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Review: Clinique’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush!

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If you’ve seen me in real life or been reading my whines about my skin, you’ll know that this beauty blogger has a HUGE problem. ACNE. The worst part is that they’re hormonal so I can’t go on medication since I’m trying to conceive.

Other than cutting down on junk food (I think I’ve more than halved my instant noodles and junk food intake), cutting off dairy where I can help it (no more fresh milk, etc), I’ve also been changing bed sheets and towels more frequently, and even sanitize my work area from time to time. Alas, they still come (so it’s definitely hormonal). But by doing all these, I’ve most definitely very much lessened the chances of developing acne due to clogged pores and dirty skin!

I’ve done extra research and reading about the ways in my quest for better skin (examples listed above) – and one of the extra steps I’ve taken to prevent pimples and acne, starts at the very first step – cleansing.

As you know, a face not properly cleansed of make up at the end of the day spells disaster. When the face is clean and free of make up, you absorb skincare better – allowing your skin to repair itself better during your sleep from the damage taken in during the day.

I have a VERY bad habit of coming home and then sitting at my desk for a while instead of removing my make up immediately – that has to change, because I get stuck at the computer for very long hours and that would mean that in 24 hours, I’ll spend more time having make up on THAN off! D:

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Have you heard of Clinique’s customizable 3-step skincare system? They’re a leader in the cleansing category with a deep dermatological heritage – and their philosophy for skin care is easy – simply cleanse, tone, moisturize your way to good skin. Which is good, because when you have skin problems, you’ll want to pare it down to the bare minimum to find out what’s causing your problem.

And after 3 years of R&D (over 300 sketches & 100 prototypes) and getting it dermatologist-tested + swiss engineered, they’ve finally created a perfect and wonderful new skin-changing item to enhance the 3-step system – the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, to deliver a whole new kind of clean!

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The brush is meant to complement Clinique’s 3-step skincare system. Gentle on the cheeks while lifting makeup, dirt and oil that traditional hand washing may miss, the swiss-enginereed brush provides mechanical exfoliation to weaken the bonds, or “glue” between dead skin cells so that your skin can appear more radiant when the dead skin cells are effectively removed!

I was part of a focus group (not related to Clinique methinks, and it was good money to just talk beauty hehe) last month, and one of the questions asked was for us to bring/list down something that we think is innovative, a break-through item related or in the beauty world.

You’ll be surprised by how many people mentioned cleansing devices (from various brands), citing how much cleaner their skin feels and how it has helped them achieve better skin. Everyone at that table brought different items, but it seems that we all love trying new things and love gadgets which can help us save time, do something better or much more efficiently. If you’re like that too, this is something that you have to try out!

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Let’s begin with the features of this new Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush:

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Anti-microbial Bristles
Anti-microbial bristles = they stay clean, longer. The brush head is replaceable if you’re a stickler for cleanliness!
Plastic Cap
This slip on / off cap protects the bristles from going out of shape and keeps dirt and grime away while drying! 

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Firmer Green Bristles
Green bristles are firmer, and tapered at one end for deep cleansing (on areas like forehead, nose and chin)  
Gentle White Bristles 
White bristles are softer, gentler and are perfect for cleansing delicate areas like your cheeks! 

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View a video of how gentle this brush is on a flower (The other Nuffnang bloggers and I tried it out for ourselves and all of us went “WHOAAAA” when the wet tissue we used it on DIDNT BREAK at all.)

Well designed device
Lays flat on most surfaces, fits into your palm, and 30-sec timer means you won’t overuse it! 
Lasts 180mins per full charge
At 30secs each cleanse, that’s 180days if you use it both day / night, which means 6 months PER charge!

One of the bigger problems I had with my other cleansers was actually storage – Some weirdly shaped ones laid in extremely awkward positions which was harder to dry, but this one lies flat on your sink both ways – which I find really handy, plus the small size means it’s not obstrusive!

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Love how the cap protects it from getting dirty and keeps the bristles from getting out of shape even if you lay it downwards.

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The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing brush is small (fits into my palm) and light – which makes it an ideal partner for travelling! I brought it along with me to Penang, but the toilet wasn’t very presentable hence… no pictures of it in the lousy hotel haha.

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At the event where were shown an exclusive preview of the brush, we were also matched by their advisors to a liquid facial soap meant for our skin type (step 1!).

I was obviously of oily skin type (that’s type 3/4 – type 1 is for very dry skin and type 2 is normal/combi skin) and was given this enjoyable face soap – enjoyable because I love minty anything (almost) and this gentle facial wash had a cooling effect due to the menthol in it!

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We all got our very own brush to try and the first thing I did when I reached home was to give it a full charge!

IMPORTANT Things to note:

  • Charge it for a full 24 hours before usage
  • Use it once a day first, and when your skin gets used to it, you can use it both day and night
  • It doesn’t rotate – instead it pulses for a gentler cleansing action as compared to rotating devices
  • There is only one speed and one timer – 30 seconds
  • White bristles for cheeks, green bristles for forehead, nose and chin  
  • REMOVE your make up first before using the brush to deep cleanse
  • You can apply the soap directly on the bristles, but I prefer foaming it all over my face first then go on it with a dampened brush.
  • Towel dry the brush a little after dampening it – if it’s too wet you’ll get sputtering droplets all over 
  • I use this in the shower so I don’t mind using it wet (too dry and you’ll get abrasion)
  • Be GENTLE – there is no need to apply pressure; glide lightly in circular motion
  • When the battery is low (3 hour / 180 mins battery life) the LED indicator will light up 

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I use one full pump to for cleansing my face and neck!

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Verdict:

I’ve been using this for 2 weeks now, and the changes noticeable to my eyes are lesser clogged pores – cleaner nose, my forehead seemed to have stopped breaking out, and my overall skin tone radiance and clarity has improved! I don’t use it as much on my chin due to the hormonal zits I still have, but the other areas (cheeks, forehead, nose) seemes to radiate a certain kind of glow!

Extremely happy with the results and I’m hoping that my hormonal acne will back off one day, but in the mean time, I shall do what I can to keep the rest of my face clean and supple so that I don’t break out beyond those pesky hormonal zits!

At $149 SGD, it’s actually really affordable and a good price to start at if you’re new to such cleansing gadgets. It is definitely gentle on your skin (we’ve all tested it on a wet tissue – the tissue didn’t tear at all!), plus this is from Clinique, which heralds from a long standing history of being a dermalogical brand – 100% fragrance free and allergy tested means that it’s suitable for the most sensitive of skins.

You can the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (try it!) at all Clinique counters! Plus, get a free 10-day  supply of their liquid soap customized to your skin type when you make a purchase. If you’d like to know more, check out the details here!

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Peel Cabin Experience at the philosophy Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya) Flagship Boutique!

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philosophy is based on the belief that science gives us better skin, inspiration gives us better days. our scientifically-proven skin care includes award-winning peels as well ascleansing, moisturising and anti-ageing products that deliver remarkable results. philosophy also offers beautiful fragrance, delightful bath and body, and everyday gifting to enhance your well-being.

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I’m a design person – the first thing that usually attracts me about a brand is their branding and packaging and how well thought out they are – using products with aesthetically-pleasing packaging is quite a must for me (to avoid me going into a rage when I look at products with bad kerning / fonts / color choices).

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To me, everything about philosophy is beautiful – from how they decide to use lower caps for their marketing materials (logo, product names), their clever use of uplifting words & phrases for their product names, their beautiful, harmonious product colors, the attention paid to kerning / white space, and of course, their products and how well they work – right down to how their retail outlets are designed.

Aside from raving about how pleasing the products look, let me talk more about philosophy in Singapore.

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The brainchild of Cristina Carlino first arrived on our sunny shores in 2012, initially sold exclusively in Sephora stores island-wide – but they’ve since expanded to their flagship outlet in Bugis Junction (#01-16), a counter at Tangs Orchard, and most recently, opened in a popular spot just outside the Takashimaya Food Court at #b2-03a Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road! *claps*

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What makes the Takashimaya outlet so unique that would warrant a visit, then? That would be their first ever exclusive “peel cabin” in Singapore!

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Get Awesome Skin with Skin Inc!

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“Their eye mask really good! Really! Their facials too!”

… were the words coming from Tricia’s mouth, who is either 1) Blessed with EXTREMELY GOOD SKIN or 2) Harvesting all the goodness from her Skin Inc facials and masks – This woman was then without an ounce of make up, and STILL radiant looking without any sign of lethargy even though she probably sleeps only 6 hours a day?!!?

I also want leh!!!

Who doesn’t want skin that glows from within, right?! (Like what Yina said too…)

And it’s not just her – Velda and Bea are also users of Skin Inc (check out their pictures on Instagram at @iloveskininc!) – and these two ladies have such awesome skin, they look perfect even without make up! (Me on the other hand.. I always need concealer and a light layer of foundation before I’d dare to step out the door.)

I’ve been meaning to try out Skin Inc (both facials and products) ever since I’ve witnessed the results on my girlfriends’ faces – So yes, imagine how excited I was (overused sentence by many, but my true sentiments!) when the Nuffies told me that Skin Inc would be sponsoring me a set of their skin care products, and on top of that, something for my readers! (Read on, read on) Perfect for Christmas, innit?

My happy skin parcel ; )

My happy skin parcel ; )

My skincare goodies came in a gift box and it felt like Christmas already! *rips open package*

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What I got was Skin Inc’s Pure Revival Peel, Pure Snow White+ Mask, and their famous My Daily Dose™ serum! This is a quick 3-step regime to achieve whiter, radiant skin!

These items’ arrival was just timely, because I’ve been out in the sun for the entire 15 days of my holiday – and let me tell you, the weather was cooling and all, but the sun was pretty merciless in San Francisco, and ESPECIALLY Las Vegas, which is the driest state in USA! In fact, temperatures in LV can reach 52 degrees in the summer (GASP!) – I was glad that I brought my sunnies along, and yes, I slapped on sunblock EVERYDAY.

It’s gonna be a little more technical and word heavy here, but please bear with me – you should read it to find out how their products work to give you brighter, and more radiant skin!

Pure Revival Peel
(100ml, $104 SGD)

Skin Inc’s Pure Revival Peel adheres to old keratin and other impurities that make the skin look dull- micro fibres in the Pure Revival Peel sweeps up the old keratin and impurities as you massage it gently over your skin, which reveals new epidermal cells without stripping your skin like most other exfoliants and acid peels and allows moisture and active ingredients in your products to penetrate the deeper skin layers better.

Pure Snow White+ Mask
(100ml, $286 SGD)

For snow white skin – When a thin layer of this mask – which contains 16 potent ingredients – is slathered over skin, a field of positive ions form over the skin, and pulls negatively charged melanin ions from deep within the skin to its surface. This neutralizes negative ions, purges skin-darkening melanin, and gives you instantly brighter and more translucent skin after just one application.

My Daily Dose™
(30ml, $169 SGD)

Award-winning My Daily Dose™ is customised for your skin identity at the present moment and takes into account your lifestyle, which directly affects your skin condition. It features Skin Inc’s encapsulated serums from Japan, which contain 100 per cent active ingredients, encased in capsules to maintain freshness and effectiveness. These caviar-inspired capsules burst upon contact with the skin, dousing skin with high-performance active ingredients.

I’ve mentioned that this ia a 3-step regime to brighter, fairer skin, so let’s get behind the science of it all and walk you through the 3 steps!

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Step 1 – Prep

Getting rid of old Keratin with Skin Inc's Pure Revival Peel

Usage Instructions: Apply with dry hands on dry face, leave it on for 10 seconds, and then massage in circular motion. Rinse off old keratin which will appear as small granules, and ta-dah!

The Pure Revival Peel (100ml) comes in a pump bottle, which dispenses clear gel in a hygienic way *stamp of approval*.

The Pure Revival Peel (100ml) comes in a pump bottle, which dispenses clear gel in a hygienic way *stamp of approval*.

Now I have this thing about not reading print too carefully, so I just glanced through and saw “10 seconds, massage in circular motion) and I thought it was weird since it was called a peel. I think I’ve been thinking about Glycolic Acid peels too much hahaha.

So when I rubbed it in circular motions, I was surprised cos I felt all the old skin cells being rubbed off (into little white clumps)!

This way of exfoliation was gentle, and it didn’t hurt at all – unlike abrasive scrubs and acid peels, the peel removed dead skin cells pretty quickly and effectively by adhering to old keratin and other impurities which makes the skin look dull – and a milky substance forms after you leave it to react (the 10 seconds) and the old keratin + impurities are gently swept away as you massage your face in circular motions.

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(please excuse the scabs from the laser I did a few days ago!)

I know it sounds a lot like some other peels without exfoliating beads and bits, but here’s what’s different – I didn’t smell any alcohol, there was no stinging sensation (like how some other brands would) and it is also Paraben-free!

On top of all that, Pure Revival Peel also contains high-performance active ingredients like:

  • AC-11 (a plant-based derivative which is a natural activator of skin repair).
  • Arbutin (brightens your skin)
  • and Fullerene (a powerful antioxidant which seeks out and stops free radicals)

The combination of all these powerful ingredients meant that the Pure Revival Peel not only exfoliates; it detoxes your skin cells, prolongs cell life, strengthens collagen and elasticity and repairs UV damage – restoring your skin on the molecular level! It acts like a super-dynamic primer, maximizing the absorption of active ingredients in your daily skincare products, leaving you with plump, happy skin which allows makeup to glide on perfectly!

Now that we’re done with prepping the skin…

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Step 2 – Nourish

Pamper your skin with My Daily Dose™

It’s time to get all 3 types of goodness from this one bottle of My Daily Dose on your face!

This is actually my second bottle of My Daily Dose™, which is a customized mix of 3 different types of serums best suited for your skin’s needs. Everyone has different issues – be it dry skin, open pores, oily skin, or pigmentation. You can choose up to 3 different types of serums to be mixed into one bottle – this means that you can target more problems with just one step using one serum, instead of having to layer 3 different ones for different skin issues!

It's customizable all the way to the bottle - I love Blue & Purple, and so happens that they picked the Purple one for me without me asking! Thank you!!!

Skin inc believes that skin care should be authentic, fuss free, and fun – that’s why My Daily Dose™ Serums are customizable all the way to the bottle – I love Blue & Purple, and I already have the blue – just so happens that they picked the Purple one for me, much to my delight! It really makes me happy looking at my favorite colors in my white and grey bathroom – Thank you!

Prior to this, Jeneen, the pretty marketing manager of Skin Inc, asked if I needed to redo my skin check as my skin concerns may have changed. My skin has been undergoing a lot of changes these few months and I felt that I should just just to double check. And indeed, it’s changed slightly!

Skin Inc’s skin check is conveniently available online – this means that you don’t need to specially head down to the store(s) to get your skin analyzed – just answer a few questions about your lifestyle and concerns, and the online system will automatically pick out which 3 serums are the best for your current skin type.

Get your SKINCheck-ed online!

Get your SKINCheck-ed online!

There are currently 9 kinds of serums for you to choose from, depending on your skin problems:

  • Reborn – Collagen
  • Reinforce – Ceramide
  • Renew – Coenzyme 10 (has healing benefits)
  • Regenerate – Vitamin A
  • Revitalize – Placenta
  • Replenish – Hyaluronic Acid
  • Repair – Pycnogenol (extract of Pine bark, has anti-oxidant properties)
  • Relieve – Licorice (fights redness / rosacea and has whitening benefits)
  • Regulate – Vitamin C
Are you able to spot three differently colored caviar-like capsules?  My personal Daily Dose serum is a mix of three types of serums - Revitalize, Regenerate and Replenish!

Are you able to spot three differently colored caviar-like capsules?
My personal Daily Dose serum is a mix of three types of serums – Revitalize Placenta (Plant Extract), Regenerate Vitamin A and Replenish Hyaluronic Acid!

All the serums are paraben-free and fragrance-free, contain 100 per cent active ingredients encased in capsules to maintain freshness and effectiveness. These caviar-like capsules burst upon contact with the skin, dousing the skin with high-performance active ingredients, and are specially imported from Japan to boot!

THAT paragraph alone has me sold on it. Paraben-free, check. Quality product from Japan, check! This means it’s suitable even for people with sensitive skin – and yes, I’ve tried it – no scent, no irritation – it’s so concentrated that three drops are all you need for it to work its magic!

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Step 3 – Brighten

Moisturize and get radiant with Pure Snow White+ Mask

It just takes 10 minutes for this mask to work its ionizing miracle – with 16 potent ingredients in this 100ml tub, it takes less than a catnap to give you snow white, flawless skin.

“When a thin layer of this mask is slathered over skin, a field of positive ions form over the skin, and pulls negatively charged melanin ions from deep within the skin to its surface. This unique ion attraction technology neutralizes negative ions, purges skin-darkening melanin, and gives you instantly brighter and more translucent skin just after one application.”

How this mask works: Apply a thin layer of the mask and let it sit for 10 minutes, then remove with warm water.

“You may feel a slight tingling sensation due to the ionization process”

NOPE, Not for me! No tingling sensation at all. In fact I applied this mask right after having my laser done, and I’m masking as I’m typing this right now. Like the other two products, it’s also paraben and scent free + made in Japan as well!

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Did you know that… (It’s gonna be a little dry here, but it’s an interesting read!)

Your body actually produces pigmentation to protect your skin; when exposed to the sun, your body signals the body to trigger the action tyrosinase, an enzyme which helps produce melanin cells to shield your skin from UV rays.

Scuterllaria Baicalensis in the Pure Snow White+ Mask can regulate the actions of this spot-forming enzyme, while preventing general skin darkening and sunburn. In fact, just 1% of this potent potion can control over 100% of tyrosinase production! It is also a powerful ingredient known to shrink pore size after just one application.

On top of all that goodness, the Pure Snow White+ Mask also contains Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Natto Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, which moisturizes and plumps skin for a smooth, even surface so that light bounces off perfectly – which gives you a radiant appearance, as more light is reflected from the skin!

In short (okay, not very short), this mask promises to do all these for you:

  • Whiten your skin (Licorice root extract is nature’s whitener, inhibits tyrosinase and melanin production)
  • Reduce formation of pigmentation (Ascorbyl Glucoside, a stable form of Vitamin C)
  • Anti-Aging (Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, an algae extract with carotenoids and amino acids prevent photo-ageing)
  • Decrease pore size (studies in Japan has shown up to 50% decrease in pore size!)
  • Smooth out your skin and prime your face for easier makeup application
  • Reduce sebum production, increase moisture levels & minimize fine lines (Panax Ginseng Root Extract)
  • Anti-inflammatory (Morus Alba Root Extract) and Anti-oxidant/fungal (Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract)
  • Reflect UV Rays for an instant whitening effect (Y-Titanium Dioxide)

There are many, many more ingredients that go into this and makes this mask so wonderful and worth the price tag. If I’m gonna list all of them out you’ll probably fall asleep reading, haha.

Most importantly – If you use it everyday, for 21 days, you WILL achieve noticeable brightening and lightening of unsightly age spots, scars and sun spots!

This is something I’m definitely trying out – I’m on day 3 of 21 days, heh… Let’s see how it goes, but I definitely saw results on day 1 (Could be the Y-Titanium Dioxide working ; ) )! Come on man, make me brighter than Tricia Ong! ; p

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And for those wondering why do you use the serum before the mask – I asked the same question too – it’s because when your skin is sufficiently hydrated, it will absorb products more effectively! Hence if you choose to do step 3, you would find yourself going back to Step 2 again just before moisturizing!

I have personally tried out all products before writing this – and I have experienced ZERO skin irritation, whatsoever. Not so much as even getting red or feeling any itch. I love their products because I know it’s paraben-free – recently I’ve been trying out tonnes of skincare for my troubled skin and this doesn’t make my skin flare up at all – and hey, no new acne! ; D I know it’s a little pricey, but it’s Christmas and a good time to indulge yourself! (Or your girlfriend, if you’re a guy reading this!)

The quickest way to test the efficacy and suitability of this product would probably to try out a facial with Skin Inc first – and if you like the results from the facial, you could purchase My Daily Dose™ Serum at $20 off if you quote my name – Evonne! (Valid till 31st Dec) Of course, you could purchase it without trying the facial – It’ll also make a great gift for your beloved girlfriends or even your mum – it’s a season of giving, after all!

Alternatively, you could… Join my giveaway, and try out their award-winning skincare for yourself!

Get Awesome Skin Set Giveaway

Skin Inc x Evonne Giveaway!

Stand a chance to win the latest Skin Inc set called Get Awesome Skin! A 5-piece customizable skincare kit featuring their award-winning 3-step regime – Peel, Nourish (serums) and Hydrate (mask).

How to enter:

  1. Like Skin Inc’s Facebook Page
  2. Post a comment on their page with your skin wish this Christmas,
    e.g. “Skin Inc x Evonne Giveaway: I’d like bright and dewy skin with no pigmentation!”
  3. Remember to leave your email address in the comment!

Last day for entries will be on 11th of Dec – 1 winner will be picked on 12th Dec! Good luck ; )

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What’s new at Ettusais!

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Some new releases from Ettusais for the months of August & September!

Ettusais' foamy rich mousse has been upsized! For a limited time period, they are offering it at the usual price of $32 SGD, but with 25% more product!

Ettusais’ foamy rich mousse has been upsized (from 180g to 225g)! For a limited time period, they are offering it at the usual price of $35 SGD, but with 25% more product!

I love this cleanser – it’s perfect for lazy days. I usually use Fancl’s washing powder, but on days that I’m too lazy to foam it up myself, I reach for this!

The way it dispenses foam is awesome - like shaving cream, haha - and also I love the little flip on top to prevent you from accidentally squeezing foam out!

The way it dispenses foam is awesome – like shaving cream, haha – and also I love the little flip on top to prevent you from accidentally squeezing foam out!

the foam that comes out of the can is finer than the ones I can lather by hand. It feels really rich but surprisingly, it doesn't dry out my skin and is actually a pretty gentle cleanser.

the foam from the can turns out denser than the ones I lather by hand. It feels really rich because it’s so dense, but surprisingly, it doesn’t dry out my skin and is actually a pretty gentle cleanser. I’m most likely to repurchase this once I’m done with it!

Next up, Ettusais' Peeling Milk Sebum Up!

Next up, Ettusais’ Peeling Milk Sebum Off!

It's like the previous peeling milk, but with charcoal powder and menthol - I love this version! The previous one smelt really strongly of alcohol but this one doesn't.

It’s like the previous peeling milk, but with charcoal powder and menthol – I love this version! The previous one smelt really strongly of alcohol but this one doesn’t. You can smell the menthol once you start rubbing actually, but I like menthol so I enjoy using this.

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In action - you can see the bits starting to bead up as you rub!

In action – you can see the bits starting to bead up as you rub! I love using this before applying my make up because it gives me a smoother base to work with. It is non-comedogenic and the plant-derived fibre & abyssal clay removes melanin & dead skin cells for a more radiant, smooth complexion! Use

conversion! : ( Still, it looks pretty good and I would love to get a bottle of this if I ever visit Japan… ever again.

 

Sparkling Berry!

Sparkling Berry!

Other than the Gel Nail Topcoat, they also have new Gel Color Coats, 9ml for $24. Again, in Japan this goes at 950 Yen so I'd rather pick them up in Japan. : (

Other than the Gel Nail Topcoat, they also have new Gel Color Coats, 9ml for $24. Again, in Japan this goes at 950 Yen so I’d rather pick them up in Japan. : (

Nail swatches on display! Looks like the perfect french manicure pink - really wonder how they'd look on my nails! (Always searching for the perfect pink polish, you know.)

Nail swatches on display! Looks like the perfect french manicure pink – really wonder how they’d look on my nails! (Always searching for the perfect pink polish, you know.)

Also, here’s one artwork that cracked me up! I love Ettusais’ branding and visuals – always so interesting and Japanese. I love the artwork as well, it is an illustration style I wish I had done when I was younger.

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That’s all for now, but have you checked out the Ettusais Giveaway on my Instagram? ; D

As part of my giving back to readers this month, Ettusais Singapore has kindly sponsored 6 lip essenses to 6 lucky readers! Quick, follow me, @ettusais_sg and take part! Gooooood luck – the giveaway ends Monday!

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♥ arglyduckling.com + Ciracle Blackhead Cotton Mask Review

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I ♥ arglyduckling.com even before they contacted me, mainly for one reason… They are selling Butter London polishes at $23 SGD, which is the best rate in town! If you’re a nail polish lover you’d know that it goes for at least $25 at other places… and guess what? To celebrate their launch, ArglyDuckling’s having a 20% off STOREWIDE INTRODUCTORY SALES (not just polishes) for YOUR FIRST ORDER and if it’s ABOVE S$50!

So, this actually means that if you get 3 bottles of polishes at least, you’ll qualify for the 20%, plus each bottle will only cost you S$18.4! (Or a total of S$55.2 for all 3 bottles!)

These are the polishes I recommend carting out, if you have yet to try Butter London’s polishes:

AND! They don’t just have Butter London polishes – they also carry an extensive range of Deborah Lippmann and LAQA & Co polishes!

The next must buy item from their shop – Ciracle Blackhead Cotton Mask, at S$32.90 (20% off means… S$26.32!).

Now this mask is not like the others. I was expecting a pore pack of sorts, something which, once it dries up, you have to rip it off your nose (and along with it comes blackheads). I was intrigued when I realized that… It wasn’t like any common pore pack mask!

There are 20 masks and 20 tooltips in one box. The other end is a normal cotton swab, but in black – this way you can see the amount of dirt removed easier!

Ciracle’s cotton sheet mask are soaking wet, and a special ingredient in the mask makes the whiteheads and sebum surface to the top after 15 minutes of application (not longer than 20 mins or it will end up counter-effective). And after that you can _really_ see all the whiteheads on top!!! You then remove it with the sticks of cotton bud/gunk removal tool which are included with each box or your own metal pimple removal tool (which I find to be a little more effective).

Here’s some before & after photos I took myself.

omg look at all the sebum and gunk on my nose!

scrape them off gently with the remover tip!

tadah! clean pores!

And in case you guys can’t really see the difference like this… here’s a before and after side by side, ZOOMED IN till you can see all the heads.

IT’S LIKE MAGIC.

GET IT, NOW.

I have many, many other products worth chirping about, like…

Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Co Lip Salves, S$14

Packaged in vintage inspired design tins, these lip salves are actually pretty multipurpose and holds a generous 22ml of product! The balms stay fresh for up to 30 months after opening, and comes in various scents, like Brambleberry Rose, Menthol & Eucalyptus, Minted Rose, Strawberry… etc!

and, LAQA & Co’s Fat Lip Pencils, S$26

I really like fairyblood (have a thing for nude lipsticks)! lambchop, a cool toned pink and the “shocker” of the series, has such a cute name!

Some products I’ve yet to try, but have good impression of while swatching at the cosy session ArglyDuckling invited a few of us to are:

Kaia Cleansing Cloths, S$30 for 30 sheets

Bamboo is actually one of the fastest growing plants (reportedly up to 100cm in 24 hours) and therefore is a really good material as they grow faster than trees and other plants – in fact, there are already quite a few companies which makes clothing out of bamboo fibers! If you like going green, you’ll love this product. It is also is cruelty free, and it’s an all in one wipe infused with 8 pure citrus essential oils, organic Canadian honey, sunflower seed oil & oat amino acids, it leaves skin feeling velvety soft, non-irritated, no sticky residue & no need to rinse with water. It is 100% Bio-degradable!

At S$30 for 30 sheets it may seem rather pricey (compared to say, Biore’s make up remover sheets at 48 pieces for around S$16) but due to it’s stretchy material and bigger cloth area, you can probably finish wiping off your make up with just one sheet!

BLINC Mascara, S$30. Comes in Black & Dark Brown.

The folks at ArglyDucking swear by this mascara – apparently mascara which forms no-smudge, waterproof tubes around your lashes instead of the normal mascara – and it can be easily removed with just warm water and some gentle pressure. The tubes will slide right off and I actually tried that – you really see the tubes come off!

I’ve yet to review this mascara and do a wear test on it yet, but I’m looking very forward to trying it out when I finally have more time!

If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve mentioned.. Why not grab the 20% off opportunity and cart out some good deals for yourself? Head over to arglyduckling.com and shop shop shop before the 20% discount offer ends!

(The 20% off ends 15th July 2012 End of July 2012! (EXTENDED!!!) In just 2 days’ time! I meant to blog about this earlier, but I got really, really, really swamped with work – I STILL AM, oh god. QUICK GRAB!)

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