Estee Lauder NEW Micro Cleansing Balm & Foam – Review



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

Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune for Holiday 2015


You know we are nearing to the end of the year when beauty brands have started releasing the holiday collections. One of the brands that always catches my attention is Shu Uemura; every holiday seasons, Shu Uemura never fails to surprise me with the exciting collaboration. This year they have made another exciting collaboration with French designer Maison Kitsune.

The collection gives me a fresh spring vibes rather than Christmas’ party vibes. It’s interesting to see a brand releasing something rather unusual compared to other brands in the market. In this collection I am looking at lovely combination between pastel shades and deeper shades, and nothing too bold for me to wear.

In this blogpost, I have the Beauty Remix Smokey Eye & Cheek Palette in Plum.

A fun palette to play around and create an unusual smokey eyes. The palette has a mixture of plummy shade and orange-y shades. The colors are fun to create a young energetic look! In general, the shades has good texture especially the pearl texture. I found some fallouts especially on the glittery shades though, so I try to be more careful when applying the glittery shades.

The blush is a major surprise for me! It looks rather scary in the pan (screams: ORANGE!) but surprisingly it looks very wearable on my cheek. It looks peachy on my cheek and can also be worn as a contour cum blush to me.




Now onto the Drawing Pencil, here I have the plum and indigo. I love the color payoff of these two and how these are able to last on my lash line for a good 6 hours without smudging! The special Maison Kitsune design on the pencil is adorable too, I love the golden stamps details there.

The Laque Sparkler is one of the winner in this collection! I love how beautiful the color is and how opaque the color is on my lip. It takes me about two layers to get full opacity on my lip. Here I have the shade Plum Shimmer – a deep pink that leans towards red. It’s non drying on my lips and I like that I don’t need to retouch the color even after plenty glasses of water. It stains on my lip for a while, so at the end of the day I would clean my lip with lip make up remover.




a Shu Uemura collection wouldn’t be complete without the cleansing oil. In Maison Kitsune x Shu Uemura collection, the clensing oil released is from the Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil. By far this is my favorite cleansing oil! I’ve been using this range for a few years and Ultime8 range still secures a top spot in my heart. The oil is rich and it’s ultra moisturising, my skin feels well hydrated after my cleansing regime with Ultime8 range.


I have created a look using the Beauty Remix Palette in Plum and I am wearing Laque Sparkler in Plum Shimmer below



The collections is now widely available in all Shu Uemura boutiques and counter in Singapore

Disclaimer: All the products shown in this post is provided by Shu Uemura Singapore team, my review on this is solely based on my experience, and it is genuine, and honest.




Glamglow ThirstyCleanse

Glamglow is releasing a range of facial cleanser. Well I have always been associating Glamglow with face masks and finally the brand has expanded the product range. During the media preview launch in Singapore, I was invited to the event. Thanks to Linda from Silverkis for extending the invite 😉



GLAMGLOW has released 3 types of cleanser:

  • Thirstycleanse: Daily Hydrating Cleanser
  • Supercleanse : Daily Clearing Cleanser
  • Youthcleanse : Daily Dual Cleanser

Thanks to the Escentials Team, I was given a bottle of Thirstycleanse to try.

Thirstycleanse comes in a tube with pump. Each pump is meant for one face washing session. The tube is also placed inside an outer packaging with the same design.


In a glance, thirstycleanse looks like thirstymud when pumpedl its texture and it’s color looks similar. It’s thick in texture and it contains Teaoxi Olive Tree Powder and it feels very mild on the skin. It’s also packed with Rare Brazillian Yellow Clay which is rich in potassium and helps to mineralize the skin. To boost the hydration level, it’s made with pure green coconut water. The coconut scent can be smelled immediately when you apply the product on you face, and it lingers for a while after you’ve washed it.

To cleanse my face, I will rub my hands with one pump of product and apply it all over my face. With sprinkles of water, I started massaging my face and I can see the product transform form mud to foam. It took me about 15 seconds to massage my face and eventually rinse it all off with water. After washing, I do not experience tightening feeling on my skin; it feels fine on my normal-dry skin.

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Thirstycleanse is meant for daily use as it is intended to restore the moisture on your face, replenishing and calming the skin. As for my dry skin types, I find that glamglow mudmask might not work the best for me. But it’s a different case with the Thirstycleanse, While many glamglow mudmask might be quite drying for me, I find that thirstycleanse is able to maintain the moisture level on my face after cleansing.

Glamglow Cleansers is now available islandwide in Escentials Paragon & TANGS Orchard and Sephora. Retailing at S$59.

 Disclaimer: The product was given to me by for consideration; my opinion is solely my own, genuine and unbiased


Clarisonic Sonic Radiance

With the busy schedule and being exposed to the sun everyday, there’s no doubt that my skin will be looking dull when neglected. As much as high SPF sunscreen will be helpful to prevent dullness, cleansing regime & skincare will also play a part to help skin looking brighter. So when Clarisonic sent me this set, I was thrilled to give it a try!

Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution by Clarisonic promises to combat hyper-pigmentation, acne-induced discolouration, uneven skin tone and dullness. The set contains these products:

  • Clarisonic Aria: This sleek device is both ergonomical and customizable with a pulsing T-Timer and three adjustable levels of sonic speed: Delicate, Universal and Powerful.
  • The Radiance Brush Head: This uniquely designed and patented spot and dullness-fighting brush head is specifically engineered with softer, denser, extra fine bristles to deliver a complexion-comforting yet highly effective cleansing experience.
  • Skin Illuminating Cleanser: The high-foaming gentle cleansing action combined with the pigment balancing activity of licorice helps brighten and even skin tone while removing impurities. This cleansing milk is specially formulated to be used with Clarisonic Cleansing device.
  • Skin Renewing Essence Boost: Formulated with Vitamin B3, this essence promised to help smooth and retexture skin for a more radiant, healthy looking complexion.
  • Brightening Activator Serum: Featuring powerful depigmentation ingredients, Ellagic Acid and Phenylethyl Resorcinol, this clinically proven serum is formulated to provide intense hydration and help reduce the synthesis of melanin and lighten dark spots, age spots and acne-induced discoloration when applied each day and night.


How to use:

– Moisten your skin with Skin Illuminating Cleanser directly into the skin and using the ARIA speed 1, let the device cleanse your skin with 1 minute T-timer

– After cleansing your face and washing your face with water, apply 3-5 drops of Skin Renewing Essence Boost onto the palm of your hand and press into your face.

– Apply Brightening Activator Serum all over your face and massage with your finger tips.

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After using this kit for close to two weeks, one thing I must say is that I do notice my face looking brighter. I can even see an instant result after one time use – my skin was looking brighter and less dull. After almost two weeks, I noticed an even better result; My cheek area looks much better and the skin pigmentation on my cheek has faded slightly. But on my dry skin, I feel the Skin Renewing Essence Boost is rather drying on my skin and hence I skipped on the routine and only using the cleansing milk and the serum.. Both these product has helped me to achieve a brighter complexion.


The Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution retails for $355 and is available at Sephora (from 1st April 2015), TANGS Orchard & Robinsons Raffles City (from 18th April 2015). Sonic Radiance Customization Set, $170 (Only available in June 2015); Skin Illuminating Cleanser, $35; Brightening Activator Serum, $75; Skin Renewing Essence Boost, $55; Radiance Brush Head, $40.

Experience Effortless Make Up Removal Process with new Biore? Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover


Here we are embracing the new week and coming to the second quarter of the year! It’s time for me to count my countless blessing this year. It’s been a good start of the year so far and let’s have positive thoughts for the rest of the year too!

Recently the kind people at the Biore SG PR agency sent me this bottle of the new Biore? Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover. If you have been reading my blog frequently, you’ll know that Biore is one of the brand that I love for my cleansing regime. Not only because it’s so affordable but most importantly because it’s effective in doing its job!



I use this product very frequently these days. It’s effective in removing my make up and also it’s efficient. I usually pump once or twice (depending on the make up I use on that day) and apply it on my face. I will massage my face for about 1 minute and then rinse off with water. Most of the time I will also wipe my face with Micellar Water to make sure that my face is throughly clean.

Some features of the newly improved Biore Aqua Jelly:

  • Smoother jelly-like texture is gentle on skin and rinses off easily. The product doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight nor oily, it rinses off easily which makes cleansing process fast and efficient.
  • High cleansing ability dissolves and lifts off all traces of makeup effortlessly. I am happy to share that whenever I wipe my face with micellar water after I cleanse my face with Biore Aqua Jelly, I couldn’t see any make up left or if there’s any, it was just a slight sight of foundation
  • Made with 40% moisturising essence which nourishes and hydrates skin for a dewy, moisturised finish. For people with dry skin, Biore Aqua Jelly is worth trying! After washing my face, I didn’t feel my skin was drying or tightening. My skin feels clean and yet feels hydrated after.
  • Lightweight formula leaves skin feeling refreshed, with no sticky or greasy after-feel.


All I can say is, so far Biore cleansing products have never disappoints me. They serve their purpose and they are all very affordable! The new Biore? Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover will be retailing in Singapore islandwide starting 1st of April and it’s retailing at $24.90

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