[Event] The launch of Bio-Oil’s Largest Bottle 200ml

I am proud to say during my pregnancy 1.5 years ago, I did not suffer from a single sign of stretch mark on my tummy despite there were times my tummy felt itchy and I scratched on it. So what’s the secret to stretch-mark free tummy during pregnancy?

Bio-Oil was my main skincare.

Previously I reviewed (refer to blogpost) how my scar was lightened from using Bio-Oil. That convinced me quite abit, and so I used it again during my pregnancy. I applied it once a night before sleep. That’s all it took. No skin allergy. No discomfort. Bio-Oil had reduced the risk of forming stretch marks on my tummy! Yay! My holy grail skincare for pregnancy!love58

I truly appreciate how this small bottle of skincare showed its effectiveness on me.

And the good news is, Bio-Oil is now available in a larger sized bottle, 200ml!

Let me recap on the key ingredients in Bio-Oil.

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil)
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil)
Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil (Rosemary Oil)
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile Oil)
Mineral Oil
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

You’ll probably think, “Huh? so many types of oil, the texture is sure going to be super oily and uncomfortable!”.

You’re wrong. One of the plus points from Bio-Oil is, it makes the skin soft and smooth instead of feeling greasy all over.

Bio-Oil can be used on baby skin, like during a massage for the new born. One of the main agenda behind the product is to create the special bonding between the parent and child, and not just a skincare product. Any mother who has used the product and learned about its effectiveness, will sure to share with the little ones at home.

Anyway, when I was at the event introduction launch of the 200ml bottle, I also got my chance to diy a skincare scrub using Bio-Oil with some natural ingredients which are easily found at home or the supermarkets.

Natural Scrub (for face and body) Recipe and Simple Steps

2 table spoons of Manuka Honey.
2 teaspoons of Himalayan Salt (need to self-grind into finer salt).

2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or 4 squeezes from Fresh Lemon Wedges.
10 drops of Bio-Oil.


Mix it.

And Voila! We’re done!

Pour everything into a airtight jar, you can easily get one from our local  Daiso or Ikea.

Storage is easy, keep the jar in a fridge for months and you can use it as and when you need it.

I tried my diy-ed Bio-Oil scrub on my dry hand. Gave the skin a light scrub, rinsed it off, and immediately I saw good results!

My wrinkled hand looked so much smoother and fairer than before the scrub.

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It was an awesome evening with Bio-Oil. I’m already thinking to DIY this scrub for my girlfriends for our next special occasion.

Because the event was held at Cookyn Inc, bloggers and guests also had the chance to learn cooking salmon in the simplest and healthiest way.

I had roughly jotted down the ingredients and steps, going to try it next week when Hazel is in school. (That’s when I’m free, heh!)

Shall share the recipe and steps in a separate blogpost.

Thanks Bio-Oil, you have been such a terrific product when I was pregnant and I can’t stop sharing my experience with friends.

Bio-Oil will be launching its largest sized bottle this coming May 2015.

[Review] Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum

After introducing my skin-loving Dr+Nu:ll Miracle Fitting Essence in the previous review, here’s another product worth trying,

Bioderma Hydrobio Serum

Texture
On some days, Bioderma Hydrobio Serum is almost as hydrating as a day moisturizer for my skin, despite it is only a gel-like serum. But this does not give me a reason to skip my moisturizer ya.

When I applied on my skin, the spreading of the serum feels like I am applying a moisturizer.

Results
It is not exactly as rich as a moisturizer, but quite effective in providing a minimum moisturizing level. The scent is soothing and just nice for my liking. Have to massage longer to ensure serum is fully absorbed into the skin. I know it’s absorbed once my skin feels less greasy.

Plus & Minus Points
I can’t seem to find any minus point on this product! It’s good enough for me!

Availability
You can get it from Blackbox.sg!

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Share with you a short background on #TheNewBlackBox.

What will the NEW BlackBox be?
– Magazine-style site with Beauty, Fashion and Entertainment editorials from Classic and Luxury brands and video content.

-Enhanced sampling subscription experience. Recipients get to pick the items that they want to try. They also have access to purchase Exclusive BlackBoxes.
– Members get to review the products they have tried and earn points.

Use my discount code (BBXTIFF10) to enjoy 10% off all exclusive boxes! Stay tuned to what’s coming up!

* I have actually received one exclusive blackbox (“Hey Betty, I’m on a vacay!”) last month and am going to share what’s inside within the next 2 weeks!

Purchase a sampling Blackbox if you want to try multiple samples ranging from skincare to to haircare. You can see what sampling products Blackbox are having this month here.

Have fun receiving your mysterious Blackbox!

[Product Review] Dr+Nu:ell Miracle Fitting Essence

Hello, I’m back for this dusty blog of mine! I have been so busy that I can’t even finish blogging about my Melbourne Trip. Shall continue that next time.

Received a few sponsorships towards end of 2014 and beginning of this year, shall review the products in the days to come.

First product I am reviewing is,

Dr+Nu:ll Miracle Fitting Essence

This skin-loving product is showing some positive results on my dry cheeks  and I am very impressed an essence like this can save my skin’s drying condition.

Texture
I like how the gel-like texture essence makes my skin feels silky smooth. The product texture is relatively light and is not greasy at all.

Results
I am impressed with how a small amount of the essence is able to brighten up my dull skin. Dr+Nu:ell Miracle Fitting Essence has the ability to firm up the skin because I notice instant less visibility on the fine lines on my face.

Even though it is only an essence, it provides relatively good moisture to my skin too. This is the miracle effect! On my late-for-work day, I actually skip my moisturizer just by using this! It is made up of plant stem cell which can really relieve skin stress. So I say this is a must for my skincare routine in the night.

Plus & Minus Points
It is safe for sensitive skin as it does not contain Paraben, Colourant, Benzophenone, Phenoxyethanol. It will be good if the scent can be lighter.

很神奇吧?这么一小瓶的东西竟然是一个护肤宝贝!

Availability
You can get it from Blackbox.sg!

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Oh well, I have previously blogged about what Blackbox is all about in 2013. Incase you are not aware, Blackbox has revamped this year.

What is the current Black Box?
– A free subscription lifestyle sample box
– “Blind Sampling” (recipients do not know what samples they will receive until the day the boxes reaches them)
– Timed (bi-monthly)
– Limited number of boxes (1,500 every bi-month)

What will the NEW BlackBox be?
– Magazine-style site with Beauty, Fashion and Entertainment editorials from Classic and Luxury brands and video content.

-Enhanced sampling subscription experience. Recipients get to pick the items that they want to try. They also have access to purchase Exclusive BlackBoxes.
– Members get to review the products they have tried and earn points.

Use my discount code (BBXTIFF10) to enjoy 10% off all exclusive boxes! Stay tuned to what’s coming up!

Get this Blackbox if you want to try multiple samples ranging from skincare to to haircare. You can see what sampling products Blackbox are having this month here.

Have fun receiving your mysterious Blackbox!

[Event] NEOGENCE Summer Skincare Tips & DIY Essence Workshop

Had a very informative workshop held by Neogence last weekend. I had a better understanding on my current products I had been using, and their quality.

Bloggers were demonstrated to do a few simple comparison tests between Neogence products and Brand X products.

Tests include Hyaluronic Acid concentration, pH level, and oil secretion level.

And so we had tubes of different ingredients, and the necessary tools.

I was also given a small beaker and bottle so as for me to custom-made my own essence!

Purity of Hyaluronic Acid

And so the first test was to test how pure Hyaluronic Acid was as a hydrating essence.

Photo above, left is Brand X, right is Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence.

Salt was sprinkled on both drops.

Brand X texture turned into slightly watery, while Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence texture remained. The same texture just proved how pure the product was.

The reason why Brand X has changed its texture was because the salt dissolved in it. Neogence Hyaluronic Acid was pure enough to retain its moisture and so the molecules inside the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid were able to provide intense hydration to the skin. The molecules were pretty strong and texture of the ocmpound remained.

Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence… *thumbs up*

pH Level

The second test we did was pH level on Hyaluronic Acid.

Put one drop of Hyaluronic Acid from the two brands onto the pH strips.

The change in colour in the pH strips indicated the pH level of the products.

Brand X, acidity level was between 2 and 3! Oh no!

Neogence Hyaluronic Acid, acidity level was between 4 and 5, pretty near to pH 6 which is the ideal pH for the skin.

Impressed? I am!

Matt Skin

The final test was my favourite test! I always have problem about oil being surfaced on my skin after a few hours. Tried a few matt makeup, the effectiveness was not bad but I wish for something better.

Neogence Anti-Blemish Treatment Gel works wonder!

See my pictorial illustration of the test below!

Applying Neogence Anti-Blemish Treatment Gel on one portion of my hand, to show the difference between with and without applying.

Used oil blotting paper to see which area has oil to be absorbed.

The product is so cool right!

Concocting My Very Own Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence

The 6 tubes of key ingredients!

 The labels were in Chinese, I had problem in identifying which is which, or which is for anti aging, which is for whitening, which is for hydration etc.

But I roughly know in English terms, there were Esterified Vitamin C, Tranexamic Acid, Arbutin.

Anyway, I was into whitening, hence my concoction was to add 40% Vitamin C Derivative, 40% hydration, and 20% anti-aging.

Above photo shows how my concocted essence looked like before stirring.

Pouring my self-concocted essence into a beaker, stir it before seal it up in a proper bottle.

And voila! I was done!

These are some tips to help us to have better understanding of hydrating essence during the dry and humid weather.

Anyway, if you are a skin whitening fanatic like me, Neogence has introduced a new product to the serum family.

Neogence C+ Revital Whitening Serum, is one of the newly researched product which used an innovative brightening energy brightening technology to inhibit melanin production and assisting in skin whitening.

The first key ingredient is Esterified Vitamin C. It is added into the serum with 3% maximum concentration, easily absorbed into the skin to eliminate melanin and whitens the skin.

The second key ingredient is Revitalin, a patented ingredient by Neogence, extracted from yeast, able to increases skin energy and vitality, giving the skin a natural radiance.

I personally feel this serum is a worth a try as I know Neogence laboratory research is very extensive and detailed.

不是一个偷工减料的凭牌!

Neogence C+ Revital Whitenign Serum is retailing at SGD55.00 available exclusively at Sasa stores.

[Event] Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide

Previously I shared how the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Boosting 5-minute Facial can pamper my face at my own convenient time, at the comfort zone in my home, all because I am having the lack of time ever since the arrival of my little angel.

Well, her arrival also means an increase in the stress level that I am experiencing, physically and mentally. Waking up in the morning, looking into the mirror, and getting more and more upset with what my face has become because of the busy lifestyle I am having now. I seem to have aged quite abit though (I think) I still look younger than my age, been getting this compliment very often, something to comfort myself.

I’m 33 this year. I’m between Gen X and Y, 1980s baby. I belong to the group of women who are entering / have entered age 30 phase. My signs of skin aging are appearing, especially after my first delivery.

I think my delivery plus the stress looking after the baby have sped up my skin aging process.

Remember this?

Blowing out a plastic balloon from a straw with gel squeezed capped tube.

These are perhaps some ways to make myself less stress, but that’s still not enough. Physically, I need anti-aging products that suit my skin age.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future  Powered by Ceramide is the range of skincare that can fight against the first signs of aging like skin dullness and fine lines.

It is a tailor-made skincare to suit ladies between 25 and 40, because these are the group of ladies who are beginning to feel the additional stress from work, from family and their busy lifestyles. Especially for ladies who are in their 30s, they can be married like me, gota juggle work, family, children, and what’s not.

The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future  Powered by Ceramide makes use of 4 key ingredients to achieve instant and improved results after regular usages.

  • Ceramide Skin Identical Matrix to replenish the ceramide loss as we aged. (Our skin tends to lose the ceramide content as we age, and that’s also when our skin starts to sag.)
  • Telosense is a protein complex to minimize appearance of fine lines and wrinkles like almost immediately. (For those who will want to see instant results these days)
  • Skin Brighteners & Pore Refiners are silicon fillers and optical diffusers to blur imperfections and improve skin’s texture immediately.
  • Licorice Extratc and Adenosine working together to support skin’s collagen matrix, improve skin tone, dullness and radiance over time.

Expected results,

  • Less-stressed face
  • Brightened up face
  • Natural radiance
  • Improved skintone
  • Less visibility of dark spots

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Collection

Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum 30ml, SGD99.00

This is a luxurious serum for the skin. It has these mini caplet inside. Once the serum is dispensed, the caplet combines with the 4 key ingredients (as mentioned earlier) inside the serum into a freshly activating serum.

 Smooth over the skin twice a day before moisturizer. Smoother skin, stress-free skin, decreased in dark spot are the main results I will be expecting to see on myself.

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Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Moisture Cream 50ml, SGD89.00

 This cream is basically a moisturizer, available in SPF and non-SPF, recommended to be used during the day and night respectively.

I’ve tried both and am very much prefer the SPF one to non-SPF. Both are lightweight moisturizing cream but the SPF seems to feel lighter and naked on my skin.

The SPF moisturizing cream is easily absorbed into my skin, fine lines seem to be really less visible! I like the nice soothing scent it has!

Like the Caplet Serum, Moisture Cream SPF 30 PA++ has the 4 key ingredients added into the formula, targetting on first signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skintone.

Skin will feel smooth, supple and firm after a period of regular usage.

Added ingredients are,

  • Rice Kefiran to improve hydration and to smoothen fine lines.
  • Glycerin and shea butter are also added in to give a deep moisturization to the skin.
  • Mica, Soft Focus Silicones, Pearlescent Pigments are a blend of optical diffusers to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and at the same time to give the skin some radiance.
  • SPF 30 for protection against the sun.

For the non-SPF Moisture Cream, most of the ingredients are similar to SPF’s.

Because it is slightly more creamier, it is recommended for night use, to give the skin an intense moisturization while the skin is repairing.

Main objective here is to wake up to seeing rejuvenated skin, not a dull stressed skin.

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Ceramide Eye Gel 15ml, SGD69.00

This is good and very moisturizing on my eyes area! I’ve tried it and is very happy with the moisturizing level.

My eyes have aged the most! I have got double eyebags! Waking up at night to pump milk has worsened the condition but I can’t stop pumping! Inorder to have regular breastmilk supply, I gota pump regularly even if it means pumping at 3, 4am!

So I am pinning my hope on this eye gel this time since it is supposed to suit my age and lifestyle!

Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Eye Gel feels light on the delicate skin and it brings a cooling and refreshing sensation to the skin while fighting against fine lines.

The addition of a potent Algae Extract Complex is to minimize appearance of dark circles and puffiness to revive tired-looking eyes.

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Thanks to the kind folks at ELizabeth Arden, I get to bring home my stress-free kit!

Spamming some photos taken at the event,

Kimberly, me, Yvette.

Joey, me, Yvette.

Claire and me.

And our group photo!

Beautiful ladies!

Hmm, I’m so going to age gracefully with all these anti-aging products which suit then Gen Y (25-40 year-old as of now, 2014!) ladies!

Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide collection is available on 17 July 2014 at Elizabeth Arden counters in department stores.

[Event + Product Review] IOMA Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++

IOMA, originates from Paris, has arrived at SG.

I was invited to IOMA exclusive launch party held at Isetan Scotts last week.

It was my first time to hear of this brand and I was pretty impressed with the fact that IOMA’s founder was an engineer. He invented the patented IOMA Sphere to diagnose the skin in the most sophisticated way based on light filtering.

I got the chance to do a skin analysis using IOMA Sphere.

I was exposed to 5 camera shots using the light filtering from IOMA Sphere.

Prior to the diagnosis, I was quite worried about my results. Being a breastfeeding mother, I really do not have alot of time for skincare. Imagine I have to wake up at 5am to pump milk before heading to work, why will I want to sacrifice my sleeping time for a 1o to 15 minutes skincare everyday? I’m getting lazy these days. I have thought my skin condition has deteriorated beyond my imagination and I will prolly feel depressed after the diagnosis.

I was wrong. The diagnosis result was not as bad as I thought. My hydration level, wrinkle  and fine lines, skin firmness were quite good.

I was recommended to scrub my face at least once a week to clean up my pores, clear my bacteria. Hmm, I used to scrub once a week, I guess I need to find back my determination to spend that few minutes to scrub my face.

My main issue was my eyes areas. I had serious eyebags, dark eye circles, lines on my eye bags too!

So I was recommended to use the eye care from skincare range number 2 in IOMA face products.

SA taught me to apply on the thin skin between my thumb and index finger. That’s also the area with many lines. I tried and was surprised to see less visibility on the lines! That skin area felt soft and moisturized. I am now contemplating to get it or not. Once again, I have to force myself to apply eyecare regularly. No point getting a good eyecare when I’m not using it diligently.

Go visit #IOMASg booth to take up their skin diagnosis using the IOMA Sphere machine. The machine recommend to you the products which you will need, according to your skin needs.

Another range of IOMA is the Bespoke products.

These products talk about 20% Active ingredients, and custom-made to individual needs in terms of,

  • H1 – Long-term moisturising
  • H2 – Self-regulating moisturising
  • H3 – Anti-aging moisturising
  • R1 – Elasticity & firmness
  • R2 – Redensification
  • R3 – Botox-like tightening effect
  • R4 – Global anti-ageing
  • R5 – Firmness & smoothing

IOMA’s star product of the day, Cell Protector SPF 50+ PA+++, newly launched, under skincare range number 7 in IOMA face products.

Very lightweight sunblock, skin felt quite naked even after application. It also gave a sheen on my skin, looking naturally radiant.

The twist and turn on the cap is to avoid the sunblock from being contaminated or oxidised.

This latest addition in IOMA is capable of reducing melanin production. UVA and UVB are being blocked, minimizing the growth of pigmentation.

Looking forward to less pigmentation on my skin!

[Event] Elizabeth Arden – Ceramide Boosting 5 Minute Facial & Untold Légère

This review comes a little late as the product which I’m going to talk about, was launched in May this year. Been busy with the little one, and trying to catch some sleep these days.

Red door reminds me of Elizabeth Arden. But this blogpost has got nothing to do with the perfume Red Door. LOL!

And so I was talking about one event I’ve attended with Elizabeth Arden at M Hotel suite. Super cosy room!

We had great food from room sevice.

The desserts were too pretty to be eaten!

So what’s new from Elizabeth Arden?

Elizabeth Arden launched the new Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial pack in May this year. This facial pack suits anyone with a busy lifestyle like me. =D

No time to visit the salon? No time to do multiple steps for DIY facial? Well, no more no-time!

Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is basically a 2-step skincare to purify and hydrate the skin before moisturizer, to be used 1-2 times a week.

Step 1 : Self-Foaming Mask
A light-weight foaming mask that can be applied thinly in dry or damp skin, uncleansed or cleansed face.

Took this photo under a different lighting to show the foams.

Starting on my 5-minute facial (DIY).

The foam has a special formula which activates chemical and enzymatic exfoliators to cleanse the face, removes surface impurities

More foams starting to be formed!

There’s a tingling sensation at this point of time. It’s normal. It means the mask is being activated to perform its job which will take about 2 minutes, and it can be rinsed with luke warm water.

Pat dry the skin to prep it for step 2.

Step 2 : Replenishing Serum
The keyword here is ‘immediately’. Immediately after step 1, apply Replenishing serum to face and neck with fingertips and massage evenly into the skin in a circular motion. The serum will be absorbed into the skin to replenish and hydrate the skin.

The serum leaves a silky finish on the skin. With the blend of ceramide 1, 3 and 6, skin is more moisturized, soothed and calmed, good for sensitive skin.

Opitcal diffusers like Mica, silicone, silica and pearlescent pigments are added into the serum to produce instant results like, less visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, and a more brightened up skin.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Booster 5-Minute Facial is a must-have on my dresser table. I can have my own facial within 5 minutes at my comfort zone.

Use it the night before a special occasion, a last minute perk for the face!

Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial suits all skin types, but ideal for those who are concerned with visible signs of aging.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is retailing at SGD149 in Departmental stores island-wide.

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Another product I want to review here is a new fragrance,
UNTOLD Eau Legare.

UNTOLD Eau Legare has almost the same packaging as UNTOLD. The only difference is, UNTOLD Eau Legare has a light golden hue to reflect the character of the new fragrance.

It has a lighter scent, more for the light-hearted side of today’s modern woman as she thrives in her life’s journey.

While UNTOLD emphasizes on sophistication and grace of the modern woman, UNTOLD Eau Legare is about vibrancy, spontaneity, femininity, mysteriousity, sensuality.

I prefer UNTOLD Eau Legare to UNTOLD Eau de Parfum because of the playful fruity scent from grapferuit and blackcurrent.

So many of us, ladies, have an UNTOLD stories, and we definitely need one fragrance to suit our UNTOLD secrets!

Here’s one picked from the event!

Sweet hor?

UNTOLD Eau Legare EDT (100ml) $117
UNTOLD Eau Legare EDT (50ml) $92
UNTOLD Eau Legare EDT (30ml) $65

Launched since May 2014, available in departmental stores islandwide.