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September 28, 2015
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The Custom SkinInc Facial Experience – Say Hi to Smooth & Glowy Skin


I was invited to try out a series of SkinInc facial treatments, and I shall share with you my experience as I go along.  If you want the short version, I am amazed again what wonders a good facial can do for your skin, even if you think you have already 'quite okay' skin.  Facials aren't always the cheapest beauty indulgences, but if you are looking into an efficient and safe way to boost your skin just before a special ocassion, whether you want to rejuvenate your skin, a good facial is the way to go.  If you want to read more, I have it all detailed below for your reading pleasure! 

The introduction

Upon arrival, I signed up for a SkinInc account (link here) and answered a brief questionnaire on my general skin concerns and lifestyle – I was quite surprised as I thought that a machine would be used to analyse my skin condition instead of a questionnaire.  So anyway, the results will then be used to create your daily dose of customised SkinInc serum.  According to the results, I have (or I should say, prone to) dehydrated skin, sensitive and irritated skin as well as pigmentation issues – of which I must agree with the pigmentation issue, but the rest are pretty much 'generic' concerns.

This will help my beauty therapist, Margaret to create my bespoke serum that targes my current, unique skin concerns.  Prior to this appointment, I have heard so much about the colourful SkinInc serums, but I always just thought that you have to mix and match 3 separate serums, but actually they are custom blended into one bottle for your easy usage.

Just to sum up, here are the three steps I went through:

1.       Discover my unique skin identity (by completing the questionnaire)
2.       Identify the three serums I need
3.       Combine it into a "My Daily Dose" Bottle

And this is the blend that will be used during my treatment that evening.

[My bespoke cocktail serum ended up to be the following]

-          Hyaluronic Acid Serum – solves dehydrated or dry skin (I can always do with more hydration)

-          Licorice Serum – calms sensitive, irritated skin and pimples (I don't think this is entirely accurate, but never mind.. )

-          Chlorella Serum – solves pigmentation and brightens dull skin (anything that brightens my skin, I likey)

Actually Margaret further customised the mixture – she replaced the Licorice with the Collagen Serum during the treatment – as it will solve wrinkles, lines and aging skin.  I am all about the anti-aging stuff lately, so this sounded like a much better fit for my skin concern.

Then she briefly went through the treatment steps with me, and then we got started.

The Oxy Miracle Peel

This is done after makeup removal and cleansing.  Margaret told me to expect cooling sensations, and for the next 10 minutes, my skin was treated to cold misty jets of oxygen that 'brushes' the surface of my skin.  It felt very soothing (given how hot and hazy the weather has been lately) and she took extra care to cover the areas around my nose, which are prone to blackheads and open pores.  This 5-in-1 treat is supposed to deep cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, oxygenate and micro-circulate my skin for instant lift and radiance.   I think this is the crucial step that really made my skin feel super clean and smooth after the facial.

The Oxy Miracle Infusion

Next, she massaged my face with the bespoke serum (the three I mentioned earlier), the customised cocktail of active ingredients is delivered straight to the dermis layer of the skin - and she did apply this liberally during the treatment, and because my skin has just been so thoroughly exfoliated from the Oxy Miracle Peel – it was stimulated to absorb the ingredients efficiently.  This gives my skin the glowy healthy look post treatment.

She used the same 'oxy machine' again, this time a more gentle mist that contains Onsen water from Japan's thermal region.  This, together with the serum cocktail, was very relaxing and I almost fell asleep.  Yes, I can get used to the cooling moisture mist that floats around my skin, and I feel like my skin was being totally infused with the active ingredients.

The Optimiser Treatment

This is done as an additional step, as if the Oxy Miracle treatments aren't enough.  Margaret used the SkinInc Optimiser to enhance the effects of the skincare products – this is supposed to stimulate the skin cells and increase circulation through the LED Chromotherapy (in 3 colours – red to increase collagen, green to boost absorption of active ingredients, blue to renew and repair damaged skin cells) – she used the red light on me.  By speeding up the absorption of the ingredients, this means that the products used will work harder and also see results faster.

The Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is used in this process – as in she applied the mask on my skin, and used the Optimiser to massage it into my skin – before leaving it there for about 20 minutes during which I fell asleep).   This is an award winning gel mask that contains nutrient rich Okinawa deep sea water, and the brightening and balancing effects of Soya Bean and Hyaluronic Acid.  Besides that, the mask also contains other essential trace elements such as zinc  and magnesium, which are good for repairing the skin's natural barrier.  Overall, the mask can be used daily and to plump and pamper the skin.

My thoughts

This is definitely an ingredients and technology packed treatment – good for instant results when you need them, for a special occasion, good for when you need to re-start your skin, good for those who have been neglecting their skin lately, and want to restore it back to 'square one'.  Of course it is not going to solve any acne or serious skin problems overnight or with one single session, but right afterwards, your skin is cleaner, clearer and glowy for the week at least. I don't have any visible skin issues at the moment, but even I can see and feel that my skin is totally rejuvenated post treatment.  When I got home, my mom and sis both commented on how bright and smooth my skin looks (they didn't know I came home post facial).  I examined my nose area, and the blackheads are 'flushed out' the overall skin texture is refined, and the overall luminosity is enhanced compared to pre-treatment.

The treatment itself is almost clinical; the room is fuss free, and the equipment and therapist efficient. Judging by the crowd in the store when I was there on a Monday evening, I think it is pretty clear that there is a strong following for this brand which I only recently started discovering.  I will leave you with a few mugshots of my skin post treatment, and hopefully you can see how awesome the skin looks. 

Definitely worth going in for a consultation, or check out their website for more information if you are keen. 

p/s - isn't it great when I finally found a bit of blogging mojo lately?  Hope you been enjoying the recent updates!

Thanks for reading!! 

July 17, 2015
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Skincare Empties & Currently Using [June-July 2015]

Hi hi!  Time for another skincare update entry.  I will be updating you on everything that I am currently using and rotating at the moment.  Usually I will be rotating a batch of products for 2 - 3 months before I accumulate another new batch to do one of these entries.  I believe in my past couple of entries, I have been saying that my routine is now a lot more varied, I don't really stick to one brand, and I venture out into a cocktail mix of what I think works for me.  Some of you might be wondering, how do I know what is working, when I am mixing everything up.. well, honestly, even I don't know myself.  But each time I introduce a new product into the mix, I will pay attention to how my skin behaves the next day.  If nothing crazy happens, okay, I will keep using it.. but once I notice a bump or some unusual reaction, I will pass on the product to my mom or sister who will use it.  And there are products which don't work on me.. I just don't mention them on  my blog that's all. 

As always, I will focus on mentioning stuff that I am using, give you a quick overview of whether I like it or not.  Right now, my skin is pretty much stable, clear, firm. I don't have much noticeable lines on my face, I don't have dark eye circles.. I can also go out of the house without any makeup if I wanted to.. but I love makeup, and I love applying makeup on my face, so I rarely ever leave the house bare faced.  My only problem is that I notice that my eye lids have been drooooooping.. or like my upper eyelids are getting quite fatty?  Not attractive.. and maybe it is something that only I noticed.. but I recognise that age is catching up.. while overall I think I look pretty young for someone my age (and I do mean it matter of fact - I am not boasting, but I do think I try to take very good care of my skin) there are little details that betray my real age.  I would definitely consider doing something to depuff my eyes - surgery wise.  Perhaps in a year's time, or even sooner.. so I can enjoy improved/ enhanced features more.. you know what I mean? 

The Cleansers 
1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 
2. IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener 
3. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cleanser
4. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser 
5. GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser Mud Oil to Foam 
6. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser mud to foam 
7. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil 

The lowdown - 
The innisfree and IOPE cleansers are very very similar.  I love that we have innisfree stores in Singapore, and you get to try out the products.  I don't really care for the actual skincare products, but I am always suckered by Korean foamy cleansers.  They clean so well, and so brightening.  So if you can't get your hands on the IOPE one.. try this innisfree jeju cleanser - this is a bumper tube at 300ml and for only $20.  It will literally last me for more than half a year.  
The Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion cleanser is very pearlised foamy.. it comes out from a tiny opening, which makes squeezing out the product quite a chore.. but this is one of the better foamy dense cleansers I have used.  
I also love the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - the scent is just amazing, and don't let the 'gentle' fool you - this is a very cleansing foamy wash. 

And we have the new GLAMGLOW cleansers - I got the Youthmud cleanser during their launch, and it smells and feels exactly like the mask itself.  I recently picked up the Dual Cleanser.. it feels good, clean but not stripping.  For both cleansers, you should work it into your skin and massage on your dry skin before introducing some water slowly to lather up everything.  I recommend both.. they clean well, and after a long day of wearing makeup.. using one of these to clean your face feels really good.  But, if you really have to pick one, I think go for the Youthmud cleanser - it seems like a better all round performer. 

I am currently removing my makeup with the Shiseido Cleansing Oil - it emulsifies really well, and cleans off your makeup thoroughly.  There is no oily residue.. and your skin feels almost kinda squeaky clean afterwards. 

Here are a some pics of the GlamGlow cleansers in action 

That dual cleansing one is kinda strange-- it has two dispensers, one for the oil part and the other for the mud..  You have to press each of them seperately to dispense the product. 

The waters and skin prep:

1. Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence 
2. La Roche-Posay Serozinc Zinc Sulphate Solution - Cleansing, Soothing
3. La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster 
4. Albion Skin Conditioner in a mini mist spray bottle 

The lowdown - 
This is one step in my routine which is most neglected.  I would say that I only do the toning part 2-3 times a week.  
Albion Skin Conditioner now comes in this facial mist version - you can always decant your Skin Conditioner into a mist can and spray it which is so much easier in terms of application.  I like the Skin Conditioner, it really softens your skin and preps it for serums and face creams. 
Another item which is highly raved is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc - I am not sure why or what is the hype.  I got this while I was in Paris cos I want to see what the hype is all about.  And to me... so far, it feels just like my regular facial mist spray.  But it contains zinc sulphate, which is supposedly good at keeping spots at bay?  Not too sure.. sometimes I even use this as a makeup setting spray.  Haha. 

The next product is the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is one of the new stuff I am testing out.  It costs a whopping SG$450.. which is really pricey for a pre-serum product.  It has a rich gel cream texture, and I have used it for almost a week.. I like how it feels on my face.. and I know it is good stuff.  But I am not exactly sure what it is supposed to do. 

Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence is very soothing.  I only use this once a week - so it will take me forever to get through the bottle. It reminds me of the Biotherm Plankton essence, SKII FTE.. that sort of skin treatment essence water.  I am thinking of leaving this in the fridge, or transfer it to a mist spray bottle so I can spritz it on my skin whenver I feel like it. 

The Serums
1. NARS Skin optimal brightening concentrate
2. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Tonal V Concentrate serum
3. Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
4. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion 
5. DiorSnow White Perfect Anti-Spot and Transparency Brightening Serum

The lowdown - 
I have these serums opened right now.. and honestly the most frequently used ones are the Clarins products and the FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion.  I am all about the glow these days, so any brightening, glow enhancing products are right up my alley.  I am getting back into using the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift in a bid to banish any water retention I might have on my face, though I don't exactly follow the massage method for application.

The DiorSnow white perfect brightening serum is nice.. but I didn't notice any significant effects.
The NARS Skin brightening concentrate is nice, and I only use it when I am using the NARS night treatment cream.  It is very lightweight, and easily absorbed into the skin. 

Both the Clarins products are nothing new to me, the Double Serum has a oil and serum two in one combo.  It hydrates and nourishes your skin, and now that I start using it again, I am falling in love with the Double Serum again.  I think this is a very good all round anti-aging serum, it doesn't break the bank in terms of price point, and I think will suit everyone looking for a effective serum. The shaping facial lift is great for depuffing your face, and for me, I will make it a point to massage the product into my skin, pressing on the accu points on my face to sort of minimise the water retention on my cheeks. This is the newly formulated one, more powerful, and same great functions. 

The Eye Creams & Serum 
1. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
2. Clarins Defining Eye Lift 
3. Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

The lowdown - 
I have only started using the Shiseido Ultimune Eye Concentrate - it is a quite a rich gel cream texture, and I will report back on this eye product soon.  I have used the Shiseido Ultimune for face before and I do like that, so I am looking forward to trying this out. 
I also started using the Clarins Defining Eye Lift, this is probably my 3 or 4th bottle of it.  It is a lightweight eye serum, you pat it onto your eyelids, and like the Shaping Facial Lift.. I hope that this will help to depuff my eyes over time.
And finally, I have been enjoying the Fresh Lotus eye cream - it is creamy, lightweight and hydrating.  I have been using this eye cream for the past month, and I really like it. 

The Face Creams
1. Clarins White Plus Brightening Night Cream
2. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cream
3. NARS Skin Restorative Night Treatment 
4. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 
5. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser 
6. Fresh Creme Ancienne Soft Cream 

The lowdown - 
Right now, I am missing a night cream.  All my night creams are the rich overnight treatments--- and they don't go well with the serums I am using.  Got to dig around in my stash for a night cream (I think I have a couple of the Crabtree & Evelyn Dermarose night creams to use).  
So anyway, the highlights - the absolute must haves for me are - and they are empty now::: 

--- The Skin Inc Skin Revival  Infusion cream is a great one.  I finished this super quickly cos I was slapping it on day and night.  It works well under my makeup, and it also protects my skin at night.  I think during the period of time I was using this cream my skin is always clear and smooth, and bright. 
--- I also love the Clarins White Plus night cream - this, I really only use at night.  It smells great, and complements all the other brightening products I use in my stash. 

Other creams that I am still using are the Fresh Creme Ancienne - this is a soft cream that has been compared to La Mer - I haven't used La Mer, but this Creme Ancienne is really comforting on my skin, and it works well in cold, dry weather.  This is the only one cream I brought along with me for my recent Europe trip, I used it night and day, and it makes my skin feel and look good while I was away.  This is pricey, but I think one product that is worth the price tag. I hope I don't run out of my small tub soon. 

On lazy nights, I slap on a night treatment and go to bed.  My one product wonders at the moment are the Black Tea Overnight Firming Treatment, it is very thick and rich - I might have mentioned this in my previous skincare entry.  It is a huge tub and will last you for ages.  I use this twice a week.  And it is really good stuff. 
Another product which I love - tthe texture is completely different - is the NARS night concentrate - this is like a cream to oil formula - it breaks into a oily texture the more you massage the product into your skin.  The scent is a little overpowering but I soon got used to it (think of NARS Oran candle) and this is one product which is fab for dry skin.  It is very rich and moisturising.  I love love love this face treatment for nighttime. 

My current day cream - and this is a surprising discovery.  The Body Shop Vitamin C glow boosting cream is a gel like texture- I use this only in the day time, under my makeup.  It keeps my face hydrated the whole day, I am not too sure if it is that much of a glow boosting effect though - it comes with a glow boosting concentrate, but I don't think I would use that.  But the face cream itself is a great basic face cream for day.  I highly recommend this face cream, particularly if you are looking for something not too complicated, it is a solid Vitamin C enriched gel crean, great for our crazy weather and yet hydrating enough.  Really highly recommend this. 

A close up of my current fave creams - 

and these are my empties! 

I hope that this has been a comprehension rundown of what I am using at the moment, I try not to include repeat of products that I am still using, such as cleansers which I have already mentioned in previous entries.. and I find that whenever I do such entries, I realise that they all somehow have a unifying theme - such as in this case, a lot of focus on anti-aging and brightening.  If you have any further questions about any of the items I mentioned here, leave them in the comments below. 

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you so much for reading! 

May 18, 2015
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Chit Chat - What's on my "No Foundation Face"?

So I had a casual workday last week, and I decided to heck it with the full face works, and just left the house with a healthy dosage of sunscreen and set with loose powder.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results - a fresh nothing there complexion which is still well protected from the current HOT WEATHER. 

All I did was to use the new Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly - this has a gel like very lightweight formula which I have been enjoying.  I feel like this is one which you can slap on throughout the day and it would not clog your skin at all.  It has a creamy texture, but once applied, it disappears into your skin like a gel, very fresh feeling.  It is almost totally clear, and perhaps only minutely even-ed out my skintone.  I set this with a loose powder, which further helped to even out my skintone.  I just needed to add a bit of coverage to under my eyes and a couple of spots on my chin. 

 Brows are kept the usual...big big I guess.. but that's the way I like them.  And some cheek color, and a bit of lipstick just for fun.  I am still enjoying the MAC Huggable lipsticks... but a new one is really catching my attention lately... I will blog about this amazing new lippie in my next entry!  

So, feeling happy with my no foundation, light as air, next to nothing face of the day, I snapped a few pictures while at work.  I think this is a good way to document my foundation trials!  

All products used listed below these pictures: 

Products used:

- NEW Ettusais Herbal Jelly with SPF50 PA++++
- MAC PRO Longwear concealer in NC20, to cover a few spots
- Shiseido Future Solution Lx Loose Powder
- NARS Gilda Blush
- MAC Huggable Lipcolor in Soft Talkin
- Innisfree Eco brow gel & MAC Brow set in Beguile 

Also added a few new products to my current skincare stash -  I was very kindly gifted a lot of new skincare products lately, and I am trying to incoporate as much as I can into the rotation..in a way which is not confusing to me, and my skin.  I did not include a few others which I can't really form any impressions of yet.. so I shall not include them in this chit chat.

1. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate - this is a lightweight creamy serum to even out skintone 
2. NARS Restorative Night Treatment - which is an oily emolient cream that feels super luxe.  If you love the scent of the NARS Oran candle, you will love this scented treatment cream.  I love how rich and nourishing this cream feels.  
3. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil - an effective cleansing oil that doesn't strip my skin.  It emulsifies and removes makeup without leaving any oily residue.  
4. Skin Inc Revival Infusion Cleanser - a dense foamy cleanser, which is my fave type of cleanser.  It contains active ingredients to combat oxidation and signs of aging. 
5. Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly (did I mention this comes in a generous 50ml tube, instead of the usual 30ml?) === great on its own, and under foundation too.  Super lightweight, and jelly formula means it is great for oily skin too.  

among these products, I highly recommend you checking out items 2 - 5 ---- I need more time to see if the NARS brightening concentrate does its trick...but the rest, I am quite impressed.  The cleansing oil and foamy cleanser are just really something efficient, staples type products which I always need and use in my routine..... and the NARS Night Treatment and Ettusais Herbal UV Jelly are pretty unique products in terms of their texture and formulation. 

What are some new stuff you have been using lately?

Hope you find this random chit chat helpful, and thanks for reading!!! 

March 07, 2015
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Review & Giveaway: Foreo Luna Cleansing Device

Hi hi!

This entry will be a review and giveaway of the FOREO LUNA Cleansing Device.  I have been using this quite frequently over the last two weeks, and I have been getting requests to review and also compare it to the Clarisonic Cleansing system which I have used before too.  
When it comes to cleansing, there are so many ways to go about it.  Without actually planning to, I realised I have several means of cleansing in my routine.  It all depends on what is already on my face, and what I am going to do afterwards...and even depends on WHERE I am doing the cleansing. 

If I don't have any makeup on - for example, during my morning just woken up showers, I will use a lightweight cleansing gels.  The fact that it doesn't foam up doesn't matter to me in this case.  

If I am washing my face at the end of a day, to wash off long wearing makeup, sunscreen, etc etc, when I want to get all squeaky clean, I will definitely double cleanse.  With makeup remover, and then a densely packed creamy foaming cleanser.  This is usually followed by my nighttime skincare routine. 

And like the previous scenerio, there are times when I want to give my skin an extra boost/ treat - after cleansing, I fully intend to slap on a face oil, or a mask routine.. I would like to really deep cleanse my skin, so that it is prepped to receive all the nutrients and benefits of the treatments afterwards. In such cases, I would make use of these cleansing devices.  They are able to scrub your skin, get rid of dead skin cells and provide a more thorough cleansing experience. 

Before I move on to my thoughts on this, let's take a closer look, and also some product information and explanation of how the FOREO works. 
(you can click on the FOREO website for vid demonstration & more information)

The FOREO retails for SG$299 at all Sephora stores. 

It is a silicone facial brush for sensitive to normal skin that channels both T-sonic pulsations for deep and gentle cleansing, and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. 

The LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin's brush surface features thinner silicone touch-points for gentle cleansing, with an area of thicker touch-points grouped towards the top for deeper, precision cleansing. The antiaging surface on the reverse side consists of a series of concentric silicone waves. The LUNA reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores of dirt, oil, and makeup residue, while enhancing the absorption of your favorite skincare products. 

T-Sonic™ Technology - Up to 8,000 pulsations per minute are channeled through soft silicone touch-points to gently remove dead skin cells, as well as unclog pores of 99.5% of dirt and oil, and 98.5% of makeup residue.

This facial brush is phthalate-free and uses body-safe silicone. It comes with a charger and a two-year warranty. 

I have the one for normal/sensitive skin. 
It is light, compact, and comes with a travel pouch. 

Apparently each charge will lasts up to 450 washes (great for travel!), and the charging port is waterproof (ie toilet/shower room safe), and you never have to replace any brushes or pads etc etc. 

and here's where you turn on the device.  
The whole cleansing is 2 minutes - one minute for cleansing and the other minute for the anti-aging massage. 
The device also pulses every 15seconds so you know to move on to the next area of your face. 
For the anti-aging massage, the vibrations are at a lower frequency and the interval is 12 seconds.  You should apply the anti-aging part onto wrinkle prone areas.  And I like to use it to massage serums and face creams into my skin - thinking that it will enhance the efficiacy of the products.  But I have not used this feature often enough to comment on whether it really works. 

I have been using the FOREO every other night (in keeping it real, sometimes I forget to take it from my room to the bathroom- I never store it in the bathroom despite it being waterproof). 

What is good about the FOREO is that it fits around the hard to reach parts of your face - around the nose, eyes etc.. and it is not abrasive at all. The silicon beaded surface of the device gently scrubs your skin, I don't feel that my skin is that much exfoliated - the deep cleaning feeling is there, but not quite as 'stripping' when I use the Clarisonic for the first time ages ago. 
Because it is so light & compact, the FOREO also fits nicely into your palm and easy to work around the face. 

To be honest though, I haven't used the anti-aging massage side of the device to give it much proper thought.  But I think I will start using it more... I will slap on a serum and then use it to work the product into my skin, and also just to rubba over areas where I can see fine lines.  Though I can't see how the 'lines' on the device and the vibrations can help to make your skin look younger.  But if you think of it as a device to enhance the delivery of the product..maybe it is better? 

Some quick comparions to the Clarisonic -

the obvious ones 
Prices - the Clarisonic is possibly more expensive  than the FOREO - esp if you are refering to the full system (and not the MIA or Aria).  This does not include the brush heads you have to buy and replace every 3-4 months.  There is this recurring charge which you have to keep in mind if you are thinking of investing in a cleansing system like this. 

Convenience - The FOREO is definitely more travel friendly.. it is very light.. and there are no extra parts which you need to remove and wash before the next use. 

The experience of using - 

I feel that the FOREO is truly an everyday cleanser brush.  It is very gentle and clean.. but it is not quite the same deep cleansing that you might get with Clarisonic (must be something about the 'brushes' on both).  The vibration movements feel the same to me as a layman..though I am sure the makers of both would be able to tell you just exactly how different they are.
But side note... both devices make use of the Sonic technology.

So you need both?  
If you are new to electronic cleansers, you definitely don't need both and you might want to start with the FOREO.  Both are superior products to me.. and I think if machines can replae some of the mandance biz of washing your face, why not, right? 

So here comes the Giveaway details

  • The deadline for this giveaway is 10 March 2015.  
  • I'll pick one winner to win the Foreo Luna.
  • Collection of prizes is at Sephora Ngee Ann City - you must be able to collect your prize in person at Sephora from 11-17 March. 
  • You will email me your entry, saying which is your favourite mask or skin care treatment at the moment!  [email - themakeupblogette@gmail.com, with the subject FOREO GIVEAWAY]
  • I will contact the winner via email on the 10 March 2015.  
  • All decisions made will be final. 
December 31, 2014
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Skincare Empties & Currently Using

Hi hi!!

This entry is way long overdue!  I hope to clear it before the year goes by, before anything gets too old.  So here's an empties and currently using skincare chat.  I find this entry very difficult to write because I have been mostly using one/two brand skincare routines the past few years, but this year, I have been using a mix-mash of brands in my skincare routine.  But the prodominant products are from Kiehls and a few Shiseido, Albion here and there.  I am unable to pinpoint the effects of each product, but I shall try to comment on the efficacy wherever I can.  I guess my point of posting such an entry is to share with you stuff that I have enjoyed using and actually used up - just in case you are wondering what products I use on my face and all. 

My current skin condition & disclaimer - I am very fortunate to have very good skin condition the past several years.  By good skin condition, I will say my skin is quite hydrated, clear, and relatively firm for someone my age (mid-30s!! sobs!).  This year, I had a couple of zits, stayed in the same foundation shade, and went for several facials.  I also kept the use of face serums to a minimum this year, for some reason.  I have somehow managed to pear/pare? down my routine to only makeup removal, cleansing, slapping on a face cream and eye cream.  Some nights I do use a serum, and some nights I use a 'sleeping mask' as a treatment. This lazy routine suits me for now, phew!  All that being said, without trying to be all 'full of it',  but it is really quite hard for me to 'see' any visible skin improvement because I don't have noticeable concerns to begin with. If I say I don't see any visible effects, that is not to say that the products are not working, I am sure they are essential in my efforts to protect and maintain my skin condition. 

Click here to read my last skincare ramble back in June 2014


1. Kose Cleansing Oil (that small blue bottle) & shu uemura cleansing oil 
I love both equally, in that they are just as effective but the Kose one is actually more emollient (and probably cheaper too?).  I am always testing out a lot of makeup removers, so it will be a long time before I will need to purchase either oils. 

2. Shiseido Vital-Perfection cleansing foam, Clarins White Plus Brightening Cleansing Foam, Laneige White Plus Bubble Cleanser, Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash 
I always rotate a few cleansers in my shower - this explains the multiple empties.  Among these, I really love the Shiseido and Clarins ones, because they are really creamy and foamy.  But the Kiehls one is great too, more gentle I guess.  If you enjoy a brightening foaming cleanser, I highly recommend the Clarins one.  

3. Face creams - Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, Guerlain Aqua Creme Day Gel  (Click here to read an overview)
I have previously blogged about this couple of day gels before.  They are highly hydrating and come in a creamy gel formula which I enjoyed.  The Guerlain one is really pricey though.  I highly recommend the Kiehls one if you want a very lightweight yet hydrating day cream. 

4. Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate 
This is like a serum that claims to boost your skin immunity and makes it stronger.  I only started using it recently and finished it quite fast!  It smells really great and makes my skin really smooth.  

5. Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream (review here)
I really enjoyed this rich cream!  This is Ettusais' anti-aging products for the younger set, and I love the texture!  It is easy to use and I think it did improve my skin condition while I was using it. I used it both day and night.  Highly recommend, and it is really affordable too.

6. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask 
This is a huge tub of gel mask that you can leave on your face and wipe off, or leave it on overnight.  I find it a waste to clean off, so I usually slap on a generous layer and go to sleep with it.  I use this probably 3 times a week out of sheer laziness.  This is good for skin regeneration and repair.. so I guess it is doing great stuff to my skin! Another one which I highly recommend. 

With all the recent empties out of the way,  now let's move on to my currently rotating - there isn't really a system to what I am using now.  Honestly, I just reach for whatever I feel like, and these happen to be in the current rotation.  I also try not to post stuff which I have already mentioned in my June entry, and not post stuff which I have used before.  So these are relatively new products that I have not used before. 

In terms of makeup removers and cleansers, 

I am using the Albion EXAGE Melt Oil Cleansing.  This is an oily gel formula, and it removes all my makeup effectively.  It is not stripping and works almost like a cleansing balm.  I like how soothing it is as I work the product into my skin, and then I will rinse it off with water. 
I always double cleanse, and I am loving this MAC Lightful range Marine Formular Brightening cleansing foam.  It checks all the boxes of what I like in a cleanser -foamy, creamy, again, not stripping and smells great too.  Plus, it also has brightening properties (like the Clarins one I mentioned earlier).  Highly recommend this cleanser.  

After cleansing, I will sometimes (and mostly I just forget) - I will follow up with the ALBION Skin Conditioner.  I will generously dab this on my face with a cotton pad (love the ALBION ones, $7 for a huge pack).  It just feels super refreshing and makes my skin really soft.  I should use it more often! 

Next, is another ALBION product - their new ECLAFUTUR serum/ lotion - which boosts a high-tech delivery system that allows your skin to absorb the active ingredients.  It is supposed to be a powerful anti-oxidant serum.  Again, another serum that promises to restore the skin cells for smoother, radiant skin.  I like this product, though it is not like I can 'see' actual skin improvements on  the surface.  

Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate - this is a serum to liquid technology that intensively hydrate the deepest layers of dehydrated skin.  I love how moisturising it is, and it reminds me of the Kiehls Avocado Creamy eye cream.  This is great for when I feel like my skin is dehydrated, and I want to give it a moisture boost. 

Next, eye care - which is very important!  
I usually open all new eye creams that come my way, and these are the current three.

Kiehls Super-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum - I will use this under the creamy eye treatment. This claims to lift, firm, smooth, hydrate, and restore youthful shape of the eye.  I haven't been using it long enough to judge how effective it is.. but better to use than not at all, right?

Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel - this is a firming eye gel - very lightweight eye gel for those who want to avoid using anything too rich under the eyes.  I don't how effective this it, but I will keep using it.

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment - my HG eye cream.  I have been using this for years, and I will continue to use it.  My eye care staple and it doesn't break the bank. 

These are the face creams that I am currently enjoying - 

Dr Ci: Labo Aqua-Collagen Gel - I bought this tub more than a year ago, and I finally got the chance to open and use it.  Haha!  This is a rich cream that's very hydrating and I have always like the Dr CI:Labo Collagen creams, so I am glad to use it at last.

Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Cream - another rich cream, smells amazing and it is quite rich.  I tend to use this only at night.  This one contains Jasmonic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid and Beech Tree Extract, corrects the appearance of key visible signs of aging.  I need!

Lancome Renergie French Lift - this is a massage skincare cream.  It is very balmy and rich.  And I use this 2-3 times a week, and I will be sure to massage this and rubba it into the contours of my face (especially around where laugh lines will appear).  I am not sure if it is my imagination but I seem to wake up with brighter skin and firmer texture each time I use this cream.  LOVES! 

PS: That's a Clarins Body Treatment Oil photobomb situation going on.  I love to slather this on my legs and arms every other night.  A cheaper but good alternative is the body shop argan oil treatment oil that comes in a spray form.  I also love the Caudelie divine oil - have a back up, but I don't need to use it yet. Highly recommend body oils for ultimate but simple body pampering sessions. 

I know I have not really reviewed each of these items.. (reviewing skincare is not my forte) but I hope that by listing what I am using and enjoying - this will help you somewhat.. in case you are looking into purchasing new skincare items.. or wonder what I use on my face.  I guess after typing this entry, I realise that almost every product I have mentioned works to repair the skin, and also promotes firmer skin texture.  Which is really what I should focus on at this stage of my life anyway.  Do let me know if you have any questions on each of the items... and I hope that this enty has been helpful!!

Thank you for reading!!

August 21, 2014
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Review: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate & Insta-Blur Eye

Hi hi!!  This entry is a feature and quick review on two eye products from The Body Shop which I have been using the past 2 weeks.  Before we go into my thoughts, here are the official product information - 

Drops of YouthTM Eye Concentrate is enriched with the stem cells of Edelweiss, a rare flower that grows in the pure Alpine air. The resilience and potent renewal properties of Edelweiss support skin renewal for lifted, younger-looking eyes. 

Nature has blessed the Edelweiss flower with incredible resilience and regeneration abilities, enabling it to thrive through harsh winters and blazing summers alike. It took seven years of scientific plant stem cell research to harness this natural gift and channel it to support skin renewal. A microscopic amount of plant tissue is extracted and stimulated to produce a regenerative bio-active to aid skin renewal. The plant tissue proliferates under optimum conditions, bringing you powerful skin benefits. Infused into Drops of YouthTM Eye Concentrate, the plant stem cells possess exceptional skin renewal properties for eyes that look and feel wide open with reduced appearance of eye bags. 

Drops of YouthTM Eye Concentrate is brought to you with an innovative combination of a roller ball with pump, designed to provide a refreshing anti-fatigue and nourishing effect. The pump delivers a richer texture and precise application every time. 

How to use

After cleansing and toning:

1. Gently press the pump once.
2. Roll in a figure of 8 motion around 
the eye area.
3. Gently pat the eye area with your fingertips.

All in One - Instablur Eye Primer --- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Our first eye primer that works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid and enhance the vibrancy of eye shadow color.

  • Yellow tint works to neutralize the appearance of dark circles and redness on the eye lid
  • Makes eyes look less tired and more refreshed
  • Use under eye shadow to prolong wear and enhance colour vibrancy
a roller ball with pump

here you can see both products, 

and you can see how the insta-blur for eyes looks like when blended - visibly smoother skin surface. 

Overall thoughts - 

The Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate - S$49.90

I love the applicator, the pump and roller ball allow me to dispense enough product, and the roller ball is cold and smooth, very good for a wake me up in the morning.  At night, I use this as a eye serum, and I will slap on a thicker eye cream over it.  I can use this on its own in the day time.  It is very very lightweight.  I don't have much eye issues, so I can't really see obvious improvement in any aspect of my eye area.  I do think it is a great eye cream, with the innovative applicator (and at a good price point too).  

Insta-Blur for Eyes 

This is a great product - I like that it is tinted - and it gives me enough coverage.  There is a slight brightening effect, which is all I need.  And it really does give the appearance of smoother under eye area.  I apply this OVER foundation, and I glide this product - a little goes a long way, over the undereye area.  Do not overwork this product, cos you will just rub it away into nothing, or might cause some streaks.  So just work quickly and it will really make your eyes look smoother.  If you have darker eye circles I think you need to apply your concealer - and then finish off with this.  I also think that it sets the undereye area the whole day, it's very comfortable to wear throughout the day.   I like this so much that I also rub the excess product left on my hand around the area of my nose - just to smooth out the area and tone down any redness.  Great great!  
It must also be said that I prefer the Insta Blur for eyes much more than the previous Insta Blur product for face - which is very dry and too silicon for my liking, hence I never reviewed that.  But this Insta Blur for eyes is a true winner for me, and I highly highly recommend it.  

That's all I have to say for both items - I love them, and I think you should really check them out!  They are currently available at all The Body Shop stores. 

Thanks for reading!  Happy Friday! 

July 05, 2014
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Review: Estetica's SunShield is Really Quite Awesome

Hi hi!! Today I am sharing with you a sunscreen which I have been really enjoying lately - I have gotten this sometime ago, and I never start to use it until about a month ago.  It is available for sale at the Estetica beauty salons - and I got mine when I had the chance to try out one of their amazing facials (which I blogged about here) back in December!  And I am glad that I finally got to try this out - it is really unique as far as a sunscreen go, and yet reminds me of one of my old-time fave makeup bases... I shall go into the details in a bit.  

I don't really have much production information available on this sunscreen but it does provide serious protection - UVA and UVB protection with SPF50+++. This is the standard amount of sun protection I wear on a daily basis.  And the product comes in a tube with a pump dispenser - another plus point.  I usually use two pumps for my whole face.  

It is quite hard to review a sunscreen - but this is different because while it doesn't look like a bb cream, neither does it look like a typical white liquidy sunscreen - it is a creamy texture that somehow contains some coverage.  I can use it on its own and set my face with some powder and I am done for the day.  That is, if you don't need much coverage... this alone can even out your skintone even if it doesn't lookl like anything much during the application.  I will quickly demonstrate in the following pictures. 

swatches - not sure if you can see the cream itself contains beigy beads? 

and when you spread it out on your skin, the more you work it into your skin - the more it blends into your skintone.  There is no white cast, and overall the skintone is even out.  I really love this feature of the sunscreen.  And I can even skip my foundation or bb cream after this.  On days when I wear this out for my morning jog, and when I towel off the sweat off my face, I can see that it is actually tinted (the towel is slightly stained like how foundations do).  

This skintone tinted bit reminds me of the Shu Uemura instant glow skin perfecting cream which I have reviewed before here - but the Shu base doesn't contain any SPF.. while this functions primarily as a sun protection product. 

here's a close up application - you can't really see it and even though it looks a tad shiny, but it sets into a very natural skinlike finish on my skin. 

A before and after - the differences are subtle I would admit, but the redness in my skin is definitely reduced. 

And I set with powder, and add some bronzer, we are done.  This is a combo that I can count on for a easy day... and at the same time, provides good sun protection. 

Overall, I highly recommend this great sunscreen, and if you do happen to check it out (I guess the availabilty at a beauty salon might be a little out of the way for some people) but I think many of you would like this too. 
Actually, I am not sure if this product is still available (should be, I hope! - my review is only up now 6 months after I got this!) but I really just want to share with you a product that I truly have been using and ended up really loving. 

I hope that this review has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

July 05, 2014
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Two Day Gel Creams for Hot Hot Days!! [Kiehls & Guerlain]

Hallo!!  Introducing two new day creams here, I have recently incoporated them into my day time routine, and found that I really enjoy the both of them - which is surprising, because I tend to avoid 'gel' creams - but they have impressed me, in terms of the texture and overall feeling whenever I use them. 
So firstly, we have the new Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream and  secondly, the Guerlain Super Aqua Cream (Day Gel).  I just switch up between either of them before I do my makeup for work every morning. 

Here's some product information on the Guerlain Super Aqua Cream (Day Gel)

To relaunch the virtuous circle of youthful hydration 24/7, Guerlain has created SUPER AQUA-CRÈME featuring Aquacomplex, the perfect day/night duo to complement SUPER AQUA-SERUM: tailor-made daytime protection – nighttime revitalisation. Sheltered in their superb blue glass casing, the Day Cream or Gel and Night Balm alternate morning and night:

> Comprehensive, tailor-made support for the skin,
> Proven 12-HR age-defying hydration,
> Excellent wrinkle-smoothing effects: at least 37% improvement during the day and 31% at night.


Skin lacking comfort will choose the luscious and gentle DAY CREAM, enriched in a shea extract with exceptional  nourishing and multi-protective properties. Thanks to this cocoon that protects against everyday aggressors (free radicals, stress, pollution, etc.) and provides total hydration, dry to normal skin recovers suppleness, vitality and is plump, smooth, beautiful and full once more.

With the DAY GEL, a fresh, lightweight gel-cream enriched in a multi-protective soothing white pine extract, normal and combination skin will beautifully face all everyday aggressors such as heat and pollution, without fearing mild redness. Intensely hydrated, it glows with luminous vitality and serene freshness. The complexion's grey tone is replaced by a radiant glow.

Some production information on the Kiehl's Utlra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration:

Kiehl's chemists have created Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration to address the specific hydration and shine control needs for normal to oily skin types.  Ultra Facial Cream is a Kiehl's worldwide bestseller, offers 24 hour hydration. But for normal to oily skin types, there is the additional need to manage shine along with moisture levels.  Kiehl's chemists addrss these needs with Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration, a new refreshing, non sticky formula that conditions normal to oily skin for a full 24 hours of fresh-feeling hydration.  It is also fragrance-free and will not leave a residue.  Used daily, this lightweight gel cream minimizes the appearance of shine. 

Contains Imperata VCylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, Glycerin to provide a balance between shine and moisture.  This is paraben & silicon free, and also claims to reduce the appearance of pores for 24 hours. 

So why do I enjoy both of these creams?

The Guerlain Super Aqua cream feels really luxe without that heavy thick feeling, I enjoy the subtle floral fresh scent, and I always feel like it prepares my face for base makeup.  It is really hydrating, as I can see that throughout the day, my skin looks suitably plump without any sign of dryness around the eyes or the mouth area.  This is one lightweight comfortable cream that adds some lumininence to your skin texture. 

The Kiehls Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration is super lightweight, more so than the Guerlain one.  I immediately notice the slightly mattifying effect, and it also leaves a very refreshing cooling feeling.  I think this is a great cream for those with oily skin, and personally for me, this is great to use under some foundaitons that tend to look shiny after a few hours. 

Overall, I recommend both day gel creams - they both promises long wearing hydrating, comfort and improving the skin moisture level.  Clearly the Kiehls is great for oily skins, but the Guerlain is suitable for all skin types.  During these hot days, I think we can all benefit from using these gel creams that still protects and moisturises your face all day long. 

Hope my quick overview and comparisons have been helpful, and thanks for looking!

June 13, 2014
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Skincare Chat featuring Laneige, Aesop and lots more [June 2014]

Hallo!!  It seems that everytime I start a new blog entry these days, I must explain/ apologise for the lack of blog updates.
Skip the next paragraph if you just want to get on to the main point of this entry, which is my updated Skincare Routine from March onwards til currently.

And this one entry in particular I have mentioned wanting to do it for a month.. gasp!  Where has the time gone to?  
I am currently off work this weekend, and I will be out of town next week, so I hope that in the next couple of days, I can catch up on some entries at least during the day time.  Many friends and readers have also noted the severe lack of updates and reviews.... and I really want to apologise... part laziness, part lack of any motivation to keep updating regularly.  But trust me, when I do sit down and write about something, I MEAN IT.   I used to be able to blog spam during the weekends (esp the whole of last year) but that was also done at the expense at other aspects of my life.  But now, let's just say that my lifestyle and habit changed somewhat.  I am getting out of the house more often - not doing much mind you, but stuff like working out, errands, gatherings, outings etc etc etc... I still enjoy playing around with and trying out new products, and I still do... everyday, but for me to sit down and have to take photos, write about them have somewhat taken a backseat.  Of course, I could have churn out mindless entries that aren't very informative nor illustrative, but that's really never been my style, and that's not what we are here for.  I have also cut down on attending launch events save for a few that I am personally am very keen in, and I really want to just keep my blog to sharing what I love (as opposed to whatever is NEW) in the first place. 

So anyway, back to the main point of this entry - my skincare routine.  We should note that by the time this entry is posted, the products which I am listing in this routine are half gone/ emptied, and I am in the process of finishing up most of these items, and also thinking of which range of skincare to try out next.  Most probably Clarins and a bit of Lancome thrown in.   Having said that, I think I can give a very good overview of these items that I am going to mention, since I have been using them all for a good 2 months at least.  

The current state of my skin now leaves me with little room for complaint/ concern.  I have never seen better skin texture - and breakouts seem to be a thing of the past (TOUCH WOOD) - and as a result, foundations which I found blah in the past, I am now rediscovering them with my better skin condition.  To be fair too, skincare has become one of my high priority in the past couple of years, I may not be an expert in the technology and ingredients, but I am very disciplined with it comes to application and knowing (in my own blur ways) what works for me.  No amount of skincare can work wonders if you don't maintain a good healthy lifestyle - drinking enough water, sleeping well, your diet and also exercising.  I try my best to be as 'clean' as I can... and let these myriad of skincare products do the rest.  

I will list products by categories in the order in which I use them and give my general thoughts on each (bear with me, we have a LONG list) and I will also be including worthy mentions which might not be pictured (cos I forgot to, dang!).   So, here we go! 

When it comes to cleansing, I always double cleanse - removing my makeup, and then using a foaming cleanser. 

Here's my current makeup remover products - some are more effective than others, and depending on WHERE I am doing the removal (in my room or at the bathroom.

BIODERMA Sebium H2O - I believe this is for sensitive skin, and to be honest, I still think that the original one is the best.  I think that this doesn't clean as thoroughly, let alone with eye makeup (pretty much hopeless).  If you want to try out Bioderma, definitely go for the original one.  It is so clean and gentle I can't imagine anyone being sensitive to it anyway.  I only use such cleansing water when I am removing makeup in my room with a few pieces of cotton pads - before I go take a shower at the end of the day.  There's also a Bioderma for kids - which I have also used, but I guess it is too 'gentle' for me... but probably good for cleansing very young delicate skin without any makeup. 

Ettusais Gentle Make Off - this is a liquidy gel like solution which I use only for cleaning off base and brows.  Not for lips and eyes.  It is a gentle remover, smelling slightly of alcohol.  I am not impressed by its efficiency, but as a basic daily remover, it does the job.  The pump dispenser is a bonus, and can we note how cute the LE packaging is??

Shiseido The Skincare instant eye and lip remover - I have this for a long time, and I am surprised it is still lasting well!  I only use this after the whole double cleanser, like when I am about to do my skincare, and I realise I still have residual eye makeup or lipstick stains on me.  Then I would use this to rub off any stubborn makeup.  Which isn't really the proper way to use it, obviously...but I have soak cotton pads with this remover, and press them over my eyes to remove eyeshadow, liner, lash glue etc etc and it is quite effective.  It is an oil based remover which doesn't feel greasy and doesn't leave an oily film after I wipe it off.  Highly recommend. 

* Not Pictured:  The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter - This is the bomb!  I like to work this into my skin, and it cleans off all makeup, and it feels so smooth and creamy, my skin doesn't feel stripped at all. And for $20+ I think this is really one of the affordable and yet effective cleansing balms out there in the market.  Definitely need to try this.  I have since finished my tub, and I will re-purchase sometime soon. 

After removing most of my makeup, I will move on to cleansing my face, preferably with something very foamy.  Here are a few that I am rotating. 

Laneige White Plus Renew Bubble Cleanser - this is a mousse foam cleanser - it smells refreshing (vaguely citrusy) and cleans my face well without leaving that dry squeaky feeling.  You will notice  that I am using several products from Laneige's White Plus range... that's the 'core' of my current skincare routine.  It is a decent cleanser, but not anything super impressive that I can mention about it. 

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser - I never use it DAILY.  I think it might be too harsh if I use it daily.  It is a clay foaming cleanser - and contains some bits that also exfoliate your skin.  I like that it makes my skin feel super clean but like I said, I would never use it everyday.  And I usually only use this at night when I am double cleansing, not in the morning when I shower.

L'Occitance Cleansing Gel - this is from the Angelica range, and it is very refreshing.  Nice to use in the morning, when my face is relatively clean anyway, and I just want something very gentle.  Again, a nice gentle cleanser, nothing much that I can comment on. 

NOT PICTURED:  VDL Cleansing Foam - very densely foamy and creamy and I love such cleansers.  It is only $13 for a huge tube, and I highly recommend this cleanser.  I am using mine in the scent 'clean scent'.  

I have other foaming cleansers which I am loving, but they aren't in my current rotation, so I shan't mention them here. 

So besides regular cleansing, one 2-3 times a week, I would exfoliate - either with a traditional scrubby thingy or a exfoliating solution, or with my Clarisonic.  Here are three relatively gentle ones: 

NARS double refining exfoliator - refreshing like a cocktail, and the scrubby bits are gentle enough for you to use 3-4 times a week.  Leaves my skin quite brightened up after each use. 

Ettusais Peeling Mlik - this is one of those exfoliating solutions which you rub into your skin and you can rub off the 'dead skin' bits off your skin.  It is quite mild and best to use it on dry skin.  It doesn't rub off well on wet skin.   This is great for those who want to exfoliate but perhaps want to avoid those with scrubby beads. 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate - This is awesome stuff.  The tiny bits are densely packed and the 'paste' of the product is very regenerating.  Everytime I use this, my skin becomes so SMOOTH, and super soft.  No wonder this is one of the brand's star product. I swear by this, and I use this very sparingly seeing as I only have such a small tube.  Haha. 

Another interesting exfoliator that I am using comes in a wet wipe version - the ETTUSAIS Peeling Sheet - which is one of their new products - it is like a normal facial wipe, but it gently removes dead skin dull skin and  the best thing is, you don't have to rinse your face after.  Great for lazy days. I keep this in my room, and after I use it, I can move on to my skincare routine. 

And here we have the MASKS - complicated affair containing various types, performing all sorts of functions, masks are the only thing which I get easily suckered into and very game to try. 

Here's the first group - and these are the cleansing/ exfoliating masks: 

I have mentioned the GlamGlow masks before in this entry here so I shan't go on about this.  These masks are serious stuff!  I feel like my skin is properly cleaned right down to the pores, and my skin feels super smooth after each time I use it.  But because they feel so 'strong' I use them only every other week. 

A more gentle option is the Kiehl's Deep Pore Cleansing Masque - I used to think this is strong stuff, until I tried the Glamglow.  Haha.  This is great for my T-zone, I don't need to use it all over the face.  If you want a good decent pore mask, this is definitely worth looking into. 

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask - this is a very mild relaxing mask, I think it is quite brightening and moisturising, but other than that, nothing very groundbreaking.

Aseop Parsley Seed Masque - I love love love the scent of this.  It is very gentle, despite it being a 'clay' type mask, and it claims to deep cleanse your skin - and removes impurities.  I like using this mask, and it is also very refreshing (how many times have I used 'refreshing' in this entry....) but yeah, this is highly raved in the beauty community, and I am not disappointed. 

NOT PICTURED: LUSH BB Seaweed Mask - this is a handmade fresh mask, I usually leave it in the fridge, hence forgot to include in the line up.. but it is a very nice mask, smells awesome, and makes my skin feel really smooth and soft.

Next, a totally different type of masks - those that totally subsitute my entire night skincare routine.  For my lazy days - which is 2-3 times of the week.  Cos at the end of the day.... sometimes I really don't feel like using 4-5 products on my face, when I can slap on any one of these and call it a night and jump into bed.   I really really enjoy these ones that I am currently using. 

First is the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask - I got this at only $50++ at the airport duty and I need to buy this again  the next time I am at duty free.  I NEED THIS.  Firstly, I love the scent - that herbal ginseng scent that feels so relaxing and nourishing.  The cream itself is a rich cream but not heavy, and it is very moisturising....you know what, I feel like I don't need any other serums, creams or whatever when this alone can do the job. 

NARS Skin Aqua Gel Mask - very lightweight, like a sleeping mask, nothing super amazing that I can notice, but the next day my skin feels clear and recharged.  Great for those who have oily skin cos this is really light. 

Aesop Triple C Balancing Gel - the most unique among all the nourishing masks - it has a very honey sticky gooey formula, that balls up when you rub it onto your skin, and then when you blend it into your skin, it sort of disappears into this rich thick formula that covers and protects your skin.  It is very heavy, and sticky... but next morning, NOTHING.  Everything is absorbed... and my skin looks and feels very firm and clear the next day.   LOVE LOVE LOVE this.

La Prairie Ice Crystal Cream & Dry Oil  - I have reviewed this set before, and for the hefty price tag ($500 each for the full sized), you get this luxe rich cream and dry oil... very nice, but I don't see myself running out to purchase, when I equally enjoy the Sulwhasoo and the Aseop (which is about $170 btw) masks. 

NOT PICTURED: Laneige White Plus Capsule Sleeping Pack - I use this probably once every fortnight (I always forget!) and it is a very thick dollop of cream essence that is suspended in a clear gel. I didn't notice much effects, but this range of Laneige white plus products are surprising in terms of the rich formulations which I enjoyed... most people would find it too thick or rich, but I enjoy such formula personally. 

Next, we come to the 'regular' skincare stuff - one of the star products in my current routine is the new Biotherm Life Plankton Essence - this is a pre serum product - which I use before all my creams.  My current routine is not a serum intensive one anyway.  This reminds me of SKII Facial Treatment Essence - but with a more pleasant smell, but the same properties.  It serves to boost the efficacy of your skincare products and also helps to boost moisture and radiance of the overall skin texture.  I can't pinpoint a specific area of improvement, but this is a step which I really do enjoy in my routine.  Highly recommend this... and you can see how much I have used it... actually the pic was take a month back... by now I am further gone with this product.  

Okay this is the main moisturising part of my skincare routine - the Laneige White Plus range -  I use the skin refiner the least often... and even the serum is not well used at all.  I use the Emulsion as a day cream, and the original cream for night time.  

The emulsion is light enough for day use, and the original cream is this thick whipped rich cream that feels very heavy on my skin  - which I don't mind, and it is all absorbed into my skin after ten min... sometimes I also use it in the day time. 

The entire White Plus range is working well for me, I haven't notice any side effects, and there is certainly overall brightening of my skin, I have noted some spots which are fading (I mean zit spots) but for other sun spots which I guess are more deep rooted, I haven't notice much results.  
Overall, this is a range that I would recommend. 

Okay, eye care!  I think my arsenal of eye creams is never complete if I don't have Kiehl's creamy avocado eye cream in it.  And I am gonna stock up the huge tubs at duty free next week.  But for now, I am using the Lancome Genifique Yuex Light Pearl as a serum, and then  the Lancome Genifique Advanced eye cream (which I have already finished by now, the cream).  The Aesop Parsley Seed eye serum I like to use in the day, because the dude told me it is good for de-puffing... sad to say I don't think I notice any depuffing action going on... but I enjoy the light texture for once, and I like how it feels on me.  Overall... good eye products, but I still NEED my trusty avocado eye cream asap! 

Overall thoughts on this whole BUNCH OF PRODUCTS - whatever it is, I think my skin is happy...I guess the purpose of this entry is not really an indepth review of anything in particular... because I guess everything works together somehow.  I hope that this sharing has been useful in highlighting some interesting products that you want to check out, and if you have any questions on the items I mentioned, do feel free to leave them in the comments below! 

Thanks for reading!!! 

May 17, 2014
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Diptyque Launching Skincare Collection

Hi hi!!

This entry will share with you information about Diptyque's upcoming skincare collection - I am sure many of you are already fans of the franche brand's home fragrance and candles.. and like their skincare is going to be presentation of the French brand - very botantical, clean, simple and luxurious to use.   Also will share with you lots of pictures I took during the preview session which took place a couple of weeks ago in a Ritz Carlton suite. 

diptyque is continually rewriting its own story.

A new page has opened in the collection L'Art du Soin: following body care products, the face is now the subject of its attentions. Colette saw the face as a landscape, an image that suits it perfectly. It is the reflection of our deepest nature and its many facets.

That is why each of the rituals that we have reinvented for radiant, healthy skin focuses on elegance, simplicity and softness. The selection of raw materials, and the observation and interpretation of ancestral procedures are elevated to the status of an art.

diptyque is inspired by traditional cosmetic methods and extols their benefits. "The slow infusion" is the cornerstone of these methods: a gentle distillation of flowers, leaves or seeds that conserves all their qualities. The Damask rose, one of the noblest materials in perfumery and cosmetics, is the primary ingredient, matched at whim with jasmine, white lily, clay, rice powder and petals... or with essential floral wax, a natural wax with soft, protective properties. 

diptyque has the right to be proud of its expertise in natural fragrances and their extraction, in wax, and in the choice and respect of its
raw materials.
This rigour, now applied to cosmetics, is enriched by the seductive concept of "metamorphosis", a concept that has an air of wonder about it. Is there not a certain magic in these incomparable textures, which melt on your fingers, turning into oil then lotion,

or in these powders which are transformed into an airy foam?

Lightness, fluidity, freshness and delicate fragrances... everything that diptyque knows about nature is summoned into these lotions, oils and pomades, whose pots and bottles are symbolically decorated with an alembic still on a silvery background. Men and women alike will appreciate the benefits. 

The ritual
During the preview, we tested the five skincare products in the Skincare Ritual.  And here's a breakdown of each product and the ideas behind each of them. 

The Infused Facial Water for the Face has a central role in this process: full of vitamins, minerals and moisturising agents, it is an ideal substitute for water in each of the products in the range.

Made from a hydrolate of Damask rose - from which it takes its scent - an infusion of nasturtium, which brings out the radiance in one's complexion, and a blend of nine traditional plants and flowers, it is fresh and absorbent, cleansing the skin gently, moisturising, toning and restoring it to its natural radiance. Applied before cream or your everyday skincare product, it will increase its powers by tenfold!

Damask Rose Hydrolate (84%): refreshing and regenerating
Nasturtium Extract: reveals radiance
And 9 other infusions to benefit the skin

Radiance Boosting Powder    

The fineness of the Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face evokes the Japanese rituals by which it was inspired. Its fragrance blends the invigorating freshness of verbena with the smoothness of neroli. Upon contact with water, it is transformed into a delicate foam, which gently cleanses and gives a radiant shine. White

clay restores minerals to the skin as it cleanses, and is infused with rose petal, jasmine and sweet orange blossom powders, which have softening, soothing properties. A cocktail of vitamins, ECA and trace minerals (sodium, magnesium, zinc and manganese), it revives dull, fatigued complexions. 

White clay powder: purifying and remineralising
Powders of jasmin, rose and neroli flower petals: softening 

Protective Moisturizing Lotion    

Protective Moisturizing Lotion for the Face. It has multiple uses: on its own, before another cream or even on top of foundation to increase its protection. Its intense moisturising action also has SPF 15 for sun protection. It owes the name of Lotion to its velvety lightness, like a breath of wind that keeps the skin hydrated for many hours. A combination of refreshing Damask rose hydrolate infused with extracts of white lily and calendula, which moisturise, calm and soften, and grape extract which brightens the complexion and acts on pigmentation. It blends the scent of orange blossom with the tangy freshness of Petitgrain Paraguay. 

Damask Rose Floral Hydrolate: refreshing
Orange Blossom Extract: powerful moisturiser
Cocktail of Omega-vitamins 

Nourishing Cleansing Balm  

The Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the Face, a white balm with the appearance of wax and scented with geranium and roses, transforms into a fine oil between your fingers, then into a milky emulsion upon contact with water. It cleanses the skin, leaving it purified and as soft

as velvet. Sweet almond oil, known for its nourishing, soothing and regenerative properties, is mixed with three essential waxes: refreshing ylang-ylang, softening mimosa and astringent geranium, and can be used as a mask. 

Oils including sweet almond oil: softening cleanser
Infusion of flower waxes, including nourishing Ylang-ylang 

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay    

Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay for the Face makes the skin pure and light. It is enriched with marble powder - a key ingredient in exfoliation due to its very fine particles having a very gentle action - kaolin, which restores minerals, cleanses and purifies, and softening rice and oat powders. It exhales a vaporous scent of violet, invigorated by an accord of Mate. The cream has a particularly smooth texture, which is lovely to work with and can be easily applied using a make- up brush, as with all the foundation bases traditionally used in Japan. It has multiple uses, as this perfect exfoliant can also be used as a mask, then rinsed off with a towel soaked in warm water. Adding a few drops of Infused Facial Water to the mask will double its fresh, invigorating action. 

White clay: detoxifying and remineralising
Powders (marble, oat, rice): softening, antioxidant 

Skincare for the Face

Original, surprisingly sensual textures with delicate fragrances that metamorphoses upon contact with water or with the skin.

With carefully selected floral infusions and waxes, which give the face a radiant, healthy glow, diptyque has devised a new ritual dedicated to beauty: simple, soothing gestures for every day of the week. 

Available in June 2014

Infused Facial Water for the Face 150 ml  S$85
Radiance Boosting Powder
for the Face 40g  S$90
Nourishing Cleansing Balm
for the Face 100g  S$103
Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay
for the Face 100ml  S$100
Protective Moisturizing Lotion
for the Face, 50ml  S$103

Available in June 2014 at

Escentials Paragon #03-02/05 (t: 6737 2478)
Escentials Tangs Orchard L1 (t: 6734 2122) 

And lots more pictures of the beautiful setting - Enjoy! 

And the gorgeous flower arrangements all over the place: 

I hope this has been an interesting read, I don't have exact prices as yet, but I am certainly looking forward to checking out the Cleansing Balm and the  Exfoliating Clay!  (and let's throw in a couple of the fragrances as well - in love with the Geranium one!)

Have a fabulous weekend ahead! 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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