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Faith in Face – New Hydrogel Masks from Korea!

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Is there anyone who doesn’t like facial masks?

I know it’s good for me, but I just get so lazy sometimes.

But whenever I do apply a mask, I’ll arrange an entire pampering session around it. Maybe a foot scrub. Or a body scrub. Best time is when I’m in a hot water bath!

The thing about doing something while wearing a mask, is that masks sometimes tend to fall off or just slide off you. And the cotton sheet masks sometimes dry up so quickly!

So the first time I tried a hydrogel mask, I fell in love.

I love the way the way it hugged my face better than a sheet mask. I love how I could run about doing things without worrying about it falling off – it adheres well to your skin, and doesn’t dry out as fast as a cotton sheet mask would either!

That was why I accepted Faith In Face’s advertorial, and I was really looking forward to trying out the masks for a review!

(In fact, I’m in Japan at time of writing and guess what I’m doing to beat the cold winds of Tokyo? Using a Faith In Face mask of course!)

Faith in Face masks were first launched in 2012, and by the time they arrived in Singapore in October 2015, have already reached No. 1 status in Korea!

The masks were developed by a multi-national team of young cosmetic experts from Korea, Britain & Canada after 3 years of research and development, and only uses organic, naturally derived extracts such as vegetable collagen, essential oils, vitamin E & hyaluronic acid. Free of parabens & mineral oil, these masks deliver high percentage of water soluble ingredients for maximum hydration & superior skin rejuvenation.

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Unlike regular microfiber and cotton sheet masks, Faith in Face’s hydrogel masks contain a high percentage of water soluble ingredients to deliver maximal hydration and superior skin rejuvenation. With a gentle formula that is suitable for sensitive skin, the hydrogel masks are also able to cool the skin, thanks to beta-glucans which rejuvenate stressed out skin.”

The Faith in Face hydrogel masks come in 5 types addressing different concerns –

  • After Shower Look Hydrogel Mask
    Soothing and moisturizing with Sodium PCA & Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, and Camelia Oil to lock moisture in.
  • Hold Me Tight Hydrogel Mask
    Copper Tripeptide, Rooibos extract and Red Ginseng firms & lifts the skin. 
  • Black & White Film Star Hydrogel Mask
    Brightening mask with Arbutin, Niacinamide and Citrus Unshiu Pericarp & Green Tea extract 
  • Miss Invisible Pore Hydrogel Mask
    A pore tightening mask with Salicylic Acid to reduce sebum, peppermint extract to cleanse and natural astringents such as Chestnut Shell extract & Witch Hazel!
  • Nourish Me Hydrogel Mask
    Contains Ceramide 3 with Broccoli Extract & Olive oil, providing the ultimate nourishment for your skin.

The masks come in boxes and there are 3 pieces in each box. Upon opening, I was surprised to find that they’re separated into 2 pieces (top half of face, and bottom half of the face), which means it’ll be a better fit on the face!

(I have a shorter face, so it’s pretty annoying for me when masks are too long – this is perfect for me!)Upon removing the hydrogel mask from the packet, you’ll find that it is sandwiched between two sheets for protection – one thick plastic sheet, and a softer one.

You might wonder, which side is up and the side to place on your face? The answer: Remove the softer sheet, and place the smooth side of the hydrogel mask on your face!

This is the smooth side of the mask which meets your face – the bumpy side is on the outside!

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I like applying the bottom half of the mask first.

Adjust the mask till it fits well on the bottom half of your face.

See how it hugs the face? I love it! It doesn’t really slip off nor does it crinkle on my face like some of the sheet masks do. 

Personally, I really think this is worth a try, especially if you love applying masks! It’s definitely something you can add to your routine. Just try it – I guarantee that you’ll love it as much as I did!

They say that in order to form a new good habit, you have to do that thing continuously for approximately 18 – 66 days.

Ever since the day the masks arrived, I’ve been trying to leave myself constant reminders on how to keep my skin moisturised. I left little post-it notes that screams “MASK!” on it and they’re stuck on everywhere – near my computer, my toilet, my mirrors… And I’m pretty sure that habit’s gonna be easy to form, since I love the masks so much!

So far, so good – my skin loves the hydrogel masks, especially during winter in cold countries! Love how bouncy and supple it is right after masking!

I love the masks so much that it’s hard to pick just one to ask you to try – thankfully, they’re just $14.50 for a box of 3 pieces, available exclusively at Watsons at the moment!

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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Stay Young with Dr. Young!

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I’ve finally stopped breaking out – right now I’ve pared down to the basics as the doctor has recommended – Cleanser, Retinoid Cream, Moisturizer and since this routine has worked for me for about a month plus (I’m just left with scars to  clear!), I reckon it’s a good time I look for products to introduce into my skincare regime! Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 1.18.26 pm Korean skincare has been quickly becoming the choice for many – I mean, which Korean star have you seen with bad skin?! Even the boys’ faces are immaculate. Just a few weeks ago I was at a party and this girl was telling me about how she loves Korean skincare and uses mainly Korean skincare! And yes, her face was flawless even without make up. Dr. Young Skincare is the product of a group of 5 doctors’ advice – a mix of dermatologists, plastic surgeons – made to fortify and protect your skin from external environment damages. Their skincare contains NO animal origins / mineral oil, LOW preservatives, chemicals surfactants, artificial colorants and are HIGH in organic ingredients, botanical oil and natural water! It was first developed in 2008, and has been in Singapore since 2011 – Dr. Young currently has 5 main product lines to suit everyone’s needs: Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 1.17.20 pm And here are the products I’ve picked to try out from their range!

{ AC OUT CLEANSING FOAM CREAM }

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  1. Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract (aka Licorice, which whitens)
  2. Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract (reduces pigmentation activities)
  3. Artemisia Vulgaris Extract (anti-irritatant and anti-oxidant)
  4. Acorus Calamus Root Extract (anti-inflammatory)
  5. & Cnidium Officinale Root Extract (anti-inflammatory, skin regeneration)
Sealed for freshness!

Sealed for freshness!

The facial cream foams up pretty easily, and there wasn’t a discernable scent in this. It’s not overly drying but still gives you a clean feel – Or maybe I’ve been too used to my glycolic cleanser, it almost feels too clean for me. Nevertheless, looking at the ingredients it contains, it doesn’t look like a bad facial wash at all with all its anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant ingredients and may turn out to be good for you if you have occasional spots.

$31.90 SGD for 150ml | Tip: Rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face with cold water to give tension to your skin as a last step! 

{ DEEP CLEARING CLAY MASK }

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This mask has to be my favorite product of all! Unlike other clay masks which tend to sting a little, this deep clearing mask is actually quite soothing and doesnt irritate my skin – plus it doesn’t have too strong of a fragrance or smell! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA When it comes to masks, I prefer using a brush for more even application as compared to fingers – it’s also less messy this way to me! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Let it sit for about 3-5 mins – allow the Ghassoul Clay (also known as Rhassoul, a clay mined from Morocco which softens skin, reduces sebum secretion and removes dead skin cells) and Dr. Young’s Phyto-Astringent (complex of Witch Hazel, Calendula and Ivy Extracts) to work their magic on your skin before washing it all off with lukewarm water before it dries up! My skin felt pretty nice and soft after using this and there was no irritation (redness, soreness etc) after washing it off – it’s a keeper! I love masking now since I’ve done vision correction surgery and can mask whenever~

$37.90 SGD for 65g | Tip: Apply Pore Tightening Serum on face after Clay Mask application to wholly remove pores and sebum.

{ BAMBOO BLOOMING BOOSTER }

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA An energizer serum that feels a lot like water, the Bamboo Blooming Booster is in the Special Care line and is oe of Dr. Young’s best selling products! It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects on the skin with ingredients like Prunus mume extract & Phytoncide, while Fermentation extracts (Fucogel 1000 & Koji Gastrodia Elata Blume Ferment) provides protection and hydration for the skin so that your next step of skincare will be absorbed easily. The Prunus Mume extract also aids cell renewal rates!

I use one full dropper for each application!

It doesn’t feel sticky at all – almost like water! I use one full dropper for each application.

$66.90 SGD for 50ml | Tip: Use Bamboo Blooming Booster in the morning and Pore Tightening Serum in the evening or vice versa to get better effect!

 

{ ANTI-PORE PORE ERASER BALM }

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This tiny pot of pore eraser balm contains Swiss Alpine Herb & Witch Hazel Extracts, which controls sebum and tightens up pores – a little dollop (bean sized) is more than sufficient, and it keeps your skin soft, moist and matte all day long! I apply this to my nose and cheek area where my enlarged pores and oily parts of my face are to smoothen out the face and make sure that they stay matte longer, before I pat on powder. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I don’t usually use powder foundation because of my open pores – powder only serves to accentuate these pores even more which isn’t a pleasing sight. Dr. Young’s Anti Pore Pore Eraser Balm covers up all these little holes and creates a perfect, smooth canvas for my powder foundation! dr-young-anti-pore-eraser-balm-before-after Tried it on my hand first – It even conceals a bit of redness, so if your skintone is largely okay and you wish to use less make up, just apply sunblock + the eraser balm and you’re good to go! Then I tried it on my face – without the balm + powder, and with the balm + powder – the results were immediately obvious – the balm smoothened out all the little indentations on my skin and made my face silky smooth to the touch! dr-young-ant-pore-eraser-balm-before-after-powder

$40.90 SGD for 15g | Tip: Use it alone as base, or as a primer under your regular foundation if you need more coverage!

{ AC OUT SPOT STOP SERUM}

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The AC Out Spot stOp Serum comes in a handy size for you to stow away in your bag for emergencies (sometimes I wake up to a zit but have to rush out… that’s when!) and it can even be applied over make up!

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It comes in a clear form, and there is an instant cooling effect upon application. It also seems to leave a coating over it (it’s more of a feeling your skin gets than to the touch) as it claims and I like it pretty much! These days my pimples are making lesser appearances, and they also heal faster, but it feels quite shiok to use this on zits anyway ; p It also contains Salicylic acid which as we all know, is often used to treat acne.

$37.90 SGD for 15ml


There’s one item I’m really interested to try out and it’s their newest product, the Complete Color Cushion from their Protect/Prevent range! (p.s. – I’ve reviewed it on my Dayre!) It comes with SPF50+ / PA++, doesn’t seem to have a pinkish tinge AND has quite good coverage as seen on this video!   dr-young-cc-cushion-before-after If that doesn’t make you want to buy it right now I don’t know what will! The Dr. Young CCC is going at $54.90 SGD and available for pre-order right now – get 10% off with discount code “DYCCC10”! Post23_CCCushionPreorder If you would like to try out Dr. Young’s range, you can do so during this festive season because they’ve come up with exclusive Christmas bundles on www.dr-young.com.sg, which will save you quite a fair bit! All bundles are 20% off but if you pre-order before 19th Dec with discount code “SANTA05”, you’ll get an additional 5% off! : D Christmas shopping online has never been easier! DrYoung_Flyer(christmas) If a Christmas bundle isn’t your thing, you’ll get a whooping 15% off with “EVONNE15” as well on ala carte products ; )

Special thanks to the Dr. Young Singapore team for letting me try out your products!

Special thanks to the Dr. Young Singapore team for letting me try out your products!

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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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Fancl Pore Cleansing Pack & Skin Renewal Pack

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At the beginning of the year, FANCL revealed their new logo and the products were all slowly replaced with the new packaging, and some of the re-branded products came with an improved formula as well.

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I was sent FANCL’s Pore Cleansing Pack & the Skin Renewal Pack to try out and here are some of my thoughts on the packaging and product.

Packaging

Initially I wasn’t even sure if it was possible – being a Japanese brand, FANCL has always been simply designed and pleasant to the eye – but this time round, they simplified their packaging even further and I really do like what I see!

Everything looks cleaner than before, and the colors are lighter, and even more soothing looking.

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Some of their products have little perforated tabs which are necessary to pull off to get to the product(s) – and when pulled, you’ll discover that all the instructions are written on the inside of the box! The box unfolds easily after you’ve pulled away the tab.

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The instructions are unfortunately in Japanese and I couldn’t read a single word of it, haha. However, the diagrams are easy to comprehend. You’ll also notice that they have a little sticker on the top right – for you to put the expiry dates as all of FANCL’s products are preservative-free and expires pretty quickly after the seal is broken.

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I mentioned that only some of the products have that little tab which unfolds to instructions in the box – and the Skin Renewal Pack isn’t one of them. Instead the product slides out accompanied by an instructional slip, and also the expiry date seal.

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Sealed for Freshness

As the products are preservatives-free and expire rather quickly once exposed to air, they are sealed for freshness and requires an extra step to break into the packaging.

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Some of their products have an extra ring and you need to take that out / put it away before you close the cap back in to break through the seal.

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Instead of requiring you to poke the product with, god forbid, an unsanitary pair of scissors or penknife, the clever packaging helps you to push through the seal with an extra plastic bit in the cap.

Remove the silver ring, screw the cap back in and tadah~

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You’ll find that the little plastic bit which was attached to the cap is now on the tube instead! It’s an extra nozzle attachment which helps you break the seal so you don’t need to poke around with unnecessary sharp equipment. Cheers to innovation!

Likewise, the skin renewal pack also comes with that extra ring and an extra plastic bit embedded in the cap.

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Using the product…

I had to skim through their website (not much help) and open up the press release to find out how the products work because all the instructions were in Japanese. *sweatdrops*

FANCL Pore Cleansing Pack, $58 SGD for 40g.

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“The rinse off mask is an additional step to your daily skincare regime – it dissolves, absorbs and removes the impurities which causes clogged pores and blackheads, while minimizing the appearance of pores.

The new formula introduces Prune Enzyme Extract, an active ingredient that tackles keratin plugs – the creators of blackheads – for an easy removal, and prevents them from regenerating. Its improved Sebum Absorbing Powder, another active ingredient, helps to soak up excess sebum and dirt trapped in the clogged pores, allowing them to be removed easily.

Malvidin, a signature active ingredient in FANCL’s skincare products, with its ability to purify, increases the effectiveness of the mask – it also restores and revitalizes damaged cells, creating healthy, bouncy skin. Hyaluronic Acid and Fresh Moist Collagen moisturizes as it cleanses the skin, leaving it softened and supple.

The FANCL Pore Cleansing Pack is suitable for all skin types.

It also contains Soapberry extract, Charcoal, Tanakura Clay and Menthol.

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After cleansing your face, squeeze just enough to cover over blackheads. Apply mask evenly and gently – leave for 5 minutes, until sebum spots show and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

(in the picture above, I applied it across my entire face hahaha because I’m having some clogged pimples around my jaw and sides of my face. Bah)

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Sebum SPOTS. Yucks! Wash off, wash off!

FANCL Skin Renewal Pack, $46 for 40g

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“The Skin Renewal Pack is a multi-tasking gel mask which elevates the skin for optimum absorption of beauty ingredients and also purifies the skin by restoring damaged skin cells, buffering against skin troubles even before they begin.

The secret is in its star ingredient, the botanical extract Malvidin. It is known for its anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties – Malvidin works by putting a stop to skin troubles at an early stage by removing factors which damages the skin, and revitalizing damaged or weakened skin cells.

It also works with the other gentle and powerful ingredients in the Skin Renewal Pack – Mineral salts, which strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier, retaining moisture deep within the derma layer through an osmotic effect, Fresh Moist Collagen which moisturizes and softens, Fresh Royal Jelly Essence which supports skin’s natural and moisturizing power by encouraging the production of Aquaporin, European Pear Extract which removes old keratin and dark melanin trapped within skin and enhances blood circulation when massaged into face, and Hyaluronic acid which also helps retain moisture in skin.”

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(Don’t scream, yes, I have peeling lips (dry lah) and acne problems. But they’re getting better! ; D)

After cleansing your face, squeeze a 50-cent coin sized amount onto clean hands and apply mask evenly and gently all over the face, including the delicate eye and mouth areas. Leave mask on for 5 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use 2-3 times weekly or as needed.

Did you know that FANCL has an e-shop in Singapore?

You can’t order the entire range, but you can stock up on the popular essentials like the facial washing powder, facial cleansing oil and tense up ex – which is quite heavy – they ship to you for free if you order below $50. For orders above $50, delivery costs $5. You can find the e-store here.

FANCL has also opened up new stores in JEM & the new wing of Plaza Singapura, so yay to 2 more locations to get your beauty fix!

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