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A new, effective makeup remover in town – Bioré’s Micellar Cleansing Water!

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As a perk to my other job (the one that provides me with all the make up to try on), I get to try various products to effectively remove them too! And I try not to, but I will always have my favorites - one of my favorite make up remover while I had lash extensions on, would be micellar water types. The gentleness of Micellar Water removers appealed to me greatly and I’m not kidding when I say that whenever I spot a new one, I feel like trying it!

What is Micellar Water, and how does it remove make up?

Make up cleansers come in different forms, and famously so in Biore’s extensive range of make up removers.

Biore's line of make up removers - cleansing oil cotton facial sheets, aqua jelly makeup remover, biore cleansing oil, biore cleansing gel and the latest - micellar water makeup remover!

Biore’s line of make up removers – cleansing oil cotton facial sheets, aqua jelly makeup remover, biore cleansing oil, biore cleansing gel and the latest – micellar water makeup remover!

My favorite before I had on eyelash extensions was Biore’s Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets – everyone has different preferences (I have friends who prefer oil, some who liked that the cleansing oil cotton facial sheets saved them from bringing along cotton pads, etc) but because I have to deal with swatching make up every other day and because of eye lash extensions (they do not recommend oil based removers), I’ve switched to micellar water removers!

The Micellar water remover revolution started in France, and it’s been a growing trend because of how effective and gentle a makeup remover it is, without leaving any greasy residue on your face! It has the consistency of water and feels like water.

And you might wonder, how does it effectively remove make up without oil? Well, Micellar Water contain micelle molecules, which are made up of…

Micelles are made up of surfactants, which has a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail (basically, one end loves water and the other hates water)

Micelles are made up of surfactants, which has a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail (basically, one end loves water and the other hates water)

so when they are all dumped in water, the hydrophobic ends will gather (because they hate water), with the hydrophilic heads forming a sort of shield around the oil tails - resulting in a oil in water micelle!

so when they are all dumped in water, the hydrophobic ends will gather (because they hate water), with the hydrophilic heads forming a sort of shield around the tails – and that forms a single micelle molecule!

To remove makeup, you have to pour micellar water onto some cotton pads, and gently swipe in upward motions to remove your make up. For eye makeup, press soaked cotton pad on closed eyes gently and wait for 5 seconds before wiping it off. biore-s   I use typically 2-3 cotton pads for my entire face, including lips, non-waterproof mascara and eyeliner! The number of cotton pads you use is a testament of how good your micellar water solution is – the better, the less cotton pads (and less friction)!

Cotton loves water too, so when the micellar water solution is poured onto a cotton pad, the oil loving tails grab dirt, makeup, and trap them.

Cotton loves water too, so when the micellar water solution is poured onto a cotton pad, the tails will grab dirt, makeup, and trap them!

* Typically, micelle molecules are made with oil tails – but Biore’s version is formulated without oil and is completely oil-free, but works the same way and is just as effective at dissolving & removing sebum, makeup and dirt!

I love this explanation of how Micellar water works: The easiest way to explain how micelle cleansers work is this: essentially, micelles are kind of like mute Pac-Man types that wokka-wokka-wokka-wokka up all the makeup and dirt off your face in a jiffy.” – source: iamaeautygeek

Why use Micellar Water, and why Biore?

Because:

  • It’s lightweight, gentle and suitable for all skin-types
  • They’re rinse-free, soap-less and oil-free 
  • They leave no greasy, oily residue like oil cleansers; you feel clean and skin is non-sticky!
  • Biore’s formula contains anti-bacterial ingredients, this helps to reduce chances of breakouts 
  • It is formulated with Natural Mineral Water from Northern Japanese alps to soothe your skin
  • Also has enriched collagen and white tea extract to give you brighter, softer and supple skin!

And my favorite would be that the Biore Micellar Water comes with a pump which means I don’t need to manhandle the bottle! That’s a plus point for me because I do a lot of swatching and sometimes my hands are already full of glitter! It’s obvious how you feel once you wipe off your make up – your skin feels clean, healthy and doesn’t feel tight at all – sometimes I even forget to wash my face and just continue playing with my phone for quite a while before realizing that I need to finish washing up and moisturize my face!

Me with a face full of make up. These days I have loads of concealer to hide my healing scars and also foundation that's good enough to cover my flushed skin. And not to mention that I love glitter on my eyes... and I use eyebrow mascara. So there's more things to remove!

Me with a face full of make up. These days I have loads of concealer to hide my healing scars and also foundation that’s good enough to cover my flushed skin. And not to mention that I love glitter on my eyes… and I use eyebrow mascara. So there’s more things to remove!

I've even done a sticky/oil test with a sheet of blogger paper - even though it contains micelle (oil in water), there are no traces of oil left on your skin once you're done with it! The clear blotter paper proves it. And I have a super oily face so this is awesome!

I’ve even done a sticky/oil test with a sheet of blogger paper – and there’s absolutely zero trace of oil left on your skin once you’re done with it! The clear blotter paper proves it. And I have a super oily face so this is awesome!

In fact, I love using it so much that it’s been my go-to everyday since I got it. I’m already more than halfway through my bottle! biore-micellar-water-makeup-cleanser-2014-1

Get a sample of Biore’s Micellar Cleansing Water!

You can try out Biore’s Micellar Water before you buy! Simply redeem a sample on Kao’s Facebook page and it will be sent to you ; ) But if you can’t wait – it’s available on shelves now! The Biore Micellar Water is reasonably priced at $18.90 SGD for 300ml, and readily available - you can find Biore’s products stocked in all pharmacies, supermarkets/hypermarkets and all major departmental stores! (In short, Watsons, Guardian, Cold Storage, NTUC, etc etc)

And just in case you need it, here’s the ingredient list for Biore’s Micellar Cleansing Water!

Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-12 Laurate, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, PEG-8, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, o-Cymen-5-ol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Soluble Collagen, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

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H&M: Conscious Collection 2014, Autumn ’14 Trend Collection & Alexander Wang for H&M!

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H&M remains one of my favorite affordable clothing brands in town and I’m always excited to check out what they have in store for us when I attend their showroom previews!

H&M A/W 2014 TREND COLLECTION

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This houndstooth jacket with leather trimmings… Oui!

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(faux) Fur to keep you warm

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The bling harness and tops are separate – and it’s so pretty I couldn’t take my eyes off it!

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Laced heels with slightly scalloped sides <3

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And our prettiest blogger Tricia Ong in a H&M Bustier which has a flattering flare out

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And that weighted, gorgeous skirt ($199) Tricia fell in love with at first sight!

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Me in a jumpsuit which obviously needs tailoring. The best part of this is that it’s $39.90. WHAT? I NEED TWO OF THIS.

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More autumn/winter patterns on knits and sweaters!

Was really distracted by all the pretty clothes and fabric that we nearly forgot what we were there for:

H&M Conscious Denim Collection

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“Looking good should do good too. That’s what H&M Conscious is all about – it’s our promise to bring you more fashion choices that are good for people, the planet and your wallet.”

Read more about H&M’s conscious efforts for a better fashion future!

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It was a spice up your own denim event – H&M always has the most interesting activities! Previously it was silk screen printing your own tee shirts!

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Love this DIY patchwork!

Let’s move on to the actual collection – a few things that caught my eye:

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Dreamcatcher shirt

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Oops slightly out of focus : / Women’s collection!

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And Men’s + Babies’! hm-autumn-trend-collection-conscious-collection-2014-27

How adorable is this!? Mom Pops & Baby can wear similar stuff! Hehe. hm-autumn-trend-collection-conscious-collection-2014-21

Wished I could have gotten this overseas with me – I love slouchy knits so! This is $79.90 I believe.

And the most exciting collection of all which I did’t get to preview but have pictures for you…

H&M X ALEXANDER WANG COLLECTION

*cue excited squealing*

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These are my picks from what’s available! Seems like it’s a collection inspired by diving.

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The Alexander Wang X H&M collection will launch in Singapore on 6 November, 8am at H&M Orchard Building and H&M ION Orchard

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Heineken Cities Festival – bringing together the world’s top cities in our very own Singapore!

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About a month ago I came down with fever suddenly and had to miss out an event I was super looking forward to. It was the Heineken Cities Festival – a bar hopping experience along the streets of Ann Siang Hill & Club Street, to celebrate the launch of the 6 Heineken City Edition bottles named after the top cities of the world – Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, London, New York and Rio De Janerio!

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What happened at the Heineken Cities Festival in Singapore

If you’ve missed it, don’t worry – Here are some of the pictures from the event for! The streets along Ann Siang were packed with people (I had so many friends that were there and I could feel the vibe and fun from my Instagram feed!) and roving performances, from…

Samba dancers

Samba dancers at the Heineken Cities Festival

Cabaret girls from Old Shanghai

Chinese fusion dancers from Old Shanghai

Break dancers

Break dancers

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And the most impressive thing that I missed was probably the live mural painting! I would have stood there the whole night to witness this coming to live before my eyes!

Live mural painting by local visual artist & illustrator - Mindflyer!

Live mural painting by local visual artist & illustrator – Mindflyer!

It would have been so much fun if I could have attened the festival!

WHOOOOOOO!

WHOOOOOOO!

So when it so happens that there was gonna be a lunch gathering at my friend’s place, I insisted on bringing beer down and we brought bottles of Heineken City Edition bottles (which are limited edition!) down to my friend’s place!

I made sure I got all 6 variations! And when they picked up their beer they were surprised that it had countries on it!

No time to lose – first thing that I did when I reached was to chill them! I also made sure that I have got all 6 city variations – and when they picked up their beer they were surprised that it had different cities on the label!

Coincidentally, this event was a little international as well, haha. The host and hostess are from Malaysia (recently became Singaporean Citizens), and there was a Polish couple amongst us as well!

I have wonderful friends who cook so very well (and take cooking really seriously) and this time round, it was RAMEN! My ultimate favorite, if you can’t already tell haha. And the best thing to go along with ramen would be biiru (Japanese for beer), right?!

The hosts made such a perfect bowl of ramen that I'm still thinking about it a few days later...

The hosts made such a perfect bowl of ramen that I’m still thinking about it a few days later…

The charsiew – tied up and marinated and slow cooked for 30 hours, then pan-fried to charred perfection; the noodles painstakingly hand kneaded, rolled, and cut; the ajitsuke tamago (eggs with soft centre) soaked in soy sauce, mirin and sugar for 12 hours as well; the soup base, ahhh… ZERO MSG and absolutely flavorful!

Kudos to the wonderful hosts, aka the Au Yongs for making this such a fab lunch for all of us!

The ladies' serving size and the men's serving size!

The ladies’ serving size and the men’s serving size!

Don’t belittle the small bowl of noodles – it was just perfect for me! I wished I could eat more though because the noodles were so so so tasty! It didn’t taste too flour-y or powdery and it was just the right amount of firmness even after my 10 minutes of photographing before the meal!

No we were not in Tokyo... This delicious bowl of noodles were served in sunny Singapore!

No we were not in Tokyo… This delicious bowl of noodles were served in sunny Singapore!

And this is one half of the Polish couple working and living in Singapore, also cheekily known as angmogirl on various social media sites! I love her moniker and the fact that she likes Japanese magazines and all!

And this is one half of the Polish couple working and living in Singapore, also cheekily known as angmogirl on various social media sites! I love her moniker and the fact that she likes Japanese magazines and all!

Condiments available, and serving suggestions!

Condiments available, and serving suggestions!

The hostess obviously ignored all the suggestions hahaha.

The hostess obviously ignored all the suggestions hahaha.

What goes best with beer after a bowl of piping hot ramen? EDAMAME! *chomps*

What goes best with beer after a bowl of piping hot ramen? EDAMAME! *chomps*

I'm just happy to have beer and see my friends enjoy beer with their meal!

I’m just happy to have beer and see my friends enjoy the Heineken City Edition bottles with their meal!

After lunch was cleared, some of them proceeded to play card games while I sunk onto the sofa like a satisfied blonde potato. But the game piqued my interest…

Basically, it's called cards against humanity. A deck of black cards decides the question(s), and the white cards are either appropriate, or extremely funny and totally inappropriate hahaha.

Basically, it’s called cards against humanity. A deck of black cards decides the question(s), and the white cards are either appropriate, or extremely funny and totally inappropriate hahaha.

It is also known as a party game for horrible people. I so need this!!!! Hahaha.

It is also known as a party game for horrible people. I so need this because it’s just too fun to read the responses especially in a large group!!!! Hahaha.

And that was the end of the party (for us at least)!  I cleaned up the bottles and brought them home with me for decoration purposes in my new home, hehehe. The green bottles were very pretty, and instead of the usual paper label they're clear stickers and really easy to clean off!

And that was the end of the party (for us at least)!
I cleaned up the bottles and brought them home with me for decoration purposes in my new home, hehehe. The green bottles were very pretty!

Special thanks to Au Yong and Tsewei (link to ramen recipe!) for the fantastic lunch – I swear that it’s quite possibly the best I’ve tasted! and also for the company and laughter! People bond over many things, but most of the time, it’s food, laughter and beer! ; )

The Limited City Edition Heineken bottles (New York, London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Singapore) will be available at all bars serving Heineken till end September, while stocks last! You can also find them in various convenience stores and supermarkets – I got mine in Jason’s at ION Orchard! P.S. – The Singapore bottle will only be sold in Singapore, so grab a bottle to keep, now!

If you are also looking out for hidden gems in Singapore, or hot spots to check out this weekend, be sure to check out Heineken’s Open Your City site!

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Introducing Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

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This is quite possibly my favorite part of blogging – trying out new products before launch dates, and sharing something I like with y’all!

In the beginning of 2014, my skin was bad, breaking out, and nothing could help it (it seemed at that point of time). I begun trying to find foundations that would give me great coverage and oil control, and one of them was Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme foundation, which I’ve reviewed previously.

I had nearly 3 weeks to try out this foundation and during the 3 weeks, my skin did a 180-degree change as  I was on retinoids and using a glycolic facial wash – from oily-combi skin, I’ve become normal – dry with flaking skin… in short, I tried this foundation out on both combi-oily and normal-dry skin statuses, which means a more accurate review.

First impression:
Why is the name so long one huh? Haha. You might get even more confused as Laura Mercier offers a HUGE range of base make up to suit every skin type and every color tone, as they are known for creating flawless canvases – but this is what my blog post is for, to run you through their latest product!

Not to be confused with Smooth Finish Foundation Powder (which has super oil controlling properties), Laura Mercier’s latest Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation is an oil-free liquid-to-powder foundation which promises you a smooth, natural finish to last you the whole day! It dries demi-matte instead of horrifically matte to the point that it is unnatural.

(Recently, I chuckled when a male friend mentioned that he thinks a girl has great skin because she has a very matte face. Boy, that is something you call “too much make up”.)

Suitable for all skin types as it os oil-free, it is considerably less matte than the silk creme foundation, and looks more natural than the smooth finish powder. This might be my favorite foundation out of all that Laura Mercier offers!

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It is housed in a plastic bottle with a gold cap, which exposes a dropper tip. Before using, you _have_ to shake the bottle vigorously to mix it well and activate fresh color as it is a bi-phase formula, free of binding agents so that the color payoff stays true and doesn’t oxidize on you – something very much welcomed!

Colour true pigments rest at the bottom of the package while reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology) float to the top. Vigorously shaking the package before each use ensures the pigments blend with the reflective waters to create fresh colour every time.”

The foundation retails at $75 SGD for 30ml in Singapore, and comes in 24 shades – but only 10 selected shades, suited for Asian skin tones, are available here in Singapore:

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  • Cremevery fair with neutral undertones
  • Vanillevery fair with neutral/slightly warm undertones
  • Ivoryvery fair with warm undertones
  • Ecrulight with cool undertones
  • Cashewlight with neutral/slightly warm undertones
  • Linenlight with neutral/slightly cool undertones
  • Macadamialight with warm undertones
  • Bufflight-medium with cool undertones
  • Dusklight-medium with neutral/slightly cool undertones
  • Chaimedium with warm undertones

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If there’s one thing I dislike about the foundation, it’s actually… the packaging. I heard that the sample I got isn’t quite the final product yet, but when you unscrew the cap after shaking it with your life the product bubbles and oozes out like it has a life of it’s own – the Laura Mercier website tells you how to avoid this – “with each use shake vigorously for a minimum of 10 seconds and tap several times at the end of the package by the shade label.” I’ve tried this out on 3 bottles and I found it to work for me! Please remember to open it with the cap facing up.

Remember Laura Mercier’s 4 step philosophy to a flawless face? I find myself automatically reaching out for the same items like clockwork because it has been so ingrained into my routine!

Step 1: PRIME

This foundation doesn’t have spf properties, so you have to get your sunscreen on first before applying the foundation – I use LM’s Foundation Primer Protect, which comes with SPF 30 PA+++.

Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer Protect with SPF 30PA+++

Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer Protect with SPF 30PA+++

Step 2: FOUNDATION

Application wise, I ran into a few stumbling blocks when I didn’t read before trying it out - all I can say is, don’t use a buffer brush.

Laura Mercier recommends that the foundation should be dispensed onto back of hand, and then pick up and apply to clean skin with Laura’s Foundation Sponge or fingertips.

I realized that the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation sets pretty quickly (turning from liquid to powder), so it is best to work on a small area at a time, blending fast with either a damp sponge or a flat foundation brush, which I prefer for quick application, THEN I blend out with a damp sponge for the most natural finish!

It seems that I have gotten fairer, and my shade match is between Creme and Ivory – as you can see, Creme tends to be a little fairer for me but it is closer to my skin tone than Ivory and I could always contour a little and it would look natural, or I could mix it with half part ivory to get the best match. I like doing this actually – we are living in Singapore after all and sometimes when you get a little tanner you could always switch around the mixing ratio for a better shade match.

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with/without foundation, no concealer – yes my skin is THAT red.

Note: If you have dry skin, it might emphasize the flakiness as the foundation has no oil, and it’s liquid to powder formula – prior to make up, you should exfoliate gently with a warm, damp muslin cloth after washing your face to get rid of excess dead skin and don’t forget to provide some hydration - it is recommended to use the foundation primer – hydrating before foundation application!

Step 3: CONCEAL

Coverage is buildable, from medium – heavy - I still needed to conceal a little after using a light layer, but with the right shade, it did majority of the concealing work for me! That’s a huge plus for me!

This set of pictures were taken after my skin turned to normal-dry skin type.

I have pretty flushed (red) skin, so I have to use a yellow-based foundation and concealer to cancel out the redness, taking extra care to conceal around the nose and blemishes. It is important to know your undertone and match your foundation to your neck instead of basing it on what your bare face looks like. I would have looked like a tomato if I were to pick a pink-based foundation.

Full face with Creme, before contouring / applying other make up on.

Full face with Creme, some  concealing before contouring / applying other make up on.

And this is the finished look with my simple game face on! Concealer, Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Mascara, Lipgloss, light blusher and some lip balm! Do you want great oil control but hate overly matte foundations? Then this is the foundation for you!

Step 4: SET

As you know, the foundation dries demi-matte, and I dust a little bit of Laura Mercier’s loose setting powder over it so that it lasts longer. Laura Mercier’s loose powder contains little or no pigments so it doesn’t alter the color of the foundation on you!

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So how does it perform in terms of oil control? I find that it’s still best to blot after some time – this after photo was taken at 10pm, a good 10 hours after application WITHOUT any touch ups or blotting. My face used to start oiling up at the 2nd hour, but recently it’s been able to stay matte till the 5th hour mark, so looking like this (pic below) at 10pm is pretty reasonable to me!

After 10 hours of wear!

After 10 hours of wear!

Before my skin became normal-dry, the foundation did perform pretty well for oily-combi skin and was pretty good at oil control, although the maximum benefits could be achieved if you touched up at the 3rd hour mark with their Smooth Finish Powder to extend the matteness of the skin, especially if you have extremely oily skin. I always feel that it’s important to blot and touch up instead of relying on the make up to last on your face forever, no matter the promises!

It’s not just me who loves it…

Sometimes I feel that it’s not enough just having my statement alone, because everyone has different skintype, different skintones and react differently so who am I to say that this is the best foundation for you?

My friends share the same thought and I always keep that in mind when dishing out advise or recommending foundations, and I’m quite sure that they’ll find something they like at LM! We were actually planning to go shopping for foundation, and to my delight, Laura Mercier Singapore kindly held a little counter party of sorts for my friends to try the foundation out and receive a color matching consultation by the LM make up artists!

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Laura Mercier at Tangs Orchard

My 4 girlfriends were given a quick make over by Laura Mercier make up artists, and one of them was so sold on LM products that she purchased the kit in Sephora right after the session!lm-tangs-counter-party

We spent an entire afternoon together, and I had them report back to me about their foundation shades and whether it oxidized at the end of the day – the answer was a resounding “No!”

Veronica is the Pocahontas of our group. An avid diver and a savvy traveller, she's tanned and was matched to shade "Buff" for Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation. Veronica has impeccable  skin but it was a little dull, so foundation primer in radiance was used with underneath the flawless foundation to boost overall radiance and add some glow for her.

Veronica is the Pocahontas of our group. An avid diver and a savvy traveller, she’s tanned and was matched to shade “Buff” for Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation.
Veronica has impeccable skin but it was a little dull, so foundation primer in radiance was used with underneath the flawless foundation to boost overall radiance and add some glow for her.

Miya has translucent, beautiful skin too, and got a little tanner during a recent holiday so she was matched to Laura Mercier's Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Macadamia and Eddie used the SPF primer beneath it.

Miya has translucent, beautiful skin too, and got a little tanner during a recent holiday so she was matched to Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Macadamia and Eddie used the SPF primer beneath it.

Zhiyun has great skin, but could use with some radiance as she is naturally fair but yellow based - primer radiance was used on her, and her Flawless Fluide match was "Ivory"!

Zhiyun has nice skin, but could use with some radiance as she is naturally fair but yellow based and with some slight blemishes – primer radiance was used on her, and her Flawless Fluide match was “Ivory”!

Felicia is the baby of the group and has nice, taut skin - but she has rosacea and a little bit of acne, and hence was matched to shade Ivory which concealed her blemishes really nicely!

Felicia is the baby of the group and has nice, taut skin – but she has rosacea and a little bit of acne, and hence was matched to shade Ivory which concealed her blemishes really nicely! She has oily/combi skin, so finishing off with setting powder was necessary for her! Felicia has the most sensitive skin out of all of us and found that Flawless Fluide did not cause her to react in anyway.

* Except for color correction and text input, all these pictures were left unphotoshopped and no work was done to hide blemishes or anything so yes, these are what my wonderful girlfriends look like with only Laura Mercier products on their face! : ) 

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I had an extremely great afternoon out with my girlfriends and I was so glad that they could try out the foundations for themselves!

Like I said, I can tell you how much I love this, and how well it works for me and my friends – but It’s always best to get your shade matched at the counters and decide on your purchase after a day to see how it feels like and behaves on you. Experience the magic yourself like how my friends did- let great looking skin and that glow on your face be the best testament for how well this foundation works!

JOIN LAURA MERCIER GLOBAL MAKE UP ARTIST MICHAEL COULOMBE’S WORKSHOPS AT TAKASHIMAYA

I know a lot of readers have questions about, or may wonder how to achieve a flawless base, as creating a good base is extremely important – it allows your make up to go on smoothly and hides all your flaws! Nothing can beat meeting a makeup artist in person and getting tips from him live!

If you’re keen on achieving a flawless base the Laura Mercier way, join Michael Coulombe at his workshops as he covers these topics:

• How to prep your skin before makeup 
• Achieve long-lasting makeup through Laura’s 4 Steps 
• Take your makeup from day to night: Daytime Chic & Nighttime Glamour looks

WORKSHOP DATES & TIME SLOTS:

10th October, Friday (1 session, holds 6 pax only)
5:30 – 6:30pm

11th October, Saturday (4 sessions – each time slot holds 6 pax only)
1pm – 2pm | 3pm – 4pm | 5:30pm – 6:30pm | 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Get 50% off Laura Mercier workshops when you quote EVONNZ!

This workshop will take one hour, and costs $80, which will be fully redeemable for LM products – but if you quote “EVONNZ” and sign up with a friend at the Takashimaya counter, you get 50% off, and only pay $80 for 2 persons – which is $40 per pax! I think it’s really worth it as the door gift is already a full-sized Caviar Stick Eye Color which is worth $42!

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Clinique’s Custom Repair Smart Serum – Great Skin Can Be Created at Any Age!

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I’ve yet to blog about my trips back in March, and it’s already September. Which means… I turn 29 near the end of this month. Where did time go, seriously?! Okay, a little brief note about my skin since I’ve not done any update for the longest time ever:

I work long hours in front of the computer and in an air-conditioned room, which only meant that my skin’s definitely dehydrated. One day as I stopped myself from scratching my face, I realized that I needed something to supplement my current skincare regime! And et Voila – there was this shiny bottle sitting pretty on my table right in front of me like a sign (okay, I have an extremely cluttered table). It read…

Clinique’s Smart Custom-Repair Serum.

(No, I do not have flowers sitting randomly on my table, haha. I'm trying to distract you from the mess behind it!)

(No, I do not have flowers sitting randomly on my table, haha. I’m trying to distract you from the mess behind it!)

And what better than Clinique, which is a brand backed by dermatologists, to save the day? You know, as a beauty blogger, I do have tons of skincare within my stash to try out and pick from, but I decided to go with the Smart Serum because other than the fact that it was a brand created by dermatologists, their products are also allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free, which means lesser chances of reacting to it! I could definitely use that assurance now that I’m more careful about what I put on my face. clinique-custom-repair-smart-serum-6 And of course I did my due diligence – a quick check reveals that this product is highly raved by the unbiased purchasers on Sephora.com!

A 4.2 / 5 rating with over 15 pages of reviews!

And it wasn’t the only site with rave reviews – amazon, clinique’s own site, and many other reviews had nothing but good words for this product. Let me give you my first impressions before diving into the science behind it. clinique-custom-repair-smart-serum-5

*pumps a dollop into palms* 

*rubs hands together to spread it out* 

Serum is light weight, spreads easily!

*applies on face* 

Serum settles on face quickly, and it doesn’t sting (score!), nor ball up into bits – instead, it actually smoothens out your face and skin texture. A quick slide of the back of my hand against my face and OH MY GOD what is that smooth feeling I haven’t felt in yonks?! I kid you not. At the point of application I didn’t read up about the product yet because I wanted to give an unbiased impression, and I already like it!

This particular powerful, yet gentle serum is a break through after 5 years in the making and that it is supposed to be intuitive enough to target all kinds of skin problems you may have at different ages. The lines that appear when you laugh and eyes twinkle with joy? Uneven skintone & dullness? My sagging jowls *ahem*.  This serum targets repair as needed, where needed!

The Clinique Smart Serum now has a spot on my frequently used shelf!

The Clinique Smart Serum now has a spot on my “frequently used” shelf!

I use this twice a day, both day and night after step 1 of your skincare (aka washing my face) and before I slather on moisturizer. There are times I forget to apply moisturizer after applying it because it’s just so smooth after using it alone!

Repairs damage you can see and the damage you cannot see

I’m sure Mr Bill McElligott never saw this coming – if not he probably might have loaded up on the sunscreen.

Mr Bill McElligott with unilateral dermatoheliosis, with only one side of his face severly damaged by the sun after 28 years of truck driving.

Mr Bill McElligott with unilateral dermatoheliosis, with only one side of his face severly damaged by the sun after 28 years of truck driving.

That dark spot you see on your face that wasn’t there yesterday? You think it happens in a day, but the fact is, it has already been under your skin for a very, very long time. Sun damage takes years to surface – a sunburn is instant, but the dark spots that seem to freckle old people’s faces? It takes years! And let’s not forget the premature aging it brings on as well – just look at Mr McElligott’s face! That picture was enough to shock all of us into wishing we had sunscreen to apply instantly when we saw it on a presentation slide.

I’m actually one of the ones who know all about sunscreen application but at times have forgotten about it – and I vow never to forget it again, please let me reverse some damage with Clinique’s Smart Serum please!!! T___T

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Unlike other serums with loads of claims, little ingredients and no results, Clinique’s smart serum has a really long list of ingredients, and each of them have functions to target specific skincare concerns – for example, barley & cucumber extract works to calm down your skin so that you can build up your skin’s defences with their barrier-repairing ingredients and anti-oxidants, like mulberry root, wheat germ, rice bran and grapefruit extract. which helps to slow down the signs of aging. 

Scutellaria baicalensis root extract inhibits melanin production to prevent you from turning dark, and a cocktail of peptides - Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide encourages cells to function normally and healthily, and prevents wrinkles! Gentian Lutea & Salicylic Acid are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, while Plankton/Algae extract locks moisture in!

I could go on and on – this serum seriously packs a punch with all these great skin caring ingredients in it, and the best part is that it comes in two sizes should you want to purchase a smaller one to try out! No chunk of text nor claims can convince me as much as how my skin feels – and it does feel wonderful with this serum so far!

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My hands are often neglected - I wash them very often, especially after swatching. And heres the serum working its magic on my left hand! Compare it to the right hand which does not have any serum on it. No photoshopping, I swear. Doesnt it look much mroe radiant and smoother?!

My hands are often neglected – I wash them very often, especially after swatching. And heres the serum working its magic on my left hand! Compare it to the right hand which does not have any serum on it. No photoshopping, I swear. Doesnt it look much mroe radiant and smoother?!

Skin care do take some time to work, and it’s only been a week with this serum but so far my skin’s been happy! I personally think that this is Clinique’s best product yet, after their Laser Focus serum which had great results on my mum, who has very obvious photo damage on her skin.In fact, I think I’m gonna get her a bottle to try on my birthday, because she deserves all the gratitude, and good skin as well even at 50 years of age.

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Clinique’s Smart Custom-Repair Serum is available in Sephora and all department stores with Clinique counters at $106 SGD for 30ml and $150 SGD for 50ml.

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