Guerlain BB Hydra Aqua Serum

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When I heard that Guerlain is releasing a new BB Cream, I became so excited to know more and to try the product. This BB Hydra Aqua Serum is part of Guerlain’s Super Aqua Serum which emphasizes so much of hydrating the skin.

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Guerlain BB Hydra Aqua Serum comes in a squeezable long tube. There’s nothing fanciful about the packaging; it looks simple an practical. There are two shades available – light and medium. Mine is light.

The initial reaction I have when I first try it is the lightness of the bb cream texture. It feels very light in texture and it makes me feel like i am not wearing anything on my face. I have tried and used this BB cream for couple of times and I have found that the coverage of this BB cream is very light. This bb cream is also packed with SPF 25  to protect our skin from the UV rays.

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On my swatch here, you can see that the coverage of BB hydra is light but you can still see the difference of my skin with and without the bb cream.

I have tried several ways to apply this bb cream but what I find most useful is to put the bb cream all over my face with my finger lightly and dab it with my finger. In this way, I feel like the bb cream is applied more evenly. The finish of the bb cream is lumimous without being shiny.

Comparing to the Lingerie de Peau BB Cream, Hydra Aqua Serum BB Cream has a much lighter coverage. The size of the tube is similar but lingerie de peau tube comes with a pump. Both products carry a signature Guerlain scent but Hydra Aqua Serum has a lighter scent compared to Lingerie de Peau.

 

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I would recommend this BB cream for any one of you who prefers a light texture bb cream with light coverage for daily use. After using this for many times, I like this best when I am having this on my outdoor activities; when I am exposed to the sun and when light make up is the thing I need. Most of the time, I will still prefer lingerie de peau bb cream for its coverage and finish.

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator – Information and Review

YSL is releasing a new base product – CC Cream Light Creator. For this product, the YSL team has added a unique active complex canned Glycanactif. CC Cream youth liberator is the first hybrid CC Cream with Glycanactif. This active ingredient is claimed to be able to unifies the complexion surface and correct imperfections, evens out imperfections irregularities, refines skin texture and reveals its radiance day after day.

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Here’s the features of CC Cream Light Forever Light Creator:

  • Correction and Uniformity

CC Cream Forever Light Creator helps regulate imperfection and unify the complexion.

  • 24 Hours Hydration

Enriched with hydrating agent, the formula ensures 24hours hydration for the skin

  • Prevention and SPF 35/+++PA Protection

Its dual anti UV protection and anti oxidant action helps combat the appearance of color defects in the future

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Review

I received these products last week and I have been trying this product for about 9 days and here’s what I feel so far:

Packaging:

YSL CC Cream Youth Liberator is packaged in a long sleek squeezable tube. The product contains 40 ml of product. The design is simple and light.

Texture & Finish

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is very light in texture. The texture is so light that I don’t really feel that I am wearing foundation. The coverage is light but it manages to cover my pores. These days I applied 2 layers of YSL CC cream on my face to give me the kind of coverage I want. It gives a healthy glow  to your complexion; natural coverage and it evens out my skintone.

Shades:

YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator comes in 3 shades: Rose, Apricot and Lavender. The description below is taken from YSL CC Cream press release information:

  • Rose : To give the complexion a fresh and rosy halo
  • Apricot : To recreate the golden radiance of a beautiful skin
  • Lavender: to give a natural skin looking radiance

Here’s the swatch of both shades. Rose is a beige shade with pink under tone and Apricot is more tinted and it looks more golden.

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Here I have taken pictures of me wearing different shades on a different day:

Here’s how shade “rose” looks on me

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Rose is a beautiful shade which brightens my skin. The product delivers the promise to give a complexion a fresh and rosy halo. I can see the rosy glow it has on me, However I do feel that this shade is a bit too light for me. The shade still matches my neck well, but once I compare with my arm, I can spot the difference and it kinda looks unnatural anymore.

And here’s how Apricot looks on me

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At first, Apricot looks a bit too dark on my skin tone. But after applying it onto my face and blends it out evenly, I find that Apricot suits my skintone better. It is certainly not brightening, but it evens out my skin tone and makes my skin looks healthy.

 

Mixed: Apricot & Rose

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After trying out rose and apricot on their own, I decided to try and mix the two together. The amount of Apricot I applied is 2/3 and rose is 1/3 and I mix them together. The shades comes out to be very nice and it suits my skin tone perfectly. I can see how Apricot complement my skin tone and covers my redness and pores. At the same time, shade rose does its job by giving me that beautiful glow that I love a lot. Other than using it as a base product, I was also using shade rose as a highlighter. Rose is lighter than my actual skin tone, in the picture above I applied it on my under eye area. As a result, my face looks fresh and healthy 🙂

Here’s the amount of Rose and Apricot I use for my 3rd look

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YSL CC Cream Forever Light Creator is going to be available in March and will be retailing at $79

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me for review purposes. Some information above is taken from YSL press release file. My review is based on my experience; honest and unbiased.

Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

Sneak Peek of April’s Vanity Trove

Hello everyone!

I hope all of you had a good long weekend. My long weekend was good. I had good foods, good rest and I had few hours of exercise which makes my weekend feels perfect. I received my first box of Vanity Trove and today I am introducing this box for the first time on this blog.

Vanity Trove is a beauty discovery platform for ladies to learn more about beauty products around town and the world. When ladies sign up to be a member, they get plugged into a network of beauty information via social platform, newsletters, facebook and more importantly, the vanity trove box! There will be different products sent to your door step each month, so be ready for a boxful of fun surprises 🙂

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April’s Vanity Trove contains products from Elizabeth Arden and Dr Ci Labo. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dr Ci Labo, it’s a Japanese brand that’s created by dermatologist. Dr Ci Labo star product is Aqua Collagen Gel that’s sold 23 million jars worldwide.

Now let’s start with Elizabeth Arden‘s products:

Visible Whitening Smoothing Cleanser

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Description:

This gently foaming cleanser with enzymatic micro beads instantly removes dead surface cells, reducing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Melts into skin to effectively cleanse, purify and detoxify. Skin looks instantly brighter , more even tones and glowing. Visible whitening smoothing cleanser retails at S$55 (125ml).

Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening BB Cream

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Description:

This protective daytime beauty balm provides high protection from sun and pollution as it instantly hydrates and brightens shin. Contains melanin-inhibiting and anti aging technology to fight the appearance of discolorations and fine lines. Imparts a smooth, even toned look and a soft translucent glow. In 3 skin enhancing shades. Visible whitening multi- targeted uv shield BB cream spf 30 pa++ retails at S$80 (125ml).

Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Control Night Capsule

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Description:

This high performance nighttime serum in a capsule delivers potent natural hop extract to intercept melanin synthesis at every phase, diminishing excess pigmentation and the appearance of uneven skin tone. Powerful botanicals, vitamin C derivative and environmental protectants fight the damaging effects of pollution and support skin’s natural collagen and elastin matrix, to give skin a smoother brighter look. Visible whitening melanin control night capsules retails at S$140 (50 capsules).

Dr Ci Labo Aqua Collagen Gel

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Description:

Aqua-Collagen-Gel has proven as a runway success, with over 23 million jars sold worldwide to date. This multi-tasking formula provides the benefits of 5 products in 1 as the simplest skincare by believing human skin’s natural healing power – moisturizing lotion, emulsion, treatment essence, brightening essence, makeup base. Now the “Moisturizing Gel” becomes a category of skincare which Dr. Ci:Labo made in the skincare market thus Dr. Ci:Labo is the innovator and founder. Aqua collagen gel super moisture EX retails at s$130 (120g), s$65 (50g)

Dr Ci Labo Super Cleansing EX:

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Description:

Gently remove makeup without losing moisture ! When the cleanser is worked with makeup on the skin, it slowly turns into oil, Thoroughly remove even the toughest makeup, dirt and other impurities. While massaging, the gel will transform into oil, its gentle warming effect soften dead skin cells and lifts the makeup. It carefully catches impurities and clears the pores, removes dead skin cells. Super cleansing EX retails at S$50 (100g) .

Dr Ci Labo Super Cleansing Foam EX

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Moisturizing ingredients encapsulated in a nanocapsule. A fine, a botanical cleansing ingredient’s creamy lather’s elastic texture to remove debris, dirt, pollutants and other impurities thoroughly yet gently. Super washing foam EX retails at S$47 (120g).

Dr Ci Labo BB Perfect Cream

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This multifunctional cream foundation consists of Beauty Essence + Facial Cream + Makeup Base + Concealer + Makeup foundation all-in-one tube! Covers instantly all blemishes, small wrinkles and dullness and amazingly creates a smoother and lustrous radiant looking skin. It is very easy and quick to apply on the face and is for all type of skin. BB perfect cream white377+ retails at S$67 (30g).

 

Sounds good? You can also get this box sent to your door step at $25 🙂 Here’s how it goes:

1) Sign up for an account and subscribe to the service on www.VanityTrove.com for the monthly subscription fee of only S$25/- (inclusive of packing, shipping and handling fees) or pick the 3, 6, 12 months subscription options to get credits that goes towards redeeming a complimentary trove!

2) Receive each month’s edition before the month starts. (You’ll get September’s themed trove by end of August!)

3) Receive the troves hand-delivered to you and enjoy the beautiful surprises within it!  Test and share it with your beauty buddies.

For S$25/-, you get to receive the top products in the beauty industry because we know the ladies want only the best for their beautiful selves. Additionally, our beauty experts behind the scene identify and pick the newest beauty trends for you to test. Beauty sampling and pampering has never been made so accessible and affordable.

 

By: Meryl

The products mentioned above are provided by the company/PR representative at free of charge for review purposes. The information provided for each products are taken from the press kit or the respective product website. 

 

Watson Spring Color Report

Looking forward to Spring, dressing up for picnics in the park and tea parties with your best pals? This season, Watsons brings forth sunshine with its Spring Colour Report 2013, a beauty event that translates colours and trends off the runway into wearable, chic looks to match your favourite sundresses! Be it cosmetics, hair, skincare or inner beauty oral supplements, Watsons presents the latest brands and products to doll you up in light pastels (with a pop of colour!), style those long tresses, while helping you attain a radiant and healthy glow.

This Spring, there are so many new products that Watson is going to bring in.  I am going to focus on the cosmetic brands that’s exclusive to Watson.

CandyDoll, Eyemazing and Jewelove

Fronted by popular model and Japanese teen idol Tsubasa Masuwaka, CandyDoll is a range of cosmetic products to help one achieve the Gyaru, or cute and doll-like look.

The wide range of CandyDoll cosmetics include:

  • Mineral Powders – Face Powder ($33.90, 10g) and Crystal Face Powder ($33.90, 10g): both have fine textures that glide smoothly onto the skin for even coverage

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  • Lipsticks – Ramune Pink and Apricot Beige lipsticks ($25.90, 3.5g) Highly pigmented and moisturizing, the lipsticks glides on smoothly, creating a natural nude look like Japanese girls

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  • Shading Powder ($29.90, 10g) – A soft matte, silky smooth bronzer that gives skin a flawless natural tan coverage effect. It is made from mineral powder and created a shade darker than foundation to contour the face and create a slimmer face shape

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  • Makeup Base series – Makeup Base with SPF 30 ($37.90 30g) that helps keep makeup on, but also protects skin from harmful UV rays while brightening up skin tone

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Other CandyDoll makeup products also include blushers, highlights, concealers, as well as lipsticks and lip glosses.  Made in Japan

One of the most popular eyelashes brand in Japan, Jewelove (known as Jewerich in Japan) is a range of eyelashes launched in 2010 to help girls achieve bigger, more attractive eyes for the perfect Kawaii look.

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Exclusively available at selected Watsons stores for $22.90 (two pairs)

 

Elite

The star product of the Elite models makeup range is its Fantastic Primer ($24.90, 15ml), a translucent gel makeup base that is suitable for all skin types.

The essential stage for perfect, even and long-lasting makeup, this water-based gel moisturizes skin whilst its non-greasy finish keeps skin matt and helps the foundation to stay on. Its energizing formula is also complemented with a pleasant cucumber fragrance to keep you feeling fresh and clean, even in hot and humid climates. Formulated with anti-ageing and anti-pollutant agents, as well as extracts of Plankton to fight skin oxidation, this primer helps you to achieve a radiant, healthy and beautiful complexion.

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The Elite models makeup range is exclusively available at selected Watsons stores from $7.90 – $26.90.

Heroine Make

Heroine Make’s award-winning mascaras now feature improved formulas to provide 120% longer lashes and 130% more volume than before:

  • Long & Curl Mascara ($21.90, 6g) – Featuring a fine, lightweight texture that offers 1.5 times longer fibres for 120% greater lengthening effects. Ingredients include Camellia Oil that has moisturising and water-proof properties.
  • Volume & Curl Mascara ($21.90, 6g) – Featuring a new feather-weight volume fit powder combined with polymer wax to thicken lashes without clumping and offer 130% more volume than before.

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  • Impact Frame & Curl Mascara ($23.90, 7.5g) – Its triple wax formula contains an extension wax to lengthen lashes, hyper volume wax to increase lash volume by 180% and joint wax to combine the two, offering the best of Heroine Make’s volumising and lengthening technology.
  • Mascara Remover (6ml, $14.90) – Featuring an improved formula to easily remove stubborn mascara whilst nourishing lashes with conditioning ingredients such as Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil and Rosa Canina Fruit Oil.

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BB Mineral Loose powder (price TBC, 6g) – Heroine Make’s first BB Mineral Loose powder contains lasting mineral powder to control shine all-day for a smooth appearance. Available in shades #1 and #2, it provides a natural yet translucent coverage.


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Rock Beauty

Nail Rock:

  • Nail Rock Classic – Decorate your digits with Nail Rock designer wraps, featuring 16 stylish designs such as Money, Disco, Tribal Gold or Gold Cheetah.

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  • Nail Rock 3D collection – this latest collection features four amazing wraps such as Doodad in black and metallic mix with raised bumps for added texture, and Glister in gold and multi glitter to create a sparkly crackle effect on your nails.

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The Nail Rock nail wrap range requires only a maximum of 15 minutes to apply, without any drying time. It offers lasting coverage of up to seven days on nails and eight weeks on toes, and does not chip or stain nails like regular nail polish. Each pack contains 16 nail wraps in different sizes for fingers and toes, and is available at $9.90 (standard stickers) and $14.90 (3D stickers) at selected Watsons stores.

Eye Rock:

  • Eye Rock Designer Liner – achieve that ’60s-inspired winged’ flick in an instant with these ready-to-wear liners, which are long-lasting, waterproof and easy to apply.
  • Eye Rock Crystal Tattoo – add crystal embellishments to your eyes with this debut collection, featuring six unique designs to help create runway couture looks.

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The Eye Rock range is available at $11.90 at selected Watsons stores.

These products are exclusively available at Watson

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Thank you for reading

By: Meryl

 

Chanel CC Cream Review

I have heard so many rave about the newly launched Chanel CC Cream and I am lucky to get my husband to pick a tube for me from Changi DFS at SGD62. Chanel CC Cream is retailing in department stores at SGD82. This is my first ever tube of CC cream; I have never tried BB cream either. My base makeup is always either my Avene High Protection Sunscreen or Burberry Velvet Foundation.

I have only been using this CC cream for few days but the finished look has been consistent for these few days and I think it’s fine for me to write the review. Chanel CC cream is only available in one shade 20 Beige. I am MAC NC20 shade and this 20 beige shade match my skintone pretty well.

Packaging:

It’s a white plastic squeezable tube with black cap. I think the packaging is rather dull and looks cheap considering this is retailing at $82. It’s very light and handy to be brought on my daily makeup bag.

Texture:

The texture is quite thick but it blends very well. I blend the CC cream with my hands.  The CC Cream has a very nice smell that’s not too strong. It has a sheer coverage and I don’t think this would be good for covering acne scars or spots. This CC cream provides a matte finish without giving an impression that you’re wearing foundation. It’s matte but it does not make your face looks flat.

Lasting Power:

Chanel CC cream lasts for 8 hours with me and the best thing of this CC cream is that it does not makes my face oily. Usually my face tends to be oily after 4-5 hours of application but it’s not the case with Chanel CC cream. My face still looks the same even after 6 hours without any touch-ups.

Final Thought:

Overall Chanel CC Cream has done a very good job to my skin. What I love the most is this product does not make my skin oily after hours of application. I also love the finish look. My skin looks fresh and it does not look like I am using a foundation.

 

Thank you for reading

 

By: Meryl

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