Monthly Archives: July 2012

[Review] Biotherm Lait Corporel anti-drying body milk

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Back from a vacation from the land of smiles – thailand πŸ™‚

this was a perfect opportunity for me to try all the sample products i have as they are all in small travel-friendly sizes.

i brought the Biotherm anti drying body milk with me as i know i will be sleeping in air condition environment..


with citrus extracts!


the formula is milky and thick, with a slight orangey colour and orange scent (due to the citrus extracts i supppose).


the milk is not too thick and i think the consistency is just nice. i am able to spread throughout my body easily, and its absorbed within minutes


guess which thigh has been applied?

just a comparision, you can see how my right fat thigh after application. looks more supple and healthy right?

i like how this pdt maintains the moisture throughout the night, and does not have a greasy feeling. the next day my skin is smooth and soft and not too dry from the air con.

in fact, i even applied it again in singapore in my non air con room last night. it is also quickly absorbed and does not leave any sticky feeling the next day. as if i did not put anything.
i recommend this for daily use.

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[Review] Kaminomoto Hair Growth Tonic

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Look at Heidi Klum, one of the hottest supermodels in the world. Whether she’s wearing her hair straight or uber sexy with curls, it’s always full of volume. Yes, luscious hair has always been a symbol of beauty.

I do love voluminous hair and always try to achieve this with blowdrying, root perm and using thickening shampoo and hair products. Well, unfortunately for me I have been faced with a hair loss problem lately. I wonder if it’s stress related or perhaps my diet and general lifestyle. Having not a lot of hair to begin with plus this case of hair fall is worrying at my age. In any case, I decided to do something about it. Popping some supplements did cross my mind until a little birdy who used to work at Beijing 101 recommended me to try Kaminimoto Hair Growth Tonic.

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It comes sealed with a plastic wrap so it’s not possible to open it at the store to test/smell it.
“Helps to prevent premature hair loss” That’s me alright.

Kaminomoto is a leading manufacturer of hair care products in Japan since 1908.

::Main Ingredients::

  • Hinokitiol (Hinoki-extract) – Antiseptic function, prevents dandruff & itching, activates cell function of scalp & hair roots
  • Thyme extract – Controls sebaceous glands with astringent & prevents dandruff & itching with antiseptic
  • Sophora Radix (Kujin extract) – Promotes blood circulation and activates cell function of scalp and hair roots. Helps hair growth.
  • Neo-Takanal – Prevents dandruff and itching, keeps bacteria from increasing on scalp
  • Capsicum Frutescens – Stimulate blood circulation
  • Calcium Pantothenate – Suppress inflammation of scalp
  • Pyridoxine HCl – Control sebaceous glands

You realise they have more than one active ingredient for a particular benefit.

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The actual bottle itself which should last for a month with daily application.

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Sectioning of hair is needed so that the tonic can be applied directly to the scalp.

::Application::

  • Sprinkle a generous amount onto scalp twice a day (I use only after I wash my hair and about 4-5 times a week)
  • Massage with fingertips to work in the solution (Most definitely but just a gentle rub)
  • Treatment should be applied more generously before bedtime to work with scalp’s natural nourishing properties while you sleep (yes, I use this at night mostly)
  • Applying an appropriate amount regularly over a long time is more effective than applying a large amount once
  • It is important to keep scalp clean in order to prevent falling out of hair so please shampoo at least once every 2-3 days (erh, I wash my hair daily)

::Verdict::
This product contains alcohol and has a cooling sensation after application which I like, just remember not to do it when the a/c is on. It smells a little medicinal which I expected after seeing the ingredients but the smell doesn’t affect me. I’m almost through with my first bottle and I will purchase another as I’m seeing some results such as less hair fall. My scalp is also healthier cos it’s less greasy at the end of the day and I feel it’s alot cleaner than before.

Retails for SGD 19.30, 150ml @ Watsons

[Review] Biotherm White D-TOX BB cream

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One of the samples i recieved in the June Bellabox is this Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream.
Its a tiny tube, 5ml.. so i brought it to my Bintan trip recently

I have never read/heard anything about this BB cream before, so i have no expectations of this BB. in fact i was quite skeptical as i would thot BB creams are more established in Korean brands than western ones.

But anyways this had SPF25 PA++ and it is a hydrating BB cream, which is just what i need for my beach holiday πŸ™‚


the nude cream colour looks just nice for my skin, since my face is more ‘yellow’ than ‘pink’. can wait to blend it


i am also very amazed with the light texture of this BB, in fact a first for me. the usual BB creams i used are heavier and ‘greasier’ to touch
lets see how this blends..


I applied this after my toner and sunblock.
this pdt really blends easily and smoothly into my skin. i did not have to belnd much with my finger and this becomes my 2nd skin so naturally. the light texture does not give my skin a greasy look or feel unlike the other BB creams!!
in fact i did not even touch up with powder after this – which i didnt intend to anyway since i did not bring powder to beach places… but this surprasses my expectations alot!!

Result: matte smooth and fair skin.
imperfections are covered moderately. Skin is hydrated and protected, yet able to ‘breathe’ in this. ❀


just BB alone – natural right!!

i am really tempted to get a full bottle, but i still have 2 BB tubes waiting for me to finsihed. 😦 and i dont believe it wastage.

it is only recently that i found out this BB a actually quite popular and awarded one of the fave BB by a local women’s magazine. not surprsing.

I still have some left so will use it for my next short trip!

Rating: 5/5

[Review] Missha Inner Moist Vitalize Eye Cream

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I use this eye cream about 3-4 times a week at night after washing my face. other nights i do not use eye cream… as i dont feel that i need to use so much at this time, and i’m still pretty new to this eye cream thing.

Featuring my night eye cream: MISSHA Near SKIN Inner moist collection

at my age i feel the type of eye cream i need would be the moisturizing type, so upon doing some read ups decided on this and asked LJ to help me buy from korea, > 50% cheaper there πŸ™‚

i hope you are reading every word in there. sounds pretty cool right!

i like the part about 6-free: alochol-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, benzophenon-free, tricosan-free, GMO-free

Near Skin Inner Moist series focuses on dehydration, the main reason of skin troubles such as aging, losing elasticity and troubles.

containing 17 Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) such Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramid, Lecithin, PGA, Cholesterol and 11 Essential Amino Acids, it workds each skin layers and relives inner and outer dryness.

loving the science behind this: im a sucker for this πŸ™‚

here’s the product swatch:

light viscous texture.

i really like the moisturizing properties of this eye cream. i am confident that my eyes are moisturized for > 6 hours each time i used this.

eyes are def less tired looking the next day.

i dont really feel i need an eye cream badly now so all im looking for is something in my maintenance regime to ensure the skin stays healthy and wrinkle free!!

Recommended? Yes!

Mini Guardian and Watsons Haul

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apologies for the lack of posts as i’ve just came back from a mini getaway and then overwhelmed with work.

BUT.
Stress comes with consequences – Shopping.
not heavy spending shopping, but those mini quickies during lunch or after work, lasting no longer than 10 min.

we spend so much effort and stress working, only to spend more money recuperating.

anw these items are on SALE, so i have the perfect excuse to buy them. some are neccessities, some are not.

Here’s what i got from Guardian in 10 min (after work)

From Top Left clockwise:
//St Ives apricot invigorating scrub (my first St Ive’s!! was deliberating btw this and the brightening one and decided on this, threw away the receipt so no price sorry but its <$10 I think)
// Guardian Acai Berry mask $2
// Guardian Caviar Mask $2
// Neutrogena Fine Fairness toner $7!!!
// Garnier Intensive 3 in 1 whitening essence mask $2 (new introductory price!)
// Guardian 2in1 double intensive brightening mask $2.95 (dont knwo why must have korean packaging, ladies must be suckers for korean items)
// Lucidol L Hair Treatment water spray (love the compactness and i've used half the bottle in 5 days)


Bijinsenmon Leg Mask exclusive to guardian only.
funny thing: box of 3 for $39, or 1 for $11.90. (you do the math)
not many places sell the single mask type so i got mine at tampines 1. this is my 2nd time buying πŸ™‚

and watsons having bazaar!! lunchtime quickie:

e.l.f lip brush at $4.90
round contour brush at $9.90

when watsons have bazaars, they sell items from NYX, ELF, OPI, Coastal sands and all the american brands. i really really wonder why they are not sold normally in stores and kept until bazaars.

i hope to do a review soon. either eye cream or sunblock!! stay tuned.

[Review] Rachel K Mineral CC Cream

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After Fen reviewed Rachel K Radiance Illuminator Collagen + Lotus Stem Cell Hydrogel Mask, I became interested in their products. Naturally the first thing I would try is their popular CC cream. Many asians are BB cream lovers and swears by this miracle product. I recall the first generation BB creams are 4-in-1, namely moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Now all the new and improved formulations, most BB or CC creams are claiming 10-in-1 benefits. This craze over BB/CC creams never really caught on with me as I was more of a tinted sunblock, concealor, loose powder gal. So when Rachel K was giving out samples via their fb page, I signed up for it.


I believe the sample they sent is the newer formulation/packaging that looks like that.

Additional beneficial ingredients found in CC cream that most BB cream lacks include: (taken fromΒ http://www.rachelkcosmetics.com)

White Tea extract, which contains powerful antioxidants (more than green tea because it undergoes less processing and is believed to be more beneficial than any other kind of tea ) that absorb, weaken and neutralize free radicals continuously and also provide protection from increasingly harsh environmental factors such as pollution, dust, and chemicals in the air. It boosts the immunity of skin cells and prevents wrinkling and pigmentation

Green Tea Leaf extract, also rich in antioxidants and boasts anti-inflammatory and natural disinfecting properties

CC Cream however contains Deep Sea Water which gives resilience and moistness to the skin and allows for better skin permeability.

Macadamia Nut Oil, an ideal anti-aging supplement for cosmetics, due to its high content of Palmitoleic Acid, an essential component of human sebum, which is lost with aging

Natural Vitamin E, which protects body tissues from breakdown and signs of photo aging, and aids in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, age spots, while maintaining the skin’s oil balance and reduces trans-epidermal water loss from skin, strengthening the skin’s barrier function.

The presence of Epidermal Growth Factor also stimulates collagen production in skin and speeds up skin regeneration. CC cream also treats and covers uneven skin tones more effectively and after leaving on for a 2-3 minutes, blends with skin tone better than BB Creams that sometimes appear too light on certain skin tones.
Besides being waterproof, Mineral CC cream includes an SPF 35 PA++ rating to ensure protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays while remaining smudge-proof.

A lighter texture than that of BB cream also allows for smoother application with a less oily finish, while remaining extremely nourishing to the skin

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Yes, I was sent a small sachet

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And the back lists the 10 benefits.

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Ok, the whole sachet contains slightly more than this. Definitely only enough for 1-time application. Kinda bumped cos I wanted to try it with and without loose powder.

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In the morning after my usual skincare routine. Skipped my regular sunscreen so this is my bare skin. Notice the under eye redness with a few red spots and some pigmentation.

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After application of the CC cream, skipped loose powder. Skin looks significantly fairer/radiant, and more evened out. My red spots are concealed, except the ginormous one on my forehead. Pigmentation looks less obvious.

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And this is how I look like after 10 hrs (pardon the hair). Throughout the day, I did not blot or touch up with any pressed powder. My nose still got a little shiny, but not too greasy.

Verdict:
Though not a regular user of BB creams, I have tried a number and I have to say that this CC cream is definitely lighter in texture. Application was alright but not fantastic as it was easy to blend into my skin and I had to check if there were streaks left unblended, especially near my hairline and eyebrows. I also didn’t have enough left over to reapply over my red spots, so I can’t comment on its concealing properties. By the time I put on the rest of my makeup, note that I skipped loose powder, I was underwhelmed by this product.

After 10 hours and when I got back to take the last picture, I was pleased that this product had at least stayed true to its claim of staying power. Yes, I still had a bit of shine but overall I think it did better than my usual routine of tinted sunscreen, concealor and loose powder. Hmm, I’m still undecided.

Retails exclusively at Watsons @ SGD35 for 50g / GSS promo 50% off