Monthly Archives: April 2013

[Review] Chacott For Professionals

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Back in my University days, I could get away with just some tinted sunblock & loose powder. My favorite back then was Chacott. I had a huge tub 170g and a huge powder puff to go with it. I loved it so much I even brought it with me to Paris for exchange. This is hard to come by as it is to my knowledge, only available in Japan. So when Fen had an extra tub, I was more than happy to buy it from her.

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Yes, there are different shades and I was skeptical cos I like mine to be translucent and my tub back then was a white powder 753 (no ghostly finish I assure you). What I love about this is that it last! Oil control is superb and I hardle need to blot when I’m using this. The powder is also super fine to give my face that flawless airbrushed look.

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170g

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30g

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So even though it isn’t the 753 that I’m used to. I’m surprise this “colored” powder isn’t all that different as I still have that translucent finish. Oh, the powder puff is sold separately and is different from the usual ones. Do pick it up if you are buying this product but for now I’m using my Sephora Kabuki 43 brush to apply this.

If you ever have the chance to buy this, please do it. Besides it’s very affordable..I think I paid Fen SGD18 for the 30g. The 170g is definitely super worth it, after 2 years I just threw it out cos I was afraid it was going to go bad. Can’t remember how much that cost.

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[Review] Sephora PRO Kabuki #43 Brush

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I don’t own many makeup brushes cos I don’t believe in buying cheap and often low quality brushes. ANd good quality ones are usually costly. This Kabuki brush would only be my 3rd makeup brush. First two being blusher & blending brushes.

Kabuki brushes became really popular when mineral makeup hit the stores. Their soft, yet dense bristles and tapered brush head, they are ideal for creating a lovely, flawless finish.

I needed a brush for my new loose powder which didn’t come with a puff and thought this kabuki would be perfect for that job.

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Sephora has two kabuki brushes. This is no. 43 brush that comes with a zipper pouch for easy storage. This is also the more expensive of the two.

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The soft bristles which I can’t tell if it’s natural or synthetic but I believe it is the latter.

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Comes with a clear plastic which I reuse to maintain the shape.

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Retails SGD49 at Sephora

[Review] Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) Complete Age Control

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After finishing my SK2 Treatment Essence, I wanted to try another essence/serum in between bottles. Yeah, I tend to go back to SK2 cos it’s good but I don’t like the pitera smell or the price. So during my facial at Eden Spa, Lindsy was raving about the NEW Clarins Double Serum and how it is formulated for younger skin.

This serum is powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules, Double Serumโ€™s innovative, dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skinโ€™s vital functions. It makes skin firmer, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, produces a more even skintone, and minimizes pores.
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Engineered by 27 years of plant science, the NEW Double Serum [Hydric + Lipidic System] combines two powerful age-defying serums into one optimum balance to help fight all aspects of visible ageing. Now you can stay younger. Longer.
The only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that revitalizes the skin’s 5 vital functions. A unique formula the promises a visibly youthful look: firmer skin, visibly reduced wrinkles, more even complexion and less visible pores.
90% of Asian women agreed that Double Serum is more effective than their regular serums*.

*Test conducted on 50 Asian women.

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Key ingredients
Katafray: Comforts and promotes softness.
Kiwi: Makes skin more supple.
Pistachio: Protects.
Organic Musk Rose: Radiates.
Organic Green Banana: Reduces wrinkles, firms, and smooths.

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Research results
In a satisfaction test conducted on 197 women:
Immediately:
– 88% reported smoother skin
– 82% reported a more radiant complexion
– 76% reported a refined skin texture
– 73% reported increased tonicity

After four weeks:
– 87% reported smoother skin
– 79% reported reduced wrinkles
– 88% reported a more even skintone
– 88% reported less visible pores

In a satisfaction test conducted on 50 women:
– 90% found Double Serum more effective than their current serum

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You can clearly see the water-soluble (hydric) and oil-soluble (lipidic) parts in a single pump (that is my thigh btw). Even though the instructions called for two pumps, I only use this in the evening with one pump, spreading & warming it in my palms before pressing onto my face. I read some reviews that this serum broke them out so I decided to go easy since I have normal-combination skin and the hot and humid climate in Singapore doesn’t help.

It is easily absorb and smells comforting. I find my skintone has indeed even out more as I have a lesser need for concealer in the morning. There is also a certain radiance in my face these days. So far I’m loving this and already halfway through my first bottle of 30ml. Yes, I got the twin pack for better value.

Retails SGD 118 for 30ml

[Review] Clarins Gommage Exfoliant Peau Neuve – Smoothing Body Scrub For a New Skin with Bamboo Powders

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I love Clarins products. Yes, they are considered a splurge and somehow I ended up with this body scrub because my sister decided she didn’t want it (cos of the hefty price tag) after I have already bought it. Hmm, 50 bucks on a body scrub? I could probably find something much lesser, like my favourite Soap & Glory Flake Away (note: the recent tub I bought was of lesser quality somehow, very disappointing)

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Exfoliating your skin is an essential step for a beautiful body and with Smoothing Body Scrub For a New Skin, it’s also a genuine skin renewing treatment. Thanks to a dual exfoliating and “conditioning” action, it eliminates a dull appearance and provides skin with all it needs to be beautiful. This is the result of a combination of natural bamboo powders and soothing and protective plant extracts.

To eliminate a dull appearance, Bamboo Powders & Moringa extract
Bamboo powders are microbeads of natural silica obstained from the substance collected from the plant stems. In perfect affinity with the skin, they have a gentle exfoliating action which eliminates dead skin cells and rough skin. The extract of Moringa – a tree from Africa whose seeds are used to purify water – removes accumulated toxins.

To provide it with all it needs to be beautiful, Mimosa Tenuiflora, Liquorice & Shea
Liquorice and Mimosa Tenuiflora, the Mexican “skin tree” recognised for its exceptional repairing benefits, soothe and protect skin against irritation. Shea maintains the balance of the hydrolipidic film and envelops skin in a delicate veil of softness, to ensure comfort for all skin types, even dry & sensitive skin.

To be used once or twice a week, on dry or damp clean skin. Massage in, concentrating on elbows, knees and heels. Rinse well with warm water.

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I squeezed a little out onto my skin and there aren’t any visible exfoliating beads. Upon spreading and closer inspection, you can make out the fine bits. I think they must be the bamboo powders. It is densely packed with these beads, so you’ll get a good scrub leaving you with clean (no oily residue) smooth skin that is soft and bouncy to the touch. It’s somewhat like a micro exfoliant that is strong (irony). And like all clarins products, this smells heavenly.

Bought SGD 47.90 for 200ml @ DFS

[LOTD] The Weekender

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HARLOW!
how’s your week so far? Its a busy week for me so sorry for the lack of updates.
My weekends usually consists of shorts and a comfy top.
Shorts and top need not be boring and limited to tees and shorts.

Here’s how i try to ‘dress up’ the shorts and top look:
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Bijou Wrap cut top from Megagamie – $15
Scallop hem lace shorts from HerVelvetVase – $23
Wedges from Hush Puppies – $80
Glasses from Emporio Armani – $110 (Apparently 60% off!)

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The top features a cut out back and sheer material so wearing a tank top underneath is advised.

i love the textured lace on the shorts.

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can u see the details of the shorts? makes it looks more exquisite right?
pardon the dark photos as it started to rain heavily when we started.

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I lovelove this pair of wedges, they are sooo comfortable and sooo versatile that i think it can go with anything! casual or dressy or work ๐Ÿ™‚
it was raining so bad that the leather was soaked… the actual colour is close to the lighter brown.

i feel like getting a second pair for backup!! haha

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Hope you like my weekend look!

Have a great week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

[LOTD] Dress to the Max(i) Part II – Monochromatic Prints

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Part II of petite friendly maxis.

Black and white graphic prints are all the rage this spring season (whatever happened to pastels?) and this piece is also from Miss Selfridge.

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Miss Selfridge maxi, Aldo slippers, Accessorize earrings, Gold clutch from Far East Plaza

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P1150310There are two slits on either side of the dress for easy movement. As if the cotton jersey material isn’t comfy enough ;p

P1150304On hindsight, I think a black waisted belt might be good to add somemore waist definition even though it already has an elastic waistband. I think I was going for comfort that day and waisted belts are hardly regarded as comfortable. ha!

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[LOTD] Safari Prints

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Good Saturday everyone!!

I finally have the chance to show off my new purchases in this LOTD.

Singapore has been really warm and sunny lately and i had lots of fun in the sun shooting outdoor for this outfit.

The sun is really too strong so my eyes are squinting abit LOL

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Old Basic cream top from Love Bonito
What i call the ‘Python camo print’ skirt from Pull & Bear. ย 50% off!! $29.90 after discount
Dark mint bag from Far East Plaza

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I get compliments when i put this outfit together.
The fitted top and not fitted skirt covers up my fat and wide hips+thighs.
So it draws attention to my upper body which is still presentable ๐Ÿ™‚

the skirt is made of soft silky material and comes with a thin belt, very smooth to touch โค
im not sure why there’s still so many of this skirt on the sale rack in my size.
the other items on the sale rack are XL or XS or not nice…

dont you just love prints?

i dont think i have ANY printed bottoms so this is a first!

AND I LOVE MY NEW SHOES. from MITJU
its made of felt like material and colours are not too vivid and not too light.
the heel is really short which is great cos i prefer shorter heels for work for practical reasons.
it comes in other colours such as white if im not wrong.
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i’m starting to appreciate leopard prints more now and drawn towards them when im shopping.
this is a sign of aging in my opinion and i may be turned into a cougar one day

Since we’re out in the sun with planted nature around us, Syd and Marie has helped me take more shots! turns out quite chio (pretty) so i’ll post them here ๐Ÿ™‚
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