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LA MER - Deluxe Introduction


Late last month I'd attended a workshop organized by LA MER - it was an extremely informative 2-hour session that focuses not just on the main topic of caring for your eyes but also a hands-on experience using their products as a full regime. I definitely got more than what I had paid for; an exciting new technique to reduce my dark circles and in-depth understanding of their products.

This post is an introduction of products that I currently own albeit in sample sizes. If you have been to their counters, you would have been told to be placed on the waiting list to obtain product samples if unavailable. This is because the Miracle Broth is based on bio-fermented marine algae, a process that uses natural ingredients that lasts 3-4 months. Retail-sized products are also available in limited quantities thus don't be surprised if you have to wait up to 2-3 months* to get the coveted creme in your hands. (*According to my friend)

These sought-after LA MER workshops aren't held very often. I had a brief chat with the Training Manager Cecilia Tay who was pleasantly surprised at the amount of new faces shown up that morning. With limited seats offered at a first-come-first-served basis, all slots were filled up mostly by their loyal base of customers. Cecilia jokingly remarked that she was excited to relate the formulation of the Miracle Broth because her audience that day were relatively new to the brand.

Besides gaining extra skin care knowledge, each participant were presented a doorgift consisting of 2 deluxe-sized products.

LA MER The Radiant Infusion
This pore-minimizing product contains ionizing sea salts that energize the complexion. With regular use, it restores clarity by brightening up dull skin. It is meant to be used before your serum, so as to receive the beneficial ingredients from your forthcoming products. I had experienced some flakiness while applying it on at the workshop, thus I recommend putting on a hydrating base prior.

LA MER The Lifting Face Serum
Similar to the Radiant Infusion, this serum also restores clarity and brightness to the skin but is further enhanced with the inclusion of the exclusive Blue Algae Life Ferment. The gel-like consistency helps to strengthen and improve skin elasticity for a smoother, more radiant complexion.

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Last week I received a letter from Cecilia who had read my write-up and prepared a token of appreciation for my effort. It was an incredibly kind gesture but I was more excited that my article was well-received. Upon collection at the Takashimaya counter, the staff got all hyped up when I introduced myself. Hearing that their customers enjoyed reading my blog - that feeling was priceless.

Being a Harry Potter nerd, my intention was to have my post magically transformed into Dumbledore's Pensieve, whereby you would be transported to the event venue and learn all the beneficial information as I did.

Anyway, I like the ribbon that symbolizes warmth and thankfulness, because sometimes when people give you something, they just chuck it in a bag. It may look insignificant, but such small details make me mushy.

LA MER The Hand Treatment
To be frank, I'd initially underestimated this hand cream, thinking it's like any ordinary product available in the mass market, formulated with some fancy ingredient. Boy was I wrong! It's immensely emollient and the exclusive Skin Brightening Complex improves skin tone and clarity.

I have only squeezed out a dollop to try on the back of my hand and this clarity, albeit subtle, is something my other hand creams can't do! Unfortunately my nose is blocked at the moment thus can't comment on the scent.

LA MER The Cleansing Fluid
At the workshop where we had to remove our makeup, this product was recommended particularly for those wearing waterproof mascara. I had the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara on that day which takes quite an effort to remove sometimes but the Cleansing Fluid had the capability to remove the stubborn formula.

Moisten 2 cotton pads before pouring in 2 pumps of the solution, and then placed on closed eyes. Make use of your palms to allow the Fluid to dissolve the mascara before gently wiping it off. As an extra precaution, dab a cotton swap onto the Fluid-soaked pads to remove any missed product on your lashes.

Apart from being the bane of stubborn makeup, this product deeply cleanses your pores and dissolves sebum. Made up of precious marine oils with highly restorative pearl powders and sea algae essences, the formula helps to nourish and condition the skin without stripping its natural moisture.

LA MER The Refining Facial
This refiner contains almost 2 carats of pure diamond powder and polished sea quartz that exfoliates the skin. It doesn't feel too harsh nor too soft; just adequate to scrub off impurities yet gentle at the same time. Smart minerals present in the product is able to use sure of the massaging action by converting it into energy to stimulate blood circulation.

As a treatment mask or as an instanteous boost - simply squeeze out a generous amount and slather on the skin evenly for a good 10 minutes leave-on before massage-wash for a more radiant complexion.

LA MER The Eye Balm Intense
Fortified with the potent concentration of the famed Miracle Broth, the Marine De-Puff Ferment diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while the Lifting Ferment lifts and firms the areas around the eyes. It comes with a silver-tipped applicator that cools the skin to help stimulate circulation and ensures the product to be absorbed effectively for that smoother, rejuvenated appearance.

This product goes in hand with their unique Acupressure Eye Massage, a technique that aids the de-clogging of the areas where dark circles are formed and helps to lift and firm where the skin has sunken.

LA MER The Regenerating Serum
A Botox alternative, the Regenerating Serum lifts and firms the complexion and further repairs tissue under scars. The high concentration of the Miracle Broth, Regenerating Ferment and Marine Peptide Ferment boost the production of "youth proteins," collagen and elastin. The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores will be visibly reduced with regular usage.

LA MER The Moisturizing Gel Cream
The Moisture Collection comprises of 3 variations of the legendary Creme de la Mer - the Moisturizing Lotion is a lightweight version of the Creme whereas the Oil Absorbing Lotion is oil-free.

The Moisturizing Gel Cream is the ultralight edition that is as emollient as the Creme with the same unique sea kelp structure. The gel texture offers the same hydration and is recommended for those with combination skin.

Unless the Creme with its thick consistency, Gel de la Mer saves time and product wastage since it isn't required to be warmed to activate the Miracle Broth. This penetrates better into my skin than the Creme and is suitable for my combination skin under the humid weather.

I normally would not do reviews on sample-sized products, but many of you have requested for them so I will try to post my opinions instead. I will also post up a step-by-step of the Acupressure Eye Massage in due time.

CLARINS Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate


CLARINS Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate - S$45
Building off the success of the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, CLARINS introducd an updated formulation that is enriched with line-repairing peptide, Dermaxyl.

The Acaica Micro-Pearls act like sponges and expand to fill in and smooth away lines, pores and imperfections; high concentration of Soft Focus Pigments reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores. With the addition of Dermaxyl, it helps to repair age-related damage.

The product comes in a twist pen with a silicone tip that dispenses the serum, making everything fuss-free. I apply mainly on problematic areas such as the lines underneath my eyes, nasal folds and around the sides of the nose. While it did nothing on deep lines, the silicone texture does settles into the imperfections and smooths out my skin. The hydrating formula prevents any flaking occurance; it allows my concealer and foundation to stay on longer.

I also use it on non-makeup days as a treatment product, but my laugh lines and the deeper ones under my eyes remain pronounced. On the whole, it works better as an optical diffuser thanks to the Soft Focus Pigments and prevents my imperfections from looking obvious. It does improve my complexion as a cosmetic filler but for the repairing aspect, I do not see much of an improvement.

I was complimented that my skin looked Photoshopped while at a CLARINS luncheon earlier this afternoon. Besides using the Extra-Firming Foundation which will be reviewed soon, I gotta give props to this nifty product. I strongly believe it made my skin looked air-brushed. A PhotoShop savior! Unfortunately I have been under the weather for the past few days thus no photos...

CLARINS WhitePlus HP Serum+Moisturizer


CLARINS White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched range is effective in counteracting hyperpigmentation, reduce inflammation of skin cells and delivers micro-circulation to boost complexion radiance and restore youthfulness with very powerful brightening effectiveness. Using Sea Lily Extract as the  active ingredient, is has the capacity to block the melanin tunnel, therefore the skin is better protected against any threatening development of dark pigmentation.

White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched
Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
This whitening product minimizes dark spots while refining the skin texture, thanks to the presence of oat sugars, and also prevents any reappearance of dark pigmentation. This serum also firms facial features, smoothes away fine lines, and restores the skin's transparent rosy glow.

White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched
Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion SPF20

This milky solution has a fine, melting texture that instantly brightens, moisturizes and protects the skin against UV rays with SPF20 PA++. This smooth Day Lotion also preps the skin to enhance and prolong makeup all day.

I have been using mostly the White Glove Extreme whitening skin care range by ELIZABETH ARDEN last year, and still have quite a few unopened products begging to be used in my stash. Hence I don't have a major problem with uneven pigmentation problems and can't give you an unbiased account when it comes to the brightening effect in reviewing these Clarins products.

However, I can vouch that they do maintain the skin's illuminancity. Having switched to another skin care routine for another round of product reviewing, my skin tone has gotten sallow in time.

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During the period of test-driving the WhitePlus products which I had been using rigorously, I had undergone 2 separate skin analysis within a 2-month span. In spite of a visible breakout -bad reaction from another product I was testing at the time-, the epidermal layer of my skin was evidently hydrated, with a drastic improvement shown in the 2nd analysis.

Interestingly, the scan had also shown that I don't have much of a melanin problem. According to Dr Lionel de Benetti, head of Clarins research and development, each stubborn spot is created differently, thus we need an effective product that is able to lighten all spots, in all the the different melanin processes.

Forget about whitening facial masks that boost instantaneous but temporal results. The bleaching agent that gives you that shortcut brightening effect not only flakes, they do little to nourish your skin. Instead, invest in a skin care range that not only improves your skin condition on the outside, but most importantly encourages the elimination of dead cells within the deeper layers as well.

The serum and moisturizer do not flake on me, and absorbs well into my skin. The only downside is that my face starts to shine fairly quickly around the 2-hour mark, even on days when I chose to work from home. Thus, I have tried to pair up the products with other brands, in a bid to test out different combinations in terms of shine control but other moisturizers don't seem to play nice with the smoothing serum and causing a flaking situation.

Some of my friends felt the scent to be a tad too overwhelming, but I personally enjoyed the fragrance although it didn't linger on for too long. For those who share the same sentiments as my friends, you'll be glad to know that the 3 new additions to the WhitePlus family leave a really mild trail compared to their older siblings:

White Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel (S$65)
White Plus HP Gentle Brightening Exfoliator (S$60)
White Plus HP Whitening Repairing Night Cream (SS110)

I will introduce and review these products in a future entry. In the meantime, head down to your nearest Clarins counter and check these new products!

There is a current promotion to purchase the WhitePlus set consisting of the serum and day moisturizer at S$220. For extra savings, head down to the Perfumes and Cosmetics shop located at T2, Changi Airport which is going for S$198(or is it $168; I can't remember though. I was lemming for the Lancome Genifique set which retails at S$198, that explains why I have these digits carved in my head)

bring out the genes(ius) in you


After settling Christmas presents for friends and family, I finally have the time to sit down and decide what to get for myself! Not everyone gets to receive, you know what I mean *inserts grumble* Anyway, while browsing the Web to do some potential research, my mind drifted back to Lancôme Génifique which supposedly activates the youth proteins in your genes.

With claims to see "visibly younger skin in just seven days," I had previously tried a week's supply but did not notice any difference to write a first-impression review. It felt like any regular serum, and to be fair, I did not expect drastic results *cues Michelle Pfeiffer's magical rejuvenation*

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I was itching to purchase the product to write a proper review but was appalled upon stumbling this "review" on MakeUpAlley: (click for larger resolution)

Lancôme and L'Oreal share the same corporate owner, L'Oreal Group but operates independently. Besides the distinctness in product pricing, the obvious difference is one being a prestige brand, while the other is mass-marketed. Since they are under the aforementioned parent company, there's bound to be some overlapping of ingredients used in their various products.

Lancôme Génifique claims to reactivate your genes whereas L'Oreal's latest anti-aging gene-inspiring skincare range Youth Code is supposed to induce the gene's ability to produce proteins. To put this blatantly across, both products function in a similar manner - by reactivating aging cells to prompt the skin to produce more youth-enhancing collagen yada yada.

Comparsions of Ingredients
Lancôme Génifique
Aqua/Water/Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Amonium, Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Amonium, Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xathan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodcanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance.

L'Oreal Youth Code Concentrate
Aqua/Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimenthicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquisterate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Adenosine, Ammonium, Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Parfum.

It doesn't take a dermatologist to point out the number of identical ingredients; keep in mind this is a quick glance at the components thus I am not going in-depth on the scientific. I made the trip down to the nearest drugstore to check out Youth Code Concentrate - the texture is rather creamy, as compared with the runny consistency from Lancôme. In regards to the pricing, it cost merely S$45.90 whereas Génifique sets one back at a staggering S$170.

Naturally as a consumer, it's logical to choose the product that would save dollars. In this cost, a whole lot. But I urge you to do more research on the various un-highlighted ingredients to get a better understanding, and will help gauge the justification in getting Génifique.

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On the makeup spectrum, I had a moment of epiphany upon setting eyes on the eyeshadow quad from Lancôme's L'Wren Scott Holiday Collection a while back. The colors resemble L'Oreal Open Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Stellar! I have been prowling everywhere and kicking myself at the same time, because the product is nowhere in sight... (つд⊂)

I should also mention that L'Oreal Group owns Maybelline, which explains why their latest Open Eyes Pro eyeshadow palette in Black spots the almost-too similar monochromatic shades. While I cannot comment on the texture, but this is another prime example of, for lack of a better term, product recycling.

Shiseido: Fight Against Time


Upon Shiseido Singapore's invitation, I headed down to Raffles City, Garden Court for a special introduction of their newly launched product - Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum. There will be a lineup of beauty activities and demonstrations treats from NOW till 3rd Nov at the same venue.

1) Beauty Dialogue29th Oct, 2010; 6:30PM
Have your anti-aging concerns answered; learn makeup techniques to create a youthful look.

2) Youthful Skin Workshop30th Oct, 11AM and 3PM • 1st-3rd Nov, 6.30PM
Learn beauty secrets from Shiseido Beauty Experts and receive a trial-size Perfect Pair and a softener. *Purchase a $20 fully redeemable Shiseido voucher.

3) Pampering Massage and Makeover
Enjoy a complimentary luxurious face massage or makeover with minimum Shiseido purchase of $50 nett. Indulge and go for both with an $80 nett purchase.

Call Susan at 6732 3793 or email shiseido@shiseido.com.sg to reserve your slot NOW! Limited capacity per session.

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5 Minutes to Anti-Aging, with your Pefect Pair

I sat down(literally) with a BA to find out the condition of my skin. She was taken by surprise when the analysis revealed that my skin is in tip-top form given the prominency of that 2 annoying zits on each of my cheek. The scanner also showed certain parts of my skin were starting to show signs of dehydration. Interestingly, I don't have melanin problem at the present time. Looks like gratitudes are in order to my serums; you might not see results on the surface but these products do show results in the dermis☆ Patience is the key word here.

After a brief consultation, I was given a softener and night moisturizer from the Hydrating range to pair up with the Bio-Performance Serum. I'd previously used the softener couple of years ago and am glad to come a full circle back to this product.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum
This time-defying serum continues a breakthrough ingredient Bio-Corrective Complex that boosts the productions of fibroblast cells by 27% - fibroblasts are essential and necessary to produce the 3 elements, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acide to keep the skin resilient. This concentrated formula reactivates and regenerate aging cells to prompt the skin to produce more youth-enhancing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

Despite being a potent magnet for fingerprints, the luxurious capsule is opaque to prevent the formula to lose its efficacy with UV light resulting from sun exposure. Also, the pump design reduces any contamination risk and dispenses just the right amount for each usage.

Upon first impression, the gel-based texture is thick but with proper massage, it absorbs quickly and feels velvety on my skin. This facial massage technique, which promotes blood circulation, sparks some similarity to Clarins Auto-Lifting Method.

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Shiseido The Skincare
As I'd mentioned, the Hydro-Nourishing Softener used to be a staple in my skincare routine, but being a beauty blogger requires a consensual obligation to try out different products from various brand for reviews. This hydrating range is ideal if you prefer a hassle-free basic regime. 

The Night Moisture Recharge has a thicky consistency compared to its lighter counterpart, thus it is fundamental to use the softener as a prep step to hydrate the skin and better absorption of the product.

Shiseido Future Solution Eye and Lip Regenerating Cream
A powerful restoring treatment that protects the skin's resilence that effectively corrects and helps prevent the apearance of lines and sagging around the delicate eye and lip areas.

The texture reminded me of Pond's Cold Cream albeit lot less greasy and easier to spread. There are mixed reviews pertaining t this product; only time will tell if it works on my undereye areas and laugh lines.

Thank You for reading. I will post up a review in a couple of weeks.

[Review]Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum


Whenever I have noodles at the coffee shops, seeing those fishballs remind me of my round face. Whenever I was younger, my relatives love to pinch my cheeks. Even the then-bestie commented that she "loves your fat cheeks." I know many will disagree but I really do have a round face!

When Clarins (sg.clarins.com) asked if I was interested to try out their new serum that slims, lift and will better define my facial contours, I took up the challenge in a bid to expel those excess fluids that's been plaguing me for ages.

Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum
I love the distinctive floral smell from many Clarins products (except the White Plus range which smells heavily of Sea Lily) but during my visit to Institut Clarins, they declined to reveal that secret ingredient. Boo! Sad to say, the scent doesn't linger long enough as it seems to sink into my skin as quickly as the serum.

Although I have mentioned that any serums can be used while performing the Auto-Lifting Method but the effectiveness is better enhanced when accompanied with the Shaping Facial Lift serum. For pronounced firming, I stored the serum in the refrigerator as instructed to achieve that stabilizing effect.

Don't expect extreme results because only invasive cosmetic procedures such as Orthognathic surgery could achieve that desired facial shape. The combination of the Shaping Facial Lift serum + Auto-Lifting Method work more like an Instant Face Lift. The massaging techniques which involves the pressing of 6 key points on the face, increases the serum's lymphatic circulation benefits by 20%.

Although my features aren't as "V" as what I would have liked after 1 month of consistent usage, the fat pockets by the jaw line are obviously firmer and tighter, with a sharper chin. The contours of my face have gone from an "O" to a more defined "U." We shall just blame it on genetics.

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The Shaping Facial Lift is meant to be used after toning and before any other serums. Serving to slim and sculpt facial contours, it also toxifies the skin to help absorb nutrients from any serums that come after and moisturizers better.

While I have experienced flaking issues with many serums - some that can't be totally absorbed into the skin or are just downright dry - the Shaping Facial Lift has a more moisturizing formula, given its lightweight texture that melts into the skin like ice cream. Note that I used the Auto-Lifting Method with the 'problematic' serums, and it's got nothing to do with the massage technique.

The hassle-free pump doesn't give me much of a problem, and is firm enough that allows me to have complete control to dispense the amount of product desired.

The Shaping Facial Lift is available at all Clarins counters and retails at S$98. Check out this upcoming promotion available only at Takashimaya.

Going off-topic:
Picture a Victoria Beckham-esque chipmunk. Can she rock a bob cut?

I NEED OPINIONS!!! I NEED OPINIONS!!! It's my birthday tomorrow and a change is in order. My tresses are seriously starting to wear me down and so is my life. Thanks in advance!

Clarins - Be Enriched & Prodige(d)


Thank You once again to the lovely Communications team at Clarins, I was given a truckload of goodies at the end of the very private yet casual bloggers' session.

During the "Skin Me" time, which is a 15/30 minutes(depending on your availability) one-to-one session, Jasmin applied Clarins' beauty regime on my arms. When you head down to the counters, the beauty specialist will do it on your face so as to identify your skincare concerns precisely and can recommend the correct products which are suitable for your skin type.

I often felt that my face looks dull. No matter how many whitening products I have used, the brightening effect only managed to last a couple of days. Especially when I'm PMSing, my complexion will appear so yellowish that it can totally dampen your mood. Sound familiar? So in my continous search for whitening products, I was introduced to Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Skincare range.

Formulated for Asian skin and has gathered a cult following among celebrities in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, these products are effective in counteracting hyperpigmentation, reduce inflammation of skin cells and delivers micro-circulation to boost complexion radiance and restore youthfulness

With Sea Lily extract as the key ingredient, Clarins Research Labs have discovered that it can block the melanin tunnel, therefore helping to control melanin production. To put it in simple form, it reinforced protection against dark spots and less pigmentation problems for you and me!

One thing to note: with the inclusion of the Sea Lily extract, there is the absence of the Clarins unique scent. I can't really explain but head down to your nearest Clarins counter and take a sniff of their products(the green packaging).

Upon consultation, I was given these two products to try:

White Plus HP Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion
This milky solution has a fine, melting texture that instantly brightens, moisturizes and protects the skin against UV rays with SPF20 PA++. This smooth Day Lotion also preps the skin to enhance and prolong makeup all day.

White Plus HP Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
The most advanced skin care for a flawless complexion, this serum minimizes dark spots while refining the skin texture, thanks to the presence of oat sugars. This serum firms facial features, smoothes away fine lines, and restores the skin's transparent rosy glow.

Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Created to meet the needs of dry or sensitive skin, this cleanser is contains Katafray Bark Extract that prevents moisture loss and prevents the skin from drying out. Suitable for all skin types, this product is rich in Shea Butter and Pro-Vitamin B5 that nourishes and softens the skin.

Kudos to the combination of Shea Butter and the many plant extracts, this cleanser smells ~heavenly~. Head down to your nearest counter and take a sniff☆

One-Step Facial Cleanser
A 2-in-1 product that cleanses and tones the skin, removing every traces of makeup and promotes radiance. Ideal for travelers or agitated lifestyles. It contains ultrafine oils that is able to thoroughly cleanse the skin and the moringa seed extracts help to combat and neutralizes the effects of pollution and purifies the skin to restore its natural radiance.

I had mentioned about my upcoming vacation plans and this cleanser came highly recommended. The PR ladies have been using the full-sized product for one whole year and are nowhere finishing it. All you need is a small amount to cleanse your skin, and it contains orange extract that does triple work: refresh, tone and revitalize. On the downside, this product does not remove mascara effectively.

HydraQuench Cream-Mask
A cream-mask that intensively hydrates and revitalizes dehydrated skin, in all climates, at all times. Leaving on for 5-10 minutes helps to ensure balanced hydration and prolongs skin's freshness all day long.

I never dare to use any cream (especially clay) masks on my eye area, and after speaking out about my dilemma in looking for a hydrating eye cream, a sample of this was given to me. I'd previously tried the Smoothing Gel(on my face) but it didn't sink into my combination skin, thus I was looking "oily" whenever I used it.

Rouge Prodige Collection
As part of Clarins' Autumn 2010 make-up collection, this season is all about the lips. Introducing 29 exciting new shades, they are divided into 3 "families": pinks to plums, corals to reds and beiges to browns.

This forthcoming collection also features 3 limited edition products: Platte Prodige Face & Blush Powder that unifies and illuminates the complexion with new radiance; Instant Blush that brings colour to the cheeks; Kohl Eye Pencil(S$27) is perfect for creating that smouldering look.

Palette Prodige Face & Blush Powder (S$65)
Presented in a sleek gold case with a refined, elegant design, this compact powder enhances the complexion with its universal harmoney of 4 radiant shades. The fine, lightweight texture give a velvety, ultra-natural finish and instantly illuminates the complexion.
(As the colors were to sheer, I was unable to capture a clear swatch.)
To naturally enhance and even out the complextion, blend together the 4 shades:
Top-Left: Natural Beige
Top-Right: Pale Pink
Bottom-Left: Sparkling Coral
Bottom-Right: Sun-Kissed Beige
This can be used to set your makeup for a healthy glow, or on cheeks as a blusher.

Instant Blush Magic Colour (S$42)
Contained in a small transparent square jar with a gold lid, this blush is of a glossy, gel-textured iridescent pink(one colour) and can also be used on the lips. The "magic" element is that this formulation instantly reacts on contact with the skin, enhancing the cheeks by boosting their colour and radiance. 

The colour shows up differently according to our skin tones. One application shows sheer, almost-to-nothing but with a second layer, I saw this natural rosy pink on my cheeks. As if I was blushing at the sight of a hunk! The texture is slightly sticky and is recommended to be used before setting your face with powder.

Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine lipsticks (S$35)
Rouge Prodige is presented in an elegant, light gold case with a new chic, graphic design. Its tube has a slanted top and is embossed with the Clarins logo. Thanks to a technological innovation used here for the first time, the lid is stamped with a stylized Clarins leaf, delicately marked with the initial C.
(The casing is GORGEOUS, let me know if you want a closer look. I'll include more shots.)
Prodige lipsticks offer "stunning shin and long-lasting comfort" that never runs and lips take on the starring role in this overall collection. The shades are whipped with ceramides, essential fatty acids and waxes for nourishment and comfort.

The various shades of Rouge Prodige are divided into three 'families' which are: pinks to plums(14 shades), corals to reds(7) and beiges to browns(8).

Again, let's give the lovely Communications ladies a big pat on the back. I was able to choose the shades that I like, hence I was swatching like crazy looking for the shades that I would wear on a regular basis. The problem was that the shades were too appealing and I had a hard time shortlisting the 5 potential lippies to bring home. As you can tell from the photos above, I picked mostly coral ones since they compliment my skin tone. I have a blush in Tea Rose, so it might be interesting to pair it with an identical lip color. Yay or Nay?

The Autumn Collection will be available at local counters from August 2010.

This lengthly post has finally come to an end, and so is my Saturday. I can't believe it took me hours to type this up, including dinner time and distractions from the pooch who wants to play ball. Thank You for reading. Enjoy your weekend or what's left of it.

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Collective Haul: Of Combat & Reads


I have been busy this week, heading out for lunch meetings and attending events. This doesn't sound unfamiliar to all ladies, but when you are in the 'real world,' chances of passing by cosmetics shops are inevitable.

I stopped by Nature Republic (twice!!) and finally got some of their skincare products! Lately, I've been buying makeup, but rest assured, I didn't forget skincare as my main priority. As a result, the SA gave me samples from their new White Therapy skincare range, and premium cleanser oil☆

Nail Polish - Top Coast & Color Deco Nail GR605(a dark jaded color)

PineTree Urban Detox Essence
A shortcoming I noticed on majority of NP products is the lack of English explanation & labels. According to the SA, this detoxifying essence contains natural sea pine extracts, that clarifies your skin. The pinetree extracts, resembles that tea tree smell, is a lightweight serum that sinks into my skin very quickly without leaving any greasy feel. The scent doesn't linger either.

Ringer By Lab Hydro Ampoule
I LOVE THIS STUFF♥♥♥ Ampoules are a form of intensive serum that repairs your skin faster than your other ordinary treatment essence.

This highly-concentrated serum is made with "SOS Linger" prescription(which I have no idea what it is, and Google couldn't provide any useful links) and Blue Lagoon water. This product is formulated for troubled skin to sooth and restore skin with ingredients such as Kawai botanical extracts.

You might wonder what's good about the water from Blue Lagoon, right? Don't worry, it doesn't involve getting stranded on an island with some blonde (lol) It is a large expanse of naturally heated water, which is a mixture of various minerals including silica & sulfur, along with the natural green blue algae. Around this water body there are numerous pots of silica mud, which are a blessing for a healthy skin & treatment of several skin disorders, including eczema & psoriasis.

I got home really late after attending an event. Having applied this intensive serum, I woke up this morning with my blemishes "calm, cool and collected." The redness has evidently subsided and skin feeling supple. Oh, this was the bottle on the shelf when I got it yesterday. Do check first before heading down to the store~.

Eau de Shine soft glossy lipstick OR206 Volume Orange
Although I don't believe in love at first sight when it comes to relationships, but I really felt that way with this lipstick. It's a different feeling, something very alluring about this color that kept calling for me to pick it up (lol) The shade is of a slightly shimmer peach and I can't stop staring at it when I applied it on my lips moments after I made my payment.

However, if you have dry, chappy lips, take caution as this accentuates lines very well, similar with Revlon's Colorburst lippy.

The reading drought has been dragging on far too long and now it's time I make a stand. If you think that you've been overcompensating with your relationships with not just your significant other, but also your friends and family, then check out "Why Men Love Bitches" by Sherry Argov.

Thanks to my mother whom have shared many great movies with me while growing up, this 1973 classic has been one of my go-to whenever I need to relieve stress. I know what you're thinking, why add more to your stress with his scary-as-hell movie (lol)

I was ecstatic when I chanced upon the novel some 15 years. I have lost count the number of times I've read through this book, which evidently shows through the yellowed-pages. One thing about reading novels is that they provide more insights of the characters and the content of the story, as compared to the film version with is time constraints.

Many times I have gone to the website of this bookstore I frequent and they kept saying there's a copy in the physical store. Many times I went in and came out disappointed. Yesterday I tried my luck yet again and even went to the information machine and printed a map which said "The book you're looking for is not available." Truth be told, I was ready to walk out but my sixth sense held me back. Many times I've browsed though the Fiction A-Z section, and I've looked under "B" & "P" but no sign of the book. But yesterday, I was allured to the Horror section and within seconds... "THERE IT IS!!!" V(^o^)V

The giveaway will end on 11th July, 2010. So join before it's too late!

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Bronze-Burst this Summer!


Picked up a bottle of the Advanced Night Repair at the Estée Lauder counter yesterday. Erm... I can't give any comments yet because too caught up with my own beauty regime, I remembered about the honey-colored serum after I'm done for the night (lol)

This comprehensive, high-performance anti-aging serum helps to continously repair the appearance of past damage, prevent future damage and deliver high levels of hydration. Soothes daily irritation and builds a rich anti-oxidant reserve to help replenish skin's natural protectants.Think of it as "insurance" for younger, healthier-looking skin, today and tomorrow.

I have been looking for nude-colored lipsticks for a while now. My purchase of Urban Decay's Midnight Cowboy lipstick only managed to provide a sheer beige color. So I popped by Watson, swatched on my hand, picked up 1 and dived straight to the counter - a Revlon ColorBurst lippy in Soft Nude!

It is a very pale shade, and is lightweight with excellent pigmentation. However it settles into the creases and accentuates chapped lips so make it a point to wear lip balm prior!

Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Singapore, I was given a truckload of goodies after a photoshoot, and the Sunlit Bronze Beauty Kit is my top favourite♥

The palette comes in 4 limited edition eyeshadow shadows, which provides very sheer but buildable coverage. Let me tell you this, the bronze colors are GORGEOUS!! I did an FOTD yesterday but silly me didn't realize that the camera didn't save the pictures! 。・゚(´□`)゚・。

I had dolled myself up with the Tinted Moisturizer(which gave me this dewy, bronzy finish). Alas, all efforts gone down the drain!

In contrast with the eyeshadows, the tear rose blush needs to be used with caution, otherwise you'll look like a baboon's backside (lol) Last but not least, I ♥ the highlighter! What an appropriate name~.

Remember to join my GIVEAWAY which will end on 11th July! Please read the rules properly, because there are many ineligible entries already. Also, take advantage of the NanoGold facial which will end on 31st August!

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PREVAGE® Face Advanced Anti-aging Serum


The Prevage Anti-aging Treament has been given a revolutionary updated formula!!
In celebration of its launch today, Elizabeth Arden Singapore has a series of exclusive promotions! YAY!!!

Have you tried PREVAGE?

Get to know Idebenone, one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants found in Elizabeth Arden Prevage anti-ageing skincare products. Discover the power of the all new Prevage Face Advanced Anti-aging Serum at an exclusive event at Takashimaya from 14 to 20 May and receive $50 off your purchase of the serum.

Other Promotions:

Prevage Anti-Aging Set at $299 (U.P $491), includes Prevage Face Anti-Aging Serum (50ml), Prevage Body(75ml), Prevage Day (5ml) and Prevage Eye (5ml).

Also, receive a premium nine-piece gift set will be given away with every purchase of $250!

Speaking of which, I would like to rave about the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I'd previously mentioned that it had worked wonders with healing blisters overnight. So since it smells alot like Tiger Balm, I figured "Why not try using it on my aching shoulders?"

I rubbed some of the gooey stuff and massaged it into my muscles. It quickly absorbed into my skin, though it still leaves a very minimum sticky feel. The smell goes away after a while, for those who are particular about Chinese medicated smell.

In the morning, I woke up feeling better, muscles are slightly relaxed and loosened. The key is to use your fingers to find the 'tightened areas' and dig in a little to help relax your muscles. Simply slapping on the balm isn't going to help with anything, okay? AHAHA!

I will be announcing a GIVEAWAY CONTEST next month, and prizes are going to be 10 times better than the first. In the meantime, stalkbookmark my blog as I might just sneak in some previews randomly leading up to the actual announcement. (*^ー^*)

By the way, Redberry is having a GIVEAWAY, so check out her contest. YAY!!!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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