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.




Biore x My Melody Cleansing Oil Review

Hello everyone!

I hope your weekend have been great! Today I have a product which I recently tried and pretty much happy with the result of this product. Over the past week, I have been using this product regularly to remove my make up and here’

Firstly, I couldn’t resist the cute packaging of this product. This My Melody packaging is a limited edition. so for those of you who are a fan of My Melody or interested to get  this edition, go and grab this product quickly before they’re gone! :p

Biore cleansing oil has a light texture and it doesn’t feel heavy when it is applied onto my face. It does have a slight scent which some of you might not like, but for my case I am fine with the scent.






I find this cleansing oil does its job effectively. It cleanses my eye make up throughly, it even cleanses my waterproof eye liner. Here’s how I cleanse my face with this product:

  • Pump once and spread it evenly onto my both palms of my hands
  • Apply it onto my face and massage gently
  • I’ll massage my eye area and try to cleanse my eyeshadow & eye liner more as this is the part where it usually harder to cleanse
  • Rub my face gently with cotton pads
  • rinse my face with water and wash it with my facial cleanser


Here’s a simple demo on how Biore Cleansing Oil helps to cleanse eyeshadow and waterproof eyeliner on  the back of my hand:



I apply two light pumps of Biore Cleansing Oil and rub it gently






I rubbed the back of my palm with cotton pad and yay it is clean!




On a final note, I am happy to say that this product has satisfied my expectation of a good cleansing oil. The oil feels light and it cleanses my face effectively. Biore also has a nice cleansing wipes which I have reviewed before, you can read it here

This product is available in major drugstore in Singapore and it is retailing for SGD18.20

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





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





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




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





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:





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



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




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 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. 


Shu Uemura Launches Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura Presents

Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil

new luxurious cleanser for supreme skin quality

8 botanical oils, 8 skincare benefits


Never to rest still with the march of time, shu uemura unveils yet another ultimate pampering for make-up removal, facial cleansing and treatment with the launch of its new ultime8 cleansing oil.

Mr. Shu Uemura often said that he wanted to be a swordsmith, polishing iron repeatedly to create an excellent sword. He applied the same belief with the new utlime8 cleansing oil – reaching the pinnacle of luxurious cleansing.

For this, scientists at the shu uemura research centre have successfully combined science, nature and art to create its new ultime8 sensation.

ultime8 joins the famous shu uemura cleansing oil family – and has already won accolades from 49 Asian women- with more joining their fold to give glowing testimonies to visibly improved skin after their first use of ultime8.

Feedback from the 49 Asian women surveyed showed 8 skincare benefits:

  • 88% said their skin felt revitalized
  • 98% said their skin looks more refined
  • 94% said their skin feels smoother
  • 94% said their skin feels more supple
  • 90% said their skin looks more radiant
  • 90% said their skin feels nourished
  • 92% said their skin is moisturized
  • 90% said their skins looks more translucent

The secret behind ultime8 lies in its ingredients which contain 8 carefully selected botanical oils – olive, jojoba, ginger root, corn, soy bean, shea butter, safflower and camellia.

Ultime8 Complex is infused with a cashmere texture, and delicately lifts the toughest makeup and impurities off your skin while the premier botanical oils penetrate deep into the skin layers to awaken and revitalise skin cells giving you the perfect canvas.


8 botanical oils for luxurious skin benefits

i.         Jojoba oil – contains Omega3 to activate collagen synthesis and skin hydration. Jojoba helps to renew skin, leaving it supple and moisturised.

ii.         Olive oil – widely used as a natural anti-ageing emollient leaving skin soft and moisturized.

iii.         Ginger root oil –medicinal oil to fight skin damage and reduce inflammatory and oxidative reactions. Skin is brightened, soothed and protected.

iv.         Soy bean – known to improve blood circulation and protect skin from oxidation. It restores luster and glow to skin while healing damage caused by sun exposure.

i.         Shea butter oil – rich in triglycerides and fatty acids Omega 6 and 9, it prevents skin from sun damage, protecting skin from external stress.

v.         Safflower oil – extracted from safflower seeds. It reduces the visibility of wrinkles, eczema and redness in skin. It also regenerates skin.

ii.         Camellia – extracted from the flowering Camellia growing in Japan, this is the secret of Japanese skin care. Known for its restorative and rejuvenating properties to nourish skin.

iii.         Corn oil – contains various fatty acids as emollients providing an ultra-thin oil layer on the skin surface to protect from dryness. Corn oil also hydrates and soothes dry skin.

The new luxurious ultime8 is available at all shu uemura beauty counters for S$65(150ml) or S$170 (450ml) island wide from July 2012.


My personal review on this product:

I have been using this product for few days and feel contented with it. Compared with the other Shu Uemura cleansing oil that I have used, Ultime8 provides a more moisturizing feels to my skin. When I clean my make up, I apply this oil all over my face and massage gently on my face. After 1 minute I wash my face with my water and I can feel that my skin is very well moisturized. There’s a “baby skin” feeling which I love so much. Moreover this cleansing oil is able to cleanse my eyelash from my mascara. This is one plus point about this Ultime8 Cleansing oil. Overall this has been the best cleansing oil that I have used.

Disclaimer: Information above is extracted from Shu Uemura press release kit. The product was given to me at free of charge for review purposes. However my review on this product is honest, genuine and unbiased.




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