Kiehl’s launches new Masque Duo for an Instant Facial Look!

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On one fine day I received a package from the lovely people of Kiehl’s SG with very a unique packaging. There’s a cranberry pack, an orange and ground turmeric inside a lovely wooden box. I can’t help myself but to pick a piece of cranberry to munch while looking at the products sent. It turned out to be Kiehl’s is sending me two new masques – one is made with Turmeric and Cranberry seeds and the other is made with Cilantro and Orange extract. How lovely!

So let’s find out more!

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque is packed with real crushed cranberry seeds inside. It promises to brightens the skin and to energize the look of dull, fatigued skin to restore a healthy, rosy appearance. The crushed cranberry seeds is meant to be used as a natural exfoliating agent to achieve smoother, brighter and illuminated complexion.

Turmeric has been known traditionally used as natural cleanser to detox the skin from impurities, and is known to have strong antioxidant, anti-septic and sebum balancing properties. Cranberry is a popular source for antioxidant too, so expect a cleansed & energised skin!

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Now onto the second masque, Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque; this is the masque created to defends and replenishes skin to reduce the visible effects of pollution while helping to prevent impurities from adhering to skin.

In our busy life, our skin is faced to pollution every single day. This causes skin aging, and pollution damages our skin. This masque is created with orange extract sourced from the Mediterranean, South and Central America that is known for its ability to protect skin from UV, stimulate the production of essential skin barrier. It is also formulated with skin strengthening ingredients like cilantro seed oil which sourced from eastern Europe to encourages the stimulation of skin barrier differentiation, induce lipid accumulation and accelerate barrier regeneration after pollution damage.

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These masques is launched together and they’re meant to give an instant facial look where your skin will look brighter, and giving a rosy appearance.

Let me share with you my personal encounter with these products.

I tried Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque on my face and left it for about 5 minutes and I used water to dampen my skin and eventually massage my skin before rinsing it all. I love the smell of the product, it’s not too strong and yet still has the natural turmeric smell. My skin condition is dry and I do recommend for people with drier skin texture to use this masque for a shorter period i.e. 2-3 minutes before massaging your face as I feel that this might works best for people with oily skin. The masque is indeed effective in cleansing my face and giving it a natural rosy glow after using it. I love how my face looks instantly brighter after using it! Then on that same day, I applied the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque before I sleep. I applied it all over my face before I go to sleep. I must mention that I really love the thicker texture of this masque and how it smells. I can smell the cilantro scent and it makes me feels refreshed! The masque has a soothing effect on my skin and voila! I can see my face looks healthier in the morning!

Based on my skin condition, I highly recommend Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque to be used 2-3 times a week. The smell makes me feel relaxed and it does magic to my skin over one night!

 

Both masques will be available in SG in February 2016 and retail at $49 each!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The products were sent to me for my consideration. My review is based on my own experience and it is honest, genuine and unbiased.

 

Radical Skincare Overview

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The older I get, the more appreciation I have towards good skincare. Anti Aging Skincare plays a very important role on my daily skincare regime. I always make sure that anti aging product is incorporated into my skincare regime; I am too worried when I see some fine lines. Call me Kiasu, but well who doesn’t wish to delay skin aging? LOL ;)

The story behind radical skincare was an interesting one. Two sisters Rachel & Liz, both of them have been working in their father’s lab for years and thereafter they’re working in cosmetics industry to create skincare for celebrities. Rachel, who were in her 40s just had her second child and she was having rosacea. This time round, they decided to create skincare which can multitasks and at the same time suitable for sensitive skin.

Few weeks ago, I was given a chance to try RADICAL skincare. RADICAL skincare emphasises multi tasking effectiveness on their product. It’s a skincare to tackle multiple problems at one go; hydration, wrinkles, firmness and radiance. The skincare is packed with generous amount of antioxidant to combat anti aging process. The technology behind Radical Skincare is TRYLACEL technology – a technology that encapsulates the ingredients to mimic human membrane cells and helps to deliver functional materials to the sites where they are needed.

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I was given a few products to try and I’d like to mention a few that has worked very well for me.

Extreme Repair 

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If I were to choose one moisturiser that works best for my skin so far, it would have to be Extreme Repair. My skin has became so dry after pregnancy and I have found few items that works well for my skin, but it seems like Extreme Repair has been the champion for all moisturisers that I’ve tried. Keep reading to know more!

Extreme Repair – as the name suggests, it is meant for dry skin that needs to be repaired asap. It hydrates and moisturises skin without making it look oily. It also firms and re-textures skin condition. The key ingredient is camauba wax from Brazil, desert date palm, and rice oil to protect our skin from harsh weather.

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I’m wearing Extreme Repair after my serum and using this to my whole face and to my neck too. I find that Extreme Repair works wonders and it works quickly; I notice that my skin feels suppler and softer after 3 days. It feels smoother, looking healthier and more firm. It that doesn’t sound convincing enough, I even tried it on my mom’s face (my mom is in her 50s) and she too, commented that her skin feels so much better after using it for few days. We are now sharing this tube whenever she visits my place here ;)

Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30

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Another item that I found to be a lovely staple is the Skin Perfecting Screen. It’s packed with SPF 30.

Along with Radical Skincare philosophy, this product is meant to multitasks. Not only it helps to protect the skin against damaging UV Rays, it is also packed with a range of antioxidant to help delaying skin aging by reducing appearance of wrinkles.

Skin Perfecting Screen is also packed with Diamond powder which helps to give that healthy glow and thus I like to use this as a tinted moisturiser too. In the days where I don’t feel like applying too much make up, I will reach out to this and use it after my moisturiser. It provides light coverage and it doesn’t feel sticky at all on my skin. Even on the days when I am not going out, I will also apply a thin layer of Skin Perfecting Screen to make sure that my skin is well protected.

On most days, I am using this right after my moisturiser and will apply my BB cream to get the coverage I need. When I’m staying indoor , I have used this to top up some sunscreen on top of my make up when I need to step out and being exposed to the sun. It feels lightweight even on top of my make up; It didn’t feel sticky at all.

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Hand and Nail Multi-Repair Creme

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Last but definitely not the least is the Hand and Nail Multi Creme. Hand and nail cream is an important item on my skincare staple. It’s important because I tend to bite my nails a lot since I was a kid, hence applying hand cream would help me from biting my nails.

I rarely put my thoughts on hand and nail creme as I found most brands to be equal. But once I try Radical Skincare Hand and Nail Cream, I was sold. It was very lightweight and it was easily absorbed into the skin and it doesn’t leave any sticky feelings at all. I love the citrusy scent that smells so refreshing! It lingers very nicely and I definitely think this hand cream is suitable for everyone who likes lightweight cream and for those who doesn’t like heavy smell. I am definitely a fan of this hand cream ;)

With Trylacel technology, this handcream does not only hydrates the skin but also helps to protect the skin against aging. It’s made with ingredients such as coffee, tea, niacinamide, vitamin C and superoxide dismutase (SOD) to re-stimulate collagen to improve skin firmness. In the ingredient list, we can also find Hexylresorcinol to reduce dark spots and Myrrh to strengthen cuticles and nails.

 

In a nutshell, I definitely think that Radical Skincare worth a try. Although the price point is not the most affordable one, but hey it’s worth to pay more for something that WORKS. I strongly recommend Extreme Repair for people with dry skin. It feels very rich and moisturising; it can help to hydrate my skin in airconditioned room for a long hours.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum Review

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Recently during the start of 2015, Chanel released an improved version of the Hydra Beauty Serum. I was looking for a good hydration serum as my skin gets very dry these days due to hormonal changes. Looking at the pretty promo pictures where the bubbles looks so cute, I purchased a bottle hoping that my skin will feel moisturised after using this.

The packaging comes with a plastic bottle with a pump. The texture of this serum is a water-like Jelly texture. I like to use one pump for all over my face and let it set for about 15 seconds before I move on to apply my moisturiser. Please note that this serum is scented with Chanel camelia scent which I find to be quite strong in this serum. The scent eventually subside after 5 minutes of application.

 

Taken from Chanel Website

THE BREAKTHROUGH
CAMELLIA MICRO-DROPLETS:
Patented micro-droplet technology delivers the purest form ofCamellia Oil Extract, exclusive* new Camellia Alba OFA**, to infuseskin with exceptional hydrating and plumping power.

CAMELLIA ALBA PFA***:
This remarkably pure HYDRA BEAUTY ingredient, created by Chanelscientists, stimulates skin’s natural ability to restore and retainmoisture for a smooth, radiant appearance.

BLUE GINGER PFA:
To protect the benefits of Camellia Alba PFA, Chanel revealed one ofnature’s most powerful anti-oxidants, Blue Ginger PFA. Thisexceptional ingredient acts as an environmental shield, blocking andneutralizing free radicals to help reinforce the complexion.

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After two weeks of frequent use day and night. I am amazed to see that my skin looks better. It is more moisturised and most importantly, my skin doesn’t feel itchy or tight anymore. I am really pleased with the result the serum delivered. My skin feels much better these days! Although the too-strong-scent might be the only thing I dislike, I am so far pleased with the light watery texture that’s non sticky and non greasy. This serum is suitable for day and night usage.

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The serum is now available in Chanel counters islandwide. And if you’re having concern with your dry skin, this serum might be a great help!

 

Thanks for reading!

Crabtree & Evelyn Seasonal Spectacular

Hello hello!

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas! I had the chance to join Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas collection launch, and today I will share with you the interesting part of the launch. So here we go!

This year, Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas collection is called Seasonal Spectacular. Apart from their signature scent, they are also carrying two new Limited Edition Scents for Christmas; Noel & Holy Berry.

Noel collection comes in a red themed packaging. The scent feels fresh as it is infused with persimmon and citrus.

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This is Holly Berry collection which comes in purple themed. As the name says, it smells like Berry – sweet and fruity.

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There are few things that caught my special attention. Firstly is this Home Fragrance Diffuser. It comes in a lovely dove packaging – a very Christmas appropriate design. It comes in both Holly Berry & Noel scent. This is retailing for SGD98/180ml.

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Another interesting piece to look out is the Musical Tin. This comes in two sizes; the bigger size musical tin carrier 12 mini hand cream tubes and comes in purple tin (SGD 83). The smaller musical tin is encased in a slimmer tube in green. The smaller tin comes with 6 pcs mini hand creams and is retailing at SGD 58.

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Vanity Case is my weakness, I know I’ve had many lotions at home but whenever I see Crabtree & Evelyn vanity case, I am still interested to get one more. One of C&E’s new fragrance is Pear & Magnolia, and this year C&E has a vanity case in this scent. This is retailing at SGD 138, comprising of body wash, body lotion, hand therapy and 100ml EDT.

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When it comes to biscuit and cookies, Crabtree & Evelyn has really nice cookies. I usually bought a few tins to put at home and to enjoy them during this festive season. This Christmas, Crabtree & Evelyn has a few sets to consider. Here’s my favorite ones

This set below is called Enchanting Delight, selling at SGD 120. This set comes with 2 200g biscuits, 1 150g tin, 2 jams, 1 20g tea, 1 50g tea and a natural fruit drop.

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This beautiful biscuit tin carries all assortments of biscuit of 7 flavours, this is retailing at SGD 75.

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Be sure to check out all these items in Crabtree & Evelyn stores. Many more exciting things awaits for Christmas shopping!

 

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