instead, she merely made matters worst.

Jennifer Tan's next email was:

Dear Ashlene,

Please understand, sometimes bad comments and bad reviews can hurt the company’s branding, even with just one. The reason why I asked for my company’s review to be removed from your web is because we have no laison with your company whatsoever. There was no written permission to upload such reviews and now that I have seen this, please remove the review. Truly appreciate.


(Actual email can be seen in the thumbnail above or CLICK HERE  )

I do understand the impact of bad publicity, however, this isn't the way you handle it. Anyone can write anything in a review on their personal blog regardless of whether the service provider has given any consent or not. If I had received GOOD service from Bella Luna & blogged about it, do you think that Jennifer Tan would even bother to get me to remove my blog entry? Obviously, the answer is No.

Why would I even require written permission? So let's say, if I buy a bag from ABC shop & I find it made of inferior quality, I can't blog about my displeasure? If internet service provider XYZ gives me bad customer service, I can't blog about it cause I have "no written permission to upload such reviews" ??? Jennifer Tan, stop making A FOOL OF YOURSELF!

Anyway, the last email was the final straw! (Actual email can be seen in the thumbnail above or CLICK HERE)

Btw Ashlene, if you still refused to remove your review, I cannot do anything about that right? But I wish to let you know that we at Bella Luna is extremely unhappy about it. Thank you.

Why do I, the customer, (or ex-customer because I'm not ever gonna step into their establishment ever with such crap service) need to care about your feelings when you have no regards for mine?
Instead of trying to appease the dissatisfied customer ex-customer, Bella Luna decides to try to shut me up by getting me to remove my review.

BTW Jennifer, if you still refused to acknowledge your mistake, I can't do anything about that, right?
But I wish to let you know that I am extremely appalled & repulsed by the way you have handled this situation. Please go reflect on your actions before your company starts losing more customers.

Folks, do think twice if you ever wanna go to Bella Luna because they have crap services.

Monday, 13 December 2010

[XMAS GIVEAWAY #3] Win Majolica Majorca Stuff :)

Wanna win a Majolica Majorca Lash Beautifying Mascara Frame Plus by Majolica Majorca?

Giving away the one in BK999 worth S$40.10!


Majolica Majorca Perfect Automatic Liner by Majolica Majorca?

Giving away the one in BL603 (Dark Blue) worth S$37.10!

It's so simple to win, just do the following:

2) Follow my blog via Google or Networked Blogs, please check out the boxes on the side bar to your left.

Contest Deadline: 20th Dec 2010

This is the last of my Xmas giveaway, Xmas is a mere12 days away... Time to count down :)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

[NOTICE] Sorry for short hiatus this week...

I apologize for the lack of updates, I'm really busy with my wedding preps...

However, A Beauty Affair will be back on 13th Dec with a last but great giveaway featuring Majolica Majorca products & also results of the 2nd giveaway contest.
So do stay tuned :)
I am really thankful for your support.
Without you readers & sponsors, this blog would not have grown so much over the months.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Ichikami's Lucky Dip - Win a Trip to Japan!

Ichikami's Lucky Dip from 
9th December 2010 to 23rd Jan 2011.

To participate, just spend $15 on any ichikami’s products 
& you stand to win a pair of tickets to Japan!

Pls smuggle me along if you do win ;)

Monday, 6 December 2010

[XMAS GIVEAWAY #2 & REVIEW] Kinohimitsu J’pan D’Tox Juice

"In just six days, Kinohimitsu J’pan D’tox Juice leaves you feeling renewed, refreshed and revitalized. The six day program is a smart way to flush out toxins from your bowel within 2-4 hours, without disrupting your daily life."

It is extracted from plums and berries, a drink specially formulated for beauty and promotes regular bowel movement. Regular intake helps to eliminate harmful waste from bowel.

Wanna win a box to try out too? Read on... 

Thursday, 2 December 2010

My first bottle of Kinohimitsu J’pan D’Tox Juice

 This is follow up blog entry to the previous one in which I introduced the brand; Kinohimitsu :)

"In just six days, Kinohimitsu J’pan D’tox Juice leaves you feeling renewed, refreshed and revitalized. The six day program is a smart way to flush out toxins from your bowel within 2-4 hours, without disrupting your daily life."

Do you have a busy and stressful lifestyle, irregular meals due to that and suffer from constipation as a result?
Are you constantly exposure to unhealthy environments such as air & water pollution?
If the answer is YES, then you should try the Kinohimitsu J’pan D’Tox Juice 6-Day Detox Pack too!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

[ADVERTORIAL] Kao Liese Iron Make Collection - Straight Or Curls? You're spoilt for choice!

Ever gotten sick of the number of styling products you needed to get just to do up a simple style?
Would you like to have more space on your dresser? Wished that there was a product that does everything?

Well, your prayers are answered with Liese (pronounced as "Lee-zay") Iron Make Collection.

Unlike other hair products that only provide protection from the heat emitting from your styling tools.
Now, you can achieve salon-effect styles with just ONE product that not only protects your hair but also styles at the same time. Amazing, isn't it?

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