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Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Duo

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I’m not going to tell you that oh, I attribute looking younger than my 31 years of age because I’ve been using Olay.

I’m gonna tell you – I look younger than my 31 years because of good genes, because I’m petite, and that Asians generally age like this:

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AND, I’m gonna tell you that we shouldn’t take it for granted.
It’s easy to see how you’ll age – just look around at your family members and relatives.

My Aunt, Grandma (holding my baby cousin), Me and my Mum! That's 3 generations for you - can you guess how I'll age in time to come?

My Aunt, Grandma (holding my baby cousin), Me and my Mum! That’s 3 generations for you – can you guess how I’d age in time to come?

We all age differently, whether we’re Asians or not. Generally, Caucasians tend to develop fine lines first, but Asians, even though we have thinner skin, we tend to age slower than them due to more collagen and fat in our body makeup. Thinner skin means that we tend to be a little more sensitive to skincare, and have a weaker moisture barrier.

I recently saw a dermatologist, and she had FANTASTIC, taut skin – It was literally glowing, and she’s 10 years older than I am! I asked her for her secret, and she simply said; “HYDRATE!” Which re-emphasizes the point of having a good moisture barrier!

And aging does these to you –

  • your skin’s renewal process will start to slow down,
  • you may suddenly go through a second puberty
    (when in actual fact, it’s just your skin’s weakened moisture barrier allowing bacteria to wreck havoc on your skin)
  • you may find your skin looking duller
  • your skin’s feeling less taut and start requiring more moisture than it used to

And being in Singapore just makes it worst – we are classified as having a tropical rainforest climate, which means it’s just hot – rainy – humid – hot – rainy – humid ALL YEAR ROUND. This actually makes our skin act up – it’s too hot outside, it’s too cold inside (air-conditioning can be really drying!) and we often end up with oily, confused skin, resulting in acne (yet again)!

evonnz-olay-profile-7And then there’s fat and collagen loss – which, we cannot prevent from happening (it’s dependent on our bodies) but if you haven’t already seen the scary pictures out there, not moisturizing and going out in the sun often leads to skin drying out, which can definitely age it faster!

That is why I was so surprised to see this ingredient in both of Olay’s Miracle Boost products – they have Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) in it!

In short, what Niacinamide does for you:

“There are 2 important enzymes (NADH and NADPH) that contribute to the production of cellular energy and lipids (responsible for cell growth). With a sufficient supply of both enzymes, your skin creates an effective barrier to external factors that influence the aging process. However, the levels of both NADH and NADPH decline as we grow older. When applied topically, vitamin B3 seems to reduce their rate of decline.

Because topical application of niacinamide can help preserve levels of NADH and NADPH, it contributes to the support of the skin’s barrier against pollutants and other irritants. As a result, many skin conditions, such as acne, the redness associated with rosacea, and other inflammatory signs can be actively managed. Also, vitamin B3 has shown to be useful for encouraging the production of natural emollients that can help the skin remain hydrated.” – Source

In fact, both products had pretty good percentages of it! A quick check on the product packaging reveals that Niacinamide was within the first 5 ingredients on both products (the higher the ingredient placing, the more % of that ingredient in the mix), especially the Youth Pre-essence!

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Meet the impressive Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Duo!

  1. Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence
  2. Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

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The Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence has a rather innovative auto-dropper cap – basically, when you open it by twisting, the bottle stopper will twist up, and along with that, take in a suitable amount of product for just one dosage – this way you’ll never need to re-measure just how much product you’ve taken – simply push the top and it will dispense the perfect amount!

evonnz-olay-profile-4I have been to many events and have tried and tested this fact – the more moisturized your skin is, the more it is ready to absorb even more goodness in your skin. Basically, wet attracts wet – and that is why this step of applying pre-essence is important!

Other than Niacinamide, it also contains Amino Peptides – pro collagen molecules which firms, reduces wrinkles and aids in skin reparation, Lys’lastine (dill seed extract) that enhances skin elasticity, and oliveM (olive extract, anti-oxidant) which helps protect skin from oxidative damage.

Its lightweight, non-sticky formula aids product penetration and is best used in combination with a good moisturizer – for example, the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream!

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The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is to be used day & night, and has a lovely texture – but what really made me feel comfortable about it was the light scent of familiarity! Yes I’ve helped myself to others’ products in the house in the past, and Olay was one of them!

The texture felt great on my skin – it can be a bit thick if you apply too much, but generally with the Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence it gets absorbed quicker and much better (tried and tested!).

There is Niacinamide in this product as well, and all that hydration makes my skin cells plump and generally, when your skin is happily hydrated, your skin will glow, and it will tend to look more youthful as well!

The products are amazing when used on their own, but when they are used together,

  • the first drop starts renewal of a million skin cells
  • 2x more anti-aging actives penetration into the skin.
  • In just 4 weeks, you’ll feel witness your skin looking more youthful!

It’s a no wonder they’re called the Miracle Duo!

Both the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and Micro-Sculpting Cream are now available in all Watsons & Guardian stores, and also online at Lazada!

My Skincare Routine (May 2013)

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No better time to do this than now, because I had to bring my skincare items and talk about them a few weeks ago at a survey.

I do tend to try out new stuff every now and then, but I’m happy to find a reliable routine and these are my go-to products on a usual day!

Cleansers

Step 1: Cleanse

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For cleansing, I use both Shu Uemura’s Anti/Oxi (A/O) Skin Refining Anti-dullness Cleansing Oil, and Fancl’s Washing Powder – but not always both together.

In the morning, I just use either one alone – but preferably Shu Uemura’s A/O Cleansing Oil (1-2 pumps) because it is gentle and dry me out. At the survey, one of the ladies actually mentioned that she only washes her face with water in the morning – I don’t disagree with that (you cannot disagree with her clear, smooth complexion) but I just don’t feel comfortable just washing with water, especially since I need to get rid of oil build up and all so that my makeup goes on better.

If I have make up on, I will pump out a liberal amount of Shu Uemura’s A/O Cleansing Oil (3-4 pumps) on dry hands, and massage it in a circular motion to dissolve my make up – make sure your face is dry too, because the oil emulsifies upon contact with water. Cleanse with water and voila! If I have really thick make up on, I will take on an extra step and use Fancl’s Washing Powder to double cleanse, although Shu’s rep has mentioned that it is not necessary to do so.

I have to sing praises for the Shu Uemura A/O Cleansing Oil because it is extremely efficient at removing all traces of make up – plus, I can clearly see that my pores are less clogged – I’ve never seen my nose so clean before! It is a bit of a struggle when it comes to removing mascara though, so I’ll still use Heroine Make’s mascara remover before using Shu’s A/O Cleansing Oil.

Shu’s latest A/O Cleansing oil is formulated with Green Tea & Moringa Extracts, and Moringa is a great anti-oxidant – it captures and clears away harmful pollutants as well as oxidative sebum in an instant.

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Shu has a total of 4 cleansing oils in their series (A/O, White Efficient, Fresh Clear Pore, High Performance), but I’ve only tried A/O, so I’m not sure how the others perform – I’m pretty keen in testing out the Fresh Clear Pore after I’m done with A/O. The 150ml bottle has a lock mechanism which is great for traveling – I’d recommend the 150ml if you’re just trying this out first.

In case you need to know how it is used (image from the www):

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As for Fancl’s Washing Powder, it is gentle, soothing, and I get a kick out of using it with the foaming ball. My face feels a lot cleaner than using other cleansers and best of all, no tight feeling! Other than that, I know that Fancl’s products are usually formulated without preservatives and all, so I do feel that this is good for me.

Another cleanser I like would be Philosophy’s Purity 3-in-1 cleanser for face & eyes, for its gentle, non drying formula and the scent too.

Prices:

  • Shu Uemura AO Cleansing Oil – $58 SGD (150ml), $130 SGD (450ml)
  • Fancl Washing Powder – $26 SGD (1 bottle, 50g), $48.50 SGD (2 bottles, 50g x 2) / Foaming ball is $1 SGD each.
  • Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser – $35 SGD (240ml)

Toner

Step 2: Tone

9225596There’s a lot to choose from in my stash actually, but I find myself attracted to the soothing herbal scent of Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Toner most, ever since I tried a mini bottle (which is what you see here) from a Bellabox – I have a 250ml one sitting on my shelf now!

I use this two ways –

  1. In the morning or when I didn’t put on any make up, I just simply pat this on with my bare (and very clean) hands after cleansing.
  2. If I’m using this after makeup removal/cleansing,  I’ll wipe down with a cotton pad first just in case (It’s just a habit of mine), then pat on with bare hands or use a cotton pad to pat it on.

Kiehl’s has been giving back and have marked down their prices permanently, and I was pleased to find out that they’ve been marked down by this much for the Calendula Toner!

Kiehl’s Calendula  Toner Prices

  • 125ml $54 ➡ $40 SGD
  • 250ml $78 ➡ $58 SGD
  • 500ml $110 ➡ $90 SGD

Serum

Step 3: Serums (Extra care)

evonnz_skincare_routine_serumsI’m not sure if it’s Shu Uemura’s AO Cleansing Oil, or Shu Uemura’s Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator, but my face was instantly less oily from the moment I started using this combination. It is wonderful, because my skin has gone from extremely oily to just oily. I can feel the difference instantly – first from the lesser oil build up I get at night, to the fact that my make up lasts longer on me. And yes, my skin does seem more radiant than before!

Shu Uemura’s Tsuya Skin can also be layered, so you either use it alone, or use it before your other serums. I have quite a few serums in my stash, and one of my favorite to layer with it would be Biotherm’s Blue Therapy Serum, for anti-aging and also because I like the scent of this range!

Prices:

  • Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Serum – $108 SGD (30ml)
  • Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum – $99 SGD (30ml), $129 SGD (50ml)

 

Moisturizers

Step 4: Moisturize

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If you’re sharp, you would have noticed that there’s no moisturizer in the picture above! That’s because I’m still searching for a holy grail one – I have a few which I’m rotating, and are quite gentle to use, as listed below.

  • Ettusais White Shooter Dual Effect  – Gentle on the skin, but it’s pretty watery so some may not get used to this.
  • Biotherm AquaSource – I’m in love with the scent of this. It’s gel based, so it gets absorbed pretty fast into my skin and so far, no aggravation.
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – This is strictly speaking not a moisturizer, but sometimes using this alone is actually enough for my skin and it does aid oil control. The calming scent is a bonus for me!
  • Origins Plantscription Anti Aging Cream – Origins is a skincare brand I always trust, and the cream may look hard to deal with because it is a cream, but it actually goes on pretty easily and it is really moisturizing! Doesn’t clog my pores, and has a great scent to boot.
  • Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream – it is a little hard to spread for me, but if you get your palms suitably warmed up enough it does help it to go on easier – this provides adequate moisture for my skin.

Prices:

  • Ettusais White Shooter Dual Effect – $42 SGD (170ml)
  • Biotherm AquaSource Moisturizer – $69 SGD (50ml)
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – $90 ➡ $80 SGD (30ml)
  • Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Cream – $110 SGD (50ml)
  • Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream – $80 SGD (50ml)

Eye Care

Step 5: Eyes

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My Eyes have always been one of the biggest concerns because I wear contact lens all the time (all the tugging and pulling) plus I spend long hours on the computer for work. I’ve tried out a few items which I like and think works for me.

The Génifique Eye Light-Pearl™ has a massager which is a joy to use. It really helps to boost circulation around the eyes and the massager means you don’t have to use your fingers and tug on your skin unnecessarily. My girlfriend Mag has been using this for quite a while now and I think it works wonderfully well for her – and she likes it!

The other two items which I love are pretty similar in terms of usage and function – both Make Up Store’s Cooling Eye Stick and Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-puffer are basically like a fat lip balm – product is dispensed when you twist it and they both are cooling when applied – and you don’t need a mirror to use this so I tend to do my work halfway and quickly roll this over my eyes for quick relief. I have one stationed on my table all the time!

  • Génifique Eye Light-Pearl™ – $110 (20ml)
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-puffer – $45 (5g)
  • Make Up Store Cooling Eye Stick

Some beauty experts have recommended using eye care right after serums and before moisturizers, but as long as you wash your hands and don’t get moisturizers near your eye areas (to avoid getting millia seeds), I think this as a last step is fine.

Hope this entry wasn’t too long and that it helped! I’m not paid to write about of the products, even though I’ve been sent some of the products – I’m grateful that I get to try these stuff out and I’m just sharing about which ones worked well for me.

Introducing TheFaceShop’s Chia Seed Range

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“Chia Seed is able to live in a very dry environment. It contains various minerals, vitamins, nutrient energy and also vitamin A, B, C, D and E. Not only these, it also contains 6 times more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more antioxidants than blueberries, 8 times more essential fatty oil than salmon, and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli. With this mighty combination, Chia Seed is indeed miraculous and packed with nutrition.

In the manufacturing process of these products, Chia Seed sprouts are used. When the seeds start sprouting, the nutrition increases. Seeds that have sprouted for a week were chosen and processed within 24 hours to ensure active ingredients are in the freshest state. After which, these sprouts are extracted by steam distillation, followed by micro filtration process. No chemical fertilizers were used in the process.”

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“7 Chia Seed products were created to meet different areas of needs. Dermatologist tested, our formula does not contain any of the 7 additives (Paraben, Benzophenone, Artificial antioxidant, Alcohol, Sulphate, Acrylamide and Triethanolamine)”

Prices of the products:
• Chia Seed Boosting Essence (80ml) – $36.90 SGD
• Chia Seed Watery Toner (145ml) – $29.90 SGD
• Chia Seed Soothing Mist (170ml) – $29.90 SGD
• Chia Seed Watery Lotion (125ml) – $29.90 SGD
• Chia Seed Watery Eye & Spot Essence (30ml) – $36.90 SGD
• Chia Seed Moisture Holding Seed Essence (50ml) – $36.90 SGD (contains whitening properties)
• Chia Seed Moisture Holding Seed Cream (50ml) – $36.90 SGD

An box was sent to me via courier and I was like “what is this display set doing here” hahaha. I think it was a rather interesting presentation.

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The box opens up to reveal the Chia Seed Moisture Holding Seed Cream (50ml), which is a “moisture cream that is deeply infused with Chia Seed Water Drops to fully hydrate the skin”.

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It comes with a little spatula for scooping out product – using your fingers to dip into the pot may contaminate the product!

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The little jar contains 50ml of product (which means… 500ml of moisture?!), and the jar is made of acrylic, which is quiet hefty. Unscrew the container and you’ll see that it has an extra protective seal cap, which can be easily lifted by pulling the little heart shaped seed tab – I like the inclusion of this little thing!

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The moisturizer is translucent and viscous, but not too thick and definitely more of a gel than a cream. It’s pretty lightweight to me, and spreads easily on the skin. I’ve been using this for about a week now, and so far so good – no clogged pores, no breakouts. I use this mostly in the day as it’s light, but super moisturizing still – you can use this both day at night if you wish. I don’t oil up excessively even when I sleep without air-conditioning.

At $36.90 SGD, this tub of moisturizing cream isn’t too expensive to try out – if your skin’s in need of some hydration, why not give this a go? ; )

Radiant, Dewy skin with The Body Shop (FOTD/EOTD)

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There was one afternoon where I was lazing on the bed after a particularly heavy lunch (don’t do this!) and was checking my mails on my phone – and just 10 minutes after I’ve read the email about The Body Shop sending me products, the delivery man arrived! With the said products in the email – wahlao, it was like some kind of *snap fingers* magic.

And in this little eco-friendly paper bag was a bunch of products specially picked by The Body Shop to help me achieve a radiant, dewy look based on results from the body shop’s skin diagnostic tool I’ve done earlier last week!

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They’ve very sweetly packed both skincare and makeup for me to try. The star of the show and the hero? Nutriganics Drops of Youth!

Skincare

• Nutriganics Drops of Youth ($58.90 SGD)
• Vitamin E Moisture Cream ($29.90 SGD)

(all the skincare items in this post are made in the UK)

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Nutriganics Drops of Youth ($58.90 SGD)

The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth was launched back in 2012, but have been selling so well that based on 2012’s sales records, there’s a bottle sold every minute!

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It is a lightweight, easily absorbed “youth-enhancing” concentrate which is to be applied after toner, and before your usual moisturizer. Squeeze out a drop of two on your palms and apply all over your face – I find that one pump (about 1.5 pea size) is sufficient for me. Let it get absorbed into your skin before applying your moisturizer.

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The dropper cap works pretty well, but it can be a bit big of a drop – usually one pump is almost 3/4 of the entire dropper height!
It’s slightly viscous, and not entirely transparent a liquid, but it’s not sticky after application at all. There’s a very pleasant, fresh scent in this – it reminds me of jasmine green tea, the Heaven & Earth one.

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I’m still in the midst of trying this out, and it’s only day 3, but no breakouts so far and I’ve got no complaints!
If you’d like to give this a try, act fast! The Nutriganics Drops of Youth is going at a special price of $42.90 SGD till 23rd Jan. That’s $16 saved (usual selling price is $58.90 SGD)!

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Vitamin E Moisture Cream ($29.90 SGD for 50ml)

“Everybody’s favourite and our bestseller. An easily absorbed daily moisturising cream that has the lightness of a lotion with the moisturising benefits of a cream. It helps protect the skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and healthy-looking. “

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The cream looks kind of thick (it’s a cream after all!) but I’ve found this to be excellent for my skin during the night time when I’ve got the air conditioner on. It moisturizes really well, and it smells lovely too – in fact it reminds me of a particular Johnson & Johnson baby bath shower gel!

The sample I’ve got is a 15ml jar, which is very handy for traveling and use in cold countries. I don’t find this oily at all, but it can be a little heavy, so use this when your skin is rather parched.

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The Body
day. I guess that’s what the sponge is made for. The compact has 2 compartments, one for the sponge, and one for the powder. There’s a mirror hidden in the powder compartment.

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I received shade 02, which was a perfect match for me. Used The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Pore Minimizer underneath the powder for a smoother look, especially on my nose and cheeks. Coverage was light-medium used dry and it doesn’t cake on me.

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Shimmer Waves in Bronze ($36.90 SGD)

“Shimmer Waves can be swept together for an all over glow, or use individually to accent particular areas, making it the ultimate in compact colour!”

I realized that there’s an icon in both make up items to indicate where we can use this item on – and in Shimmer Waves in Bronze’s case, it can be used on both the eyes and the face!

However, if you’re intending to use this on your eyes, do understand that while build-able, it is really sheer, so you may take more than just a few swipes to get the color to show on your eyelids. I think the poor color payoff could be intentional, because as a bronzer this is just perfect – you won’t accidentally be too heavy handed with this one.

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It really gave me a nice glow (check out the step by step diagram below) and I like using the gold shade as a highlighting color on the top of my cheeks.

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Baked-to-Last Eye Colour in Moonstone ($24.90 SGD)

“A duo of dazzling shades, handmade and slow-baked for up to eight hours of deliciously rich colour. Shimmering copper tones for gorgeous eyes.”

Oh boy, at first glance, this reminded me so much of Maybelline’s baked eyeshadows! Then again there’s just so many shapes the eyeshadows can come in, right? But if we’re comparing the two, The Body Shop’s Baked To Last eyeshadows come in better packaging than the Maybelline ones – it’s much sturdier (acrylic, I think?), but still light. The only complaint I have is with how it opens – if you don’t have nails, this will be an issue, but if you have long nails, you’ll risk scraping the eyeshadow by accident too. (Almost happened to me a few times!)

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The color payoff is excellent, and I especially love the shade TBS has chosen and given to me – the taupe color is amazing. Both colors in the eyeshadow are shimmery with just the right amount of fine glitter – ooooh i love how it glitters so nicely.
It comes in 8 colors – Jade and Copper looks really nice!

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Stages of making up…
I’m only human and I love picking at my pimples, unfortunately. Hence the red, angry spots. >_

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After concealer – a mix of K-Palette and Amazing Concealer, I used The Body Shop’s All in One Face Base, and then I used the Shimmer Waves palette to give myself a healthy all over glow + contour using some of the darker shades at the sides of my face. As you can see, the Shimmer Waves in Bronze really gave me a nice glow all over (the foundation matted me out a little)!

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(almost) All the Make up I’ve used:
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Primer: The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser
Base: The Body Shop All In One Face Base
Eyeliner: The Body Shop Eye Definer in Golden Brown & Moonstone for lower inner eyelid
Eyeshadow: The Body Shop Baked To Last Eyeshadow in Moonstone
Eyebrows: Heavy Rotation Eyebrow Powder (review here) + DollyWink Eyebrow Mascara in 02
Mascara: Browlash Volume Lash Fibre (review and fotd here)
Blusher: Lancome Blush Subtil Rose #10 (read here for review)
Lenses: Acuvue Define Dailies in Vivid

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Here’s a not very well done up diagram of how I did my eyes. I’ll try to be clearer next time…

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* and don’t forget eyeliner!!! I usually wing my eyes.

Disclaimer: I’m not professionally trained as a make up artist, so my make up is quite hantum one – I don’t think there’s a lot of hard and fast rules (except for some dont-do’s) to make up, so I’m just doing it my own way. If you think there’s a particular technique that suits my eye shape more, I’ll be more than glad to hear what you have to say!

The products were sent to me for my unbiased review. Thank you, TBS SG!

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBodyShopSingapore
Their gorgeous website: http://www.thebodyshop.com.sg

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If I may say this… I’m still very much in love with my hair. Which also coincidentally fits the green color branding of TBS, hahaha. Can’t wait to get more photos of the hair taken before all the roots grow out! (Damnit roots, you grow out too fast!)

Ettusais BB Mineral White

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It may sound similar to it’s predecessor the Ettusais BB Mineral Cream (launched back in 2011), but Ettusais’ new BB Mineral White contains an amped up formula which gives you an added radiant finish for that whitening effect – top that off with SPF 45 PA++ Protection and you have yourself a great BB cream!

Both versions are formulated with mineral ingredients which are gentle to the skin (calcium chlorite and magnesia chloride), a vitamin-C derivative (antioxidant agent of product), are non-comedogenic, fragrance free, and dermatologist-tested (Formulated to minimize the risk of acne and/or allergy but not a guarantee against acne and/or allergic reactions).

Here’s a swatch comparison of the two versions (don’t get confused!) – The new BB Mineral White is in a white tube + pink lacing, whereas the previous version, BB Mineral Cream is in a pink tube + white lacing.

In the hand swatches, there’s already a very obvious difference between the two versions – the BB Mineral White is much brighter and slightly more pink-toned, even after blending out!

I had initial worries of it being grey – but after using it I realized it isn’t so – in comparison, the BB Mineral Cream (old ver) was a little too yellow for me – so the BB Mineral White is just perfect! I’m using shade 20. Like what Mag of Makeup Stash says, it does seem like the Japanese make up brands makes BB creams which are more suitable for us Asians (check out her review of the BB Mineral Cream in that link!) – my first BB cream love was with Kanebo’s Freshel W which I actually managed to finish a whole squeeze tube of.

After trying out the BB Mineral white, I was really quite impressed!

First of all, it glided over my skin with ease – application easy, check! Secondly, it offers really good coverage – I’m going through a pimply phase and my pimples are so red and angry…

And as much as I’m good at photoshop, I swear I didn’t brighten my face nor do any touch ups in the picture! I was amazed at how much brighter my face looked.

After applying some powder, blusher, eyeliner, did my brows and mascara : D

Notice how it brightened my complexion immediately, but didn’t make me look too unnaturally white! (comparing to my neck and other parts of my body – which I don’t have a shot of, but I checked myself in the mirror before leaving home (ahem)) You can see some of the blemishes on my face which is harder to cover up using just bb cream alone, but the coverage is really commendable!

(yes that’s my hair being air-dried. I _have_ naturally wavy hair. Heh.)

And after 7 hours, it has faded off a little (I was rubbing my face cos a kid sneezed into me -_-“) and some parts of my face have turned oily, but it doesn’t cake up or goo up on my face and I’m thankful for that. Some of the blemishes are beginning to show through more obviously.

Yina was invited to the Ettusais event and she kindly brought me along – thank you!

Ettusais’ uber cute (and huge) duck mascot had us all fawning over him.

The event was held at societe canteen, which is located along the outside of Cluny Court (bukit timah, a 2min walk from Botanic Gardens station – but please don’t park here, it’s really narrow!) and they served very delectable mini cupcakes (unforgettable!) and finger food!

It was a cosy and small session, and Ettusais made a lot of effort to pink up the place and also held a model demonstration for us, to show us the difference of the old and the new bb cream. The ettusais team had over Mayumi Iwasaki, the beauty specialist from Japan to do the make up demo and we picked up a few tips from her!

Difference on the model is pretty obvious, isn’t it? There’s already extra make up on to brighten her skin of course, but you can see how radiant the model’s left profile is.

Model & Mayumi-san

Yina also picked up some tips on how to use Ettusais’ cute puff cheek blusher which I really liked! It is a rather cute item to tote around or leave in the office for touch ups – and also if you’re concerned about hygiene, puff replacements are available at ettusais counters!

We were also given some other items to complete our whitening journey with Ettusais – the acne whitening dual mask, skin up version extra softener, and the whiten shooter dual effect moisturizer!

Thank you Ettusais for extending the invite to me and the cosy meet up!

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