A little bit of help… with Silhouette Soft

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The best kind of facelift (or any aesthetic procedure actually), is the one that shave ages off your face, makes you look a little different(better), but NO ONE can pinpoint what you’ve done to your face.

When it’s too obvious… well…

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You definitely look different, Renee.

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This spells F-a-c-e-l-i-f-t

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Okay Madonna, that’s too much!

Aesthetic procedures and plastic surgery are your own choice and you should never let anyone tell you what to do. The point of this post isn’t to encourage you to do it, and to be honest, I feel like I’m quite far away from even considering it!

But let’s face it. Ageing happens. I’ve started to notice lines that weren’t as pronounced as before or weren’t even there. It’s like this magical switch flicked itself on when I entered my late 20’s. (So it’s true, ageing starts at 25!) The most significant change for me happened around 29 – that was when I noticed that my face wasn’t as full as it was before.

Personally, I would think that… a little bit of work done here and there, its nothing wrong. (I just had botox done a month ago and I love looking at myself in the mirror) I know I will never be obsessive nor would my doctor allow me to!

“Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have it repaired?” – Carmen Dell’Orefice

Carmen Dell’Orefice was meant to be a model with her striking features and her modelesque figure – she was spotted and at the young age of 15, she made it to the cover of Vogue! She’s 83 this year, and she’s admitted to having a little work done here and there – and she still looks pretty amazing now!

This is Carmen Dell'Orefice, btw - the world's oldest Supermodel and she was in Singapore recently, opening for Max Tan at Digital Fashion Week!

This is Carmen Dell’Orefice, btw – the world’s oldest Supermodel and she was in Singapore recently, opening for Max Tan at Digital Fashion Week!

Here’s an image of her when she was young (left) vs recent times (right).

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She still has wrinkles and lines, but she’s definitely ageing gracefully WITH the help of some aesthetic procedures.

You know who else is in their 80’s? Everyone’s favorite throwback sex kitten of the 1950’s, Brigitte Bardot.

Just to put things into perspective, here an image of her when she was young vs recent times!

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Can you even tell that Carmen is 3 years older than Bardot? I love how elegant she looks even at this age! I’m not saying that Brigitte Bardot should go out and get some plastic surgery – it’s her choice, really! – but I definitely would consider that. Some women can age gracefully too, like Audrey Hepburn – but really, genetics have a huge part to play too!

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Ahhhh, genetics. Looking at my aunt and mom actually gives me an idea of what I should be concerned about – jowls, marionette lines and even furrowed brows (apparently I have this pissed-off look I don’t even know I make sometimes because I’m too used to frowning/squinting at the screen while doing work D: I am very serious about my work, okay!)

Me, in 2013

Me, in 2013 – a photo which displays all the things I’m not going to be happy with spectacularly haha

It’s always interesting learning about how humans age – especially women, especially asians.

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When I was younger (at 15), I had really really chubby cheeks – and I was like, Oh MAN, please give me a more defined face and lesser cheeks! When can I look like Vivian Hsu?!

But as you age, you start losing fat at areas which actually makes you look more youthful – as this chart shows! Your eye area starts getting more sunken, your cheeks loses the support it needs and starts to droop downwards, in an A shape instead of the V shaped face you have while you are young.

On top of that, you lose collagen, elasticity and hyaluronic acid – which contributes to wrinkles, sagging skin and such. D:

So yes at 30, I’m like – can you make me look like Ariana Grande please?!

I learnt about this at a workshop hosted by Sloane Clinic at Grand Hyatt about 3 weeks back – I actually very quickly agreed to attending the workshop as I had enjoyed what I learnt from the doctors at the previous Sloane Clinic workshop in 2014, about fillers, botox and the different perception of beauty in different countries!

This time round, I got to listen to Dr Chua Han Boon and Tan Ying Chien from The Sloane Clinic share their expertise and insights on this procedure called Silhouette Soft Threadlift – what I love about such workshops is that I actually get to learn more about the technology with diagrams, and even get “before and after” pictures to show me how it works!

What is Silhouette Soft?

The Silhouette Soft (aesthetic procedure) is a latest innovation in Threadlifting from USA, based on the popular Silhouette Lift technology (plastic surgery.

It is a 30 minute customisable aesthetic procedure with minimal downtime, low complication rate, and promises a long lasting effect of up to 18 months!

This one singular treatment does two things – lifts your skin for an immediate yet natural effect – the threads and components, made of poly-l-lactic acid, naturally dissolves and reabsorbs into your skin, but as it dissolves, it helps to promote collagen growth as a rejuvenative step to restore volume, and give more definition to your features.

It is a tailor-made treatment so that it can be adapted to your needs and wishes – it can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or to complement other procedures like Botox, Fillers and treatments like Ulthera and Thermage which targets different areas of your skin!

Of course there were more diagrams about the threads and the conical components of it – it’s really much improved over the years since Silhouette Soft was developed based on Silhouette Lift, you can read about the safety and what to expect over here – but what you really want to see are the before and after images, right? AS DID I.

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Collective gasps could be heard over the room when this slide finally appeared (haha). That difference is pretty amazing, isn’t it? Of course she had her brows done, as well as other procedures (botox and fillers I believe) but her face is so much more defined and younger looking now!

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And another that drew nods of approval from all in the room! This picture stood out to me as it was exactly the areas I wanted to improve on – jowls, under-eye area and marionette lines!

The silhouette soft really has a wonderful effect for the jowls and I’m pacified to know that I have a solution for it when I’m more bothered by it in the future!

We (Juli, Meiting & I) were really quite concentrated on the flurry of before/after pictures that followed, and you know la, bloggers not shy one – we had Dr Chua at our table post-workshop and asked him a whole slew of questions as well as making him guess our ages hahaha.

The Bloggeratis with Dr Chua. You could argue that most of us probably don't need it now, but it's always great to know what are your options, right?

The Nuffnang Bloggeratis with Dr Chua. You could argue that most of us probably don’t need it now, but it’s always great to know what are your options, right? (I also picked out a location with better lighting and applied a filter on this photo hahaha)

I honestly hope I won’t need to see Dr Chua anytime soon hahaha but it was a really good chat we all had!

The doctors emphasised on the fact that prevention is always better than cure – apply sunblock religiously, keep yourself hydrated all the time by drinking loads of water, SLEEP A LOT and don’t smoke!

With Dr Chua and Dr Tan - they were very jovial and friendly and answered all our questions really well!

With Dr Chua and Dr Tan – they were very jovial, friendly and had so much information to share.

Dr Tan Ying Chien, who does plastic surgery at The Sloane Clinic, was there to tell us more about Silhouette Lift and the difference from Silhouette Soft.

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For Silhouette Lift, the threads are non-absorbable unlike Silhouette Soft, but they are re-adjustable – which means that, should you need to go back to tighten your skin, you can! I do feel that this should be considered by women of higher ages or if nothing else helps – the thread’s exit points (above temple), for future adjustments, will be hidden in your hairline. It does offer a stronger lift than Silhouette Soft, and while it is still minimally invasive, it still needs to be done by a certified plastic surgeon.

And before I end this sharing session, I just want to rave about this product which I was given to try!

The Sloane Skin Superfood - Red Algae

The Sloane Skin Superfood – Red Algae

You can read up more about the Sloane Skin Superfood – Red Algae here, but in short, it contains Astaxanthin (an anti-oxidant) and ceramide to boost skin health, restore dermal elasticity, and its non-greasy texture wins points in my book!

I was told that Candice (makeupbox) loves it and I was running out of moisturizer, so I tried it out – I actually combined this with a Hyaluronic Acid serum thingy I got from Japan and apparently, my skin loves it! Even the usual period pimples didn’t bother pop up this time round!

My skin has never been better in the last 2-3 years and I’m super happy about it. I hope not to jinx that (as whenever I say my face is getting better, it gets worse again) but I’m really feeling the effect and it SHOWS. I’m super happy and more confident now and I’m sure people who meet me CAN TELL that my skin’s getting much better. I don’t know how else to express my joy except THANK YOU, Sloane Clinic, for passing this to me this to try!

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OOTD: Love Bonito’s Illyne Scuba Open Back Dress

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It was love at first sight for this dress – not my usual choice of attire, but white and blue I can’t resist, and the peplum and open back details make this a sophisticated yet fun piece to wear!

Full outfit details:

Dress: Illyne Scuba Open Back Dress in Blue, size S
Bag: Hermes Lindy 26
Shoes: Nine West Nude Pumps
Accessories: Bracelet from Headline Seoul x Monday Edition, Earrings & Necklace from Chanel
Hair: by Gary Chew (Director) of Salon Vim

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Photography credits to Ron Lee of Eye-deas Photography!

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2015 Thus Far

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2015 is passing by like a bullet train!

And the first whirlwind event was my best blogger girlfriend getting married, and being involved in it. 4 years ago when I got married, she wasn’t even on the guestlist HAHAHAH but actually we’ve known each other for pretty much a decade, if not more.

It feels like she’s been married years cos I’m so comfortable with her. I’m truly fond of her because she’s so easy-going – I think I’m not the easiest person to get along with sometimes and I’m really appreciative of what I have now and the things she shares with me, unselfishly. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Okay don’t need to talk so much about her because I think everyone knows her and her life story very well already lah.

CNY Selfies with my Olympus EPL7!

CNY Selfies with my Olympus EPL7!

It took me a long while to decide to write this.

It’s also been a while since I’ve penned a more personal post, have I? Been really busy with work, resting, and just enjoying my days at a slow pace!

Being busy is good for me, in a way.

You know how sometimes people deal with breakups? Keeping themselves busy, meeting new people, getting a new hobby etc.

It’s not a breakup (obviously, I’m married), but it sure feels like one. It hurts like one especially when I can’t see her in my future plans with it anymore, because she has been in such a huge part of my life thus far – practically half, you know? That’s a lot of memories, and longer than any boy-girl relationship I’ve ever had.

I probably could have done things differently, said things differently. Maybe things would have turned out differently. But what’s said has been said and what’s done’s done. I wish I was understood/read differently too, but there are many things not within my control and although it eats at me, I’ve been appreciating what I have in life too.

When I was younger and blogging else where (other domains, other platforms like Livejournal and even sites way before that) I wrote without a care of what people thought of me. But now… It takes me so long to decide what I want to say anymore. What if people judge me from the way I write? What if people don’t agree with me? I care less these days. But at the same time, I wish to be free from judgement and be sensitive to certain subjects, and be politically correct too.

I’ve always had this problem of (accidentally) offending people with the things I say (Think before you speak, Evonne x 1000) since I was young – but It was never on purpose. I’ve never liked burning bridges. Sometimes I don’t have a choice (I can count with one hand the bridges I had to set fire to – and I don’t regret those really).

But sometimes, the choice to strike a match is not mine to make either. Whatever it is, like a quote I saw online – may the bridges burnt light the way for you and me.

(The actual quote: “May the bridges I burn light the way” – not being uppity about it, but more like accepting that I’ve made mistakes, I can do better – no, I WILL do better next time, and moving on.) Ahhh, where was I? New Hobbies! Yes.  

Hobbies!

 That’s quite easy, considering that I collect hobbies like how some people collect Love Bonito clothes. Unfortunately, I also have the attention span of 4 year old.

When I want to do something, I tend to gather all the materials and put off building the house until all the materials have decayed. The other day I took out some modelling clay and they’ve all hardened, even the unopened ones! Yikes.

The husband bought me a Cameo Silhouette for Christmas. Have not even taken it out yet. But I HAVE MANY PLANS FOR IT don’t like that!

2014’s resolution was to master calligraphy.  I’ve mastered the art of buying nibs and paper, that’s about it. Hahaha.

Also bought tons of WASHI tape last year, no thanks to influence from Trisha. Still like tape and collect it (went wild in Japan!), but sort of ran out of things to do with it. Still buy 2 of every tape I like though hahaha. 

So far, the only thing I’ve picked up and consistently maintained for over 2 months… are my Japanese lessons. 

AND I LOVE IT! I really should have done this sooner because it makes me so happy. I know, I meet a lot of new people in life but when it comes to a new class, I’m really paiseh and shy – thankfully I started with a small class and my classmates are really a fun bunch!

Plus my teachers are really great too. I’m doing my Japanese language courses at Bunka – THIS IS NOT AN AD, I could have taken a free course elsewhere but in the end, I read up more about the schools and decided that Bunka had better timings and pace for me. And it turned out to be the best decision I’ve made in 2015 (other than spontaneously deciding to go to Japan that is).

My favorite Escape game place so far - Lost.sg! Their equipment and setup's really well done AND clean. Plus much more high tech and fun this way too! I'm so proud of this team which didn't use any clues - and also very thankful that my uber smart BFF was in this game else I think we might have gotten stuck even longer LOL

My favorite Escape game place so far – Lost.sg! Their equipment and setup’s really well done AND clean. Plus much more high tech and fun as compared to the other Escape places! I’m so proud of this team cos we didn’t use any hints from Lost.sg – and also very thankful that the uber smart yet busty BFF Veronica was in this game else I think we might have gotten stuck even longer LOL

I’ve also gotten into the kick of playing escape games. It’s really one of the funner things to do for a group (other than Movies & Meals) and you don’t need to be a scientist to solve a problem – but when you finally get the next clue, you get such a huge sense of achievement – and even more so when you managed to escape finally! Gosh that was satisfying. Especially when we were told that we were the first media party to have solved the puzzle heehehehe.

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Is that an outdated word to use already? Hahaha.

I’ve been traveling quite a bit since I met the husband and yes, through blogging as well! It truly opened my eyes to the world. The most surprising thing was enjoying myself at these places I wouldn’t have decided to go myself. Kota Kinabalu was one, and now Vietnam! I fly next week!

 

I finally visited Taiwan for the first time at the beginning of this year. I went back to Japan just 2 weeks ago (oh JOY!) on a whim and it was a girlfriend trip too! Looking forward to Germany and Amsterdam in June with the husband (thank you for bringing me along on your work trip) and then Penang yet again in July with the Huatians.

2015’s been a blast so far and I’m quite sure it’s gonna be good for everyone too. I didn’t notice it today but my feed was really dark and gloomy… and recently it’s becoming brighter and more colorful after the Japan trip. Everyone could use a bit of color in their life.

Colors on my face: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites pressed compact, Make Up Forever Cream Blush, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil, Shu Uemura Hard formula Eyebrow Pencil, M.A.C lipstick in Boca from the Julia Petit Collection!

Colors on my face: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites pressed compact, Make Up Forever Cream Blush, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil, Shu Uemura Hard formula Eyebrow Pencil, M.A.C lipstick in Boca from the Julia Petit Collection!

Other improvements

I started on my Invisalign last year… or was it last last year? And I’ve finally completed 20 weeks of it!!! I’m on my retainers now. My teeth has really changed even though it was just a little bit, I think it’s really for the better too. I’ll do up a post soon and show you the comparisons after I’ve found all my old photos haha.

I did ReLEX SMILE refractive corrective surgery (a form of LASIK lah) last year, and I just got a 6/6 reading last week! I’ve been taking care of my eyes really well too and resting more often. I also started to wear colored contacts purely for vanity/cosmetic purposes and boy, have I missed that! I don’t miss my glasses though, and I like that I am able to just throw away the contact lenses without going blind ; p

Speaking of rest… I actually cultivated new habits of sleeping early AND waking up early (shocking I know) and making the bed the moment I roll of it. And saving money. (I’m really bad with money)

Some people say that you need 21 days to form a habit. What they didn’t tell you is how fast you’d break it hahaha. I threw my sleeping habits all away after the Japan trip from clearing crazy backlogs, but I do know when I should retire and rest now. Like I’ve said.. I’ve begun to take life slowly and focus on the things that really matter – my work, family and friends!

It’s 1:07am now.
Time to go back into my new habit… and wake up early tomorrow to finish more work!

(I swear I’m really going to go lie on my bed after I publish this post hahaha)

Can’t wait to finish processing all the Taiwan and Japan trip photos and playback all the fun moments as I go through them! 

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Introducing New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink

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Tell me the first thought that comes to mind when you see this brand name. 

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If you’ve answered Abalone (their best seller!), you’re absolutely right!

(Fann Wong and Rice would do too - marketing efforts do pay off, doesn't it?)

(Fann Wong and Rice would do too – this association only comes with great brand presence and performance!)

New Moon is an established household brand name in Singapore since 1959, which I’m sure many of you are no stranger to – in fact, ever since I’ve been domesticated married I’ve purchased from the brand simply because of trust in the brand, as winners of the Heritage Brand Award by ASME – from the usual Abalone as gifts to family during the lunar new year, to rice, cooking sauces and even their paste for soup! (Just FYI, their bah kut teh mix packet tastes incredibly good!) 

When I accepted this advertorial from Nuffnang last year, I did not even know what brand it was that we are working with. All we were told were that it was for a trusted Singaporean brand that’s making a collagen drink, and to come down for a taste test – which would then determine how the drink would taste like based on our votes!

First, we got a skin check to evaluate our skin condition. I am unable to remember my scores now but I did recall scoring really low in the moisture and collagen category – alas, I’m 30 this year and you can’t escape the fact that everyone ages!

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Then, we took a blind taste test.

Different flavors, different concentrations of sweetness…

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And then we cast our vote – for the taste test, the flavor, even the packaging (without branding)!

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We were then sent the drinks (we still didn’t know what brand it was – the bottles came unlabelled!) and tried it out for a month straight. I loved it! My skin was going through a phase (dry, peeling from my prescribed doctor’s product for my acne) back then but I thought that my skin felt more supple and moisturized than it did before. That was my honest feedback to my manager and we even did a skin check to boot!

And finally, many moons later… (sorry, I couldn’t resist that pun) 

Tadah! The collagen drink has been developed! 

Presenting the latest contender in the collagen drink market…

New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Drink!

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The brand turned out to be New Moon – what a pleasant surprise! It was their latest addition to their already wide range of products in a new category, Beauty – and the products were all decked out in an attractive and pretty pink packaging!

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Not sure if you remember me saying this, but I’ve said it on my Dayre before that I have a habit of taking collagen drinks especially when I travel to Japan because it’s just readily available in all their convenient stores – and I was glad to find out that New Moon’s collagen drinks are all made & packed in Japan + certified Radiation-free!

This little bottle of power-packed goodness contains:

  • A whooping 13,000mg of collagen (fish collagen peptide) 
    (as compared to the usual 2,500 – 5,000mg drinks in the market, and no fishy taste or smell while promoting smooth, firm & healthy skin!)
  • Maqui Berry / Blueberry Extracts
    (These berries c ontain anthocyanins and plant polyphenols which protect skin against harmful effects of free radicals – in fact, Maqui berries have the highest anti-oxidant properties based on the ORAC chart for calculating antioxidant values!)
  • Glutathione (Hithion extract)
    (A strong antioxidant which prevents pigmentation by scavenging free radicals and peroxides that induce melanin formation)
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    (Boosts skin hydration)
  • Vitamins C, B1, B2, & B6 & Ceramide
    (Works together with collagen to refine & firm skin – ceramide supports the skin’s matrix to protect against moisture loss!)

All these ingredients are pretty familiar to me with the exception of Glutathione – did a little more in depth reading about it! Essentially, Glutathione is an antioxidant which is usually synthesised by the body and is claimed to be the “mother of all antioxidants” by a huffington post writer – it treats a whole slew of diseases as it does tissue building & repairwork, as well as making chemicals & proteins needed by the body and for the immune system. It helps to improve the health of every cell in the body, particularly skin, hair and nails and gives you a radiant glow due to healthy cell state as well as reduced toxicity in the body!

Now that’s one fine ingredient to me!

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It is recommended to consume 1 bottle of the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen drink after dinner, or before bedtime as that’s when our skin’s metabolic rate are most active, and that is what I do! I pop 2 bottles into my fridge every other day and drink it up while unwinding or reading news articles before I snooze off into lala-land.

The New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen drink does not have a fishy taste or smell (god knows I hate that and am super sensitive to smells) and I can vouch for it – all you can taste would be those of berries (Maqui & Blueberries) and tropical fruits! I’ve definitely tasted really bad collagen drinks before but this one was pleasant and went down quite well despite the viscosity (due to the high collagen content!)

However, it does taste a little sweet to me sometimes, so this is what you can do if you find the drink a little too sweet for your liking!

Simply mix it in with a blander drink that could do with some flavoring – either iced tea, or iced soda!

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I guess that makes the consuming process a little long but I often find one small bottle a little short to enjoy too! Here’s me enjoying my tea with the New Moon Inner Radiance collagen drink instead of sugar syrup! It adds a flavor to my tea and I do like the end result very much! I guess that’s also because the tropical fruits flavoring were specially formulated to cater for asian tastebuds!

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You can also try this with fizzy soda, water, or even fruit juice! Don’t worry about the drink turning a little cloudier – there are sediments from the natural fruit extracts and it doesn’t affect the quality of the drink!

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It retails for $69 in all leading supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol kiosks and selected departmental stores!

Win a trip to JAPAN with
New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink! 

Yes, Japan! My favorite country to be hehe *heart eyes*

Purchases made during the promotional period of 1st April – 31st May will be entitled to participate in a lucky draw where 5 lucky winners and THEIR plus ones will be able to choose their return ticket destinations in Japan – Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya or Fukuoka!

And the best part?

As a Singaporean brand (New Moon, I’m proud of you!) and in view of the SG50 celebrations,
New Moon’s offering a special SG50 discount of a whooping 50% off their collagen drinks!

That makes it just S$34.50 for 10 bottles of collagen drinks – which is arguably one of the best prices in the market for THAT amazing amount of collagen it has in a bottle!

It’s almost May… are you thinking what i’m thinking?
Mother’s day will descend upon us faster than you know it and I think it’s time to stock up on some drinks for myself and mummy dearest who loves collagen drinks too! *zooms off to nearest petrol kiosk*  

Bye for now... I need to go do some serious shopping for a chance to be in Tokyo again!

Bye for now… I need to go do some serious shopping for a chance to be in Tokyo again!

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NEW: Nivea Make Up Clear

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Do you really need a reason to be taking good care of your skin?

Having a good canvas to start with enables make up to go on smoother, and can provide you with a kind of natural radiance make up can never achieve!
It glows, shows, and it will definitely make you feel more confident (I know I do, especially having suffered from really bad skin a while ago!).

When I was younger, I didn’t really take care of my skin – I took it for granted, and that meant nights of sleeping with make up… resulting in terrible, angry red pimples from my clogged pores.

Believe it or not – I didn’t know how to use make up removers properly till I was in my 20’s.

And you’ll be shocked to know how many people in their late 20’s STILL don’t realize the importance of proper make up removal!
(Yes you know who you are and I’m talking about you, haha)

These were actually the top reasons of having problematic, clogged up skin as iterated by NIVEA during a presentation for their new Make Up Clear range.

Did you know that even if you have just sunscreen on, you SHOULD still remove them with a make up remover?
Products with SPF are formulated to adhere to your skin, making them more difficult to remove with regular cleansers!

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Held at Top Deck in Upper Thomson, the decor was nicely done up and even the food had little NIVEA signs on them!

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Okay sorry about the random food picture. Back to the make up removers!

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The NIVEA Make Up Clear range consists of 4 different types of make up removers to address different purposes and needs:

For Light Make Up: 

  • NIVEA Make Up Clear 3-in-1 Mud Cleanser
  • NIVEA Make Up Clear 3-in-1 Foam Cleanser

For Heavy Make Up

  • NIVEA Make Up Clear Cleansing Wipes
  • NIVEA Make Up Clear Micellar Water

A foam cleanser foams up and cleanses your face, Micellar Water Removers are non-oily but strips oil and dirt from your face effectively, while cleansing wipes provides portability and the convenience of not having to use an extra cotton pad.

We all know what a foam cleanser, cleansing wipes and micellar water removers are for and how they work – but how exactly does the NIVEA Make Up Clear 3-in-1 Mud Cleanser work?!

Surprise, surprise!

The Nivea Make Up Clear 3-in-1 Mud Cleanser is
actually a MUD MASK, MAKEUP REMOVER and a CLEANSER!

Are you as curious as I am to how it works? Thankfully for all the curious audience present, NIVEA had a little demonstration in store for us!

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the Mud Mask, they first mimicked what a made up face would have on their poster girl's arm - sunscreen, foundation, blusher, bronzing powder, and even eyebrow pencil!

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the Mud Mask, they first mimicked what a made up face would have on their poster girl’s arm – sunscreen, foundation, blusher, bronzing powder, and even eyebrow pencil!

It is purportedly able to remove 10 different kinds of make up, including;

1.  Make up base
2. Concealer
3. Foundation
4. Bronzer
5. Blusher
6. BB Cream
7. Powder
8. Brow Pencil
9. Tinted Moisturizer
10. Tinted Sunscreen 

When I still was wearing contact lenses prior to LASIK, mud masking was much of a hassle as I had to take off my contact lenses right after removing my make up, which meant that my cumbersome spectacles would be in the way of masking, and smudging the mask all over – this Mud mask would have been my solution to this problem had I discovered it before my LASIK, because it can be used BEFORE make up removal!

Huh? Shouldn’t you remove your make up before masking?

Theoratically, yes – but the Nivea Make Up Clear 3-in-1 Mud Cleanser works differently!

  1. Use it as a mud mask;
    Apply it over your made up face and leave it to sit for a bit! I typically leave it on for about 1 – 3 mins – you can also skip the wait if you’re in a rush!)Yes – you can use this without removing your make up first – unlike a nourishing mask used on clean skin, this mud mask can be used over makeup because it contains Kaolin clay, which is frequently used in cosmetics for its absorbent quality – it pulls out dirt and grime from your skin.
  2. A make up remover;
    Next, wet your palms and begin massaging the mud mask – it will slowly turn a lighter shade as it removes make up from your face and as water is introduced.
  3. And as a facial cleanser!
    Saving you from the need to use other cleansers after make up removal, the mask cleanser washes off and leaves you with clean skin! It contains Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, also known as Liquorice, which has BOTH anti-inflammatory and whitening properties, and most importantly, Glycerin, which retains moisture, keeping your skin supple and hydrated!
After the last step, how well the Nivea Make Up Clear cleaned off make up was double verified by running both a piece of make up removing wipe and a cotton pad soaked with micellar water through it!

After the last step, how well the Nivea Make Up Clear cleaned off make up was double verified by running both a piece of make up removing wipe and a cotton pad soaked with micellar water through it!

Jeng jeng! Results were obvious - both were spotless as the Mud cleanser has already done its job of make up removal effectively!

Jeng jeng! Results were obvious – both were spotless as the Mud cleanser has already done its job of make up removal effectively!

Even their poster girl's cleansed arm was obviously whiter than the other!

Even their poster girl’s cleansed arm was obviously whiter than the other!

We had to give our thoughts on the make up removers after witnessing the demo and trying it out ourselves on my arm – I must say, at first impression, I was thoroughly impressed! So the first thing I did when I went home, was to try it out on myself, of course!

Texture of the regular foam cleanser and the mud cleanser (on the right)

Texture of the regular foam cleanser and the mud cleanser (on the right)

Apply... and wait 1 minute. It smells really good, and it doesn't dry out either.

It smells really good, and it doesn’t dry out or crack on your face either!

Wet your hands and massage away at the mud cleanser!

Wet your hands and massage away at the mud cleanser!

After washing off! Removal was easy but better if you used a sponge instead of your fingers for quicker washing off! And of course I had to test how effective it was, right? I wiped a cotton pad soaked with micellar water remover over my face and it was as clean as a whistle!

After washing off! Removal was easy but better if you used a sponge instead of your fingers for quicker washing off! And of course I had to test how effective it was, right? I wiped a cotton pad soaked with micellar water remover over my face and it was as clean as a whistle!

You might have noticed that I avoided my eye area – as mentioned, the mud mask is for light make up removal, which doesn’t include eye make up – and you shouldn’t use this on your eye area either!

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For eye area make up removal, I employed the use of the Micellar Water Remover & Cleansing wipes!

The Make Up Clear Facial Wipes were soft, and textured for better make up removal and sufficiently wet!

The Make Up Clear Cleansing Wipes were soft, and textured for better make up removal and sufficiently wet!

I tried one on each eye and as I have lash extensions on, Micellar Water remover was the safest option, but the cleansing wipes were helpful as I could wrap it around my finger and didn’t tug at my lashes. There are many days when I don’t wear heavy eye make up due to the fact that I already have lash extensions on, so I found myself using the Nivea Mud Cleanser pretty often as a treat! (I typically prefer to wind down before removing my make up / going for a shower when I reach home hehe).

Thank you for the informative talk and coming up with such an innovative product, NIVEA!

Thank you for the informative talk and coming up with such an innovative product, NIVEA!

I think you've impressed not just me, but my fellow Nuffies as well! With Limaran and Mongchin at the Nivea event ; )

I think you’ve impressed not just me, but my fellow Nuffies as well! With the gorgeous Limaran and radiant Mongchin at the Nivea event! ; )

In fact, due to her job as a personal trainer and working in a gym, Limaran finds the facial wipes most convenient to bring around!

In fact, due to her job as a personal trainer and working in a gym, Limaran finds the facial wipes most convenient to bring around!

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Nivea Make Up Clear range can be found in most departmental stores, personal care stores and supermarkets, and are priced at $9.50 SGD for the Cleansing Wipes, $8.90 SGD for the Foam Cleanser, $9.90 SGD for the Micellar Water and $8.90 SGD for the Mud Cleanser! For more information, promos and queries, please check out Nivea’s Facebook page!

 

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