Estee Lauder NEW Micro Cleansing Balm & Foam – Review

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So one day I received one of the most beautiful package from a beauty brand. Look at those gorgeous Lavender boxed in a sturdy packaging, and inside it comes with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, how could I not love looking at this? Then I start analyzing what are the two new items sent? They are the NEW Advanced Night Repair Balm and Advanced Night Repair Foam. Keep scrolling down if you want to know more 😉

Cleansing my make up is one ritual that I have never missed every single day. It’s very important to cleanse our skin as everyday our skin is faced with pollutant and damaging particles. Previously I was not too choosy in choosing my cleansing oil/balm/foam, but as I get older and my skin get drier, I want to make sure that the products I choose to cleanse my face does not only cleanse, but it also helps to maintain my skin’s moisture level. I have been using ANR Micro Cleansing Balm and Foam for the past few weeks, I’ve written down my experience on it in this post, enjoy reading it! 🙂

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Firstly let’s take a look at the ANR Balm,

Packaged in a simple jar with gold cap with Estee Lauder Logo.

My initial worry was that the balm would be too sticky and hard to remove when applied unto my face. But boy, I was wrong! Every evening once I come back from work / outside activity, I will use my dry fingers to pick up the product and spread it all over my hands. Then I would start massaging it onto my face especially on my cheek and brow area where I apply more make up. It feels so nice to have the product because it glides on smoothly and there’s no waxy feeling on my face. The scent was also very light – it is packed with ANR signature scent where it’s not too heavy. After massaging, I would rinse my face with water, and the balm would transfer into oil and it would dissolve with water. It’s so simple and very easy to clean! At some other time when I have thicker make up, I would wipe my face with wet cotton pad; in this way, I can make sure that my eye make up is cleaned and it gives me a very satisfied feeling to see my make up is being cleaned from my face.

Before using ANR Balm, I had previously tried two other brand of cleansing balm. But Estee Lauder ANR is very different from the other two brands I’ve tried. The scent is very light and the best part is it’s so easy to remove the balm from my face without waxy feeling. This is why I’ve been loving this a lot!


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Moving on to the the Foam, the new Estee Lauder ANR Micro Cleansing Foam works by Micro-Purifying, Micro-Revitalizing and Micro-Nourishing.

Micro-Purifying is the ability to cleanse away impurities in our skin, and it can also remove light weight make up. This would also be suitable for people with oily skin as it won’t clog pores. Micro-Revitalizing is the ability to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, and also with the massage onto your skin, it will also helps our skin’s microcirculation. And lastly Micro-Nourishing is to maintain skin’s balance for a healthier skin look.

I use the ANR Micro Cleansing Foam after I wiped off my make up and eventually finished it with the foam. The foam feels rich and it’s suitable for my skin condition very well. My skin is usually very sensitive with drying cleansing foam that makes my skin feels tight. But this one, is very gentle on my skin. No heavy scent, and after I washed off my face, my skin feels nourished and well hydrated. But although it’s marketed as foam, it’s not that foamy. I tried to spread the foam all over my hands before applying it onto my face, but still it’s not as foamy. I am okay with this though, Foamy or not, more importantly it’s very gentle on my skin and my skin feels nourished.

 NEW Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is retailing at $56, and NEW Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam retails at $52

Disclaimer: The products shown in this post is provided by Estee Lauder SG for my consideration. All my review is based on my own experience, honest and unbiased

By Terry Sun Designer Palette – Tan & Flash Cruise


I can’t believe that time flies so quickly! I still recall the time when I first purchase spring collections early this year and here we are coming to the middle of 2016! And it also means that Summer collection has hit our shores. One of the most awaited piece this season is By Terry Sun Designer Palette! The gorgeous palette showcases both blushes and bronzer together in a pan!

Firstly let’s take a closer look of this beautiful piece!

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The palette comes with a velvety pouch in By Terry signature purple shade and the casing front design is also imitate the intricate design of the actual product. There are total of six shades in this palette; 3 are blushers and the other 3 are bronzers. The blusher contains lesser product compared to the bronzer.

Now let’s talk about the texture of the product and how it performs. I don’t doubt the quality of By Terry Product, they usually never fails to perform extraordinarily. Yes their product comes with expensive price tag, but the brand offers quite a consistent quality of their products. And for this Sun Designer palette, the texture is very smooth and the pigmentation is also very good! I love how the color shows obviously on the first swatch.


One thing that I notice when I use brush to pick up the product is that it’s hard to pick up only one shade using cheek brush. Each shade’s pan is quite narrow so if you wish to pick up for only one shade, use cheeck brush that are tapered or smaller. My Tom Ford Cheek brush is definitely too big to pick up only one color, when I need to pick up only a color, I’ll use my Suqqu cheek brush or for a more affordable choice go for 13rushes Ultimate Shader as it has tapered end. However when you would like to mix the colors together, go for a bigger brush like Tom Ford cheek brush.

For the swatches, you can take a look at my swatches on my arm.

The blusher shades range from a warm pink, a warm coral tone with slight shimmer and a bright pastel pink with shimmers too. And as for the bronzers, it comes with a very light nude shade (this can be worn as highlighter if you have medium skin tone), medium brown with shimmers, and a nude with pink undertone shade which I use as a sculpting or even blusher shade.


The swatch below is when I mix all three shades together for blusher and bronzers. I love how the blusher shade turns out when mixed together, isn’t it so pretty?! 🙂


Overall I’m in love with this palette as it looks uber gorgeous on the pan and it also performs very well. I love the smooth texture of the shade and how the shade comes out very nicely in one swipe!

This palette will be available in both Escentials Singapore Paragon Store and Tangs Orchard! Do drop by to the store and take a look at this! 🙂


 Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is provided by Escentials Singapore for my review consideration. I am not paid for this post and my review is solely based on my experience with the product.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact

I must say that 2016 is the Cushion year craze for all brands; the Asian brands and the Western brands! We’ve seen popular brands releasing cushions claiming to provide coverage and to provide staying power, but do they really worth the price tag? Estee Lauder Singapore sent a lovely package of Double Wear Cushion and I gave it a try for the past week. Let’s take a look..



Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion prides itself for the smooth and natural coverage with long lasting power. The first thing that I notice when I dipped my finger to feel the texture is indeed how smooth is the formula. It feels very smooth and at the same time it occured to me that the coverage looks pretty good when swatched on my arm.


Some unique technologies to take note here is the red fruit moisture complex, Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion is formulated with ingredients found in red fruit extract e.g. watermelon rind extract, lychee seed extract and apple extract. Estee Lauder claims that this formulation helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and providing generous hydration to the skin. Double wear cushion is also a naturally derived sebum absorber, to help oil control and control shine.

Another thing that makes this item one of my favorite cushion is the SPF, it contains SPF 50 PA+++. Many of the western brands does not offer such high SPF. It makes me feel safer that my skin is well protected. The range comes with 5 shades; Bone, Sand, Cool Vanilla, Warm Vanilla, and Tawny. I picked up cool vanilla – it leans towards pinkish shade and the shade match my skin perfectly.


My personal Thoughts:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion has a smooth and velvety texture. It provides medium coverage. I usually apply two layers of this and by doing that it provides medium coverage. I can see my pores are covered nicely and it also instantly makes my face looking brighter. As for the finish, I find that it provides a glowy finish but not as glowy as many of those Koreans brands ones. I do agree with the brand that the oil control works for me! My skin is usually normal to dry skin but on most day I experienced oily T-zone area. When I apply this, I can safely say that my T-zone does not feel as oily as to my normal days with some other cushions.

As for staying power, Estee Lauder claims that it has 8 hours of staying power, On many days yes I can see that it stays nicely on my face for 8 hours. But when days are super hot and humid, it starts to oxidized after 6 hours (my work requires me to be outdoors sometimes). I can see some patches on my cheek. But on most days, it stays put well.


Pardon my super puffy face, but let me show you how my skin looks like after application of Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact, It looks natural and it gives me that natural glow which I love. It stays for a good 6 hours before I start to see some changes on my skin, it starts to oxidize a bit on the side of my nose.

For the price suggested (sgd 68 for the case and refill), the price is certainly quite reasonable although it is not the cheapest among the western brand. Will I recommend this to anyone? Yes I certainly will! I would say that this piece can be a good buy for a bb cushion because it’s not overly dewy! It provides oil control and at the same time still provides a natural glow on my face; I tend to apply finishing powder on my face but with this, I can confidently apply powder on my T-zone only.



Retail Price

NEW Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++ (Case & Refill) | SGD68

NEW Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++ (Refill) | SGD50

Disclaimer: The product mentioned is provided by Estee Lauder Singapore for my consideration. My thoughts on the product is solely based on my experience and it is genuine and unbiased.

Shu Uemura Lacque Supreme Shimmers – Swatches and Review

Shu Uemura is launching a new range of Laque Supreme, now it’s with shimmers!

Shu Uemura often collaborates with artists for their launches, and this time, Shu Uemura collaborates with a well known Japanese lacquer ware brand, Yamada Heiando. Yamada’s work has been established since 1918 in Japan and has been used by Japan Imperial family. Heiando’s artwork is very detailed and now, Shu Atelier is collaborating with Yamada Heiando to developed lip lacquer with dimensional shimmer by combining scintillating gold and silver powders.


New lustrous shimmer gold and silver crystal pearls

The special thing to note about this launch is of course the shimmers contained in the tube. The shimmers are made of a careful selection of special ultra refined glass pearls which are known for their transparency and high luminosity.


I am a fan of shiny lipstick as usually it leaves my lip well hydrated. Shu Uemura Lacque Supreme Shimmers contains oil-in-water emulsion base formula to bring a fresh and smooth sensation upon application.


What I love most about the packaging is that the color is see through. In my big lipstick collection, sometimes it can be frustrating looking for a certain color when I have to open it one by one to find the color I am looking for.But it’s not the case with Shu Uemura Laque Supreme, I can see through the color from the packaging.


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I was given three shades to try on, they are:

OR 02 S (golden orange)

PK 05 S (Pink Carats)

CR 03 S (Crystal Coral)



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My impression:

It glides on very smoothly and it feels lightweight on my lip. It’s very hydrating and it does help to repair my lip. The color was not the most pigmented but it’s buildable. With two coats, the color looks lively on my lips. As for lasting power, it serves up to a decent hours, perhaps 2-3 hours if I’m not drinking too much water.



Shu Uemura Laque Supreme Shimmer is available islandwide and retailing at $42 each.


Disclaimer: The products shown in this post are provided by Shu Uemura Singapore for my consideration for review. My review is honest, genuinely based on my experience.


Origins Three Part Harmony

They say our skin start to age when we are over 25, and that means my skin is already on the process of aging. The word anti-aging makes a difference whenever I decide to purchase or to try a new skin care. So when Origins Singapore invited me to join the launch of the “Three Part Harmony” range, it was definitely a yes for me! 🙂

Tazetta Lily Bulb

What’s so special about this range? Apparently Origins Three Part Harmony pride themselves in using the potent flower to create a comprehensive formula for youthful looking skin. Originated from the Eastern Mediterranean, Tazetta Lily Bulb is known to preserve its own youth as it blooms from year to year. Below is the Tazetta Lily Bulb – I received that lovely pot from Origins Three Part Harmony launching event.


In this range, Origins released two products; Oil Infused serum and nourishing Moisturizer. Both products are created to combat the visible signs of skin aging and to brighten the skin.

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The Packaging

One of the first thing I noticed when I first saw this range is the unique packaging of Three Part Harmony range. The cap of both the Oil Infused Serum and the Nourishing Cream is made of wood. The appearance of the packaging gives a more nature oriented feeling of the product. As Origins main brand focus is on using potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils, the packaging of Three Part Harmony support the brand focus on using natural ingredients.

The Serum also comes with a dropper so it helps me to control the amount of droplets of products I need.

The Texture of the Serum & Cream – My Experience

The Oil Infused serum has quite a rich texture. It does give me a long lasting hydration on my skin. I can even conclude my skincare regime for day time with the serum only. It feels rich enough for me especially during weekend when I just want to relax at home and no make up applied. The serum feels moisturizing for a good 6-8 hours without the nourishing cream. The texture is rich but it feels good on my skin, it’s not too heavy.

As for the nourishing cream, It has a thicker texture and it’s certainly working to provide the much needed hydration on my skin. It has a light smell and it stays for a long hour on my skin. I usually apply my night skincare regime at around 10pm and wake up at 6am every morning; I can feel that my skin is well nourished and hydrated.

I would highly recommend these combination of the Oil Infused Serum and the Nourishing Cream for people with dry to very dry skin. When the serum and the cream is combined, it would be useful for a dry skin that needs extra pampering. As for morning routine, I would pick the serum and pair it with a lighter moisturizer. Especially in Singapore’s humid weather, I’d like to keep my morning routine quick and light.

In short, I can say that this range is very effective in providing hydration and moisturizing the skin. It makes my skin feels feels bouncier and looking better the next morning. As for brightening, I don’t see a result up until now, and if I see further update on it to brighten my skin, I’ll surely update this page! 🙂


Three Part HarmonyTM Nourishing Cream, 50ml (S$123) and Oil-Infused Serum, 30ml (S$123) is now widely available in all Origins Counter

Disclaimer: The items mentioned in this post is provided by Origins Singapore for my consideration for review. My review is solely based on my experience and not influenced by the brand. My review is honest, genuine and unbiased.

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