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Reviews: Foundations

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2011 Foundations & Powder Overview

2009 Foundations Overview

2009 Liquid Foundations Overview

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Nobura Cream Foundation

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Clarins Hydra Luminious Powder Foundation

Chanel CC Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Foundation

Cle de Peau BEAUTE Silky Cream & Concealer

Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ Brightening Base & Powder Foundation

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation

DiorSnow Base Routine

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Giorgio Armani Face Fabric

Illamasqua Skinbase

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

MUFE Mat Velvet+

MUFE HD Foundation & Powder

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Maqui Miracle Compact Foundation

Lancome Mat Miracle 24H Foundation

Lancome UV Shield BB Creme

Lancome Regenerie Eclat Multi Lift CC Cream

Laura Mercier Overview

Maybelline Pure Mineral Liquid Foundation

Maquillage Long Lasting Cream Stick foundation

Maquillage Esscence Rich White Liquid UV foundation

Maquillage Multi Base BB & True Powdery UV foundation

NARS Sheer Glow

NARS Sheer Glow [Revisited]

Rachel K BB Cream

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer 

Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation

Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Liquid Foundation

Shu Uemura Mousse Foundation

Shu Uemura Instant Radiant Base

SUQQU Frame Fix Lasting Pact Foundation

Tom Ford Traceless Liquid Foundation

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

Dior Capture Totale UV Base 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Freshel BB Cream

Laneige Snow BB Cushion

Ettusais Mineral BB Cream

Ettusais Quick Fix Powder

ZA True White Liquid Foundation

 

FAQ & DISCLAIMER

About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

Twitter (link button above!)  Email (stated above!)  Instagram (makeup_blogette)

I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.

 

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    April 12, 2014

    Mini Review: La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Dry Oil

    La Prairie just launched a duo of anti-aging products which contain ingredients from the Swiss Alps (purple saxifrage, soldanella alpine and snow algae) which all can withstand the extreme cold conditions.  Together, this blend of ingredients protects skin's mitochondrial DNA (the energy source of cells) as well as speeds up rejuvenation, boosts inherent hydration and halts collagen degradation. Internal invitro testing showed never-before-seen anti-aging results for all of the above. 

    I was given deluxe samples of both products to try out (the full sized retails for S$500 each) and I have been using them together as my sole night routine for the past week.   Given the premium price, ingredients and technology behind this pair of products, I have high hopes and quite eager to try out.  This seems like a powerful duo which I can quickly 'interrupt' my current routine to boost and rejuvenate my skin.  Ever since turning 30s, I have been really keen on anti-ageing, renewing, hydrating boosting type of skincare products.  Being able to try out these products give me a chance to see what really works for me. 

    But first, let's look at the products: 

    The dry oil comes in a dropper type dispenser (same as the full size, fyi) and I use 2-3 drops each time to mix into the cream. 
    The dry oil feels quite thick but easily absorbed.  It also has a very pleasant floral scent (that dissipates after application). 

    The cream itself is has a whipped creamy formula, it has the same floral scent.

    As you can see here, I added a couple of drops of the dry oil to the cream.  Then I will mix them together to form a creamy thick paste, and I will massage this mixture into my skin.  

    I will only do this routine at night.  It is very rich - and leaves a sheen on your skin even after the products have veeb absorbed.  I like using thick creams at night as you know.. both for hydrating and renewing purposes.  Also, even though we don't have winter season, but if you sleep in air-conditioned rooms at night, it is so important for your skin to be protected during the night.  
    I like how my skin feels and look the next day - very smooth and quite radiant, applying foundation in the morning is very easy because the skin has been well treated from the night before - I cannot comment on whether my lines have been reduced or anything cos I don't really have visible lines (because I am quite disciplined when it comes to skincare).

    I really enjoyed these products, and will definitely pack them along with me during my short vacay. These are luxe and pricey skincare investments.. and personally I would recommend the dry oil more than the cream (because you can mix the oil into your current face cream, or use on its own for the same benefits).  

    Hope my little review has been helpful, and thanks for reading! 

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    February 22, 2014

    GlamGlow YouthMud & SuperMud Launch & Quick Review!

    Hi hi!!  

    Earlier this week, I had the chance to attend an event for the launch of GlamGlow mud masks at Sephora.  I am sure that the GlamGlow masks are already very well-known among beauty and skincare junkies.  They are mud masks that exfoliate, cleanse, renew, and simple transform your skin at first use.  I have previously tried a little sample before, and I remember the mask feeling really tingly and intense.  
    Both masks are now available at Sephora stores, and they retail for S$92 each.  

    The Youthmud (the black one) contains 50g of product, while the Supermud (white) contains 34g of product.  You really just need to use a thin layer each time.

    Now, what are these GlamGlow masks?

    YOUTHMUD
    Designed as a 10 minute professional 'facial in a jar' for behind the scenes use in Hollwood's Entertainment, Music and Fashion industries for men and women, ground breaking patent pending 'Teaoxi' is Glamglow's proprietary time-release technology for instant camera-ready glowing skin.  

    It leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing, actives collagen synthesis, provides gentle resurfacing exfoliates, helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer. Your skin will also look more youthful and the mud absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.  

    To use: apply a thin layer to clean face, and expect a tingle-tastic tightening effect in 10 mins.  Remove the mask in circular motion to exfoliate.  Use twice a week.  

    SUPERMUD

    SUPERMUD contains powerful ingredients, such as 6-Acid AHA & BHA blend for mind-blowing faster results.  It contains Pore-Matrix with activated X-charcoal and New K17-Clay for deep pore vaccuming extraction, to reveal seemingly poreless skin.  

    Overall skin texture is improved, pores are declogged, skin elasticity is enhance, and helps the effect of scaring.  
    Helps to regulate skin problems, and fight breakouts too. 

    Apply a thin layer to clean skin, leave on for 5-20min.  Remove with water.
    If used as a full face mask each tub contains 17 uses. 
    If used as a spot streatment, there's 1000 uses in the one tub. 

    Here's me using the Youth Mud all over my face - it is very refreashing and I love the scent.  There's a tingling sensation which still lingers even after the mask s washed off.  I like  the exfoliating action as I washed the mask away, gently scrubbing my skin.  

    As the mask dries you can see the clay ingredients drying up and turning white-ish.  And how glam is it, also when you see the pore marks appearing on the nose! 

    After rinsing with water, you can see clear clean skin reveal.  

    My brother already loves the Supermud which I feel is more intense and I would personally only use it around my nose and as a spot treatment.  It feels way way more tingling and 'sucking'.    I think guys would love this. 

    Overall, both are really powerful cleaning and exfoliating masks, as far as the mud/clay ones go.  I also use a few other mud/clay masks at the  moment, but I must say these are really good to prep your skin with before a major event. 

    Here are some pics I took during the event at Sephora, where creators of GlamGlow - Glenn and Shannon Dellimore are in town to introduce their products.

    Hope you find this sharing helpful, and definitely check out the GlamGlow mudmasks! 

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    February 22, 2014

    Review: Jet Concept's JET PR3 Facial & Liquid Laser Routine

    Jet Concepts introduces a new treatment called the JET PR3 Facial - which is named for its ability to protect, repair, regenerate and revitalise skin.  The hour long treatment intensely cleanse and preps skin with the Jet Stream device, and then treats skin with the Jet Dual Ray machine - to deliver dual light energies to rejuvenate skin, promote cell healing and fight inflammation. 

    I had the privilege to try this treatment out, and I must say that I am extremely impressed with the results.  While it is not the most relaxing laid back sort of facial treatments - it is one that fully delivers on results that last even after the treatment.  I experienced their Plasma Facial treatment a couple of years back, and that still reminds as one of my most recommended treatment that one should get for that before a major ocassion skin prep.  

    I shall now bring you through the stages of the facial treatment - 

    (1) Deep Cleanse 

    The beauty therapist removed the makeup on my face, and proceed to use the Jet Stream to clear sebum, dead skin cells and dirt from within the pores.  This really cleanse the skin from deep, and preps the skin to fully benefit from the Liquid Laser essence - with is a spa grade solution that contains highlevels of apple stem cells, hexapeptides and active hyaluronic acid and caviar. 

    The Jet Stream machine looks something like this - a sort of gun shaped tool with a tip that sucks out dirt and impurities from your pores.  After this step, I noticed visibly clearer cleaner pores especially on my nose! 

    (2) Nourish 

    After the skin is thoroughly cleansed, the therapist proceed to apply and massage the Liquid Laser Essence into my skin.  This is water-based product, and it is supposed to regenerate the skin. 

    The Liquid Laser Essence contains 

    apple stem cells - rich in reparatives and metabolites, ensures effective repair, renewal and increases the life span of aged cells.
    hexapetides - aids cellular growth, ensures proper cell function, support collagen production to achieve denser, firmer and younger-looking skin
    active hyaluronic acid - restore balanced water levels for brighter and more supple skin
    fermented resveratrol - activates the sirtuin gene needed for the repair for DNA damage, combats wrinkles and fine lines
    caviar - rich in proteins and amino acids, ensures healthy cell metabolism, which is crucial for renewal and repair

    (3) Treat Skin with Dual Wavelength Light 

    Using the industry's first dual wavelength light - the Jet Dual Ray blasts powerful red and infrared light energies to stimulate skin cells to receive the benefits of the essence and double the absorption of its active ingredients.  This procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and rounds off with a refreshing acupressure massage. 

    The results?

    I was amazed at how luminous my skin looks immediately post treatment.  Even now, which is 2 weeks latr, my skin is still clear and suitably radiant even without makeup.  The brightening and luminous effect can last up to a month. 

    Let's look at some post facial treatment skin up close - these pics were taken about an hour after the treatment.  I had to fill in my brows cos I was going for a work event, but I left the rest of my face free of makeup. 

    can you see how clear and clean the pores on my nose look?  Hehehe.. and the rest of the skin is also very luminous - though some areas were just a tiny bit red post treatment. 

    Overall, I am very impressed with the results of the treatment - it is powerful, and I love that the results last for some time after the session.  

    The 60 minute Jet PR3 Facial is available at Jet Concepts at $238 for an introductory session (UP S$480).  There's also the Jet PR3 treatments for eyes (30min, $98), neck (30min, $98), neck & decolletage (60min, $238).  

    I was also very kindly gifted the Caviar Potions - which are the new Liquid Laser Serum and Cream - this pair of products are designed to counter the detriments of skin ageing with caviar and other high-grade ingredients. 

    This is the most premium range in the Jet Concepts range of products - and it is designed to be the first and last line of defence against ageing.  It contains over 70 active ingredients to deliver four benefits to the skin:

    1. protect
    2. repair
    3. regenerate 
    4. revitalise

    The Liquid Laser Serum is boosted with higher levels of Vitamin C and E, isothiocyanate, caronosine, and silymarin, apple stem cells, hyaluronic acid and hexapeptides - it intensely protects and repairs skin. 

    The Liquid Laser Cream is boosted with higher levels of peptides, fermented resveratrol and caviar, thi sis the go-to-dream cream that intensely regenerates and revitalises skin.  

    Both retails for S$238 each, but for a limited time, both retails as a set for S$399.  

    I have been using both together for the past two weeks.  I was eager to follow up with the awesome treatment by using the complementing skincare routine- and this is a powerful combination.  I did not experience any side effects with my usage so far - in fact my skin has been in very good condition and when not wearing makeup, I can say that my skin usually looks quite fresh and radiant.  And at the risk of sounding very shameless, it is not uncommon for peopel at work to guess my age as around late 20s (wooots!) and when I tell people how long I have been working, they are usually quite surprised at just how long.   Of course, I won't attribute 100% of the anti-ageing benefits to just my skincare routine (many other factors also contribute) but I must say this is an effective anti-ageing and overall rejuvenating skincare routine that anyone who is keen on looking youthful should check out. 

    Before I end this entry I must also give a special shoutout to this tiny bottle of Jet Concepts SPOT CLEAR lotion - which zaps away a chin zit overnight. LITERALLY.  It doesn't sting, and just WORKS.   And it's only S$13.90 - you can't ask for more really.  HIGHLY recommended!

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    February 21, 2014

    A Simple & Hydrating Routine with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

    Hi hi!!

    I am here to share a very simple Kiehl's skincare routine which I have been loving lately.  It is so simple, so pared down, that there are only two items. Just a face cream, and an eye cream.  Both products deliver intense hydration which I feel that it is important for my skin, even though I don't particularly have dry skin, but given our warm weather, being in and out of an air-conditioned office, etc etc, I do like to keep my skin pretty much moisturised throughout the day.  

    The face cream which I have been using is the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - Intense Hydration.  It is newly launched, and it has a revoluntionary extra lightweight formula.   The formula provides 24 hour hydration and leaves skin looking visibly smoother.  You might associate intense hydration with very rich thick creams, but the Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration does not use traditional thickeners such as waxes or butters that can feel heavy on the skin.  Instead, it employs a lightweight cream foundation to impart a moisturising yet weightless feel to the skin. 

    The key ingredient, Enrich Hyaluronic Acid consists of two hydrating molecules to complement each other and provide powerful hydration benefits.  The skin is able to capture moisture in the outermost layer of the epidermis, and filling up the cracks of dry skin (ie, not more flaky crepe-y skin). 

    Other key ingredient include Refined Apricot Oil - which is highly compatible with the skin - a refined fruit oil that contains OMEGAS 3, 6, and 9 as well as essential fatty acids.  This also helps to condition and soften the skin to reduce visible dryness and flakiness. 

    It retails for $51 for a 50ml tub, which is extremely affordable in my opinion.  If you have concerns with dry skin, do give this cream a try!

    A close up of the cream - it is not scented and has a slighty bouncy and gel-like consistency.  The formula, like mentioned earlier, is very very light, and it is very quickly absorbed into the skin. It does leave a slight tacky feelin which didn't bother me. 

    I use the cream day or night, and it works well under my makeup.  I did not notice my foundations and powders looking all weird or slipping about even though I am using such a hydrating cream.  This is due to the fact that the texture of the cream is so extremely lightweight.  I also feel that my skin feels smoother and plumper with the use of this cream - as the 'dry areas' of my face would be around the nose and in the centre of my forehead. 

    If your skin concern is mainly dry skin, I think that this is a great basic hydrating face cream to try. 

    Together with the Facial Cream Intense Hydration, I am also using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment - this is my all time go to eye cream.  I am always reviewing and trying out different eye creams, but this one that I always go back to and re purchase.  It is a very thick cream that sort of 'bursts' into a watery texture when you work it into the eye cream.  I love that it doesn't sting my eyes, and keeps the area very hydrated and quite smooth.  

    This is how much I have already used of the eye cream (got it last Dec) and this is the travel exclusive jumbo tub. 

    Some of you might be wondering, how come I am not using any serum or other skincare treats - well, I do switch up this skincare routine with another one which I will share in a later entry.  That has a serum, and is also something more complex in terms of its features.  So, do stay tuned!  

    I hope this little sharing/ review has been helpful, and thanks for reading!!

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    October 28, 2013

    Skincare Chat: Clarins Extra-Firming Creams [Oct 2013]

    Hi hi!!
    This will be a chatty post about my current skincare routine.  I hope it isn't too boring for you to read, but I think it's appropriate to just update everyone on what's been working (or not) for me right now.  Based on the products that I am using, the focus of the current routine seems to be an anti-wrinkle (of which I can say I don't really have yet) and also plenty of hydration. I am also mixing a couple of Clarins skincare products together to complement one another. 

    Before I go into describing my routine, I will share with you some background information on the Clarins Extra Firming range: 

    A Clarins Research Innovation:
    Building the multi-links for strengthened firmness, Clarins reveals the existence of protein links that keep fibers and cells connected. They are the indispensable links that ensures the mobility and the solidity of the skin structure, the key to firm skin.

    NEW Extra-Firming Cream:
    acts on the 3 keys elements of the dermis and the links between them.

    -Collagen fibers
    -Elastic fibers
    -Connections across fibers and cells

    NEW Extra-Firming Day cream

    Plant extracts to preserve the links that connect dermal structure

    At the level of the dermis - the skin's "support mattress" - Extra-Firming Day Cream’s active ingredients not only works on all the fibers and cells
    that helps firm the skin but also on the connections that anchor these fibers to the skin cells.


    NEW Extra-Firming Night Innovation:

    Protection of skin renewal potential at golden timing.
    To optimize the regeneration processes which peak during 2:00 – 4:00am, Clarins Research takes innovation one step further.
    Thanks to the presence of rice peptides, NEW Extra- Firming Night Cream now acts both on the synthesis of collagen fibers in the dermis, and on the preservation of epidermal stem cell environment at the surface of the skin.

    Before I start using these creams, I will try to use a toning lotion, if I want my face to be extra clean and refreshed.  My current toning lotions are the Clarins Brightening Pure Brightening Lotion (not pictured).

    In the AM, I will try to de-puff my face with the Clarins shaping facial lift, a product which needs no introduction.  It does help to de-puff your morning face, and very relaxing to use.  I will pat this light cream into my face before applying the Extra Firming Day Cream. 

    In the PM, I will use the Clarins White Plus Intensive Brightening Serum, followed by the Extra Firming Night Cream. 

    Note that I will not be discussing my cleansing products and eye treatment in this entry.

    While I enjoy the Clarins White Plus range, I often find that I want something way more hydrating at night.  Even in the day time, I prefer to use a proper creamy day cream prior to makeup application.  

    My thoughts on the Extra Firming Creams: 

    The formula of both creams really impress me.  They are both hydrating and creamy - but easily absorbed.  The day version has a more gel-like creamy texture, while the night cream is much richer and heavily scented.   After two weeks of usage, I noticed visible textural improvement of my overall face smoothness.  My makeup also adheres nicely to the day cream in the morning.  If you have dehydrated and aging skin concerns, I think you will find this pair of creams very nourishing and effective for you... though I won't say that they are potent creams as far as anti-wrinkles go.  I am in my mid 30s, and I barely have any fine lines (thank goodness) - so  I think it is quite good and effective as a preventative measure. 

    Besides the Extra Firming Creams, I also have been adding an extra moisture boost to my skincare routine at night.  After the whitening serum, I would use some pure Hyaluronic Acid gel on my face before night cream application.   And I bought mine at Dr. Ci:Labo - I have always been intrigued by it, and I know that Hyyaluronic Acid is a mega moisturising agent, but without the oiliness creaminess which will clash with my routine.  It is just a concentrated pure gel form of the ingredient, which I pat into my skin and it literally sinks into nothing, but yet the next morning, my skin is plump and well-hydrated and when I wash my face in the morning, I can feel the skin outer layer is very smooth.  I have only used this a few days, to be honest... but if you want to 'boost' your routine, I highly recommend this. 

    This is a bigger bottle that costs SGD$56.  Very affordable in my opinion. 

    One of my awesome readers, Rashidah sent me a sample of the Charlotte Tilbury magic cream to try out, as she wanted to know my opinion on it.  Here's how the cream looks like: 

    If this is a sample tub, I must say they are really generous with the sizing. 

    I love the thick rich cream consistency, and since it contains SPF15, I only used it in the daytime.  If you have watched her makeup videos, I can imagine that her magic cream would be something very rich and heavy, that makes your skin feel very treated...and this cream is exactly what I expected it to be.  There is a slight scent (quite nice and I like it) and it feels amazing on the skin.  A little too heavy for our humid weather for sure...but overall, it does feel like a great face cream.  The only downside is that my trial with the cream coincided with a few bumps on my forehead - I have since stopped using it, and the bumps have healed and gone away.  I might want to try it again when I travel to a colder place in Dec. 

    Besides all these skincare goodies, I am still loyal to my skin treatments, like Khiels Midnight Discovery concentrate (halfway through my 50ml bottle), Chanel Sublimage mask, exfoliating with my Clarisonic, and masking with several other clay masks like Innisfree and Kiehls...the list is long, but I like to rotate and I am always trying out new stuff. 

    Hope this entry has been helpful, and thanks for looking!!

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    August 24, 2013

    Skincare Chat: Lancôme Visionnaire Routine [Aug 2013]

    Hi hi!!

    This is a 'background' entry to my subsequent follow up review of the Lancôme Teint Visionnaire review.  Here, I will share with you my updated skincare routine, and what I have been doing lately to my skin.  

    First of all, back in July, I had been suffering from a couple of nasty breakouts on my skin - I blame this on a stressful and hectice work schedule, not so much on any particular skincare or makeup product.  Especially on my forehead - where I have angry red zits (like 2 or 3 nothing too crazy I suppose) and though I was able to keep them under control, I knew I needed something to bring my skin condition back to its smooth and even phase which I had been enjoying for a large part of the year.  

    So I went back to my second round of Lancôme Visionnaire routine for this year.  The last time I was using it -- click here to read all about the routine --  it was a routine very much focused on the Super Serums & the Blanc Expert.  This time round, it is more focused on the whole Visionnaire routine - in particular the new Visionnaire Yeux (eye cream). But I still had to try to fade the spots left behind by the breakout, so I included the Blanc Expert Melanolyser.  
     
    Without further ado, let's go through the steps: 

    (1)  after cleansing my face for the day, I use the Visionnaire [LR2412] pre-correcting advanced lotion to tone my skin and prep for the rest of the skincare routine. I like how this feels on my skin, and it also serves to clean up whatever makeup residue left behind.

    Next are the serums - here, I am using three at night, and two for daytime for a lighter feel.  Again, do read my previous entry on this combination of Super Serums - they are my holy grail serums - I can see results in as little as 3 days.  My skin is visibly smoother and the spots/ blemishes are all faded.  I also note visibly refined pores.  

    I use Genefique, followed by Visionnaire and at night, I add the Blanc Expert Melanoyser Spot Eraser.  

    Next - and this is something new - Super Serums for my eyes!  As many of you might know, I am quite a eye cream fanatic.  And this combination is my current fave esp for night time.  I don't actually use the Genefique in the daytime.  I have my fave daytime eyecreams which I can share with you in separate entries.  

    The Visionnaire Yeux contains the same ingredients that make Visionnaire so popular - the LR2412, a molecule designed to penetrate throughout all the layers of the skin's epidermis, triggering a range of micro transformations.

    With Visionnaire Yeux, lines are visibly reduced, pores minimized and imperfections such dark undereyes are corrected for a perfectly even complexion. 

    a close of the eye cream - which comes in a tube with a pull out (not screw type) cap.   It also has a 'on' and 'off' twist at the neck, so you don't accidentally squeeze out the product.  The dispenser is this spatula type shape, which you can apply directly onto your skin. But I don't apply it so directly - I just squeeze what I need on the back of my hand and then use my fingertips to apply the eye cream.

    The eye cream has a pale beigy tone, and it does help to brighten up my undereyes. 
    The texture is creamy but very easily absorbed under the eyes. 

    The whole routine is completed with the Visionnaire Correcting Polishing Cream - it is a thick cream, I use the same cream for day and night - again, I use much less product in the daytme as compared to night time. 
    I personally enjoy this rich cream - I don't think it is too thick for daytime for myself, in fact, I have mentioned before that I like to really moisturise my skin before makeup, so that my skin stays hydrated throughout the day and makeup stays on and doesn't look cakey. 

    Here's a close up of my skin after these steps.  If you see under my eyes, there's very little pigmentation, and hardly any lines at all.  

    Other than my freckles (or age spots?) I think the overall skin is quite clear.  I know that my spots will take a longer time to fade, but so far, I am glad to get  my skin condition back to its optimal state. 

    another super blown up in your face close up - no filter, no photoshop (except for cropping) and you can see my bare skin. 

    The Visionnaire Yeux will be available in September if I am not wrong.  You can start getting samples at Lancôme counters, as well as the Teint Visionnaire. Overall, I really enjoyed the new additions to the Visionnaire family, and if you are a fan of it like I am, I think you should get the matching eye cream as well, to complete the routine.

    I hope that my review has been helpful, and I will provide more insights on the Lancôme Teint Visionnaire in my detailed review entry.

    Stay tuned!

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    July 27, 2013

    Haul: Chanel Jersey & New Skincare Sampling

    Hallo!  So, I finally caved and bought Jersey.  It's a scent which I have been yearning for everytime I go to the Chanel store, I would spritz it all over me, and just revel in its comforting scent for the rest of the day.  The Les Exclusifs de Chanel fragrances are EDTs, but they are very long lasting, and smells so elegant and chic.  They are pricey (and I am kicking myself for not getting this while I was in London Heathrow) but anyway, I decided that I will suck it up and buy it.  I got the 75ml bottle (S$230) - it also comes in a huge 200ml bottle ($415 I think) but I think a 75ml bottle would last me a long time anyway.  

    The description of Jersey (Aromatic Floral Powdery)

    Jersey had only been used for sailors’ sweaters and men’s undergarments until, in the 1920’s, Mademoiselle Chanel made it the instrument of a new elegance for women. Like Mademoiselle, Jacques Polge has also revealed the chic and feminine treasures of a material considered to be masculine and modest: lavender. 

    He has chosen an exceptional essence and given it the sensuality of musk and the deliciour richness of vanilla. And so it is that lavender has been 
    transfigured and become deliciously sophisticated. Successfully transformed, it has lost its masculine connotations.

    Note that the Les Exclusifs range of scents are only available at Chanel flagship stores at MBS, ION and maybe the Chanel store at Ngee Ann city. I do own another scent in this range, Beige and til today it is still one of my all time fave scents. 

    Whilst at the Chanel store, I also asked the friendly BA for a sample of the new Chanel skincare range - the LE JOUR, LA NUIT, LE WEEKEND.  She was kind enough to give me a set of generous samples, and I will be giving you an update mid-week I hope.  So far I have only used Le Weekend once, and it is prolly the only one which I would be keen in purchasing ($149, while the other two are $115 I think).  

    LE JOUR DE CHANEL

    Morning Reactivating Face Care

    Energizes skin so it can adapt to its environment throughout the day. Grasse Jasmine Extract invigorates the skin, while Salicylic Acid gently and gradually exfoliates to visibly minimize pores. Your complexion appears smooth and radiant, and ready to face the day.

    LA NUIT DE CHANEL

    Evening Recharging Face Care

    Soothes and moisturizes skin to encourage nightly recovery. Frankincense Extract calms skin to prepare for the process of overnight repair, while Hyaluronic Acid helps restore skin’s plumpness and hydration. Your complexion appears supple upon awakening, with no signs of dullness.

    LE WEEKEND DE CHANEL

    Weekly Renewing Face Care

    Enhances renewal and replenishes hydration to give skin a much-needed weekend break. Combined with relaxing Rose Water, a gentle Glycolic Acid Complex is gradually released for ideal exfoliation and lasting moisture. Skin is softer and more luminous for the week ahead.

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    May 11, 2013

    Bobbi Brown's Skincare Luxuries [Quick Skincare Chat]

    This entry features 3 new Bobbi Brown EXTRA moisturising balms which I have been enjoying. 

    Just a quick update on my current skincare routine, I am actually at an in between stage right now.  I am using up the last couple of items of my Lancome skincare, and I am about to start on a brand new range in the next fornight.  So I decided to look through my stash, to look for something neutral and moisturising to fill in the gaps of my routine (specifically a new eye cream, a new face cream) and I am glad to have discovered this little gem of a set. 

    The Bobbi Brown skincare luxuries is a set which is available at all travel retail outlets, and it is no wonder why, because they are all little tubs of goodness which you can easily use while you are jet-setting.  

    Here are the 3 main products I am using, and the product information: 

    EXTRA Soothing Balm (deluxe travel size, 7ml) 
    A dense, concentrated balm with exotic plant extracts, such as Avocado, Geranium and Rosemary Oils, can be used anywhere extra hydration is needed--on lips, cuticles, even heels. EXTRA Soothing Balm can also be applied lightly over makeup to give cheeks that desired, healthy glow. A little goes a long way. 


    EXTRA Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 (deluxe travel size, 15ml)
    Since sun damage is a key factor in skin aging, this is as an everyday essential for broad-spectrum sun protection. Formulated with the same powerful ingredients as Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, this multi-tasker also offers anti-aging benefits. Argireline ® Peptide helps to increase skin firmness, while Clary Sage Ferment boosts skin's ability to hold in moisture over time.

    EXTRA Eye Repair Cream (full sized, 15ml)
    Packed with peptides, natural plant oils and humectants that target fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and dryness, this rich, concentrated cream visibly revives eyes. Use morning and night - warm between fingers, then pat gently around eye area. Once cream is absorbed, follow with Corrector and Creamy Concealer. Dermatologist tested. Ophthalmologist tested.

    As you can see, the products are very rich, and balmy.  In particular, I love the rich eye cream, and face cream.  The face cream has a very refreshing spa-like fragrance.  I like using both under my makeup, because they keep my skin moisturised and holds up the rest of my makeup very smoothly, and hydrated throughout the day. 

    I must say I am a little curious to try out more Bobbi Brown skincare.  After I am done with reviewing the upcoming 2 or 3 skincare ranges in my collection...
    If you have very oily complexions and/or prefer gel like, airy texture and formula, I don't think you will like this set of skincare products...but if you have dehydrated skin, and you like thick creams, I think you will love these.  

    'Swatches' - the eye cream on the LEFT, and face cream on the RIGHT.  Yummy!

    Hope you find this quick overview helpful. 
    I will definitely bring along this set of extra treats with me on my next vacation! 

    Thank you for reading!

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    March 29, 2013

    Skincare Chat: Lancôme Blanc Expert & Super Serums

    Hi hi!

    I have been mentally planning and drafting this entry for maybe the past 2 weeks...so I guess it's 2 weeks overdue, but I think I have accumulated my thoughts after using this entire range of Lancôme skincare for slightly over a month.  Previously, I was using the Shuwalsoo Snowise range which I totally love.  

    Some of these Lancôme products are not new to me, and I think many of you know I love the Super Serums combination (Genefique & Visionaire) but the main bulk of this skincare routine chat will revolve around the BLANC EXPERT which is  Lancôme's most exciting skincare campaign this year.  When I got the chance to experience the BLANC EXPERT and test out all these skincare, I am pretty excited, and totally looking forward to great results. 

    As you can see in the first picture, there are a lot of products for me to go through, so I will just bring you through my skincare routine - I use the same products for day and night - but in different combinations & smaller dosage for day time.  As I talk through my routine, I will show you more pictures and share my thoughts on each time and I will end off with my overall thoughts. 

    CLEANSING

    This is the BLANC EXPERT Whitening Purifying Foam - I like to use this with my Clarisonic - it is a thick creamy foam that cleanses your face with any dry after feeling.  I love the scent of this, and it takes off all remaining makeup and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. 

    TONING

    "Fills skin with transparent moisture to dilute spots. Refines skin and reduces pore’s appearance .
    Specifically developed to refine the texture of the skin, minimizing enlarged pores and irregularities that impair its surface. deliciously refreshing, oil-free formula with Refining ulmaria extract to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and the Whitespring technology, including sakura extract, to infuse skin with moisture. Skin appears smoother, finer, brighter, more even, glowing with natural radiance and ideally hydrated."

    I am not a big use of toners, and I find that it is often the one item which I will still have LOTS of when the serums and creams are used up...and after my recent Lancôme whitening facial treatment, I learned a tip which really helps me to start being disciplined in the use of toners - as you can see in the picture below, I had transferred the toner into a MUJI spray bottle, which really helps with dispensing the toner all over my face thinly and evenly and I sometimes pat the toner into my skin (morning) and also use a cotton pad to wipe it on my skin (in the night time).  As a result, I finally can see some real usuage of a toner. 

    Again, I love the scent, and the refreshing touch it gives to my skin after cleansing.  I do feel like my skin is smoother and my pores have become less visible (than ever) when prior to any makeup application.   I usually wait a few seconds before starting on my serums. 

    A note on transferring stuff into plastic spray bottles - just make sure you get those made of 'good plastic' I find that plastic bottles made for such purposes are safe (ie the MUJI ones, and those you find at drugstore at their travel section)- they won't mess with the chemicals of the contents or anyting. 

    SUPER SERUMS (I do this TWICE Day and Night)

    I love to layer serums, and one of my fave questions to ask whenever I am at counter, is to ask the BA HOW TO LAYER SERUMS across the different range within the same brand.  Likewise here, I have consulted with my BA during the facial, how to layer the 3 - 4 Lancôme serums for best results...and her answer is to use the super serums first (as they target the skin regenerating and youth activating concerns) followed by the whitening serums. 

    GENEFIQUE 
    Lancôme introduces Génifique- our serum that helps create a more youthful-looking skin by promoting cell renewal* that is characteristic of young skin. (Based upon the surface layers of the skin
    Visibly younger skin in just 7 days. Skin looks as if lit from within – breathtaking radiant. Its youthful quality returns: cushiony soft and velvety to the touch. Drop by drop, skin is vibrant with youth, its tone becomes astonishingly even, its texture dramatically refined.

    Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%]
    Key Feature
     
    Discover a skincare so powerful that more than half of women considering a cosmetic procedure said they would delay it*. 
    The innovation of Visionnaire is the first skincare with LR2412, a molecule designed to penetrate throughout all the layers of the skin's epidermis, triggering a range of micro transformations. With Visionnaire skin perfector treatment, wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores minimized and imperfections such as uneven skin tone are corrected for a perfectly even complexion. 
    *tested on 113 women considering lasers, fillers, and peels. 

    Concerns: wrinkles, pores, unevenness 

    Benefits : anti-wrinkles, skin correction, even skin tone

    This is probably my 3rd or 4th cycle of using the Super Serums - I have repurchased over the last couple of years - and I have seen noticeable results - my skin is always in tiptop condition, and it's always when I am using this combination.  I am quite religious about this - I use it both day and night.  I find that it really rejuvenates my skin, and keeping it smooth and firm.  You can probably tell in my LOTDs and in pictures when I am not wearing much makeup - the skin texture is usually even and clear.   

    Genefique is the start of the routine - it has a light texture, and quickly absorbed into the skin.  I don't notice any particular visible effect when using it on its own...but it is together with Visionaire that I can see both serums really working well together.  In the night time, I use 3 pumps of Visionaire, and day time I use 2 pumps.  Lightly pat into my skin, and wait for a few seconds (that's all the time I have!) before the next step.  

    Night time - I will use the BLANC EXPERT serums after this super serum combination, because I do enjoy a 'rich' routine at night before I go to sleep.

    Day time - I will use a moisturiser/cream after this step and get ready for work etc. 

    To show how amazing in skin regenerating this super serums are, I have 3 angry zits (blame it on a particularly bad pre-menstrual hormonal craziness) on my forehead on Monday.  Needless to say, I had to squeeze them, and they got even angrier and red.  Look at this picture I took on Friday morning - they have been flattened and healed by Thursday, but I didn't have time to document in pictures. It's remarkable how fast the spots recover. 
    I didn't use any pimple cream or pimple zapping products - but continued with my current skincare routine.  I find that the skin heals, there's no flakiness around the zits, and no dryness at all.  The skin really just heals and the 'open zits' just calm down a lot. 

    I am not suggesting anyone who has acne to try this out as a form of treatment, but I am illustrating the fact that personally I have experience rapid skin regenerating features with the super serums. 

    BLANC EXPERT serums combination

    Blanc Expert Melanolyser™

    Integral Whiteness Spot Eraser

    Dark spots dissolved: reduces surface spots, inhibits melanin production and dissolves melanin trapped in skin cells

    Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal™

    Crystal Brightness Activating Essence

    Designed to target the dermis, original source of natural light, to reveal skin's inner light as never before.

    Clear as crystal, each delicate droplet of Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal™ is like a drop of light, gently suffusing the skin to leave it fresh, and luminous, lusciously moist and subtly scented.  An unprecedented brightening action from the dermis to the surface.

    This two serums have been recommended to be used together.  I had attended the media launch for this range last year, and had tried it out at the event.  I would blend the two together, and apply it all over my face.  I will usually work it more into problem areas (sun spots, zit spots etc). 

    Here you can see, the derm crystal (clear liquid) together with the Melanolyser. 

    I only use this at night, because using this on top of everything for day is just too much. 

    I find that this is really effective in fading new spots - my age old sun spots are still there.  What is more significant is the overall increased luminosity of the skintone and appearance.  I am starting to find that I don't really like the feel of covering my skin in medium coverage foundations - I find myself reaching for lighter coverage and powder foundations these days.  I feel like I want want my skin to show naturally. 

    And finally, to finish off everything, 

    Visionnaire [LR 2412 2%] Cream

    Correcting Polishing Cream

    Visionnaire, an advanced skin corrector that correct your wrinkles/pores/unevenness. 
    The first advanced skin corrector with LR2412, a molecule designed to penetrate every layer of the skin for fundamental correction on wrinkles, pore and unevenness, perfect skin recreated.

    Hydrates and prepares skin to maximise serum's benefits, while leaving it softer, radiant and more refined. 

    Exclusive Polishing Pad.A dual mechanical action. More than 2000 micro-grains on 
    one side. Ultra-smooth on the other. Designed to retexturize skin and polish away imperfections. 
    Skin Polishing: the new dimension of skin perfection.

    ** I never use the polishing pad - it is too much of a hassle for me... perhaps I should try it someday.  But I am lazy to have to wash it after each use...so I never bothered. 

    It is quite a rich cream - really rich - and probably more suited as a night cream.  In the day time when I use it, I just use half the amount. 

    EYE CARE 

    Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

    Eye-Illuminating Youth Activator

    Eye luminosity, the new visible sign of youth. 

    The new 360° eye contour transformation. 
    Lancôme introduces its 1st eye-illuminating serum, engineered with a unique rotating and massaging applicator to reach even the most inaccessible eye areas. 
    Experience a 360° eye contour transformation above and below the eyes for visible results.

    I use this only at night - as a eye serum before my eye cream.  Love the applicator, and I love the idea of using this as a preventative measure, because I don't really suffer from dullness under my eyes.   Better be safe than sorry... so I am also very religious with my eye cream routine.  (fyi my current fave eye creams are the SKII skin signature eye cream & Khiels avocado eye cream). 

    Extra Treatment 

    Blanc Expert “Sun Loving Zone” Bio-Cellulose Mask

    Brightness – Translucency – Clearness
    EFFICIENCY, GENTLENESS & PLEASURE IN ONE MASK. 

    Experience the new bio-cellulose mask: 

    1. Leave the bio-cellulose mask for 10 minutes. 

    2. Gently massage the serum. 

    3. Finish the massage and see an immediate effect. Skin is soft and radiant.

    I have used this mask once - it is an bio-cellulose mask - the material is thick and kind of forms to your face contours and stays there.  It is jam packed with the BLANC EXPERT serum, and I really enjoy using it. 

    Ending off this entry with a recap of my current skin condition - these pictures were taken post facial (click here to read all about it) I know.. but I think I am doing a good job of maintaining it myself too!  :)

    Overall comments - 

    I always believe in using the essential products from the whole range for maximum results.  If you are not a facial mask person like me, skip the mask.  If you don't want to splurge on the foaming cleanser, skip it.  But the core products should always be the serums and the creams (well, in my opinion at least).  I would definitely want to repurchase the Super Serums and the Blanc Expert serum mixture.   

    It might sound like a lot of work, all that layering etc...but if you don't invest the time and effort in maintaining your skin, what's really the point of covering your skin imperfections with makeup?  Besides, our skin is exposed to the harsh elements during the day...and if you don't take good care of it during the night you will find that within a short time your skin will start showing signs of fatigue and premature age-ing.  I didn't start my proper skincare routine til I was in my early 20s...taking for granted my excellent skin condition growing up as a teenager (thanks MOM!!)  but it is never too early or too late to start.  When you get compliments on your skin (as opposed to makeup...) or think that you are younger than your age,  you know your efforts are paying off - and all that without going under the knife!  

    Find a skincare routine that suits you and your needs... I am glad that I know I can count on this current routine, and a couple of others - I won't lie - and really stick to it.  Besides I always find that doing my skincare routine is always a relaxing time of the night - before I sleep.  I don't take too long though, because I am impatient and I can't wait for minutes between each step.  

    I hope my review & overview have been helpful, and thank you for reading!

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    February 26, 2013

    Review: Sulwhasoo's SNOWISE EX 3 Dimensional Whitening Range

    Hi hi

    This entry will be my thoughts on the brand new Sulwhasoo's whitening skincare range - SNOWISE EX - actually, the Chinese name sounds a lot more refined and appropriate...but let's not go there.  I am quite excited to try out Sulwhasoo, a luxury Korean brand - it is new to me, and also to the Singapore retail market - in the past, Sulwhasoo fans have to stock up on their faves whenever they are in transit, and I have always heard and seen rave reviews about this brand.  But now they are exclusively available at Tangs Orchard.

    If you want to know more about the science and technology behind the Snowise range - please click on this entry to read more - but here are the main features:

    3 Dimensional Whitening

    • 3 key ingredients of SNOWISE TRI-WHITE COMPLEX for 3 DIMENSIONAL WHITENING.


    • Rejuvenates skin that is exhausted from the heat, restoring a clear and bright complexion, returning a youthful, radiant glow from within


    • White Ginseng Saponin, a precious ingredient used to combat UV rays and remove age spots and blemishes caused by light.


    • White Cloud Grass, a traditional herb is used for its cooling and detoxifying properties in traditional Korean medicine.


    • Salt treatment, one of the Poje methods is used in SNOWISE EX line, which involves baking ingredients in salt. 

    The entire SNOWISE range consists of 9 products - of which I got to try out 3 key products for a basic routine - the whitening water, the star product which is the whitening serum, and finally the whitening cream. 

    Here are the 3 products - not surprisingly, as with all whitening range, the main color is white - and the packaging is chic and elegant. 

    I shall go through with you how I use the 3 products both day and night for the past month or slightly more - and I am just barely halfway through - so I think they can last for at least 3 months...(for me a shorter period, because my younger sister also shares the products with me for the first 2 - 3 weeks). 

    Day Routine: 

    - After cleansing (in the shower) I use a few drops of the SNOWISE Whitening Water and dabbed it all over my face.  (I find this a refreshing step to do in the morning) Sometimes if I feel like I am in a hurry, I skip this step. 

    - Apply day eye-cream.

    - 2 pumps of  the SNOWISE whitening serum.  

    - Apply SHOWISE whitening cream. 

    I usually wait a couple of minutes before I start with my daily makeup routine.  (now would be the time I quickly check instagram, watspp etc) 

    Night Routine: 

    - After cleansing (usually in the shower),  I use the SHOWISE Whitening Water on a cotton pad - using more product this time, really soak the cotton pad.  I find this really great as an additional step to remove all impurities from my face at the end of the day. 

    - Apply eye serum, and eye cream. 

    - 2 or 3 pumps of the SNOWWISE whitening serum. 

    - Apply the SHOWISE whitening cream. 

    * do note that I use significantly less cream in the daytime, and more during the night, due to the fact that I prefer richer face creams for night, and I also sleep in an air-con room most days. 

    ** in between I still switch up my night routine - some days I just only use Kiehls midnight discovery concentrate, or my cle de peau la creme...these are my night pampering treats.  


    Here's a pic of my totally bare face after cleansing.  (photo was taken at night)

    My skin looks a little tight just after cleasning - I have some faint freckles...and natural redness around my cheeks (ever since I was a kid). 

    Texture of the products - this is the SHOWISE Whitening Water.  Well, it doesn't really look like much... it is a slightly sticky consistency, and smells really nice.  All the 3 products smell the same - that refreshing slightly herbal scent.  I am not usually a 'water'/ 'lotion'/ 'toner' person..so I really can't comment much about this...though I am trying to make it a point to incoporate this step into my skincare routine, as it aids in the absorption of products later on. 

    This is the serum - it comes in a pump bottle. 

    Again, a rather lightweight serum - I love the this.  The consistency is very lightweight, and easily absorbed into the skin. 

    The Whitening Cream - I believe in the routine - this is the night cream - they do have the SNOWISE EX Whitening UV Protection Cream which I think you can use as a day cream. 

    It has a rich creamy texture, and I really enjoy using it. 

    Here's how it looks like - 

    After applying all three products - and everything is quite soaked into my skin after say about 15 minutes.  I am not the most careful when it comes to skincare application - I just slap on the products layer after layer, and let them work their magic.  I am a little lazy when it comes to massage methods and all, though I don't skip the many steps and products - I am a serum & eyecream junkie! 

    The SHOWISE range also comes with this eye cream - which has its own applicator - it is very cooling to use on the area under the eyes.  Unfortunately, I don't have it at the moment to try out.  But I might purchase it after I finish one of my many eye care products. 

    My overview on the products:

    I have been using this range for the past month at least, and I can say that I have seen great results.  There is noticeable brightening of my skin - though not specific spot fading results (that would be asking for too much).  I find that even without makeup these days, my skin looks luminous and smooth.  I have mentioned before, a radiant bright skin complexion is the key to looking younger overall, it's not just about using anti-aging/ anti wrinkle products - but really it's about protecting your skin from now - so that dark spots don't start appearing later on.  And the SNOWISE range has added radiance to my overall complexion, which is definitely a good thing.  As I get older, I find myself leaning more and more towards a glowy natural look - the all matte all flat skintone is really not my preference, even though I have combination skintype.  I like the fact that this is a whitening range that really suits our kind of tropical climate - the heat & the hot sun can do serious damage as we all know -  containing ingredients that really target the root of the problem. 

    Bottomline - I highly recommend the SHOWISE range - in particular, the Whitening Serum and the Cream - they seem to work very well together, and I notice results after a couple weeks' of usage.   

    Hope this review has been helpful!   Thank you for reading!