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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You know how popular beauty products are when they’re super hard to get in Singapore? philosophy’s products are still really popular now, even after they’ve been made available here – their purity face wash, the signature amazing grace fragrance, their hope in a jar moisturizer, and of course you cannot forget their amazing peels!

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philosophy has 2 outstanding products in their “peels” category – and peels can be quite a sensitive subject for some who don’t know how their skin would react to it, and also quite a new thing to many – in fact, I didn’t know about these peels till I went to a philosophy event! I recall Yina walking away with a whole set of microdelivery peel kit and I was super envious – I had wanted to try it out so badly too!

Priding themselves as the expert in peels, philosophy has created an exclusive peel cabin where customers can experience their famous breakthrough peels and get personalized treatments inspired by dermatologists’ protocols. The peel experience which I went through, is complimentary with a min. purchase of $180 worth of philosophy products.

how the peel cabin looks like, inside. a comfy futon with a fluffy comforter awaits to cocoon you (the room is rather cold!) in this alcove separated by a sliding door.  the interior of philosophy's new peel cabin, though simply designed, pleased me and looks / feels better and more welcoming than many other facial salons even!

how the peel cabin looks like, inside. a comfy futon with a fluffy comforter awaits to cocoon you (the room is rather cold!) in this alcove separated by a sliding door.
the interior of philosophy’s new peel cabin, though simply designed, pleased me and looks / feels better and more welcoming than many other facial salons even!

popular products on a pushcart in the room, and the beauty advisor will select suitable ones for your customized treatment

popular products on a pushcart in the room, and the beauty advisor will select suitable ones for your customized treatment

let me walk you through my very first peel experience!

I had worked through the night and was rushing out that day – so yes, I was really looking forward to a little rest time and having some shut-eye in the peel cabin!

Me, looking all cui with hurriedly slapped on foundation and anyhow-ly drawn eyebrows!  you'll be pleased to know that this session doesn't require you to take off your top or anything (maybe just cardigans) which I personally found unnecessary at a lot of places.

Me, looking all cui with hurriedly slapped on foundation and anyhow-ly drawn eyebrows!
you’ll be pleased to know that this session doesn’t require you to take off your top or anything (maybe just cardigans) which I personally found unnecessary at a lot of places.

my therapist started off by giving me a little massage to soothe and relax me - i always love the massaging part!

my beauty advisor started off by giving me a little massage to soothe and relax me – i always love the massaging part!

next up was the star of the show, a peel to address specific concerns - philosophy's microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel to address my pigmentation concerns :(

next up was the star of the show, a peel to address specific concerns – philosophy’s microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel to address my pigmentation concerns :(

the microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel comes in a box of 12 individually wrapped, pre-saturated chemical peel pads for weekly use. so... 1 box should last you about 2.5 - 3 months!

the microdelivery triple-acid brightening peel comes in a box of 12 individually wrapped, pre-saturated chemical peel pads for weekly use. so… 1 box should last you about 2.5 – 3 months! the convenience of such packaging allows you to perform it at home and use it whenever (suggested once a week max) because they’re individually packed, so you don’t have to worry about expiry dates once opened or things like that! You can even bring it overseas easily ;) no heavy bottles to lug along!

the triple-acid formula dissolves dull skin, buffers the appearance of fine lines and enhances skin clarity, while skin-brightening technology visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and discoloration!

the triple-acid formula dissolves dull skin, buffers the appearance of fine lines and enhances skin clarity, while skin-brightening technology visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. I NEED AH!

the peel contains:

mandelic acid, phytic acid & glycolic acid, which breaks down the binding agents for the dead skin cells, making it easier to be removed (source: wikipedia), as well as niacinamide, which is a popular anti-inflammatory ingredient in many anti-acne products.

instructions: gently swipe over dry, clean face, avoiding the eye area. leave on for 3 minutes before applying moisturizer over it. for weekly usage.

*wipe wipe*  it's not my first time using peel pads, and I've used the triple-acid pads before at home. I found it gentle on the skin unlike other glycolic peels which gives you a itchy sensation and that is very much welcomed!

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it’s not my first time using peel pads, and I’ve used the triple-acid pads before at home. I found it gentle on the skin unlike other glycolic peels which gives you an itchy sensation and that is very much welcomed! (now you can see all the un-photoshopped blemishes on my face and cheeks. believe it or not this was already better than my initial condition!

while waiting for the peel to do its thing, i was also given a hand massage with their hands of hope hand cream! okay this step was really welcomed - i was having a kink in my wrist from all the furious mouse clicking the night before!

while waiting for the peel to do its thing, i was also given a hand massage with their hands of hope hand cream! okay this step was really welcomed – i was having a kink in my wrist from all the furious mouse clicking the night before!

After the peeling time was up, I was also given a soothing face & eye contour massage with their hope is not enough omega 3.6.9 replenishing oil! Ahhh how i love massages.

After the peeling time (3-5 mins) was up, I was also given a soothing face & eye contour massage with their hope is not enough omega 3.6.9 replenishing oil! Ahhh how i love massages.

rich in omega 3•6•9 essential fatty acids, philosophy's hope is not enough replenishing oil helps improve suppleness and elasticity, and boosts moisture retention hydrating benefits!

rich in omega 3•6•9 essential fatty acids, philosophy’s hope is not enough replenishing oil helps improve suppleness and elasticity, and boosts moisture retention hydrating benefits!

and now it's time for treatments. THIS BOTTLE. IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! philosophy's time in a bottle daily age-defying serum helps defy the appearance of all major signs of aging with a breakthrough dna renewal complex and high-potency vitamin c8 activator. I've spoken about this before on Instagram and I've been using this for about a month and a half by now, and i've seen mighty good improvements to my skin! i love how the vitamin c is in a separate bottle to maintain the freshness of the product too!

and now it’s time for treatments. THIS BOTTLE. IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!
philosophy’s time in a bottle daily age-defying serum helps defy the appearance of all major signs of aging with a breakthrough dna renewal complex and high-potency vitamin c8 activator. I’ve spoken about this before on Instagram and I’ve been using this for about a month and a half by now, and i’ve seen mighty good improvements to my skin! i love how the vitamin c is in a separate bottle to maintain the freshness of the product too!

and because I'm kiasu like that, I didn't say no when she asked if I wanted another serum on my face. Why not?! so tada! "miracle worker miraculous, anti-aging concentrate features breakthrough peptide technology that bolsters skin's natural ability to self rejuvenate as it helps support natural collagen, resulting in increased firmness. formulated with multiple antioxidants this hydrating, water-based gel helps protect the skin against free radical attack, and oil-free formula is appropriate for use under makeup, sunscreen or moisturizer."

and because I’m kiasu like that, I didn’t say no when she asked if I wanted another serum on my face. Why not?! so tada!
miracle worker miraculous, anti-aging concentrate features breakthrough peptide technology that bolsters skin’s natural ability to self rejuvenate as it helps support natural collagen, resulting in increased firmness. formulated with multiple antioxidants this hydrating, water-based gel helps protect the skin against free radical attack, and oil-free formula is appropriate for use under makeup, sunscreen or moisturizer.”

and the second last step - moisturize! hope in a jar oil-free was my

and the second last step – moisturize! hope in a jar oil-free gel was my pick as it’s more suitable for me (oily skin) while still offering hydration!

followed by something the overworked eyes, of course!  eye hope is a lightweight, multi-functional formula which provides moisture to the sensitive skin around the eyes, along with anti-inflammatory benefits that calm and soothe skin, and light diffusing properties to help brighten skin tone.

followed by something the overworked eyes, of course!
eye hope is a lightweight, multi-functional formula which provides moisture to the sensitive skin around the eyes, along with anti-inflammatory benefits that calm and soothe skin, and light diffusing properties to help brighten skin tone.

and last but not least, how can we forget sun screen?!  take shelter's one of the sunscreens I keep reaching out for in my drawer - the lightweight, multi-tasking complex antioxidant blend helps neutralise up to 95% of free radicals while protecting skin from the sun with uva/uvb spf 30 pa+++!

and last but not least, how can we forget sun screen?!
take shelter’s one of the sunscreens I keep reaching out for in my drawer – the lightweight, multi-tasking complex antioxidant blend helps neutralise up to 95% of free radicals while protecting skin from the sun with uva/uvb spf 30 pa+++!

And that's me after my facial, all radiant and happy!

And that’s me after my facial, all radiant and happy!

The Tuna & I (obviously after I applied make up, hahaha)!

The Tuna & I (obviously after I applied make up, hahaha)!

Thank you, philosophy Singapore for this experience! Us signing off with our favorite prpducts after taking an instax – not sure if it’s still in the store… but I’d want it back if they don’t want to display it anymore, pretty please! : p

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Don’t forget, you can enjoy the luxury of the peel experience as well!
All it takes is a min. spend of $180 philosophy products to be able to relish the benefits of the peel experience and see instant brightening and radiant effect on your skin!

Quote “evonnz” to receive an exclusive 5% off your purchases (valid only at takashimaya s.c. #b2-03a)
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philosophy is also available at Bugis Junction #01-16, Tangs Orchard L1 and all Sephora outlets! ; )

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