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SK II Pitera Commitment Set Regimen

SK II, filled with the goodness of rice pitera, has been famed throughout asia for its youth-restoring benefits. This christmas, I received a set but decided to wait before trying it as I was in the middle of finishing my Vichy Normaderm products. Given my use of it the last two weeks, I estimate that the set will be able to last me close to 2 months, if not longer… so stay tuned for detailed reviews of everything!

In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of what I received as part of the SK II Pitera Commitment Set Regimen

  1. Facial Treatment Cleansing Gel 15g A makeup remover that gels quickly with the dirt and foundation  embedded in your pores, it effectively removes impurities without damaging your skin.
  2. Facial Treatment Cleanser 20g With its fine, rich lather, this foam cleanser gently conditions the skin as it removes excess oil, dirt and residual makeup
  3. Facial Treatment Clear Lotion 150ml A blend of AHA, soothing moisturizers and Pitera, this lotion gently but effectively wipes the dirt and dead skin cells off your facial zones
  4. Facial Treatment Mask (1) This intensive moisture-boosting mask is enriched with Pitera, which deeply hydrates the skin
  5. Facial Treatment Essence 150ml Containing more than 90% Pitera, this facial essence helps the skin maintain its natural 28 day renewal cycle, leaving it smooth, radiant and crystal clear.
  6. Skin Signature Cream 15g Clinically proven to help you look up to four years younger in just one month, use this anti-ageing moisturizer for firmer, smoother and more youthful looking skin

Detailed pics & descriptions up soon! In the meantime, do tell us, what are the famed skin regimes you’ve been thinking of trying out or would like reviews of? :)

Beautiful Skin: Those nasty, nasty Irritants

I’ll freely admit that there have been trying times with my skin – where I seem to have been doing everything right, i.e. cutting down on heaty food, sticking strictly to my skin regime… but somehow acne just keeps popping up. So I hit the books and the world-wide internet for some answers, only to find out that perhaps it wasn’t me that was the problem, it was the products. So if you’re wondering about that stubborn recurring acne that you just can’t figure out, take a look at the products you use on a daily basis.

  1. Shampoo – Do you frequently experience acne or breakouts only at the sides of your face/forehead? Research has shown that in the same way some people are allergic to other hair products e.g. hair dye, hair treatment etc. Many are similarly sensitive to some hair products, in particular, shampoo and conditioner. At the moment, researchers have only studied one particular brand of hair products, Pantene.. but already have conclusive evidence to prove that different women have different tolerance levels for the substances found in shampoos. So take a week off your regular shampoo and conditioner to see if the problem alleviates. If it does, it just might be how you wash your hair that’s the culprit.
  2. Facial Scrubs – Facial scrubs should be used, at most three times a week. The recommended use is 1-2 times a week. Using scrubs too often will be too abrasive on your skin, and might create more opportunities for evil bacteria to have a party. *yucks* The size of the beads of your facial scrub should always be smaller than your pores. This is to ensure that they can efficiently clean your pores, instead of potentially widening them.
  3. Facial masks and treatments – A lot of women believe that if you put on a face mask and feel something, that means it’s working. This is actually both true and false. The feeling of sensation can go both ways – it either means that the product is penetrating well into your skin, or it means that your skin is reacting adversely to the treatment on your face. Tell-tale signs of skin irritation to products would be intense tingling, lasting redness after application and skin being hot/warm to the touch post-application.
  4. Soft toys, Pillows and Bedsheets – Because our skin is programmed to regenerate itself most quickly at night whilst we’re asleep, paying attention to what could be on your face during this period is extremely important. A night cream to protect your skin isn’t enough, because at most it lasts for 2-3 hours til it’s fully absorbed. Ensure that your nightly companions are well washed and not stinky or have surfaces that may be irritable to your skin.

Though I’d like to recommend my favourite products, I’m bearing in mind that each woman’s skin is sensitive to different things, so I can’t possibly stand by these products and vouch for their awesomeness for everyone’s skin. Instead, try out samples! or remember to make swatches of products with their testers whilst at the store. The skin on the back of your palm is the best testing ground because it’s the closest “clone” of your face’s skin on your body :) Love your skin!

Elf Asia’s Christmas Promotions!

Since it was post-exams and I detected one teeny tiny chip in my Sally Hansen polish, I decided it was time to change the polish adorning my nails, to elf’s! Given that I had such a huge haul, it was relatively difficult trying to decide which colour to put on, so I let my outfit of the day do the matching

completely awkward pose I know, but hey I was nervous about using other people’s property for my spontaneous need for vain self-satisfaction

I’ve been moving increasingly towards a more muted colour palette in preparation for my permanent stint in the working world, so this dress from Charlotte Russe seemed to suit my needs perfectly (I purchased this online and took this in the dressing room whilst I was trying random things in Forever21). It’s a muted colour, with pretty gold leaf details all over, has a laced racerback (which is easily covered with a cardigan/blazer) and a laced edging – & great for outings too!

Elf Nail Polish in Moonlight

Colour: pale gold with fine micro shimmer
Opacity: layers on opaque within 2 coats
Dries: Fairly quickly
Imperfections: has some streaks if not applied properly, but even so if applied in a similar fashion, the streaks look “normal”. It scratches easily after drying so topcoat is a MUST

When I bought this I was hoping it would be more gold than it actually is in real life – it’s quite a pale shade, and I was worried that it wouldn’t suit my skin tone. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the colour pay off and the quickness at which it dried. It’s definitely WELL WORTH the $1USD I bought it for! Plus, it’s a great shade that is extremely work friendly and sophisticated at the same time. It’s not too loud, but at the same time it brings an elegance and shimmer to the nails that I love.

For those who’re keen on trying elf’s polishes this Christmas season, elf asia has two concurrent holiday promotions going on!

When I saw this promotion, I have to admit that my heart momentarily broke into two. Why? Well let’s do some math

the Elf USA online store (that I bought from) : USD $1 per item

exchange rate: $1.3 (inclusive of credit card charges)

shipping cost + postage to my house = $1+ SGD

Total cost: $3 sgd (approximately)

and here you have, elf asia giving a $1.99 SGD deal! To me that’s pretty sweet, considering that they’re offering this deal on the top favourites from the Elf USA store.

Though I haven’t reviewed them on this blog before, the Candy Shop Lip Gloss is not only super cute in its little tin case, but I love the scent and the feel of its lip gloss. It isn’t sticky or gooey, but more like a moisturizing lip balm. Very handy for carrying around and when I had it a few years back, my friends couldn’t stop gushing over how cute it was. Plus, there’s a HUGE amount of product in this, trust me when I say so because the one I had still contained >50% of product left, though I used it daily in the past. (I stopped using it because I lost it) Moreover, with its pretty design, it’ll be a great addition to any stocking stuffers for Christmas parties this Christmas!

The Shimmering Facial Whip is apparently, one of the best products from the elf store- it’s always sold out and promises to deliver a nice shimmer whilst improving the complexion.

The Custom Eyes/Lips allow you to create your own palette with your preferred choice of colours! To me this is a fantastic idea, it’ll be great for a travel palette or a simple touch up palette for school/work/outings. The problem with most of my eyeshadows is that I can’t exactly bring them out because they’re either contained in huge palettes, or my look of the day contains various colours from various single eyeshadows so it’ll be quite bulky to carry them around. Elf solves this problem in a snap! :)

The second Christmas promotion was initially supposed to expire on 24th November, but great news! Sheila from sales at eyeslipsface asia has informed me that they’ve extended this promotion


Since I haven’t purchased brushes from ELF before, I can’t give my personal review, but two friends of mine, Edeline and Rachel have given me their review of some elf products they’ve purchased before!

  1. The Flat Top Brush is a product Edeline loved because it was extremely easy to sculpt her face and the product applied very well – some brushes do tend to clump and distribute product unevenly, but she had no problems with this brush. The bristles of the brush were not rough and have remained firmly in place to the brush holder despite frequent use.
  2. The Eyeshadow Brush is another brush Edeline purchased, and she enjoyed using it as it helped in her application of eyeshadows cleanly and precisely. I myself have had problems with the application of shadows with brushes from certain brands, so having a brush that gives you a clean and precise application is always great.
  3. Rachel purchased the Blush Brush from the Studio Line. They’ve been some complaints that the Blush Brush from the regular elf line is not as wonderful as its bristles are coarser than desired. However, she absolutely loved the Blush Brush from the Studio Line (black brush handle) as it’s the perfect size for applying blushes. Some blush brushes are either too thick, too wide or too thin – I find this a problem with my Benefit Blush (the applicator is definitely too wide. Either that or my Asian face is too small). This however, isn’t a problem with the elf Blush Brush, and it handles product quite well, without any clumping of the products

The only other negative review I’ve heard (besides the Blush Brush of the elf regular line) is that elf’s Fan Brush tends to lose its shape, and its bristles fall off after frequent use. So that wouldn’t be a brush I’d purchase.

Enjoy your Christmas Shopping!!

The L’oreal Breakdown

Since the L’oreal Christmas Sale is coming up at the Singapore Expo, I thought I’d do a breakdown & review of all the L’oreal Products I’ve ever owned, because a shopper forewarned is a smart shopper indeed :)

5 Products I’m Loving

1. L’oreal’s Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother

This moisturizer promises to smoothen the pores of your face, tighten them and give your face a more flawless complexion. Certainly, it didn’t produce instant results in a week – but I continued applying simply because I was busy and didn’t have any other moisturizer on hand… surprise surprise two months later when I was looking at older face shots (I take these so I can track the effectiveness of my products), I realised that though my pores didn’t really change in size, but the depth of my pores had become shallower. Moreover, my blemishes had decreased. This product does not give me a greasy feel, & moisturizes without being too oily. I’ve re-purchased this product twice, because it’s better than most of the other oil control moisturizers I’ve used, with the exception of one (also from L’oreal)

2. L’oreal 2 in 1 Kid’s Shampoo, extra gentle, Burst of Strawberry

I LOVE the scent of this shampoo! You must be thinking – kid’s shampoo? Well for a person who bathes awfully lot in the hot & humid climate we have, washing your hair too often with salon products or specialized shampoo products is NOT good for your hair – hence my use of baby shampoo whenever I bathe too often. It cleans the hair without being too chemically harsh. Most importantly, kid’s shampoo is wonderful for cleaning make up brushes. Particularly since this formula is both extra gentle and a 2 in 1 formula (containing conditioner as well), I don’t have to worry about drying out my makeup brushes when I use this product for cleansing purposes.

3. L’Oreal Feria  Multi-Faceted Shimmering Colour

Ever since I decided to stop trimming my hair because I wanted it to grow out even longer, I’ve resorted to hair dyes whenever I needed that extra oomph or got bored with the hair I had. I’ve tried a huge number of hair dye brands, from Bigen, Revlon, Liese, even henna dyes! L’oreal’s Feria range remains one of my favourites because the colour payoff is great and it’s really affordable. Moreover, the conditioner contained inside the box works wonders on coloured hair, I love it!

My only complaint would be that this hair dye kinda stinks due to its ammonia content, which most hair dyes contain. So do use it in a well ventilated area and be careful of getting any product near your eyes, which stings really badly. trust me on this one! I’ve repurchased this product four times.

4. L’oreal Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

Bearing in mind that sleeping or staying in an air-conditioned area for several hours is extremely dehydrating for the skin, I apply this moisturizer twice a day and it has really helped in keeping my face mattified for longer hours. Of all the moisturizers I’ve ever tried, this is the best one I’ve ever had. I really love it! I am DEFINITELY repurchasing this product if I see it at the sale on Monday, especially since the jar I have at the moment is already running low. This product has lasted me approx 3 months. My only gripe is that as a jar there are pros and cons – in opening it’s exposed and might get contaminated (you never know, even though I think my room is very clean!), however you can really get ALL of the product out of the packaging. I do however, prefer it to the push pump, because I can control how much I put on my face. The amount of moisturizer applied differs from individual to individual and for this product, I apply a pea sized drop to my entire face.

5.L’oreal Hip Chrome Eyeliner

As a new product range that’s been brought to Singapore (even though it’s been out of the states for the past 3 years or so), I’m really excited to purchase this, particularly since everyone online is raving about how great their staying power is. Colours I’m gunning for? ALL OF THEM except the black because I have waay too many black eyeliners haha. The silver for widening eyes, the gold to go with all my brown/neutral shadows – just to give them a pop of shimmer when I need to change my look from “day” to “night” or “school” to “girls night out” and the purple simply because I am a DIE HARD fan of that colour.

5 Products I won’t be Buying

1. L’Oreal Micro Liner Ultra Fine Eyeliner

I cringe with a sense of nostalgia whenever I think about this pencil eyeliner. This was the very first beauty product I had ever purchased (besides my skin care) & I was all up and raring to “widen” my eyes and “accentuate” the shape of my eyes. Well, the young girl I was then spent hours in front of the mirror painstakingly attempting to create some sort of improvement to my looks – and when I say painstakingly, I really mean there was alot of pain involved. It may be Ultra Fine, but it also means that the edge is extremely sharp. Moreover, when it came to lining my waterline, though it did stay on for a few hours without problems, it caused quite abit of eye irritation at the time, even though I hadn’t started using contact lenses yet. So yeah, even though it was relatively cheap, it definitely wasn’t worth the money.

2. L’Oreal Wear Infinite Single Eye Shadow

Despite the lofty ambitions of its name, this shadow is nothing close to “infinite wear” – trust me, I bought two of this babies, one in the matte formula and one in the rich formula. Neither of them stayed on past 3 hours on my lids (without eyeshadow base) and with eyeshadow base they barely made it through 4 hours each, which is quite bad wear for eyeshadows, considering that I’ve cheaper brands that last far longer than these. That said, the colour payoff is great, it’s highly pigmented so it would be passable for say, a two hour outing but definitely not for a girl’s night out. The colour does not crease, which is another good thing. L’oreal also sells these in quads though they have a very different casing, but generally I’d steer clear of L’oreal’s eye products. Revlon trumps its ass in eye products anytime.

3. L’Oreal Studio Line Amped Up, Mega Volumizing Mousse

I still have this, though mine is a white bottle. There was a certain point in my life where I was really bored with my naturally ultra-straight hair so I bought this hoping that it would help keep the curls I made from my (poor quality) hot iron. Unfortunately, either I didn’t use this properly or I got a faulty bottle (damn you, Watsons! lol. I’m kidding I LOVE Watsons) because the mousse that came out was at times, liquidy and at other times, very creamy. Essentially, inconsistent and the staying power was likewise. I also didn’t like that after application, there was a greasy feel to it and it seemed like the perfect dust attractant – so specks of dust would stick to my hair *urgh* I shudder in recollection of that memory.

That said, the staying power was pretty awesome, but there are better products out there in the market for the same price that do as well a job as this product does, so nope, I’m not repurchasing this one either.

4. L’oreal Infallible Lip Colour

I haven’t actually purchased this product but having heard reviews from friends and seen what online reviewers have had to say, I’m definitely steering clear of this for the following reasons: (1) doesn’t stay, even though it’s “infallible” – L’oreal you need to STOP making these claims! It just ruins your reputation when they don’t work. (2) Colour payoff is not what it seems. There is colour, but it isn’t the desired colour that one sees upon purchasing the product. I would suspect that it’s due to a combination of the two sides of the lipstick.

And on a rather superficial note, I dislike the shape. One essential thing I always look for in a lipstick is its length and shape, because a compact lipstick is very easy to carry around, even in the smallest of purses. This lipstick definitely doesn’t fall under this category, and its promise of “no touchups” does not materialise.

5. L’oreal True Match Powder Foundation

Having heard some great reviews about this product, added on with the extensive advertising it received, I was quite excited when I received it as part of a hamper for a magazine subscription. The name for once, wasn’t lying. It was indeed a “true match” for my skin tone! However, 4 hours later it became streaky (i.e. visible streaks in make up, the horror!) and turned ORANGE on me. I’d previously heard of various foundations turning orange on some people, but I’d never thought I’d see it for myself, on my face no less. So while it does blend very well with one’s skintone and also gives quite a flawless complexion, it’s definitely not good for those with oily/combination skin.

Yup! So that’s it for my breakdown of L’oreal products :) I can’t wait to chiong to the sale tomorrow!

Neon Technicolour

As seen on Karl Lagerfeld’s runway this season (Fendi Spring 2011), Neon Technicolour lips are in at the moment

With hot shades such as pink, coral and orange, neon lips draw attention to the shape and sexiness of the lips, so a more natural look is advised when worn with this makeup trend. For the Fendi 2011 Spring runway, makeup artist Peter Phillips created this look by drawing out the shape of the lip “with a strong pink, orange or coral – basic shades you can easily find”. He also mixed lip colours to create the vivid shades you see above on the models. Most of the lipsticks he used were matte, but he didn’t hesitate to use a touch of luminizer in the middle of the lips and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes (see lips above). For the face, he used a luminizer to create that illusion of an “inner glow” to match the bright lip colour. I’m quite a fan using luminizers to give that subtle shimmer & glow. It’s quite surprising how much more awake & healthy one seems just with a touch of extra shimmer. It does however, take some practice – when I first used luminizers, I ended up using too much & became quite sparkly.

collages courtesy of polyvore – click on images for details of featured products

As a simple guideline, for liquid/semi liquid luminizers, the appropriate amount for the entire face would be a pea-sized amount on the finger. Mix it with your foundation before applying it all over the face for an even glow. It is advisable to use a neutral colour shimmer instead of a shimmer with a bold colour, e.g. brown or dark pink. peach, or light pink colours are advised because they look more natural & light colours also accentuate the highlights of your face. For powder luminizers, apply foundation & lightly dab the shimmer with the provided sponge, before using a brush to apply your setting/finishing powder/blush/bronzer. The brush will also help to further spread out the luminizer.

On the Fendi runway, these neon lips look like they could go with any outfit. I absolutely love how they’ve each been paired with a plain yet bright coloured sandal

images courtesy of Style.com

It definitely brings a fresh, floral vibe to the collection. In fact, my first thought when I saw the first few pictures of the runway was, hey! it’s easy, breezy, beautiful! Haha well, Covergirl wasn’t their sponsor, but the loose fitting (yet well cut) clothes cling and float away from the models beautifully.

Will you be trying out this runway look for your daily wear? Fashion blogger Taylor from SterlingStyle loves rockin’ the bright-lipped look on a daily basis.

image courtesy of sterlingstyle.net

Tips to rock this look:

  1. Neutral colours for face, with a luminizer for that “inner glow”
  2. Matte lip colours
  3. Add a dab of luminizer/lipgloss on the cupid’s bow and centre of the lower lip to highlight
  4. use a lip pencil prior to lipstick application for defined lips
  5. experiment with lip colours!
  6. accessorize with your lip colour for an extra oomph to that outfit (with my love for neon, bright nails, i’m definitely going on a hunt for a bright lip colour to match my nail polish shades!)

5 things extravaganza

In my last 5 things post, I talked about the 5 songs I can’t get outta my head. Today, I’ve decided to do a rare beauty post on five things that I can’t do without and because I am a self-confessed vainpot, I couldn’t possibly narrow it all down to 5 products. Instead, I have 5 products PER category: face, body and hair. Tada!

Read more about each product after the jump!

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