bareMinerals – Pure Transformation Night Treatment (Clear)

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I am a fan of bareminerals foundation for a number of years and I have never looked back. Its powder foundation does not break me out and improves my skin texture.

About two years ago, my sister had a friend who was travelling to USA. So I got her friend to help me grab a few pots of the bareMinerals foundation and products. One of the purchases is this Pure Transformation Night Treatment.

About the Product

From the bareMinerals website, “This groundbreaking nighttime mineral treatment is powered by our proprietary 100% pure ActiveSoil Complex. Clinically proven to dramatically reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and deliver faster cell turnover-resulting in miraculous skin-renewing benefits. Experience younger-looking, radiant, even skin tone with improved texture. This concentrated powder formula replenishes skin while you sleep so you’ll wake up to the famous bareMinerals naturally luminous glow. Available in four tones to instantly diffuse imperfections.”

Using the Product

I followed the instructions and dust on this product after my 3 step skincare. I had chosen the shade Clear because I don’t want to risk rubbing the product on to the pillow. I slept with this product overnight and noticed that my T-zone does seem to product less oil in the morning, and I seem to have this dewy and ethereal glow on my face after 1 night of use. The small pimples that was there the day before also seem to dry up a little (its like i had foundation overnight). My skin does not feel dry in the morning either.

Where to Buy this Product
I can’t find this in Singapore even today. Its not available in Sephora either. There was once where I thought I saw a few bottles of the product at Sephora but it quickly disappeared and I do not get to see it again. So the only way is to purchase through friends who are travelling to USA or UK (as far as I know) or to purchase through 3rd party sites such as Strawberry Net, Taobao, Beautybay.com and Feelunique.com or Lookfantastic.com.

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Take Care Of Your Health

Hi everyone, I have not been blogging recently because my mother was admitted to the hospital for acute hepatitise. She’s been warded for almost 2 weeks now but I am grateful we took the symptoms seriously and got her to have a thorough blood test done. She is now treated for inflammation and my family has been shuttling between hospital, work and home everyday. Our consolation was she still looks relatively sprightly and normal despite the disease.

I encourage everyone to have their loved ones go for annual health checks so that diseases can be detected early; especially if their family has any medical history of chronic disease, metabolic related disease or cancer. The money spent, together with proper self care, will cost a lot less than to be treated when one is very ill.

Label Young – Shocking Serum Ampoule

Labelyoung Shocking Serum Ampoule.jpgThis is part of my Janaury 2015 Haul from Koreadepart. My Sonyu Cream is half pot by now and I thought I should start the next bottle from my latest Label Young Haul.

About the Product

From Koreadepart and Qoo10, the main ingredients are the black seed complex (black bean, black rice, black sesame) and includes base that was formed through crock fermentation process (bean fermentation extract, rice fermentation filtrate extract, green grain fermentation filtrate extract). Black beans include a lot of good ingredients, including cellulose and vitamin E to prevent spots; and anthocyanin to increase skin’s resistence and provide elasticity and vitality. Black Rice contains Anthocyanin and provides good nutrition to the skin.  Black Sesame is known as Longevity Food in China. It contains Vitamin B, Vegetable Fat to reduce dryness. Other ingredients in this product includes Argan Kernel Oil, Olive oil and Jojoba Seed Oil; as well as Galactomyces and BP.  Collectively, this all-in-one Essence + Serum + Ampoule product is supposed to deliver whitening, brightening, anti-wrinkle, tighten pores, elasticity and hydration to the skin. From the website, it does not contain Talc, Ethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinylurea, Carbomer artificial pigment, Triethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Petrolatum, Triclosan and Mineral Oil. The colour of the product is natural.

Using the Product

The website recommends that after normal skincare, apply proper amount on the skin (including under the eye) and then gently use the fingers to lift the skin upwards. Tap lightly thereafter to help with absorption.  I have used the product right after toning. I did not apply additional moisturizer before this product coz I felt that the product is sufficient for me in humid Singapore. My skin will still produce oil in the next 2-3 hours as per normal. I am still unsure if I will buy this item again coz I do not see visible improvement after using it for 1 week. But one thing for sure it didn’t break me out.

Where to Buy the Product

From the usual places – Koreadepart and Labelyoung.com. Some vendors on Qoo10 SG carries it as well.

Dr. Wu – Intensive Acnecur Spot Treatment with BHA

Dr Wu Intesive Acnecur Spot Treatment with BHA.jpgFirst let me apologise for the blur image of the product on the left. 🙂 As you can see I’m clearly not that good in the photography department (HAHAHA!!) Anyway, here’s my other Dr. Wu product that I absolutely love – for my acne of course. I had previously blogged about the Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid product that helps to remove dead skin cells without causing irritation to my sensitive skin. this is yet another product that I would recommend to those who want to treat their pimples and pus-oozing acnes (okay I’m being too graphic).

About the Product

From the Dr Wu website in Singapore, it states that this is an award winning product. It goes on to say that “DR.WU’s unique ACNECUR formula is clinically proven to clear up blemishes and also visibly reduce blemish marks. This revolutionary blemish treatment contains a blemish-fighting complex, Bio-Sulfur and Salicylic Acid, to reduce and prevent acne problems in all stages and also helps existing pimples and acne disappear quickly. It also contains high potency Niacinamide (B3) and Tranexamic Acid to even out skin tone and visibly reduce marks left behind by blemishes.”  The benefits of the main ingredients are as follows:

Niacinamide (B3): Its anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe the skin and promote skin rejuvenation.

Sulphur: A vital mineral that is a natural antiseptic with healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tranexamic Acid: A whitening ingredient known to prevent spots and blemishes.

Salicylic Acid: An effective acne treatment ingredient that helps to clear and prevent pimples.

The key ingredients in the product are: Niacinamide, Sulfur, Tranexamic Acid, Salicylic Acid,
Target: Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Using The Product

I usually will apply this product in small quantities on the inflammed pimple or pus-filled acne. This product will not work well with acne that is just severely inflammed and has no sign of pus coming out. The product will dry out the pus and it will come off by itself when you wash your face etc. There is no need to use our itchy fingers to peel it off. Remember, peeling it off means scars!! This product is safe if you apply 1-3 times a day (ie morning, noon and night) but so far, I’ve only applied it at night coz I do not want to dry out my acne too much. It contains BHA so please wear sunscreen if you are applying this in the day time.

Where to Buy the Product

In Singapore, you can by this product from Watsons. Or buy them when you’re in Taiwan!

Have you tried any of Dr. Wu’s product? Drop me a comment if you have and let me know how it has worked for you! 🙂

L’Occitane – Amande Huile Souplesse (aka Almond Supple Skin Oil)

wpid-collage_20150320212827846_20150320212934388.jpgWe all have our dry skin days (for those of us with normal skin). This is especially so when we are working in extremely drying air-conditioning environment that makes our hands and legs feel so dry and itchy.  I have a bottle of Nuxe Huile de Prodigieuse in my office, all ready to be slathered on my skin whenever I feel dry.  A proponent of using oils for my skin, I read about this L’Occitane product online and decided to buy it when I was passing through the shop two weekends ago.

About the Product

The Amande Huile Souplesse is made of the following key ingredients: Huile d’amande, Huile de caméline, Huile de Rosier Muscat (ie Almond Oil, Camelina Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil). From the L’Occitane website in Singapore, it said that “Formulated with more than 50% almond oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel firmer and smoother. Skin feels nourished and more supple thanks to the ideal combination of almond oil and camelina oil, rich in omegas 3 and 6. This balance provides suppleness and comfort to the skin. A silicium derivative leaves skin looking firmer and tighter. Applied with a spray, this oil melts into the skin, enveloping it with a subtle and mouthwatering scent of fresh almonds while leaving a delicious satiny-smooth finish.

After one month of use, skin feels more comfortable, supple, and firmer.

The almond nut, which grows protected in a beautifully soft and green velvet shell, is renowned for its ability to soften and smooth the skin. L’OCCITANE is committed to purchasing almonds from producers in the South of France so that the almond tree, which had long been forgotten in the region, once again becomes a familiar element in the Provençal landscape.”  There are also tips on how to use the oil. The consumer test results on 31 women are: Immediately>

• Skin looks more beautiful (87%)

• Skin feels more supple (84%)

After 28 days:

• Skin seems smoother (87%)

• Skin looks firmer (65%)

Effectiveness test(s)

48 hours hydration demonstrated (Measurement of hydration rate on 31 women with corneometer)

I did find the product very nourishing. The scent is warm and welcoming (I just want to sleep in it!). The scent does not last super long – I guess thats how it is when the oil is natural; but the oil leaves a layer of “film” on your skin – which I thought it was still there after 1 round of shower in the following 24hours. I have only used it once (hubby finds the scent from initial application too strong) and will continue to use it coz I like the moisturizing effects. Will need to use it for 1 full month (sorry hubby!) before I can tell if it really delivers the effects described above.

Using the ProductAlmond Supple Skin Oil.jpg

This comes with a spray nozzle so its easy to dispense. Squirt some and apply on your arms, legs and body for hydration / moisturizing. Apply in circular motion (I like to also put pressure on my acupuncture points on my legs for improved circulation). However, I was told not to apply on the face as it will be too rich. Rub gently till the oil is fully absorbed.

Where to Buy the Product

I bought it from L’Occitane boutique in Singapore. It has other Almond based products but I thought I should just stick with this first. Its a little pricy (about S$75 a 100ml bottle) but you will soon realise that a bottle like this last a long time. Once open, the bottle must be used up in 12 months from date of opening.

Have you tried any other almond oils yet? Tell me all! 🙂

Clio – Brush Liner Kill Brown and Kill Black

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I bought both Clio Kill Brown and Kill Black at the same time from Watsons in Singapore.  Needed a little getting used to coz I had been using Clio G
Gelpresso and Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liners, which are more manageable for me.  As you can see from the picture, I had bought the combo pack that comes with the Makeup Cleansing Oil. I Haven’t tried the Cleansing Oil but I will do a review on it when I have.

About the Product
Those of you who have used the Clio products like their Gelpresso Eye Liners and Shadow Pencils will agree that the Clio products, which are made in Korea, are affordable yet delivers high quality results. They are also known for their Lipnicure tints but most of the time its their eyeliners that beats many brands hands down. I have posted a review on their Pro Makeup Remover recently, so here’s another star product that both Dorkchops and Hunnybunnysoph had reviewed in their blogs.

Both Kill Brown and Kill Black are waterproof eyeliners that glides on easily and set almost instantly. I like the fine brush that dispenses the product and till now I did not experience any blobs (over discharge of product forming a droplet at the brush tips). Upon application, the liquid product sets quickly, leaving no chance of smudging or transferring onto the rest of the lids.

Using the Product
I have slightly oily lids (I didnt know when it started) so when I first use it on naked lids, it didn’t last as long as I would like. In about 3 hours the eye lines start to “disappear” leaving only some patches of it on the lids. The second time I used the eye liner, I remembered to dust on some eye shadow to help absorb some oil and hold the eyeliner. It helped and seems like the way to go for me.

Between Kill Brown and Kill Black, I would say that Kill Brown is more subtle esp for those who want to wear eye makeup but want to have it toned down while at the same time accentuate the eyes. If you have light coloured hair or naturally dark brown hair like me, Kill Brown in its dark chocolate shade will do the job just fine. You can wear it on its own, just remember to dust on some loose powder to absorb oil before drawing on.

Kill Black on the other hand has similar staying power but the effects are a lot more dramatic or harsh. It will definitely deliver the edgy look or the classic 60s look that is a fave these days. Heavy eye makeup will go well with Kill Black to bring out the “edginess”. 😄

Where to Buy the Product
The usual places – Club Clio outlets if you are based on USA or Korea, Koreadepart or Qoo10 if you shop online, or Watsons if you are in Singapore.

I like my Kill Brown and Kill Black,and will definitely repurchase them. What about you?

Award – Nominated for Versatile Blogger Award and Premio Dardos Award!

I would like to thank Joy of StyledwithJoy for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award and Premio Dardos Award! If you are looking for trends a styles, she’s got a pretty informative blog so please check out her posts!

p/s: If you’ve been following my blog, do scroll down coz you could’ve been nominated!

premio-dardos and blogger Versatile Blogger Award

Premio Dardos is Spanish for “Prize Darts” and is an award in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values that are transmitted in the form of original and creative writing.

The Rules:

1. When you accept the award, post it on your blog along with the name of the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog.
2. Include the image of the award in your post.
3. Pass it on to 15 other bloggers worthy of this acknowledgement.

Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules:

1. Show the award on your blog
2. Thank the person that nominated you
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 blogs
5. Link to their blogs and tell them they’ve been nominated

7 Facts About Me:

I’ve shared more than 7 facts about myself here.

I would like to nominate the following bloggers ho have inspired me to press on with blogging since I started becoming more active online – for both awards:

Press on everyone! Happy Easter! 🙂

Clio – Pro Makeup Lip & Eye Remover (Perfect & Easy Cleansing)

Clio Pro Makeup Lip and Eye Remover.jpgI bought this product when it was on sale back in June 2014. Clio was having a buy two for the price of one. I had a quick swipe and it went straight into my shopping basket.

About the Product

Those of you who have used Clio’s Kill Bill or Gelpresso lines will be familiar with this brand. Its just that this makeup remover could not be found in Singapore. This is one of those oil and water type of make up remover, but what is amazing is that it has a pleasant scent, and it does wipe off the Clio waterproofs very well. I’ve even use it to remove my lipsticks and they come of clean, without drying my lips. One thing to note though, due to the packaging of this product, you may not realise that you have to shake the bottle to mix the contents before you just pumping out the product onto your cotton pads.

Using the Product

Shake the bottle, and pump it into your cotton pad. For removing eye shadows and eye liners, gently lay the wet cotton pad on your eyes for a few seconds and then swipe lightly. Tadah! The shadows and eye liners come off! If you want to be absolutely sure you’ve removed the liners (esp those with glitters), you can fold into a corner, and run it lightly along your eye lines, until your cotton pads do not pick up anymore residues. To remove your lipstick, wet your cotton pad with the product and then lay it over your lips gently. Give it a few seconds before you lightly wipe your lips with the cotton pad. Again, you can fold the cotton pad into corners to run it around the edges of your lips (esp if you like lip pencils or you are prone to outbreaks if you do not remove your lipsticks properly).

Where to Buy the Product

I like this product and I will buy more if I run out! I can’t find this in Singapore, but if you have Club Clio around your town or city, you’ll have a much better chance to find this product in the stores. Koreadepart carries something similar but its called Waterproof Makeup Lip & Eye Remover.